Iron Maiden vocalist launches bottled and cask ale inspired by popular album track

Hot off the heels of their successful venture with Elbow [‘Build a Rocket, Boys’ ale], Robinsons Brewery have commandeered the services of Bruce Dickinson for its latest limited edition. Entitled ‘The Trooper’, it will be a full bodied 4.8% ABV ale, available in cask conditioned and bottle conditioned forms. It gets its name from their June 1983 single.

The beer version of Trooper will be released almost 30 years on from the 7″ version’s release, written by Steve Harris. ‘Trooper’, the song itself, is inspired by Alfred Tennyson’s The Charge of the Light Brigade, and is the fifth track on their 1983 album Piece of Mind. As for the beer, spurred on by Bruce Dickinson’s passion for real ale.

Quite rightly, the bar clip’s design is inspired by Iron Maiden’s album covers, sports the same Iron Maiden logotype, and Eddie, its mascot. For Bruce Dickinson, it was a dream come true for the lead singer, who thought he ‘died and gone to heaven’. He also claimed that ‘Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years’.

Hopefully by May, East of the M60 shall audition Trooper in either bottled or cask form, and make this the subject of a ‘Top Beer’ feature. We wish Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons Brewery well on their venture.

S.V., 13 March 2013.

2 thoughts on “Trooper Ale Storms Ahead for May Release

  1. Shame that they can’t get the brewery tours and visitors center open. Excuse last week was the two members of staff allocated there, are “unavailable”, one said to be on holiday and the other sick…no official date for reopening the visitors center.
    Never mind new short production beers, Robbies, sort the basics out!


    1. Hi Buspilot,

      I shall give them ample time till the teething troubles have been sorted out, before I embark on one of their brewery tours. To the best of my knowledge, I think they are looking at late March/early April.

      As for short production beers, it keeps the company in the public eye and wins new converts to the real ale cause. Which is a good thing compared with the amount of advertising such uninspired keg beers get on commercial TV channels and in cinemas.

      Bye for now,



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