Surviving Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have teamed up with Toronto’s award-winning Henderson Brewery for the new “Rush Canadian Golden Ale.” Back in 2016, the craft brewing company issued a “Put Your Scarf On Geddy” limited edition Canadian Imperial Stout, and was the natural choice for the band. The new line officially launches on August 30th.
According to the official announcement:
It started during Rush‘s 2015 R40 tour when, after a gig, someone handed frontman Geddy Lee a bottle of Robinson’s ‘Iron Maiden-Trooper’ beer. Geddy took one look at it and jokingly asked where the Rush beer was. That quip stayed in the mind of the band, and recognizing the growing craft beer movement, particularly in their hometown of Toronto, the band decided to look into it seriously.
In the summer of 2020, Rush and Henderson began taste testing many prototype brews and early in 2021 the band and the brewery both felt they had come up with a brew they could stand behind. Subtly complex, refreshing and satisfying and uniquely Canadian, as the beer gets its taste from Canadian ingredients, including Rye.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson — “the band-proclaimed Beer Scientist” said in a statement: “Rush Canadian Golden Ale is golden in color with a dense ivory head. It has an earthy aroma with hints of orange-peel, pine and spicy rye. While the emphasis is on refreshment, there are elements of pine, rye spice and a citric hop flavor that add to the subtle complexity of the beer.”
SOURCE: Press release
- Coming later this year will be a 40th anniversary edition of Rush‘s breakthrough eighth album, Moving Pictures. No street date has been rolled out for the collection.
- The set, which was originally released on February 12th, 1981, followed the previous year’s Permanent Waves, peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 albums chart, stayed in the Top 10 for 13 weeks, and remains the trio’s most popular and commercially successful outing to date.
- To date, Moving Pictures has sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone.
CHECK IT OUT: Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee introducing “Rush Canadian Golden Ale”: