Iron Maiden unveils two new beers

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden has once again teamed up with Robinsons Brewery to launch two new beers: a stout and an IPA.

First launched in 2013, Iron Maiden’s beer range was developed by the band’s frontman and ale enthusiast Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks.

The stout and the IPA are the seventh and eight additions in the Trooper portfolio, and join a saké lager, Light Brigade golden ale, Hallowed Belgian style hybrid ale, Red ‘N’ Black porter, 666 higher gravity brew and original Trooper beer.

The 4.5% ABV stout, called Fear of the Dark, is the brand’s first stout and takes its name from an album launched by Iron Maiden in 1992.

Together with the 4.3% Trooper IPA, the beer will be available to pre-order via the Robinsons Brewery website, with online orders via Amazon due to open shortly.

The IPA was said to have been inspired by American IPAs sampled by Dickinson at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2019, where he was the keynote speaker.

Commenting on the launches, Martyn Weeks, head brewer of Robinsons, said: “Trooper is close to seven years old and has exceeded all expectations for us as a brewery. These two new brews join an extensive line up of beers that we have created in our collaboration with Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden. These are two new styles that we are proud to champion”.

Bruce Dickinson added: “I’ve sampled so many different styles of beer around the world on my travels with Iron Maiden and it’s hard to ignore how big IPA has become, and what an exciting style it can be. I’m a huge fan of both IPA and stout and they were the gaping holes in the Trooper range. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked us to do a Fear of the Dark Stout over the last few years!”

“An IPA is something we’ve always wanted to do with Trooper but had to wait until the timing and recipe were right. We are extremely proud of this brew which marries together familiar American hoppy flavours with a fundamentally British backbone.”

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