It's a well-known fact that many metalheads love to party, and by party we mean drink. Keeping with this sentiment, the worlds of heavy metal music and booze have been colliding so much these days, we decided to present several notable adult beverage options that will make you throw up the horns with every sip.
From wine to bourbon, IPA beers, and even vodka, if you drink, we've got you covered. But, please remember: Drink responsibly. And bang your fucking heads.
10. Indians Bourbon (Anthrax)
As one fourth of the Big 4 of Thrash Metal, Anthrax is also entering the heavy meets booze world. With Indians Anthrax has released its own unique brand of bourbon whiskey. The band has partnered with Jefferson's Bourbon, a Kentucky based distillery that makes micro batches of bourbon by using several different blends of rye whiskey aged in special oak barrels. Anthrax's Indians single barrel whiskey retails for around $100 a bottle.
9. Iron Swan Ale (The Sword)
Though it's been produced and bottled in Texas since 2013, this ale has the flavor profile and viscosity of a traditional English-style pale ale. Brewed by Real Ale Brewing Company in the Lone Star State, the ale is an homage to the epic, stoner doom metal band the Sword. The flavor of this ale is nutty, deep, and refreshing. The ale has a very hoppy characteristic, because traditional English hops are used in the brewing process. So far, Iron Swan Ale is available online and throughout the state of Texas.
8.Black Tongue Beer (Mastodon)
In conjunction with the U.K.-based brewing company Signature Brew, monstrous, epic prog metal band Mastodon have released a palate-crushing beer that will leave people floored and wanting more. With 8.3% alcohol, Black Tongue is a double black IPA with intense notes of citrus and strong hoppy aftertaste. The band is personally involved in the entire process from choosing the right ingredients to grueling taste tests.
7.Mustaine Vineyards (Dave Mustaine of Megadeth)
Dave Mustaine loves wine, so much that he owns his own vineyard near his Southern California home in the San Diego area. In conjunction with Fallbrook Winery and the help of his wife Pam, Mustaine has launched his own brands of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah. Last year, Mustaine Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California Symphony Interrupted Select, which was priced at $40 a bottle, sold out in less than three days.
6.Motörhead Beer/Wine/Vodka (Motörhead...duh!)
If any metal band has a reputation for partying hard, it's Motörhead. For more than four decades the band indulged in the excesses of rock stardom. Frontman Lemmy Kilmister never kept it a secret that he had an affinity for strippers, cigarettes, gambling, speed, and Jack Daniels. Recent serious health problems for the bassist/lyricist have slowed down his ways, but not stopped them completely. Due to heart problems, blood pressure, and other ailments Lemmy has had to give up cigarettes, hard liquor, and meth. But that doesn't mean he can't enjoy red wine. And it doesn't mean that he and his bandmates can't use the Motörhead name to brand lager beer, vodka, and wine, which includes a 2010 Australian Shiraz. "My advice is -- approach it with caution. I mean, wine is deceptive, anything can happen," says Lemmy on the band's website.
5.Reign In Blood Red Wine (Slayer)
Normally thrash might be associated with shotgunning cans of beer, but who says you can't get down with speed metal while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Slayer sure as hell hopes you do, with the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. This edition has hints of lush berry flavors, with a spicy, smooth oak finish. It has 12.5% alcohol, and is made from grapes grown in California. This wine would pair well with red meat, pastas and cheese, or vegetables. As part of a special online promotion, the wine is being sold with a miniature SLAYER coffin, where the bottle fits perfectly.
4. GWAR Bar (Yep, the whole damn bar!)
Even though the universe tragically lost the mighty Oderus Urungus of GWAR, fans can now rejoice and keep their favorite mutant alien's legacy alive, and grab some tasty adult beverages while they're at it. The GWAR Bar is located in a thriving bar/restaurant scene in Richmond, Virginia. With the help of many of GWAR's slaves and scumdogs, the late Oderus (Dave Brockie) threw the concept together. GWAR Bar serves up junk food favorites such as chicken, sliders, and mac and cheese, interpreted with a gourmet post-modern twist. The bar features a multiverse full of intergalactic drinks and specials, served in custom-made GWAR tiki glasses. The bar specializes in cocktails and shots. Plus, the entire premises are filled to the brink with GWAR art, ticket stubs, concert laminates, t-shirts, and memorabilia. Oderus would have been proud.
3.Insania Wines (Queensryche)
Geoff Tate is best known for singing with Queensryche on the band's seminal album, Operation Mindcrime. But since 2008, Tate has also been involved in wine, and has produced his own brand through Insania Wines. The grapes used are grown in vineyards in Washington State, where Tate lives. Taking the science of winemaking, and adding passion, art and love, Insania's signature wine blends are perfect for matching wine with food.
2.The Trooper (Iron Maiden)
Iron Maiden is one of the world's most recognizable heavy metal bands. And with four decades deep of conquering the world with head banging madness, lead singer Bruce Dickinson has taken the band's namesake into new territories. "The Trooper" is no longer just the iconic song, it is also handcrafted British Ale, brewed in the U.K. by Robinsons, a Brewery that has been following the English tradition of Beer making since the 1800s. Dickinson is an aficionado and connoisseur of British beers and ale, who took on the role of the concept of the beer as well as where it would be brewed and bottled. The Trooper has has distinct citrus notes, and the distinct flavor characteristics of three complex varieties of hops. Since the beer's debut in 2013, it has gone to win over fans and critics alike, and is being set up for distribution outside of the U.K. and Europe.
1.Caduceus Cellars (Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer)
Maynard James Keenan is the mystical, phenomenal vocalist, lyricist and songwriter for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. But outside of his musical endeavors, Keenan's passion is wine, and we don't mean just drinking the stuff. Keenan is the owner of Merkin Vineyards, where the grapes his wines are made from grow. In the dry, arid climate of Arizona, Keenan has added extra zeal, spirituality, and passion into the art of winemaking -- it comes out like an extension of his soul in a glass. Having been in the wine industry for around a decade, Keenan's winery specializes in custom blends of both red and whites, including Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc with Pinto Grigio, creating some interesting domestic, Italian style wines, made in the American Southwest. To find a retailer that carries Cadacues Cellars, visit www.cadaeus.org.
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