Heavy Metal Beverages
Heavy metal bands just love to drink. And sing about drinking. And drink while singing about drinking. Tankard and Korpiklaani come immediately to mind when someone mentions Beer Metal. And Alestorm throw in pirates into the drunken mix. Yarr!!
But there is a growing market for heavy metal bands to bring out their own brand of alcohol. Natural progression? Sellout? Shut up and drink!
Motorhead have their own drinks shop, where they sell Bastards Lager, a Motorhead Vodka, a Rose Shiraz and a regular Aussie Shiraz, with a warning from Lemmy himself.
This page is being constantly updated. Keep checking in, I'm finding more and more Heavy Metal Signature Alcohol all the time. It's a booming market, and far more difficult to download, though many of the beverages are limited by number and/or location. Good Luck!
Motorhead Drinks Shop
Swedish Death Metal Merchants Amon Amarth have also plundered the Australian Shiraz market with a wine of their own
Amon Amarth Shiraz
They also have a beer called Ragnarok.
AC/DC have a range of wine choices from a Back in Black Shiraz, a Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and not forgetting their You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.
Read this article for more info
Beer as well?
And what better way to celebrate the greatest thrash album of all time, than to drink along with the wine? Slayer's 'Reign in Blood' wine. I'm serious here.
Read a review here
Are Kiss heavy metal? Who cares! Shut up and drink!!!
Beer as well? Go on, sign that contract!
Ratt and Warrant too? Oh, the humanity!
Have they no shame?
In Flames have entered the whiskey market.
But it's not cheap...
Now all I need is a distributor, and a backer for my hard rock/metal bar idea, and away I go. Are there any more heavy metal beverages out there? I'll keep looking... and drinking...
Update 10/03/13. I just found this cheeky picture of Chris Bowes holding Alestorm Mead! Go Sick Now! Yarr!
Not sure how this one slipped under the radar, but Iron Maiden have a cheeky Merlot (Chilean, I believe) available online through their online shop.
There is also an array of Iron Maiden glasses, leather tankards, tumblers. shot glasses, etc, if you feel like having an entire Iron Maiden-themed bar. Me, I'm just in it for the booze...
7th Son Evil Brew
Don't forget Trooper, the Premium British Beer...
Be sure you're over 18
There are a couple more wines that I should add to this list. One is thanx to the comment below about Tool's James Maynard Keenan, who owns Merkin Wineyards and their associated winery, Caduceus Cellars. The wines doesn't scream 'TOOL' the way the above alcohol cashes in on a Heavy Metal Band brand name, but the question remains, how well known would this wine have been, had it not been associated with a famous Heavy Metal Dude?
More info can be found here
And secondly, Geoff Tate, former frontman for Queensryche, and current frontman for another Queensryche (yeah, legal battles, gotta love the music industry right?) and noted wine enthusiast has launched his own brand of wine with wife Susan. The wine is called 'Insania', and features a red "full-bodied Bordeaux blend" and a white that "is noteworthy for its viscosity and vibrant acidity". Enough of the ad, start drinking!
Geoff Tate Likes Wine
Let's not forget another couple of beers to throw in. Clutch have a dark sour ale on the market...
I'd love to review any of these products, but the only one I've seen in the local is the AC/DC wines. Feel free to send me samples!
The more I dig...the more I find...
Sepultura have a beer brand out which, by one account possesses “turbidity caused by natural yeast in suspension” and the “aroma and flavors of banana and clove from a special strain of yeast that produces the chemicals that lead to these perceptions.”
It comes in a package resembling a Marshall Amp.
And Finnish Black Metal dudes Impaled Nazarene have released (wait for it) Goat Brew Beer!
However it's only available in Finland. Bureaucracy and legal issues are blamed. I assume no goats were harmed in the making of this beer.
Municipal Waste have a signature oatmeal stout called Toxic Revolution that has been described as a “black liquid wall of death in your mouth.”
It's currently available only in Sweden (of course). According to Hisingen Brew, it is "made from special Cascade-hops that makes it taste even better lukewarm for your festival nights." For those of us who like cold brews, that sounds like a cop-out, but I do rather like the chicken with tentacles on the can.
GWAR have announced their own beer coming out for August 3rd. It's the GWAR B-Q Beer, and was created for the upcoming GWAR B-Q on August 17 in Richmond VA. The beer should go well with the Brutal Burgers topped with GWAR-B-Q Sauce.
They even have a beer ad.
Check out the news here
Swedish band Wolf have teamed up with Swedish distiller Sankta Annas Bränneri to produce a Green Absinthe. With an alcohol content of 66.6%, it is suitably evil, and according to one reviewer..."After you get past the initial blast of flavor there are plenty of subtle notes working on the front end and the back end of the tast (sic)".
Dave Mustaine Sells Out! (of his limited edition "Symphony Interrupted" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012)
All sold out, but keep watching this space
And Baltimore-based The Brewer’s Art have been issued a 'Cease and Desist' by Ozzy Osbourne to stop producing their Belgian strong pale ale, called “Ozzy.”