Beer of the Month: Real Ale & The Sword: Iron Swan
Although the rest of the country likely associates Texas music as being exclusively country, we know better. The state is rife with a wide variety of music including an impressive metal scene. The kings of that right now are The Sword, so the metal-loving brewers at Real Ale teamed up with the band members to create Iron Swan.
Iron Swan is an English pale ale with a malty backbone that's balanced with earthy English hops. English pale ales are typically more subtle and not as aggressively hopped as their American counterparts, and this beer is no exception. Not quite as understated as many iterations of the style, this one is a bit bolder. We think that fits The Sword well.
Just like the beer, The Sword is rooted in metal tradition but takes its own spin and makes it their own. They're an accessible band, and this is an accessible beer. And with it being canned, you can bring it anywhere. And don't worry, it doesn't taste like metal.
Click here for guitarist Kyle Shutt's take on Iron Swan.
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