Iron Maiden‘s Trooper Ale is being sold in parliament.
The Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons has regular guest ales for sale and Mike Weatherly, Tory MP for Hove, recently nominated the band’s brew. “As an Iron Maiden fan and an MP, it is a real treat to have this specialist ale as one of the guest ales in parliament – the fact that I also get to try it for the first time on my birthday is just a bonus,” Weatherley told CMU. “The guest ales programme is an excellent way of drawing attention to small and independent beers from around the UK and I would encourage any local brewers who would like opportunity to have their product showcased in parliament to get in touch.”
The band’s special cask ale, which is called Trooper, features their mascot Eddie the Head and is packaged with a similar logo to their 1983 single ‘The Trooper’. Speaking previously about the beer, which was first made available at this year’s Download festival, where Maiden headlined on June 15, frontman Bruce Dickinson said: “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 flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”
To watch a video of Dickinson talking about the ale, click below.