Well, Elbow did it with Marstons, Bellowhead did it with Harveys…Time for the Scots! Idlewild have joined forces with Edinburgh based Barney’s Beer to celebrate the band’s eighth album Everything Ever Written.
The beer will be available in Scotland as part of a limited edition batch to coincide with the launch. The band and brewer are very excited to be working together to celebrate the launch of the new album and the band’s return to music after five years away.
To mark the launch, the band are having a party on Friday 6th Feb in Summerhall (Edinburgh) where the beer will be available, plus an exclusive playback of Everything Ever Written followed by a DJ set from the band. Tickets are free and available here.
The bottles will also feature a QR code that will provide access to a free download of a special acoustic performance of one of the band’s earliest and best loved tracks ‘A Film For The Future’ from their album Hope Is Important.
The band tried Barney’s range from the very light Extra Pale ale to a new double Volcano IPA – the band, all beer drinkers, settled for a beer that would be sessionable and accessible to music fans and beer fans alike.
“When the band approached me to collaborate on a beer I invited them down to the brewery to have a taste of some beers and throw around some ideas.” stated Barney, the man behind the brewery. “We’re not new to artistic collaborations having worked with John Byrne, Ryoko Tamura and Will Pickvance – so it was great to have the whole b’s input and come up with something that reflects the ideas behind Everything Ever Written”
Scottish Fiction IPA is named after a track from the band’s album The Remote Part, which featured the poem Scottish Fiction by the late Edwin Morgan. It is made with Scottish malt and American hops to mirror the album’s musical ingredients – Scottish Folk, Hebridean psychedelia, Americana and American alternative rock.
Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble commented, “Idlewild are a band of committed and enthusiastic craft beer and ale drinkers and Barneys beer has been a favourite for quite a while.”
The very limited edition brew of 1250 bottles will be available at independent beer and wine shops and also will also be available on cask for a limited time only.
26 Strom – Munich
27 Luxor – Cologne
01 Lido – Berlin
02 Knust – Hamburg
03 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam
07 O2 ABC – Glasgow
08 O2 ABC – Glasgow
10 The Institute – Birmingham
12 The Ritz – Manchester
13 Roundhouse – London
20 The Academy Dublin – Dublin
21 The Limelight – Belfast
Idlewild release their eighth album, Everything Ever Written 16th February.