Nuclear Blast & Phantom Carriage Brewery Announce Craft Beer Collaboration

Yesterday, we received this interesting bit of press news to our PiercingMetal e-mail account but since it was about a new craft-beer creation I felt that it would be better served up right here on The Chronicles as one of our “Food and Drink” narratives. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
NUCLEAR BLAST USA has joined forces with So Cal brewery and blendery PHANTOM CARRIAGE to celebrate a love for heavy metal and craft brew, with the creation of a unique beer called ‘BLAST BEAST’ Black India Pale Lager. The collaboration beer will be available in limited 16oz cans this March exclusively at and the Phantom Carriage taproom in Carson, CA.

“We are beyond excited to announce this collaboration as we have been fans of the music that NUCLEAR BLAST puts out for many, many years… and when this opportunity came up we were stoked to partner with them and develop a unique beer that is inspired by Germany’s Black Forest but is also approachable with West Coast influences.

“The ‘BLAST BEAST’ will be an IPL built almost entirely off of Germany’s finest pilsner malt, and a small addition of some wheat. Although simple, this beast hits hard with heavy doses of El Dorado, Citra, and Amarillo throughout many of its stages. Fermented with a German lager yeast strain to round out this beer.”

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“We are thrilled to announce NUCLEAR BLAST’s first beer meticulously crafted by our friends at PHANTOM CARRIAGE! A mutual love for horror, metal and beer brought our teams together and it has been a rewarding experience to unite our passions and create what is the BLAST BEAST Black IPL.”

The canned version of the “BLAST BEAST’ will make its debut at the PHANTOM CARRIAGE three-year anniversary party on Saturday, March 17, 2018 (21+ only). Stay tuned for details at

In addition the ‘BLAST BEAST’ will make its way to the East Coast at the 2018 Decibel Metal & Beer Fest in Philadelphia, PA the weekend of Mar 31-Apr 1. Tickets can be purchased at

The beer is named after Nuclear Blast mascot, the Blast Beast, who is featured on the beer can label in a new illustration by artist Blake Armstrong. The label was designed by Rob Kimura.

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ABOUT PHANTOM CARRIAGE: Phantom Carriage, founded in 2014 and located in the city of Carson, CA (Los Angeles), is a small-batch craft brewery & eatery specializing in New and Old World beers with a focus on Belgian-inspired, wild, mix-fermentation beers along with a food menu featuring housemade, rustic dishes. Phantom Carriage was founded by horrorhound Martin Svab and his business partners Jack Wignot and Simon Ford. Phantom Carriage pays hoingMetmage to classic horror cinema and is named after an obscure 1920s Swedish horror film. The taproom/eatery atmosphere and decor is influenced by ominous castles and brooding cellars and features a small, on-site movie theatre showcasing creepy cinematic treats and a music playlist that will make any metalhead throw up the horns.

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ABOUT NUCLEAR BLAST: Independently owned for 30 years and counting, Nuclear Blast Records is synonymous with the worldwide advancement of heavy metal, extreme music, and hard rock. Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987 by Markus Staiger, and headed in the US at the Los Angeles office for more than 15 years by Gerardo Martinez. Nuclear Blast boasts a roster of over 100 bands representing eighteen countries. Their satellite office in Los Angeles has helped build the label’s trusted global reputation with numerous Billboard album chart entries, high-profile tours, and continual signings of new & heritage acts.

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: When I am out with my friends celebrating whatever occasion we are finding ourselves gathering for, my beverage of choice is generally some kind of beer. That being said, the craft beers are more up the alley of my buddies so I will be sharing this news with them for sure. I’d likely give one a try if I saw it for sale at one of the food events like the NYC Hot Sauce Expo which we hit every year or at a molten hot Metal show.

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