STORY WRITTEN BY ED CONDRAN
For Digital First Media
Metal and beer is akin to peanut butter and jelly and Beavis and Butthead, a perfect combination. The only issue at metal and beer fests is when the latter is subpar. That will not be so Saturday and Sunday at the Fillmore.
Thanks to Decibel Magazine, neither the brews or the tunes will be flat. “We have been planning Decibel Metal & Beer Fest for over three years,” Decibel Founder and Editor-In-Chief Albert Mudrian said. “But craft beer and underground metal fans have been waiting their entire adult lives for an event like this. Craft beer drinkers are continually thirsting for the opposite of boring and predictable.”
Mudrian isn’t kidding. The first annual metal and beer fest will include an inspired selection of microbrews. There’s Cigar City, which is leading the microbrew charge in Tampa. Headbangers should love Denver’s TRVE Brewing. Their slogan is beer and heavy metal. Asheville’s meticulously crafted Burial Beer has earned raves. Each of those exceptional breweries are taking part in the festival. Local favorites Tired Hands out of Ardmore and Neshaminy Creek, which is based in Bucks County will be serving up cold ones. Indiana’s Three Floyds, Hammerheart, which is out of Minnesota, Washington’s Holy Mountain, Washington D.C.’s Atlas, Ohio’s Hoofhearted and Georgia’s Burnt Hickory will represent.
The quality of the beer will be high and the sonic intensity will be ratched up to 11. Grindcore legends Agoraphobic Nosebleed will headline Saturday. Such metal heavyweights as Immolation and Municipal Waste are also on the bill. Panopticon, Krieg and Crypt Sermon will open Saturday’s show. Reunited Stoner-metalists Sleep will headline Sunday, Pig Destroyer, Withered, Khemmis, Falls of Rauros and Cemetery Piss will also hit the stage Sunday.
“Metalheads seek the same thrills through music,” Mudrian said. “The crossover has always been there. There just wasn’t an experience to properly unify the two, until this weekend.”
It’s not surprising that Decibel put the event together since it has fostered the brotherhood between the craft beer and metal worlds with its monthly “Brewtal Truth” column.
Decibel has amped up the event by adding craft beer pioneers Unibroue. The Quebec-based brewery partnered with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, a longtime beer connoisseur, to brew the recently released Belgian-style dry hopped saison A Tout Le Monde, which is based on the thrash act’s song of the same name. Unibroue brewmaster Jerry Bietz will appear to pour A Toute Le Monde and discuss the featured beer with attendees.
Brews and headbanging will be the norm after the event since Decibel intends to host the event in Philly for years to come.