Legends of metal Iron Maiden have teamed up with Cheshire brewers Robinsons to create a new beer entitled â€œTrooperâ€, a 4.7% British ale. The beer will be available for purchase by both UK residents and overseas customers in May of this year.
Oliver Robinson, managing director of Robinsons, said, â€œThis collaboration â€” between two huge British success stories â€” makes for an ideal and natural match; Bruce Dickinson loves his real ale, and Robinsons Brewery is one of Britainâ€™s most established and respected independent family-owned brewers.â€
Dickinson added, â€œIâ€™m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought Iâ€™d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavor and texture that is Trooper. I love it.â€
A video of singer Bruce Dickinson explaining how Robinsons was chosen as well as him touring the factory can be seen below.
Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.
The Charge Of The Light Brigade, which inspired the Iron Maiden song The Trooper, took place at the Battle Of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 6-British cavalry courageously charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assault resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the commanding officer, Lord Raglan.