The dry-hopped Pilsner brewed at Stone Brewing in Berlin is currently available in over 30 countries in Europe. The hop flavoured beer is the consequence of an authentic creative spark between two entities that became international forces of nature in their respective worlds, yet came from the fringes. Enter Night Pilsner is said to combine the excellence of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with modern overtones of aggression. However, this isn’t Metallica’s first venture into the world of brewing – in 2018, they released the whisky brand, Blackened, in collaboration with the prominent distiller Dave Pickerell.
The members of Metallica participated at every step of the process alongside the Stone Brewing brew crew: “The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless. I’m always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been. Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process, and sense of place in relation to our peers and ‘The Man’ are almost identical,” expresses Metallica drummer Lars. “We saw how much our fans liked Enter Night Pilsner on the US tour, and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with fans during the European tour as well.”
“I remember seeing Metallica on the cover of a magazine just after the Black Album was released,” recalls Stone co-founder Greg Koch. “On the cover was a quote that resonated with me to this day: ‘Metallica didn’t go to number one, number one came to them’. I loved what that meant. Do it your way and never compromise your art. If you’re great at what you do people will come. I view that simple quote as one of the founding philosophical elements of Stone Brewing.”
Marcus Thieme, Vice President & General Manager European Operations Stone Brewing, adds: “We are incredibly proud to brew Enter Night Pilsner for the European markets here at Stone Brewing in Berlin. This beer is a high quality dry-hopped Pilsner, which we’re excited to say will be available as one of our year-round core beers. Enter Night Pilsner is here to stay!”
Name: Enter Night Pilsner
Stats: 5.7% ABV, 45 IBUs
Availability: 0.5l cans, four-packs and from draft across Europe all year-round
Metallica will kick off their impending European tour this May 1st, click here for the details.
A mini documentary, The Story of Enter Night Pilsner, can be streamed below: