Beer On The Gwar-bie: 5th Annual Gwar-B-Q Heats Up

As many of my reviews will show, I am a big fan of metal. It goes without saying that I love beer. I also enjoy barbeque. Lucky for me, there is an event coming this August that combines that sweet trifecta, and it is called GWAR B Q.

This year’s celebration is somewhat bittersweet. Gwar’s frontman David Brockie passed away in March. I myself wondered if the Fifth Annual Gwar B-Q would take place at all without the fearless leader. However, the show will still go on, and concert-goers will have the opportunity to party even harder in Oderus’ honor.

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GWAR B-Q 2014 takes place on Saturday, August 16 at Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA. A public memorial will also be held for Brockie the day before.

This year’s lineup features BODY COUNT (Ice-T’s metal band!), Goatwhore, Connecticut’s own Hatebreed, the Meatmen, Revocation, and more. Check out the full lineup here. It’s recently been announced that Gwar will indeed be performing. The lead singer is up in the air right now, although rumors seem to suggest that Beefcake the Mighty will take up those reins.

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As you may already know, Gwar has their own beer. According to their commercial above, the Gwar brew will be flowing copiously on August 16.

More awesome things? Well Hadad’s Lake is a waterpark, which has everything you would expect including a BLOB. A music festival at a waterpark is pretty much a summer dream- I can’t wait to see the red/brown water after everyone getting doused with Gwar Guts dives in. You can also dry off in the skate park, or not- and participate in the annual Spew-O-Lympics. Last year’s events included something called “Sperm and Slide and Die” and winners are determined by “obviously drunk judges”.

The barbeque is also sponsored by Slave Pit, Inc. as well as Ring Dog Rescue, which suggests that there may or may not be adoptable doggies there. Either way, I think it’s great that the sponsors are the group of artists and musicians that Gwar started from, and PUPPIES.

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Tickets go onsale Friday June 6 on the Gwar B-Q website, with 3 price levels. $45 is the single ticket, which is honestly a pretty good deal for an all day concert. $65 gets you a ticket and the official Gwar B-Q 2014 T-shirt. I am always kind of surprised that the shirts are black, because you can’t see the fake blood stains. If you are feeling like a serious baller, there are also VIP tickets for $150 which get you into the show with a shirt, as well as access to the official pre-party and after (Gwafter?) party. You also get a meet and greet with Gwar, Ice T, Hatebreed, and Bam Margera. Seriously, it’s kind of worth it just in case there’s a possibility of seeing all those guys in the same room and maybe even getting photo evidence.

So get your meat on- make Oderus Urungus in that bloody pit of horror in the sky proud, and get your tickets to the 5th Annual Gwar-B-Q when they go onsale June 6!

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Vlad the ImpALEr: GWAR To Release Beer

I have to say, I’m more than okay with all the metal and beer collaborations going on in the world today. Now another one of my favorites is jumping into the scene, and all I can say is it’s about time. According to American Craft Beer.com, GWAR and Cigar City Brewing will be teaming up to create the Impaled Ale, no doubt named for their song “Vlad The Impaler”. The beer is set to be released just in time for the GWAR-BQ, the band’s annual summer party in their hometown of Richmond, VA.

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Frontman David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, says “Once again, we blow the horn of war and set into motion the gears that grind us towards the greatest GWAR B-Q yet; We will be shoving a wealth of GWAR products down your throat… not only our new GWAR B-Q sauce, but our very own beer, Impaled Ale. Eat and drink yourself into a diabetic stupor, then puke it all up in the slam pit!”

This year’s GWAR-B-Q lineup features Corrosion of Conformity, Municipal Waste, and Pig Destroyer (who incidentally, also all have beers named for them), as well as Cannibis Corpse and plenty of special guests.

If that doesn’t sound like the party of the summer, I don’t know what is.

I have yet to see any reviews or details of what the beer will taste like. I’ve had Cigar City’s Jai Alai IPA, which was delicious, and I’ve tasted the wrath of Oderus Urungus’ fake blood and guts live in person before, so I can only imagine that the Impaled Ale will be some sort of combination of both of these. Check out a live video for Vlad below, and get tickets for the GWAR B-Q starting June 6 here.