Add Iron Maiden to the list of artists with their own beer. But instead of just licensing their name and likeness, they are taking part in the brewing process. Singer Bruce Dickinson is real-ale enthusiast and together with his bandmates they have come up with Trooper beer, which will be handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, England. Dickinson says, "I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’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." The result is a deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon. It will be available in the U.K. as well as internationally starting in May.
Other artists with their own beer include Jimmy Buffett, AC/DC, KISS and The Rolling Stones.