Game of Thrones Beers

You may want to look for a good pairing over at the Inn at the Crossroads, a site dedicated to the food and drink found in George RR Martin’s popular series of a Song of Ice and Fire.

I assume Ommegang will stick to their proficiency in Belgian style beers, which are excellent… I plan to collect them all!

Those who watch Game Of Thrones while wishing that there was an accompanying beer they could pound every time Joffrey does something punchable may soon have the officially licensed pathway to alcohol poisoning they so desire. According to a press release, HBO has partnered with New York’s Brewery Ommegang to launch a series of Game Of Thrones-themed beers timed to the March 31 third season premiere, beginning with the first entry, Iron Throne Blonde Ale. The 750ml, $8.50-per-bottle beer—which will presumably feature notes of smug arrogance,

Robert Baratheon ass sweat, and caramel—is the first of four to come that will “directly tie into themes, characters, and nuances” established in the show’s universe. Someday soon you’ll be declaring, “Man, I drank a ton of Varys’ Inscrutable Power Plays Porter and got totally shitfaced on nuance last night.”

via AVClub

Chili and Beer

Chili and beer (not to be confused with chili beer) is an awesome combination. This pairing is one of my all time favorites. I have many chili recipes but my standard is a favorite of everyone in the family and it is the easy to make. 

Chili con Carne

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium to large onion
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can (about 1 lb.) tomatoes
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
About 4 cups cooked dark red kidney beans, plus ½ cooking liquid; or 1 large can (1 lb. 11 oz.) kidney beans, not drained
2-4 green onions
1 small avocado
cheddar cheese
1 lime

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add onion and cook until soft. Add beef and cook, stirring, until meat is brown and crumbly. Spoon off excess oil (only if the meat wasn’t lean enough -I like to use 90%-95% lean meat and just leave the juices). Stir in tomatoes and their liquid and break up with spoon, salt, chili powder, oregano, and cumin. In a blender or food processors, whirl a third of the beans until smooth, adding their liquid as needed; stir into meat mixture. Then add whole beans, along with any remaining liquid, to meat. Simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes. Garnish with green onion, avocado, cheese and lime wedge.

You can add tomato juice if too thick, or add some cornmeal if too thin. I often double this and play with the spices.

Many beer styles seem to get along with chili. Use can have a stout, a porter, a pale, even a brown or a bock. I suggest your favorite. In the case I am having a Green Flash West Coast IPA.

To make it even better, just add a football game. (Also checkout one from Al)