Iron Maiden's growing beer empire is set to expand with the addition of a new session golden ale, called Light Brigade, due to arrive in stores and on tap next month.

Like the other Maiden beers, Light Brigade is being bottled in partnership with Robinsons Brewery — and this one comes with a charitable twist. According to the Robinsons website, a portion of the proceeds for each sale is being diverted to Help for Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to helping British Armed Forces veterans "who live with complex wounds and injuries – both physical and mental – and are looking to regain their purpose in life."

Although Light Brigade isn't scheduled to make its official debut until Feb. 19, you can get it in your glass up to two weeks earlier by pre-ordering through the Robinsons site — and in addition to aiding Help for Heroes, fans who take advantage of the pre-sale will be entered in a drawing to win a Light Brigade bar banner autographed by Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. Orders of a case or more will be shipped with an official sticker; orders of two or more cases will come with an exclusive bottle opener.

Offering what's being billed as "a unique interpretation of a sessionable golden ale," the 4.1 percent ABV Light Brigade adds a lower-alcohol entry to the Maiden beer family, which now stands at five brews. The flagship Trooper ale got the band's brewing venture off to a wildly successful start, and was subsequently followed by the limited edition Trooper 666, which was produced to celebrate 10 million pints sold, a porter dubbed Red 'N' Black, and a Belgian-style ale called Hallowed. For more information, visit the Iron Maiden Beer site.



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