On a landmark day for British pubs as they re-open inside, IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery are celebrating 30 million Trooper pints sold around the globe during the week they marked the eighth birthday of their hugely successful collaboration.
Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% premium British beer that is Trooper original has become a leading player amongst British ales, exported to over 60 countries around the world and enjoyed by countless beer lovers in the greatest of British pubs and from the comfort of their homes.
Trooper has also won multiple gold medals at the prestigious British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, as well as picking up awards at the World Beer Awards, Global Beer Masters and International Beer Challenge.
Despite pubs being closed for a large part of 2020, Trooper has continued to enjoy strong sales through online distribution partners and export listings throughout and even spawned two new beers during the year — Trooper Fear Of The Dark, a 4.5% ABV English dark roasted chocolate stout that is full bodied and rich in flavor, and Trooper IPA, a 4.3% ABV golden India Pale Ale packed full of hoppy flavors. Both these new Trooper beers have again been brewed in collaboration with IRON MAIDEN frontman and beer aficionado Bruce Dickinson at the helm and both have enjoyed a terrific response in retail and export markets.
Dickinson said: “I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved with Robinsons in reaching the 30 million pints milestone. We’ve developed a family of outstanding Trooper beers that our fans and beer drinkers all over the world enjoy, which tells you a lot about the quality, originality, provenance and distinctive character exhibited by every Trooper beer. The fact that other leading international brewers have also wanted to partner with us in creating local Trooper variants is further testament to what we and Robinsons have created. Long may it continue, and here’s to the next 30 million pints!”
Along with the core beers — Trooper original and Trooper IPA — the Trooper family now includes a range of popular seasonal and limited-edition beers that have joined the charge over the last eight years including popular brews such as Sun And Steel (sake infused pilsner), Red ‘N’ Black (porter), 666 (extra strong bitter), and Belgian-styled beer Hallowed, along with the annual “Day Of The Dead” Trooper special edition. Internationally, the range was joined last week by Hellcat – a 6% India Pale Lager brewing collaboration with BrewDog to be released later this year and available in the U.S. only.
Earlier in 2021, Robinsons and IRON MAIDEN celebrated their award-winning beers with Trooper: The Collection 2 — a love letter to their finest beers allowing fans to get their hands on a collection of Trooper limited editions.
Dean Etchells, Robinson‘s Trooper brand manager, said: “It is a remarkable achievement for Trooper to be celebrating its eighth birthday along with an epic milestone of 30 million pints sold across the world. This success and longevity stands as testament to the quality of Trooper beer and its continued worldwide appeal to IRON MAIDEN fans and beer drinkers.”
Oliver Robinson, managing director of Robinsons Brewery, said: “From Bruce visiting the brewery to do a blind taste test with us to this incredible milestone and several award-winning beers later, it’s been quite the journey! We are immensely proud of what Robinsons and IRON MAIDEN have achieved with Trooper over the last eight years, and the exciting part is that it feels like we’re just getting started.”