ROCK band Maximo Park has teamed up with Tyneside’s Mordue Brewery to create a new beer to mark the release of their latest LP.
The group’s new, fifth studio album Too Much Information comes on February 3, and to coincide with it they turned to the North Shields-based firm to help craft an American-style amber ale.
“To celebrate the release of our fifth album we wanted to create a unique Maximo Park beer,” said drummer Tom English.
“And, in a flash of inspiration, we decided at once to call it ‘No. 5’ and make it 5% ABV.”
A spokesman for the band, which formed in Newcastle in 2000, said the musicians were “keen imbibers of ale” and Mordue’s director of operations Matthew Fawson said they had been keen to be involved in the whole development process.
“They came across and tried various different types of beer and decided on a slightly ambery, 5% ABV, hoppy, amber beer, which we’re calling Maximo No. 5,” he said.
“It’s going to go into bottles and casks – though probably more bottles, as they’re easier to send around the country.
“And the band have been finalising the bottle label and pump clip designs.”
Available in limited quantities the beer will be stocked at venues in Belfast, Portsmouth, Bristol , Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Norwich, Oxford and London, as well as Newcastle’s O2 Academy on the band’s forthcoming UK tour.
The cask version will also be supplied to pubs in the towns and cities the band are visiting, and a bottled version will also be available from the band’s website, www. maximopark.com, and brewer’s website, www.morduebrewery.com.