Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

Iron Maiden have the number of the yeast – as well as the hops and barley.

In five years, sales of the heavy metal rockers’ beer have topped 20 million pints.

Lead singer Bruce Dickinson, 60, helped create The Trooper, named after a hit, with Stockport brewers Robinsons.

Beer fan Bruce said: “I jumped at the chance to brew my own.”

He is not the only one. Plenty of other groups have eagerly hopped on the beer bandwagon.

Check out these bands with a pint to make.

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

The Madness Brewing Company’s beer trio

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  Madness

Madness were enjoying a pint in North London’s Dublin Castle, where they did their first gig, when they decided to go one step beyond and make their own beer.

Now the Nutty Boys, with London’s Portobello Brewery, have produced three – Gladness, a craft lager, Lovestruck, a hoppy amber ale, and a rich London porter called Night Boat.

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

Elbow’s Charge ale is named after one of the band’s tracks
(Image: Polydor Records)

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  Elbow

Singer Guy Garvey and his four bandmates – all real ale fans – raised more than £40,000 for Oxfam with a 2013 beer, named after their fifth album Build A Rocket Boys!

A year later the band was back in a brewery to whip up Charge – a golden amber pale ale named after a track. Guy called it “a craft beer with a spicy American feel" with the class of a traditional real ale.

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

The lager was a tribute, because the drink was a favourite of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury

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  Queen

In 2015 the band marked the 40th anniversary of their hit Bohemian Rhapsody by releasing a lager in its honour.

Frontman Freddie Mercury, who died aged 45 in 1991, was well known for sipping a glass while on stage. And Freddie apparently designed the Queen crest, which featured on the label, when he was a student at Ealing Art College.

From Bohemia, Czech Republic, it followed the band’s own vodka, Killer Queen, released to celebrate the 40th birthday of their song of the same name.

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

New Order’s Bernard Sumner
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

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  New Order

New Order followed in the footsteps of fellow Manchester band Elbow by brewing their first beer, Stray Dog, in 2016.

Named after a track on their album Music Complete, featuring Iggy Pop, it is a clean-tasting 4.2 per cent golden brew with hints of citrus fruit and lychee.

The band collaborated with Burnley’s Moorhouse’s brewery – set up in 1865 and best known for its award-winning Pendle Witches Brew – to develop the beer.

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

Going for Gold beer was inspired by Shed Seven’s hit album

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  Shed Seven

Rudgate Brewery owner Craig Lee met Shed Seven in the early 90s when his university band supported them at a gig in York.

And last year they teamed up again to create Going for Gold – named after the band’s most famous track from 1999 – a hoppy golden ale.

The pump clip also features the artwork from the band’s album cover. Frontman Rick Witter, 44, who lives in York, said: “The drop of the good stuff is available across all Mitchells & Butlers pubs.”

Iron Maiden, Queen and Madness make barrels of cash from their very own beers

Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi of Status Quo after they pulled pints of their own beer, Piledriver
(Image: PA)

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  Status Quo

THE rock ‘n’ roll legends teamed up with Wychwood Brewery in 2014 to create Piledriver, a malty amber ale named after their fifth album, out in 1972.

Frontman and lead guitarist Francis Rossi, 69, said: “Music and beer go well together. We wanted to create something special for the fans.”

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