BrewDog, the Scotland-based brewery with a hub in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood, has collaborated with Virginia Heavy Metal band Lamb of God on a new non-alcoholic beer. Ghost Walker is apparently "pure metal without the morning after bangover."
The brewery is calling it the "world's first non-alcoholic collaboration beer" (it has less that .5 percent ABV) and its release comes on the eve of what would have been Lamb of God's global tour.
The group, which has a new self-titled album slated for release in May, was supposed to start a European tour this spring. The tour has since been postponed as a result of COVID-19, but that hasn't stopped the band from crafting Ghost Walker, an NA brew named after their song "Ghost Walking."
Singer Randy Blythe wrote "Ghost Walking" about his experience going alcohol-free, and seems to have really liked BrewDog's existing line of NA beers.
“The idea of a collaboration hatched when Willie Adler and I visited a BrewDog bar in Columbus on a tour day off to sample a few pints of their non-alcoholic beer with the brewery team. Countless bands have done beer collaborations, but we are the world’s first non-alcoholic one," Blythe says. "In my not-so-humble opinion, this is the best non-alcoholic beer ever made, PERIOD. It was conceived, designed and first tasted while on tour — music drove it into existence. Right now is a strange time for everyone, but we’re stoked to provide a non-alcoholic option for those who want to have a brew while cranking some tunes safely at home."
The beer was launched with a special live video of the band performing "Ghost Walking" at House of Vans in Chicago in February.
The beer is currently available in BrewDog’s online shop and can ship anywhere in the world. Later, when the quarantine is over and live shows are reinstated, Ghost Walker will be available at Lamb of God concerts in North America and Europe as an alcohol-free alternative.
“This collaboration is our most epic to date. It is also one of the most important, especially now. BrewDog has always been focused on making other people as passionate about craft beer as we are, and that includes people who, like Randy, don’t want alcohol in their beer," said BrewDog co-founder James Watt.