Iron Maiden have announced that they are to brew a stronger version of their own-brand beer in celebration of selling over 10 million pints of Trooper.
The new limited edition brew – titled Trooper 666 – is once again being created in collaboration with the UK’s Robinsons Brewery and, unlike its Trooper cousin’s current ABV of 4.7%, will boast an ABV of 6.6% (see what they did there?!)
Says Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson: “Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew, and it seemed only right to do this at 6.6%.”
He continues: “Despite the links with our song The Number Of The Beast, the name has come about as a result of some research by historian Terry Brighton. He’s shown there were 666 soldiers who rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 – and not just the 600 of Tennyson’s famous poem.”
Robinsons Brewery boss John Robinson says: “Trooper 666 is the same award-winning recipe, but brewed to a higher gravity. The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that’s packed with malt, but slightly sweeter than the original.”
Dickinson adds: “I think it tastes tremendous – and I personally prefer this straight from the fridge.”
Trooper 666 will be launched across the world on the 1st of October. Orders can be placed via www.ironmaidenbeer.com from that date.
Iron Maiden’s new album, The Book Of Souls, is scheduled for release worldwide on the 4th of September.