Drinkhacker Reads – 03.14.2013 – Iron Maiden Launches Its Own Beer

Trooper 525x350 Drinkhacker Reads   03.14.2013 – Iron Maiden Launches Its Own BeerIt’s been a bit since we’ve had a celebrity product endorsement or creation that really caught our attention, but this latest offering made us raise our fists and give the appropriate salute. Legendary metal band Iron Maiden has collaborated with Robinson’s to create The Trooper, the first in what will hopefully be a long-standing collaboration between the band and brewers.  While it’s just 4.8% abv, we’re hoping later editions will reach 6.66% abv. We’d also suggest future editions be christened “Powerslave,” “Flight of Icarus,” or “2 Minutes To Midnight,” but that’s just our inner metal fan talking. Hopefully this will be shipped stateside soon. Aces high, gents! Aces! [Iron Maiden Beer]

Carrying on with the music connections, Moscato has become an “it” thing in the lyrics of artists such as Drake and Kanye West and drink du jour of Jay-Z and Beyonce; with some people “in the know” are going so far as to christen it “the new Cristal.” So it goes that trends capitalize and cannibalize one another and voila! We have a new trend that makes perfect sense: Skyy Vodka is slated to launch a Moscato flavored vodka later this spring. The up and coming white wine varietal will share the stage with such flavors as wild strawberry, coconut, dragon fruit, blood orange, pineapple, ginger, cherry, grape, citrus, raspberry and passion fruit. Here’s hoping that we’re all heading for a mysterious new vodka called the Harlem Shake. [PR Newswire]

Yesterday saw the election of Pope Francis I, new leader of the Catholic church and over a billion devout Catholics worldwide. Joining in the celebration are NYC’s Silverleaf Tavern and NIOS restaurant with two limited-run cocktails available for the remainder of the week; one referencing the Vatican electoral process and the second a nod to his eminence’s native Argentina.

White Smoke
1.5 oz Ultimat vodka
3 oz heavy cream
.75 oz white crème de cacao
Nutmeg garnish

Fernet and Cola
1.5 oz fernet
Fill with cola
Serve with a fresh orange peel

Finally today, selected guests from 17 countries gathered in Udaipur, India, “the City of Sunrise,” to celebrate the global launch of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Cognac. Among the invited dignitaries were Pierrette Trichet, gifted Cellar Master of the House of Rémy Martin, her deputy Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau, and Aquaman. Everyone drank and celebrated the release of this rare vintage edition of 738 bottles, one of which can be yours if you have an extra $23,000. We’ll stick with The Trooper for now. [PR Newswire]

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