Robinsons and Iron Maiden develop sake-infused lager


Sun and Steel saké-infused lager

Robinsons Brewery has collaborated with English heavy metal band Iron Maiden to create a saké infused pilsner called Sun and Steel.

The 4.8% lager is the sixth addition to Robinsons’ Trooper range, and has been over two and a half years in the making.

The double fermented pilsner has been infused with authentic Japanese saké yeast from the Okunomatsu Saké Brewery in Fukushima.

Alongside specialist brewing techniques, the unique saké yeast has been obtained with special permission from the Japanese government, adding “a layer of complexity” and resulting in one of the most complicated beers that Robinsons have ever brewed.

Iron Maiden vocalist and beer aficionado Bruce Dickinson said: “This has been such an exciting project. I had a crazy idea to try and make a saké infused lager and over two and a half years later, here we are!

“I know Martyn and the team at Robinsons have had to become mad scientists to make this work but the end result is a really unique hybrid beer that tastes fantastic.

“Trooper fans have been asking for a lager, and here it is. I bet you would never have guessed we would do it like this though!”

Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks added: “Saké yeast has very special nutritional requirements, and we had to learn how to make this work in a beer.

“We extracted the unique and delicate floral flavours from the saké and combined this with the malt and hops in the beer which lead us to the final Sun and Steel product.

“Once we were able to successfully grow the saké yeast, we then had to design a new Pilsner lager recipe with the key being that it must complement the saké flavours in perfect harmony.

“After several trial brews using different combinations of hops, malt and subtle changes to normal brewing practises, we knew we were ready to start full scale production.

“The outcome is a two-stage fermentation and extended maturation process which after a total of ten weeks delivers a unique flavour.

“It’s been a fun journey, and it’s safe to say we are delighted with the results. Sun and Steel has a delicate flavour with an initial refreshing pilsner taste followed by a delicate after-taste of honey and lychee.”

The first lager under the Tropper collaboration, Pilsner-style Sun & Steel takes its name from an Iron Maiden song appearing on their 1983 Piece of Mind album, which was inspired by the life of Japanese Samurai Miyamoto Musashi.

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