Kerrang!: What went into this beer to make it uniquely Metallica-ish?
Steve Gonzalez: We brewed a few prototypes based on what the Metallica team was looking for and this was far and away their favorite. For me, what makes this a Metallica beer is the flavor intensity, but it stays refreshing. It's unique and groundbreaking like Metallica, but you can taste the influences, which in this case are traditional German lagers and American Craft Beer.
It's dry-hopped with German and American hops, the flavors really sing, it has depth, and you want to come back for more. Sounds like a Metallica beer to me!
How much input did you get from the band in terms of flavor profile?
They knew what they wanted for the most part! We did a few variations, all of which were really good. We spoke slightly different languages in the details, but translating what someone is asking for and interpreting that, getting inside their heads to give them something solid that meets their preferences is what we do! It was definitely a collaborative effort!
What Metallica albums or songs did you listen to while brewing this beer?
Personally, Ride the Lightning and ...and Justice for All, because I grew up in the 80s and those were my favorites! Cecil, one of our Brewers that brewed the prototype, listened to Blackened while brewing it! At least one of our brewers played Master of Puppets while brewing this one! There were a lot of albums to choose from for sure!