Attention metal heads: this spring, the London-based band, Iron Maiden, is releasing their own beer called “Trooper.” The band is working with Robinsons, a 175-year-old U.K. brewery to release the beer, which is described as a traditional English ale with a 4.7% ABV.
Bruce Dickinson, the band’s lead vocalist, had an intricate role in developing the beer and its name, which comes from one of Maiden’s most beloved songs, “The Trooper.” The band announced the beer last Tuesday, which just so happened to be the birthday of bassist Steve Harris, founder of Iron Maiden, and the mastermind behind “The Trooper.”
Speaking on the beer, 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.”
Robinsons is best known for their Old Tom Strong Ale, but also for their other band collaboration called “build a rocket boys!” which was made with the Manchester band, Elbow.
Trooper is set to hit shelves this spring in pubs and grocery stores across England and Wales, but they’re working on getting it into the states as well. In the meantime, American consumers interested in trying Trooper can order from the Robinsons website as soon as the brew is available.
Can I end a blog post by saying rock on? I’m going to. Rock on.