Legendary metal band, Anthrax has announce the release of their own craft beer called Wardance (5.5% abv), which will be available in New York State as of March 27th, 2017. Plans to expand distribution to other States are underway.
Guitarist Scott Ian noted, "I've wanted to do our own beer for a long time, it was just finding the right guy to make that a reality. 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."
Charlie Benante further elaborated, "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."
This all came about when the group were hanging out at New York's West Village bar Daddy-O in 2016 and mentioned to owner Phil Casacelli how they'd love to have their own brand of beer. Casacelli, a long-time fan of upstate New York's Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, made a call to Chuck Williamson, owner of Butternuts, a metalhead and a long-time Anthrax fan, and everything started to fall into place for what would become Anthrax's own craft beer, Wardance.
Wardance is a pale ale style with a special blend of malts and hops to give it a unique flavor. Williamson and Rev did a tasting with the band on their tour bus parked outside the St. Vitus club the night Anthrax headlined a benefit show there last September for Gilda's Club NYC. In addition and unbenownst to the band's fans, a keg of that "first batch" was poured at the St. Vitus show with Williamson and Rev taking feedback from the fans. Taking band and fans comments into consideration, Williamson did a little more tinkering in the beer lab with the ale's recipe, one more Anthrax tasting which received a unanimous thumbs up from the band, and Wardance Pale Ale, available in 12 oz. cans, was inaugurated.
The band are also set to co-headline a 27-date North American tour with Killswitch Engage, and The Devil Wears Prada as main support.