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Welcoming Trooper – the Iron Maiden beer – to India

It’ll certainly be a swill.

After 10 months of waiting for Trooper, the ale brewed by Robinsons, I can’t wait another 10 days. Mainly because of my drinking problem, but also because waiting this long has killed my interest in the beer. My friend Prayag said he’ll review it for this website, so I’m not worried.

Earlier this week I sent an email to Yeast India Company asking if there was a way I could buy a couple of pints of Trooper before its launch in Mumbai on December 1. Since I haven’t got a reply this time (they did respond to my first email which I’d sent to ask for details about the launch), I suppose my request has been dishonored. Of course I don’t deserve special treatment, but I’d like it very much, especially because I’ve been a beer enthusiast faithfully visiting liquor stores all over twice a week, hunting for new imports and dutifully writing about them, but primarily because I’m a beer-loving metal maniac whose introduction to heavy metal was Iron Maiden. 17 years of loving Maiden (I was 15 then, I’m 32 now) and being a drinking man.

Possessed by metal and tormented by alcohol.

But I’m a borderline alcoholic who falls asleep in bars and has to be awoken by polite company; a man who drinks with the enthusiasm of a young lad who has just discovered the pleasures of drinking, only to black out and awaken the next morning, wondering how he was sitting in the shady bar the previous night and the next moment was awake in bed in the morning, with no recollection of what transpired in between.

Sure, I’m off alcohol, after two nights of drinking even more than my usually excessive intake (birthday celebrations, you see?), having sworn for the 847th time to never put “that disgusting stuff” back in my body. But my willpower, strong as it is, might snap sometime next week, taking me straight to a bar where I’ll spend the Saturday evening getting systematically drunk.

Less than 24 hours before metalheads, out of love for Iron Maiden and readiness to drink alcohol, will throng to that pub/lounge (I don’t remember the name, but you can find out on Facebook) in Lower Parel, armed with a bona fide reason to get wasted. Show your love for Maiden by drinking Trooper. While there’s no doubt that Bruce Dickinson’s ale’s arrival in our city is a reason to celebrate, I can’t help being reminded of Mumbai Oktoberfest.

Of course every metalhead who drinks alcohol should sit back with several bottles of Trooper – hell, I’ll make a mad dash for it if I decide it’s not worth staying sober for the whole month of December, and I’m looking forward to Prayag’s review, but my prediction is that Trooper will be just another ale, which metalheads who didn’t care about high-quality brews until now will run to drink because it’s “the Iron Maiden beer”. Go on, prove your loyalty to heavy metal by drinking a beer.

I refuse to participate in this mockery of two of my greatest loves.

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5 Responses to “Welcoming Trooper – the Iron Maiden beer – to India”


  1. 1 Bhanuj
    November 22, 2013 at 21:42

    ” a man who drinks with the enthusiasm of a young lad who has just discovered the pleasures of drinking, only to black out and awaken the next morning, wondering how he was sitting in the shady bar the previous night and the next moment was awake in bed in the morning, with no recollection of what transpired in between.”

    You mean that’s not a normal thing? Maybe I should be worried.

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  2. 2 Super Trooper
    November 23, 2013 at 03:54

    It’s going to be amusing. Folks who’ve never tasted an ale or anything other than Indian lagers will go “Best beer evvvaaaar!”

    Like


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