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'Game of Thrones' roundup: Ommegang reveals new brew, U-Va. offers summer course

Actor Pedro Pascal attends day 1 of the WIRED Cafe @ Comic Con at Omni Hotel on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Actor Pedro Pascal attends day 1 of the WIRED Cafe @ Comic Con at Omni Hotel on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for WIRED

It’s time for another exciting roundup of Game of Thrones-related news to help you trudge through the dog days of the hiatus.

If you still haven’t gotten your hands on any of the first three special GoT-themed beers released by New York’s Brewery Ommegang, the fourth in the series was unveiled at Comic-Con Thursday afternoon. First there was Iron Throne Blonde Ale, then Take the Black Stout, then Fire and Blood Red Ale, and now: Valar Morghulis.

Winter is Coming provided a photo with the description of the brew, which is a Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel. It contains “rich aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruits, and burnt sugar, with a hint of cloves” and a taste “delicately balanced with rich malty sweetness.”

Pedro Pascal, who played fan favorite Oberyn Martell this past season, was on hand for the reveal and poured the first glass of it. No word just yet on when it will be officially released, but the Fire and Blood Red Ale went on sale on March 31, just in time for the season four premiere.

That’s just the beginning of the Comic-Con fun, with the show’s panel scheduled to take place Friday at 1:40 p.m. PT (if you’re in San Diego, be sure to get a permanent GoT tattoo on your way there). Past Comic-Cons have been the setting for casting news for the next season, and many are speculating that this will again be the case (fingers crossed for Greyjoys, who’s with me?!).

A multitude of your favorite actors such as Pascal, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Rory McCann, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are scheduled to appear, as are showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin. Earlier today, Martin sat down with Avatar Press publisher William Christensen to talk about his work in comics.

If you’re like the many, many sad fans who are not at Comic-Con this weekend but also happen to be a student at the University of Virginia, you can take a summer class devoted to the show. The discussion-based course is taught by English professor Lisa Woolfork and is said to focus on both the show and the A Song of Ice and Fire books it is based upon.

“‘Game of Thrones’ is popular, it’s interesting, but it’s also very serious,” Woolfork said about the course. “There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful, and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis.”

This isn’t the first time a U.S. college has offered a summer class about Game of Thrones; Drexel University in Philadelphia offered one in 2012, along with a course called “Our Vampires, Our Selves” covering vampires in everything from folklore to pop culture.

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