Beer

Stone Brewing and Metallica join forces to rock out with their pilsner out

14 January, 2019

Stone Brewing enters the rock n’ roll world of beer with its new collaboration with Metallica on Enter Night Pilsner. The new beer, Enter Night Pilsner was first released at a few of Metallica’s concerts this past fall. Beginning the first few months of 2019 Enter Night Pilsner will be released across the United States and will be followed with distribution to Europe, Australia, and China.

At 5.7% ABV and 45 IBUs, Enter Night Pilsner is described as a hop forward pilsner with a bitter finish. The beer is packaged in 16oz six-pack cans and draft and can be found by using the Arrogant Consortia Beer Finder.

Metallica and Greg Koch
Metallica backstage with Stone co-founder Greg Koch.

Enter Night Pilsner is the outcome of a genuine creative spark between two entities that grew to become international forces of nature in their respective worlds, yet came from the fringes. An intensity of vision combined with a shared middle finger to the status quo makes Enter Night Pilsner a chorus of collaboration worth celebrating. The members of Metallica and the leadership of Stone participated at every step alongside their talented brewing team. From Metallica’s Bay Area HQ and the brewery HQ in San Diego, to many beers backstage at shows, the spirit of collaboration was powerful. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Stone co-founder Greg Koch even enjoyed multiple occasions at Lars’ home ‘discussing’ (industry-speak for ‘drinking’) beers.  After all, there was only one chance to get this right, and anything less than an incredible result was not an option.

“The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless,” says Lars. “I’m always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been. Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process, and sense of place in relation to our peers and ‘The Man’ are almost identical. This collaboration is beyond effortless and pure, and we can’t wait to share this incredible beverage with everyone out there.”

Aside from its intense drinkability, craft enthusiasts will note Enter Night’s remarkable flavor and aroma which artfully combine the beauty of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with Arrogant Consortia’s modern overtones of aggression. The resulting genre-defying pilsner is hop forward with sound bitterness on the finish. It first appeared for the most worthy few in exclusive releases at Metallica’s shows this past fall. The beer will gain full US distribution in the first quarter 2019, and its global domination will roll out this spring covering Europe, Australia, China and beyond.