Dallas brewery teams up with legendary metal band Pantera for a rocking new beer

It’s been 17 years since the Arlington-born rock gods Pantera roamed and ruled the heavy metal landscape, but that time gap doesn’t mean the influential group doesn’t continue to occupy a large place in our head-beating hearts.

Even the deaths of the brothers Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott in 2004 and Vinnie Paul Abbott in 2018 cannot diminish the bond between D-FW and the band. The most recent example of this enduring worship is an upcoming beer from the Dallas Brewery Texas Ale Project.

Pantera Golden Ale is slated for release in March 2021 and, according to a press release, is a 5.4% ABV ale brewed with cascade and citra hops. The recipe for the beer is designed in such a way that it can be chugged easily and sweaty.

“She [Pantera] were known to throw back a few beers, ”the press release reads. “Given the time during the band’s glory in the ’90s and the lighter, broader and more accessible beers the band members typically drank, the recipe for this collaboration screamed’ golden beer ‘.”

Metal band PANTERA founded by Arlington around 1992. From left: Rex Brown, Philip Anselmo, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. Metal band PANTERA founded by Arlington around 1992. From left: Rex Brown, Philip Anselmo, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. (Joe Giron / File Photo)

It’s not just us locals who appreciate how Pantera pounded our eardrums. No reputable list of the best mental bands or albums of all time precludes mentioning the group. In 2017, Rolling Stone named the band’s 1992 masterpiece LP Vulgar Display of Power the tenth greatest metal album of all time, topping the list as legendary records from icons like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.

Dimebag was known for appreciating a quality drink and is often referred to as the inventor of the Black Tooth Grin, a cocktail made with Crown Royal, Seagram’s 7 and a dash of cola. Given the number of collaborations between breweries and bands in North Texas over the past few years, it’s not surprising that Pantera is only now getting its name for a local brew. Local rock titans The Toadies have teamed up with Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewing for several beers, including the bockslider Texas Bock, and the southern rock outfit Quaker City Night Hawks has partnered with Panther Island Brewing, also in Fort Worth, to found the Mexican camp Queso Blanco.

The beer will be available from craft beer vendors across Texas as well as through the Tavour Craft Beer Delivery app. In the future there will also be announcements about release events for Pantera Golden Ale. So turn up your copy of Far Beyond Driven and be ready to rock when next spring is over.

The Texas Ale Project is located at 1001 N. Riverside Blvd., Dallas. texasaleproject.com.

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