Well, it is not exactly Megadeth’s beer, however, it is an interesting beer that is coming to the United States. The story goes like this.
Three years after collaborating with Megadeth’s founder and frontman Dave Mustaine to make a low alcohol Belgian saison designed to appeal to craft beer newcomers (that also love metal), Canadian brewery Unibroue started selling its second beer, appropriately called Megadeth beer, with the rock star in the United States.
As an homage to the band’s 2011 song, TH1RT3EN, the latest brew is called Saison 13 and uses 13 different ingredients to lend notes of apricot, nectarine and spice. It clocks in at 6.1% alcohol by volume (ABV) and a low 19 International Bittering Units (IBU).
Their first collaboration, a session saison called A Tout Le Monde, still sells year-round, while Saison 13 is available in stores and bars in four-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draught while supplies last.
“Saison 13 contains a series of elements that have meaning to him and to me,” Unibroue Brewmaster Jerry Vietz says in a statement. “Over the years, all of our discussions were a major inspiration for me in the creation and sharing of this new brew; nothing was left to chance.”
In 2015, Mustaine reached out to Vietz, a huge Megadeth fan and avid guitar player, to co-create A Tout le Monde. By both accounts Metallica’s former guitarist got deeply involved in the recipe-design process.
“He was not a passive member of the project, he’s really a partner and that was exactly what I was looking for,” said Vietz before they launched the beer onto the market. “It wasn’t my project it was our project.”
Now while The Dive Bar may not carry this beer, we still think it is a bad-ass idea and love Megadeth. We are proud of Dave Mustaine for jumping into the business. And remember that The Dive Bar has great pub grub, karaoke all week, live bands all month long, lot’s of cool and happy people, great vibes, stiff cocktails, and the best staff this side of the Mississippi. We hope to see you down here ASAP. We will save a stool for you.