Not content with getting Scottish music aficionados all hot under the collar at the prospect of their first album since 2009's 'Post-Electric Blues', Idlewild have declared they'll be launching a bespoke craft beer to go with the release of 'Everything Ever Written' on Feb 16. The beer, created in conjunction with Summerhall brewery Barney's Beer, will be available in Scotland as part of a limited edition batch to coincide with the album's release, and will be available at stockists such as Vino Wines, Great Grog and Cork & Cask as well as online at Beer52.com. Best of all, the Idlewild Scottish Fiction IPA comes with the tagline 'Hops is Important', which is just gravy.
Here's what the key personnel had to say:
'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. 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 band’s input and come up with something that reflects the ideas behind "Everything Ever Written".'
- Andrew 'Barney' Barnett, Barney's Beer
'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 fact that Barney’s beer and Idlewild both hail from Edinburgh makes a collaboration like this extra special.'
- Roddy Woomble, Idlewild
The bottles will also feature a QR code that will give access to a free download of a special acoustic performance of one of the bands earliest and best-loved tracks - 'A Film For The Future'.
'Everything Ever Written' and the Idlewild Scottish Fiction IPA are both due for release on Feb 16.