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Metal and beer: Deftones jump into arena with Iron Maiden, Mastadon, Opeth and Killswitch Engage in battle for ale supremacy

Metal and beer: Deftones jump into arena with Iron Maiden, Mastadon, Opeth and Killswitch Engage in battle for ale supremacy

When singer-guitarist Chino Moreno and the alt-metal band he co-founded, Deftones, first went on the road in the early 1990s, they figured they’d hit the big time when they could demand tour promoters supply them with cases of beer.

Their brand of choice? “Coors Light, of course!” Moreno said on the phone from Bend, Ore.

A quarter century later, Deftones have sold millions of records, booked arena tours and won Grammys. More impressive to hop snobs, however, the band recently worked with the San Diego craft brewery Belching Beaver to release Phantom Bride IPA, a limited-run ale that’s as far removed from Coors Light as Deftones are from Celine Dion.

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