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LONDON — Legendary British rock band Iron Maiden is serving up its own Trooper Ale at the bar in the House of Commons to members of Parliament.
The beer, billed as the band’s special cask ale, features the Iron Maiden mascot Eddie the Head and is packaged with a similar logo to the band’s 1983 single “The Trooper.”
It has secured a place behind the Strangers’ Bar after being introduced through the House of Commons’ guest ale program, which allows ministers to introduce a beer to fellow serving members of parliament (MPs).
Mike Weatherley, the Conservative 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 said on his website. “The guest ales program is an excellent way of drawing attention to small and independent beers from around the U.K., and I would encourage any local brewers who would like the opportunity to have their product showcased in Parliament to get in touch.”
Band 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 [Brewery] 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.”
Dickinson was described in the All Music Guide as “the most acclaimed and instantly recognizable vocalist to emerge from the New Wave of the British Heavy Metal movement of the early ’80s.”
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