Tijuana's Brujos Brewing is teaming up with black-metal group Ruines ov Abaddon for a special limited-edition brew called "Night Hag." It's a black IPA (7-percent ABV) that's "dark and bitter," just like the band's intense music.
The beer is a variation on an award-winning IPA that Brujos released in a small batch last year.
"We tweaked it a bit," says Brujos brewer and co-owner Sam Zermeno, in an interview at Rip Current in North Park. "It's not that much different from the recipe that we won the award for. It's a little more roasty."
Zermeno says that he became friends with members of the band about three or four years ago, and has been talking with Ruines vocalist Chris Bourne for a while about doing some kind of collaboration. For now the beer will only be available at shows on the band's upcoming North American tour, which spans 24 days, from mid-April to early May. But Ruines ov Abaddon are discussing some possible events to coincide with the introduction of the new brew.
"When we get back from the tour, we're planning on having a tasting party," Bourne says.
This isn't the first time a local band has teamed up with a brewery. Just last year, Pizza Port collaborated with death-metal group Eukaryst for their Eukaryst Imperial Stout.
"A lot of the underground people have to work together to promote each other's art," says Ruines ov Abaddon bassist Allan Castaneda. "It's just friends helping friends out."
Ruines ov Abaddon's tour kicks off on April 17 in Salt Lake City, at The Woodshed.
I hope you enjoyed my April Fool's prank in last week's Notes from the Smoking Patio, "Seven New San Diego Bands to Watch." All of those bands are, of course, fictional, but if you had a good laugh, then mission accomplished!