Iron Maiden announce limited edition Trooper Red n’ Black porter beer

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Iron Maiden have announced a new limited edition beer from their award-winning Trooper range.

Available from September this year, Trooper Red N’ Black will be the third beer from the metal legends’ stable, following on from the success of the band’s original Trooper brew and last year’s limited edition Trooper 666.

The beer, once again designed by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks, takes its inspiration from a very early Robinsons recipe from the 1850s, a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.

Says Dickinson: “I like tasting outside the box. Stouts and porters were virgin territory for me, so I just went by feel. Martyn and I hope we have created a new take on a classic beer and one which I hope will tickle the taste buds of ale fans in a pleasantly unexpected way.”

John Robinson, brands manager for Robinsons Brewery, adds: “With millions of pints sold in 55 countries worldwide, it’s safe to say that Trooper remains a phenomenal success. Last year, we released Trooper 666 at the request of the fans, and this year we are happy to be releasing another limited-edition beer that broadens the Trooper range in an ever evolving and vibrant beer market.”

Trooper Red ‘N’ Black uses a blend of chocolate and crystal malts which help give the beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. Robinsons yeast, the same strain which has been used in the Stockport brewer’s beers since 1942, provides hints of both liquorice and honey to create a delicious warming brew.

At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, Trooper Red ‘N’ Black is the strongest beer in the range to date. The brew takes its name from both the color of the beer, which glows red when held up to light, and the song “The Red And The Black” from Iron Maiden’s critically acclaimed 2015 album The Book Of Souls.

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Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer to go on sale in cans in the US

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Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer will go on sale in the USA in January.

Rather then being presented in the bottles familiar to punters in the UK, the beer will be sold in 500ml ‘tallboy’ cans.

The beer was first launched in the UK by Robinsons Brewery in 2013. Says Managing Director of the brewery Oliver Robinson in interview with the Manchester Evening News:

“At the start of the millennium only a handful of small North American producers were canning their beers.

“Today, it’s the biggest growth area in the US craft industry with more than 400 US craft breweries all electing to can their beers rather than bottle, and I have a sneaky suspicion that a canned comeback could be on the cards for the UK as well.

“There are many reasons for the rise in canned beers, but ultimately it boils down to the fact that there’s something rather cool about a premium beer in a can.”

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