I have been seeing a good craze going on lately with some craft breweries from around the world, and that is to partner up with a metal band, and release a beer with the band stamped on the label. Real Ale Brewing Company, from Blanco, TX is next in line to offer up this unique collaboration. They partnered up with Austin, TX Stoner Metal band, The Sword. I knew the workers over at Real Ale were Metal heads, as they have mentioned Metal bands, and albums on their Facebook page. Here is the official press release statement from the band and the brewery.
The Sword: Following a successful spring run supporting Clutch and an upcoming tour of Europe and the U.K, The Sword announce today a 25 date U.S. and Canadian tour July 25th to August 23rd. The tour will be the first to visit Canada in support of the band’s fourth album Apocryphon. Support acts for all dates will be Castle and American Sharks. Dates for the tour are:
July 25 – Dallas TX – Granada
July 26 – Austin TX – Red 7
July 27 – Abilene TX – Southern Nights
July 28 – Lubbock TX – Fubar
July 30 – Farmington NM – Top Deck
July 31 – Tempe AZ – Club Red
August 1 – Santa Ana CA – Observatory
August 2 – San Francisco CA – Slims
August 3 – San Francisco CA – Slims
August 5 – Portland OR – Hawthorne
August 6 – Spokane WA – The Center
August 7 – Seattle WA – Neumos
August 8 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore
August 10 – Edmonton AB – Starlite
August 11 – Calgary AB – Republik
August 12 – Regina SK – The Exchange
August 13 – Winnipeg MB – Pyramid
August 14 – Thunder Bay ON – Crocks
August 16 – Toronto ON – Lees Palace
August 17 – Montreal QC – Il Motore
August 18 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall Of Wb
August 19 – West Chester PA – The Note
August 20 – Baltimore MD – Ottobar
August 21 – Roanoke VA – Martins Downtown
August 23 – Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon
Spreading their entrepreneurial wings, the band is also pleased to announce the launch of a second branded beer, Iron Swan. The beer, in partnership with Texas based Real Ale Brewing Company, marks the band’s second foray into the beer universe following the launch last fall of Winters Wolves in partnership with Baltimore, Maryland based brewery Oliver Ales. Iron Swan will officially launch at the end of July with the four Texas shows that begin the summer tour.
Real Ale Brewing Company: Our newest canned offering is a tribute to the song that first introduced us to a packaging hall favorite, The Sword. Iron Swan pours a deep copper color and has an enticing intro of fruit and caramel with subtle hints of earth and spice. This medium bodied ale showcases the fruitiness of our house ale strain, along with the rich toffee flavors of English crystal malt. Added complexity is provided by generous amounts of English hops. Iron Swan finishes slightly dry with a mild spiciness that beckons another can. Fire up your turntable and audition Iron Swan yourself.
I personally can not wait to try this beer, and I hope I get to. Even though it seems like I get a hold of a lot of beer, there are a lot that I can not get. I just hope I can add this can to my collection. Below is a video clip of the song “Iron Swan” from The Sword’s debut full length album, Age of Winters. Enjoy and happy beer hunting!
Rockin and Rollin, BeerMetalDude!