Bloggy Goodness: Iron Maiden’s Heavy Metal Beer

You don’t typically equate metal-heads with craft beer, but Iron Maiden is looking to change that. The legendary British metal act has announced that they’ve teamed up with the folks at Robinsons Brewery to produce Trooper Premium British Beer. The 4.7% ABV brew, named after a song off their 1983 album Piece of Mind, features “malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops [that] dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.”

Trooper, which will features Maiden’s iconic mascot Eddie on the label, will be available on cask and in bottles beginning in May. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson introduces the brew…

Finally, last week we mentioned the passing of Jason Molina, who fronted both Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. As a way of helping his family pay for his medical and funeral costs, a number of bands have joined together to record the tribute album, Weary Engine Blues, for the late singer-songwriter. The record, which will be released on April 24 via Graveface Records, will feature the likes of Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin’, Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships and Wave Pictures.

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