Rocket From the Crypt have been honored with their own beer.
The recently reunited band is now in the company of other locals like The Burning of Rome in having their own branded craft brew. Just don't expect to find it in local brewpubs anytime soon. Despite Rocket hailing from the craft-beer capital of the United States, the Rocket from the Crypt Double IPA is being brewed in the United Kingdom by Kirkstall Brewery and has yet to make its way across the Atlantic.
Kirkstall brewed up a batch of the Rocket-themed ale in advance of the band's performance at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on Dec. 4. The special-edition beer turned out to be a hit with fans.
"We're good friends with the venue and decided that we'd need to mark the momentous occasion with something special," says John Kelly, sales manager of Kirkstall Brewery, in an email to CityBeat. "It was only supposed to be a one-off but we've already had to brew it again due to popular demand."
Kelly, who says he's a "huge Rocket fan," explains that the Rocket beer is a hefty American-style double IPA brewed with five different U.S. hops. So far, it's only available on draft in the U.K., but "if Rocket are cool with it," Kirkstall might bottle the next batch.
In other Rocket news, the band will play at The Casbah on Friday, Jan. 31, with The Styletones and The Downs Family as part of the venue's 25th-anniversary celebration. However, those expecting to grab tickets are most likely out of luck, unless they plan to trawl craigslist or call in some favors. The Casbah announced that the show sold out in one minute.
No word on whether or not The Casbah intends to import Kirkstall's Rocket from the Crypt Double IPA to mark the occasion.
Meanwhile, another show likely to sell out has been added to the Casbah calendar: X. The legendary Los Angeles band will play on Thursday, Jan. 16.
Tropical Popsicle's new album, Dawn of Delight, which was originally released in March, has finally been put out in a physical format. It's now available in limited-edition green vinyl, as well as black vinyl via Volar Records. The band will play a record-release show on Friday, Dec. 20, at Soda Bar.