Category: metal beers

Mastodon join the metal beer ranks


Beardy metal titans Mastodon have joined the ever-expanding ranks of metal bands with their own beer, with the release of Black Tongue, named after the open­ing track of the band’s 2011 album The Hunter.

Weigh­ing in at a quite hefty 8.3%, the ale is brewed by Sig­na­ture Brew in the UK, an out­fit who spe­cialise in work­ing with bands to cre­ate, well, sig­na­ture brews.

They have the fol­low­ing to say about it:

Black Tongue is by far the most ambi­tious we have made. A year and a half in the mak­ing; with Brann and the guys decid­ing flavours and direc­tion through­out, this is a Dou­ble Black IPA of huge proportions.

Rum­bling smoky notes are off­set by the elixir of mis­be­hav­ing punchy hops. Mosaic and Mag­num hops to the front, with Carafa Spe­cial 3 Malt and Pale on the base­line. The band wanted to cre­ate a ‘pal­let crusher’ and that’s cer­tainly what has been deliv­ered. A beer for enjoy­ing slowly, let­ting the bom­bard­ment of flavour and inten­sity hit your tongue and explode with every sip.

Sounds a lit­tle like a Mastodon album, doesn’t it? “Mak­ing Of” video below:

Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the beer

Heavy Metal Parking Lot from Solemn Oath Brewery

In  my unwa­ver­ing effort to know every­thing there is to know about beer and heavy metal, I set up a Google Alert about the topic — which means that every now and then when Google decides it has some­thing new and inter­est­ing on the topic, it sends me a heads up in my inbox.

Such was the mes­sage last week that alerted me to the pres­ence of a beer called Heavy Metal Park­ing Lot, which is of course the name of a some­what infa­mous short doc­u­men­tary from the late 80s. Some cur­sory sam­pling of the infor­ma­tion avail­able tells me that this is an upcom­ing beer from Solemn Oath Brew­ery in  Naperville, Illi­nois, who make Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers. They describe Heavy Metal Park­ing Lot (the beer, that is) as follows:

Huge cit­rusy, piney, resinous Amer­i­can hop aroma, mod­er­ate bit­ter­ness, caramel malt sweet­ness and fruity Bel­gian yeast esters. A col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dry­Hop Brew­ers timed to coin­cide with their open­ing in May.

Unfor­tu­nately they don’t impart any infor­ma­tion as to why it deserves such an aus­pi­cious name, although they list poten­tial food pair­ings as “Roast pork, Edam cheese, cit­rus tart” which I’m pretty sure none of the sub­jects in the doc­u­men­tary were inter­ested in at the time (although 25 years later who knows). Other beers from Solemn Oath include brews called None More Black and Skinny Jeans Are Ridiculous.

So while we’re talk­ing Heavy Metal Park­ing Lot, enjoy the doc­u­men­tary again in it’s ridicu­lous, beau­ti­ful entirety here:

Brewers that like heavy metal


If you want to prove you're metal, naming your company TRVE Brewing is one way to go about it - and that's just what Nick Nunns did when he opened his brewery in 2011. Denver Westward blogger Jonathon Shikes it described as "a long, skinny, patio-less space that resembles a dive bar in appearance, but with a goat's skull hanging above the taps". Sounds awesome.

Based in Denver in the US state of Colorado, the boutique brewhouse names their beers things like Hellion, Death Ripper and Stout O))). This month they will release their first bottled beer, a sour brew called Vexovoid (after Portal's latest release), but it will only be available from their own bar and bottles cost $17 (ouch).

TRVE Brewing Company

via TRVE Brewing will bottle its first sour beer and begin barrel-aging program

So for those of us who don't live in Denver, here's some Portal:

Beer that likes heavy metal


Fans of heavy metal and beer who live in the US state of Vir­ginia should check out Port City Brew­ing Com­pany in Alexan­dria — these guys ser­e­nade their brews to the sooth­ing sound of metal.

Brewer Will Cox recently told The Wash­ing­ton Post “I like to think the vibra­tions from the loud metal music shakes the fer­menters and stim­u­lates the yeast dur­ing pri­mary fer­men­ta­tion, and the hops dur­ing dry-hopping. That’s my story and I’m stick­ing to it.”

Port City’s Mani­a­cal IPA is cre­ated with Can­ni­bal Corpse as the spe­cial sonic ingre­di­ent, while their Okto­ber­fest brew is (appro­pri­ately) brewed with  Kreator on the playlist.

Check out the brewery’s event pages for upcom­ing heavy metal nights — the next is on Sep­tem­ber 9.


GWAR-B-Q Beer launching in August

GWAR heavy metal beer

Alien over­lords GWAR will be launch­ing their own beer, giv­ing away free sam­ples at a launch event in Ybor City, Florida, on August 3.

Front­crea­ture Oderus Urun­gus released the fol­low­ing statement:

This is another mile­stone on the road lead­ing to the GWAR-B-Q, the new GWAR album, and the brand-new GWAR show we will be putting on tour this fall. I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with the fans, get­ting incred­i­bly wasted, and then vom­it­ing all over them. Then we will sell that!

The beer is brewed by Cigar City and is called Impaled Ale (read some more about how the col­lab­o­ra­tion was born). Fans of legal drink­ing age in Ybor City can get in for $5 and the first 50 wear­ing  GWAR gear get in free — find more details on the GWAR web site.

And of course, there’s a video:

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Iron Maiden beer breaking records

Trooper Ale

Accord­ing to Robin­sons, the family-run brew­ery in Stock­port (UK) mak­ing Iron Maiden’s Trooper Ale, demand for the brew is unprece­dented in the company’s  175 year history.

Mar­ket­ing direc­tor David Brem­ner says “for the first time in our his­tory we’re brew­ing three times a day and six days a week” — which is appar­ently more than dou­ble their nor­mal pro­duc­tion. He also men­tioned that they had not spent any money on adver­tis­ing. Which, con­sid­er­ing how rabid Iron Maiden fans can be, is not really surprising.

The ale is not yet avail­able, but can be pre-ordered on the beer’s web site. Yes, the beer has it’s own web site.


Iron Maiden’s new Trooper Ale

The lat­est band to launch their own beer is NWOBHM vet­er­ans Iron Maiden.

Pro­duced by UK brew­ery Robin­sons, the tra­di­tional British ale is named after Iron Maiden’s clas­sic track The Trooper. It will be avail­able in British pubs in May, and at Down­load Fes­ti­val 2013 in June.

Bruce intro­duces ‘Trooper’ from Trooper on Vimeo.

From Dig­i­tal Spy:

Bruce Dick­in­son said: “I’m a life­long fan of tra­di­tional Eng­lish ale, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to cre­ate our own beer.

I have to say that I was very ner­vous. Robin­sons are the only peo­ple I have had to audi­tion for in 30 years. Their magic has been to cre­ate the alchem­i­cal wed­ding of flavour and tex­ture that is Trooper. I love it.”

Well, you weren’t expect­ing him to say it was rub­bish, were you? I’d love to hear from any­one who gets to try this beer.

Graveyard put their name to a beer — and you’ll love their spin on it

If you are for­tu­nate enough to live in or are vis­it­ing Swe­den, you can now buy a beer named after clas­sic Swedish doom band Grave­yard.

The beer is called Hisin­gen Brew and the band had very spe­cific cri­te­ria when choos­ing a beer to put their name on. Drum­mer Axel Sjöberg told Noise­creep:

Most beers taste good cold, but taste bad warm. There are sit­u­a­tions where you wind up drink­ing beer that is warm, whether you buy it in a store and then take it to party and then drink it at the party. Or at a fes­ti­val, when you are asleep in a tent. The beer is there but it’s warm and not good. Your stom­ach turns upside down. So we wanted it to taste good in all temperatures.

If that’s not a genius move I don’t know what is — I’ve suf­fered through many a warm fes­ti­val beer myself! Props to Grave­yard for plac­ing the hap­pi­ness and well-being of their fans in such high regard. I would very much like to sam­ple this brew.

Watch the promo video below:

Grave­yard will be releas­ing a new album titled Lights Out on Novem­ber 6, 2012.

Beers inspired by AC/DC

Angust Young, AC/DC

Photo by Charles Brewer

I was at Met­al­camp in Slove­nia last month (this is not the place for a fes­ti­val write up, but if you haven’t been and you like sun, pris­tine river beaches, par­ty­ing and metal, you WANT to go, trust me), and next to the bin at one of the beaches I spied this:

AC/DC Beer

The tagline — “Ger­man Beer, Aus­tralian Hardrock” is a good one, because Aus­tralian beer and Ger­man hard rock would be a pretty bad combination!

OK just jok­ing. Ger­man hard rock is pretty good. I’m not going any­where near the issue of Aus­tralian beer.

Any­way I thought I’d find out some more infor­ma­tion about this brew — I was as sur­prised as any­one that I hadn’t writ­ten it up here yet. See­ing as it’s avail­able in Ger­many only (and only since July) I couldn’t find a hell of a lot of infor­ma­tion about it in Eng­lish, other than it’s a 5% pilsener brewed in accor­dance with Germany’s Purity Law by Karls­berg (thank you Google Trans­late, mein deutsch ist scheisse).

While look­ing around for it, I also found this arti­cle on the Deci­bel Mag­a­zine blog: For Those About to Drink: AC/DC-Inspired Beers. I love “Track #3″, the image fea­tured at the top of the post — very wink wink nudge nudge secret metal hand­shake insider stuff.

AC/DC is pretty uni­ver­sally loved, so there must be more of this kind of thing. Seen any others?

The latest addition to the Motörhead alcoholic merchandise range is… a beer

Although not quite at the Gene Simmons/KISS level of ridicu­lous­ness, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmin­ster has been known to not be shy when it comes to try­ing to make a buck off the rep­u­ta­tion of the loud­est band in rock and roll. And why not — it’s cer­tainly deserved and the music indus­try itself is cer­tainly no goldmine.

After film­ing a com­mer­cial for Kro­nen­bourg 1664 with a pretty cool slowed down ver­sion of the clas­sic tune Ace of Spades, and adding to the exist­ing  Motör­head Vodka and  Motör­head Shi­raz, a  Motör­head beer is being released — but you can only get it if you live in (or are vis­it­ing) Swe­den. Called Bas­tards and brewed by Krön­leins, the lager costs SEK19.90 — that’s £1.81, €2.35, or USD $2.87 and is only avail­able through the chain ‘Systembolaget’.

The beer is described thusly:

For all beer drinkers and hell rais­ers, fans of loud and fast rock and roll, no mat­ter if you have no class or if you are a dam­aged case, this mean machine lager is fuel for any head bang­ing opportunity.”

And that, my friends, is some­thing to raise a glass to.