GWAR, Cigar City Brewing teaming up for GWAR Beer; taste it Saturday at Crowbar
When Port Richey homebrewer Rob Chalmers and his wife Deidra decided to make a beer inspired by the music of metal band GWAR, they were surprised to receive authorization from the band itself to use official imagery on the label. Even more surprising was the subsequent request to make two more cases of beer for the band to take on tour.
When Chalmers was later asked to make even more beer for the band — this time for the annual GWAR-B-Q festival in Richmond, Va. — he knew it was a job far too big for his back yard.
"I could not supply them with what they needed, so I contacted Joey Redner at Cigar City Brewing and he was interested," said Chalmers. An unlikely meeting between Chalmers, Redner and members of GWAR was set up, and GWAR Beer, a hop-forward pale ale brewed by Chalmers and Cigar City brewer Josh Brengle, was born.
"A lot of bands are starting to do their own beer, lots of bands have done their own wines, there's even some bands that have done their own liquors, and of course you know that GWAR is always motivated by wanting to be cool," said GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus. "But basically, what we get out of it is all the free beer we can drink forever — not that that wasn't the case before."
For more on GWAR Beer, click here for Justin Grant's story.