For craft beer lovers who are also into metal music, few things are cooler than when your favorite band releases their own craft beer. And now for fans of the legendary thrash masters, Anthrax, who have already been pretty stoked in the last year between the release of their newest and critically acclaimed album, For All Kings, to the band's incessant touring - things are about to get even more awesome with the release of Anthrax's pale ale beer.
An Anthrax craft beer is more than just a wish-come-true to fans of the band, it also is so for band as well. It all began innocently enough when some members of the band were hanging out at Daddy-O, a West Village bar in New York. Anthrax had mentioned to owner, Phil Casaceli how they'd love to have their own brand of beer and Casaceli took that idea and ran with it. Casaceli connected with upstate New York's Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery about the idea and all of the planets were aligned at just the right time, and the result of which is going to be called "Wardance," Anthrax's very own craft beer.
"I've wanted to do our own beer for a long time, it was just finding the right guy to make that a reality," explained Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian in a press release, "I am a fan of Butternuts, especially their Porkslap Pale Ale, and when I found out that Chuck was interested in doing a beer with us I immediately said yes."
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante added: "Finding the right taste that all of us loved was really important, but it was also important that the beer not leave people feeling heavy or filled up afterwards. The other thing I love about our beer is that it goes really well with a burger. It's the one beer to have when you're having a 'Wardance.'"
Anthrax's Wardance pale ale will be available in stores, bars, and restaurants where craft beer is sold in New York State beginning on Mar. 27, and plans are currently in the works to distribute nationwide as well.
In the meantime, Anthrax will be hitting the road on Mar. 29 on a co-headlining North American run with Killswitch Engage aptly named "KillThrax." Metalcore's The Devil Wears Prada will provide main support -- click here for tour dates and ticket information.