Belching Beaver Brewery has teamed up with The Deftones on a new collaborative beer. The brewery just released Phantom Bride IPA, now on tap at its North Park, Oceanside and Vista tap rooms, and also available in bottles. The collaboration came about because the band's vocalist, Chino Moreno, is a big fan of beer, and through some mutual contacts the band and brewery ended up talking about working together.
"Chino loves beer. He loves IPAs," says Marc Truex, director of sales at Belching Beaver. "So they thought it would be cool to partner with a brewery to release a collaborative beer."
Phantom Bride is a hoppy West Coast-style IPA that Truex describes as having a "tropical" flavor profile. The recipe has been a work in progress, with continual refinement of it taking place after a few test batches. Truex says that it's been in the works for a while, so it's exciting to let the cat out of the bag.
"We finally came up with a recipe that everyone was happy with. We just kind of kept changing and kept adding to it. We had it labeled as Project X," he says. "It's good to finally be able to tell someone about it."
In addition to being available in San Diego county, Belching Beaver Phantom Bride IPA will be available throughout the West Coast, in addition to Hawaii and Nevada. It's a limited release for now, but the brewery is trying to allow as many people to try it as possible.
"Right now it's a limited release," Truex says. "We cast a pretty wide net for distribution. Chino lives in the Pacific Northwest, and we think people all over will want to try it."