Published on July 10, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
How Jamaica ragga stout?
According to Box Social Brewing’s Ross Holland, Ragga metallers Skindred are the sort of band you just have to go and see live. They raise the roof in any venue they play with their heady fusion of music styles and vibrant creativity, alongside their aim of bringing people of all backgrounds together.
It’s little wonder that the Newburn, Newcastle, company’s founder Ross expressed a desire to work with the iconic band – the 15-barrel brewery has always aimed to bring people together over a good beer, so Skindred’s seamless blend of Metal, Ska, Rock, Hip Hop – and more – resonated with him, and he got in touch with their charismatic, larger-than-life front man, Benji Webbe.
On his way to see the band play a recent Newcastle gig, Ross thought (as you do) about how amazing it would be to create a unique beer in collaboration with the band, whose seven albums he had listened to dozens of times each.
So, Ross talked with Skindred and 7PM Management, working out how to make a beer that could represent both disciplines. They settled eventually on a complex, unique beer that unites rich roasted bitter flavours with the sweetness of vanilla and the spice of Jamaica in a harmonious blend of tastes and textures which is inviting, uncompromising and open to everyone – and a fitting tribute to the band.
But what to name it? The moniker they hit on was Union Black Jamaican Stout (6.0% abv) – “a heady brew that brings people together”, after Skindred’s fourth album from 2011.
“This beer is the perfect representation of Box Social Brewing and Skindred,” says Ross. “It can be enjoyed by all people, together. But best enjoyed listening to their unique sound, so we hope you like it.”