Knotfest is production to bring you the latest installment of its continued curation of fine craft beer that resonates with our heavy culture in the May edition of the Knotfest Beer Pit.
Once again, advanced cicerone Adam Zuniga of Six Most Metal Breweries has loaned his expertise to the careful selection of what beers made the cut for May. The end result is an impressive offering of quality juice that varies from a killer Czech Pilsner, a tropical IPA, Iron Maiden’s English Stout, a kickass 10% Triple IPA, and a bonus fifth beer in Lamb of God’s non-alcoholic collaboration in the Ghost Walker from Brewdog.
Spanning a broad spectrum of styles, the common denominator among this month’s selections remains the unyielding quality of the beer that has become the hallmark of the Beer Pit. Sharing his knowledge of what consists of the good stuff when it comes to beer, Zuniga’s passion for suds and heavy culture at large is at the core of this and every collection in the Beer Pit thus far.
Here are the beers for the May edition of Knotfest’s monthly Beer Pit.
The May collection of the Knotfest Beer Pit ships the week of May 24th. The box consists of (5) different beers, (2) bottles/cans of each. The May edition of the Beer Pit features a fifth bonus beer in Lamb of God’s collaboration with Brewdog in the Non-Alcoholic Ghost Walker.
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The second installment of the monthly beer club spearheaded by Knotfest has arrived and once again, Advanced Cicerone® Adam Zuniga, host of The Six Most Metal Breweries, has curated a killer collection of four different beers from four different breweries all of which are respected purveyors of finely crafted suds.
In addition to the beers, members of the Knotfest Beer Pit will also gain access to virtual tasting events with the head brewers as well as exclusive gifts from breweries to make for a killer care package delivered right to your door every month.
For volume two, the assortment of cans include a bold Imperial IPA, a quenchable Mexican lager, a kickass stout, and Megadeth’s highly sought Farmhouse Ale Saison 13. Check the featured beers below.
The March Box of the KNOTFEST BEER PIT ships the week of April 12th, 2021. Each package comes with 8 cans in total, two (2) of the same beer from four (4) different breweries.
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Knotfest has launched their own monthly beer club designed to give fans of aggressive music the chance to share the love for quality beer.
The Beer Pit will offer a carefully curated collection of craft beers from a growing rotation of respected breweries. Helmed by Advanced Cicerone® Adam Zuniga, host of The Six Most Metal Breweries, each month will include a offering of four different beers from four different breweries totaling 8 cans in all delivered right to your door.
Members will also gain access to virtual tasting events with the head brewers as well as exclusive gifts from breweries to make for quite the care package.
For the introductory installment of the March box of the Knotfest Beer Pit, the following beers have been slayed and selected by Zuniga.
Belching Beaver Brewery (Oceanside, CA)
Phantom Bride IPA, 7.1% ABV
Named after the ethereal song by the one and only Deftones, Phantom Bride IPA is a blend of Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops delicately balanced for the perfectly drinkable mix of citrus and hoppy goodness. A truly original Deftones x Belching Beaver collaboration envisioned by Chino Moreno and skillfully crafted by Thomas Peters. The popularity of the beer has taken the collaboration from one-off to part of the brewery’s core offering.
Adroit Theory Brewing Company (Purcellville, VA)
EBK Hazy Double IPA [Gashadokuro Edition], 8% ABV
A soft + pillowy hazy DIPA with a creamy, juicy, and semi-sweet body. Minimal apparent booziness and only slight bitterness for balance. Citrus and floral aromatics give way to fruit forward notes of pineapple and orange peel, with slight pine on the finish. Double dry-hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra.
Kings County Brewers Collective (Brooklyn, NYC)
Morbid Hour Black Pilsner, 4.666% ABV
Collaboration with Saint Vitus Bar for Six Most Metal Breweries, a supremely crushable dark lager here to steal your soul and destroy your dreams. Toasted layers of pilsner, chocolate and black malt, balanced hop bitterness, with medium body and a spritzy finish. Dark-yet-light. Black bread in liquid form. Subtle and smooth. Drink it all night.
Wayfinder Beer (Portland, OR)
Hell Lager, 4.7% ABV
Our brewmaster Kevin Davey is a card-carrying lagerphile; we think this beer may show it off the best. Super clean, refreshing, distinctive, with a nice hint of Hallertauer hops. The gold standard for golden lagers. Voted Oregon Beer of the Year and 2019 Great American Beer Festival™ winner.
The March Box of the KNOTFEST BEER PIT ships the week of March 22, 2021. Each package comes with 8 cans in total, two (2) of the same beer from four (4) different breweries.
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Today is your lucky day. Friday the 13th is upon us, and let’s face it, you’ve had a rough year – from pandemic (ongoing) through protests (mobilizing) to the election (recounting), we could all use a beer.
Here’s a list of ten metal infused brews and mead, organized from highest to lowest alcohol for campside drinking along Crystal Lake. Since nothing else can possibly go wrong in 2020, take a slug of Slipknot No. 9 Iowa Whiskey and settle around the fire.
Surly Brewing – 13 Imperial Stout, 12.5% ABV (Minnesota)
Surly is no stranger to the dark side after collaborating with heavy metal royalty King Diamond on his Black Horsemen dark lager, as well as black metallers 1349 for their signature black ale. With eleven varieties of malted grain plus Warrior hops and vanilla beans, that’s thirteen reasons to love Surly 13, aged in maple syrup barrels and released once a year on Friday the 13th. Lead brewer Josh Lemke describes the color as black like a moonless night, but we say forget the pancakes and start your day with this beer.
Brimming Horn Meadery x Fires In The Distance – Echoes From Deep November Mead, 11-14% ABV (Delaware)
Mead is among the most ancient and most metal of beverages. It’s mentioned everywhere from the good book to better books, mythology and epic poems. Fundamentally fermented honey, Brimming Horn adds a host of black currants, black cardamom and black peppercorns in harmony with Fires In The Distance new album Echoes From Deep November on Prosthetic Records. Together, they welcome the change in seasons like a death doom funeral dirge with proper drinking horns.
Cosmic Eye Brewing – Your Friend Death Imperial Oatmeal Stout, 8.4% ABV (Nebraska)
Fun fact: International Stout Day is the first Thursday in November and how better to celebrate than with Your Friend Death? Cosmic Eye is Nebraska’s ‘most heaviest’ brewery, making eye opening beer in an old Laser Quest building outside Lincoln. Your Friend Death is a return to traditional stout with deep roasted character and healthy dose of oats for a round, silky mouthfeel. Imperial or no, owner/founder Sam Riggins will shotgun this beer with you, and Wolfmama Riggins won’t turn down a game of laser tag.
Adroit Theory Brewing – Elegy [Pain Edition] Hazy Double IPA, 8% ABV (Virginia)
If you read The 10 Most Metal Halloween Beers on Knotfest, you know Adroit Theory is responsible for the best remake of The Crow since the original. They succeeded where even Momoa failed. The secret? Double dry hopping – when hops are added twice more during or after fermentation – in this case a fruit cocktail of Mosaic, Ella, Vic Secret and Simcoe. Pain sits right on the threshold of Double IPA at 8% and you can expect four more brews of The Crow including Fear, Elegy, Despair and Death. Drink it up!
Wayfinder Beer x YOB – BeYOB Doppelbock, 7.7% ABV (Oregon)
Like all great Doom masterpieces, you’ll have to wait a bit longer than Friday the 13th for Wayfinder’s next band beer, but it’s worth it. YOB are their neighbors and cosmic power trio, formed in the ether or whatever’s in the air over Eugene. To match the band’s intensity, Wayfinder brews a double strength lager where a portion of the grain is removed, boiled, and returned to brewing for rich, malt-driven flavors. Try BeYOB as your BYOB for the next BBQ, just don’t forget a side of vegan ranch from Sizzle Pie.
Ghost Town Brewing – Hellscape Hazy IPA, 6.7% ABV (California)
Though San Francisco feels like a ghost town these days, thankfully there are signs of life in Oakland. Ghost Town Brewing sits right next door to Oakland Music Complex, both blasting enough metal for neighbors to call the cops (seriously). Hellscape is a hazy IPA for a hazy year, just the right amount of Enigma hops to keep us guessing with a slap of Simcoe bitterness that we’ll never forget. Notes of berries and mango pair well with cursed frogurt* if you’re among the first to get a can on Friday November 13th.
*Cursed frogurt not included.
Unibroue x Megadeth – Saison 13, 6.1% ABV (Canada)
Lucky for us, Unibroue partnered again with Megadeth following the album Th1rt3een for a heavier riff on their session saison À Tout Le Monde, this time aptly named Saison 13. As Dave Mustaine sings, he went to the well thirteen times and came back with a beer that includes thirteen different ingredients. Saison 13 is farmhouse ale with characterful Belgian yeast, fresh hop taste and a proprietary mix of fruits and spices that only the band or brewmaster Jerry Vietz can reveal. Maybe after they’ve had a few…
Burial Beer – Heavier Notions Lager, 5.5% ABV (North Carolina)
With Heavier Notions on the mind and currently on tap, Burial Beer promises a damn fine time whether you voted red, orange or blue. This is a modern take on classic lager made with North Carolina corn for subtle sweetness, domestic grown hops then lagered for perfect clarity in an American oak foudre, a bigger barrel or wooden vat that predates steel tanks. Fuck yeah. Come for the Sloth and Selleck mural at the original location in Asheville, stay for fresh cans of Tonin’ The Librarian IPA and more dad jokes with @rigsofdad, or go for luck this Friday to their new Forestry Camp restaurant.
Kings County Brewers Collective – The Hour Of Death Black Pilsner, 4.666% ABV (New York)
KCBC are kings of collaboration. They made Wolf Ov Siberia Double IPA for Behemoth, as well as Morbid Hour Black Pilsner with Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn and yours truly @sixmostmetalbreweries. Morbid Hour is dark as the stage at Saint Vitus now, but light on your feet and refreshing as that first show will be when live music is back. For the Hour of Death, KCBC ages Morbid Hour in oak barrels to be even more smooth with a hint of vanilla like adding cream to roast coffee. Is this real? I once made a beer parody of The Matrix asking that very question, there’s no fake news on YouTube.
BrewDog x Lamb Of God – Ghost Walker IPA, 0.5% ABV (Ohio)
In 2019, Lamb Of God played Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival in Ohio and connected with BrewDog USA. Their pilot brewer Shaun Carney conducts a micro-fermentation where just enough sugar converts to less than .5% alcohol and Randy Blythe joins for brewday to select bold, ‘Big C’ hops like Cascade, Centennial and Citra. The result is an American IPA with all the pith and pine bitterness but none of the alcoholic bite to leave you ghost walking in the aftermath.
If you can stand one more poll, we’re taking votes for most metal beverages of the year – beer, wine, liquor, coffee, you decide! Just no hard seltzer.
Adam Zuniga is an Advanced Cicerone® and creator @sixmostmetalbreweries.
It’s the most wonderful time of year – Halloween – and while our favorite pagan occasion might look a bit different for 2020, there’s no shortage of craft beers to drink through the hole in your homemade ghost costume. Beer is the perfect social or anti-social beverage, so here’s a list of the ten most rock and metal inspired breweries to pair with horror flicks six feet under in the basement or six feet apart at the neighbor’s backyard party. No tricks, just treats arranged from lowest to highest alcohol content because we need you lucid at the start of All Hallows’ Eve…
Unibroue x Megadeth – À Tout Le Monde Saison, 4.5% ABV (Canada)
Lest we forget live music, Megadeth performed Youthanasia on its 25th anniversary for Halloween 2019, including this beer’s namesake song À Tout Le Monde. Saison means ‘season’ but as the lightest, most sessionable brew in Unibroue’s lineup, À Tout Le Monde is offered year-round as a gift from The North. If you prefer grapes for wrath, Dave also has House of Mustaine vineyards, and with a new Megadeth album on the horizon, we defy you to find a better costume than Vic Rattlehead.
Wayfinder Beer – Terrifica Italian Style Horror Pilsner, 4.7% ABV (Oregon)
If the witches from Suspiria had a taste for German Noble hops instead of virgins, it would be this beer; think light golden body with spicy aromatics and you get the picture. A collaboration between the unholy trinity of Wayfinder Beer, Heater Allen and Modern Times in Portland, OR. And not to get political but voted one of the best beers in America by Bloomberg News. Like Wayfinder always says, maybe partying will help.
Kings County Brewers Collective – Marble Of Doom Blackberry Pomegranate Sour, 5.5% ABV (New York City)
Doom Metal never looked so colorful, like Black Sabbath meets Deep Purple (see what I did there?). Pours blood red, tastes better than beer flavored gushers with a sweet, tart and satisfying finish. If you’re not an acid head or prefer bitter to sour, KCBC also resurrected Nightmare On Troutman Street Red IPA at 6.66% ABV. They will even deliver to your door while celebrating Halloween in NYC. Again, no tricks just treats.
Wake Brewing – Crossbreaker Hazy India Pale Ale, 7% ABV (Illinois)
Rest in Power, Riley Gale. To commemorate the life and death of Power Trip’s frontman, Wake Brewing is releasing Crossbreaker Hazy IPA on Halloween day and donating part of the proceeds to www.dallashopecharities.org. With notes of grapefruit and pine, Wake makes a hazy IPA that still tastes like beer rather than smoothies or unfiltered fruit juice, and to quote Riley’s lyrics, Crossbreaker is the pain reliever.
Belching Beaver Brewery x Deftones – Phantom Bride India Pale Ale, 7.1% ABV (California)
The west is the best given Deftones roots in California with Belching Beaver. Phantom Bride is a West Coast IPA named for the song from Gore with Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops; classically bitter, brilliantly clear and perfectly balanced like a guitar solo by Jerry Cantrell. If you prefer a full album rather than a single, try to find the last of Belching Beaver’s limited release with Deftones dubbed White Pony IPA.
3 Floyds Brewing x Amon Amarth – Sköll Imperial Porter, 8.5% ABV (Indiana)
Beer for berserkers inspired by Amon Amarth’s most recent album and one of the closing tracks Sköll and Hati. Sköll is an Imperial Porter named for a mythical wolf, aged on oak chips with honey (nectar of the Gods), cocoa nibs (food of the Gods) as well as guajillo and chipotle peppers (wrath of the Gods). In other words, Viking Metal. Best paired with 3 Floyds Hati Hazy IPA to complete their collaboration with the band.
Author’s Note: You’re now six beers deep, if you need a shot, we recommend Evil Twin Rye Whisky from Anthrax and Hillrock Estate Distillery. Scott Ian isn’t sober anymore, keep up!
Brash Brewing – PeanvtBvtterWolf Imperial Milk Stout, 9% ABV (Texas)
If you’re like me, you throw most Halloween candy away just to get to the peanut butter cups. Try the big bad Wvlf instead – Brash makes PeanvtBvtterWvlf Imperial Stout with lactose milk sugar and 2.5 pounds of peanut butter in every keg you drink. The result is what they call a palate wrecker, enough temptation to make all the religious protesters outside Brashland Headquarters in Houston say can’t we all jvst get along?
Soundgrowler Brewing – Plague of The Locusts Brett Beer, 9% ABV (Illinois)
Another plague is upon us, and thankfully, it’s better than Corona. Brettanomyces is a strain of yeast that ferments more sugar than regular ale yeast, yielding a bone dry beer and aromas like a haunted barnhouse. With Plague of The Locusts, Soundgrowler ages their brett beer in port wine barrels with fresh blackberries for a lush and tangy finish. Drink this with the Al Pastor from their taco window and behold, a miracle!
Nightmare Brewing – Crucifixion Double India Pale Ale, 10.6% ABV (New York)
Nightmare is the brainchild of brewer Billy Powell, a dungeon master with encyclopedic knowledge of torture and talent for making Double IPA as drinkable as standard IPA. Watch out. Crucifixion is named for the gladiator uprising in Ancient Rome and a style of torture later popularized by another Superstar. As such, it’s brewed with a mix of citrus and tropical hops as well as communion wafers in the grain bill. No gods, no masters.
Adroit Theory Brewing – Dia de los Muertos Russian Imperial Stout, 13.7% ABV (Virginia)
For the first time, Adroit Theory is canning one of their biggest, blackest, booziest beers to celebrate Day of the Dead. Historically, Imperial Stout was brewed to higher strength in order to survive the voyage to Russia but now Adroit Theory will ship to you wherever possible. Tastes like all the flavors in life we love to death; dark chocolate, roasted coffee and burnt caramel. Note the label art and story highly reminiscent of The Crow circa 1994. In fact, I once made a beer parody of The Crow with Adroit Theory. Don’t believe me? Youtube and Vimeo never lie…
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Adam Zuniga is an Advanced Cicerone® and creator @sixmostmetalbreweries