Festival season is no longer a distant dream that we spend all year long thinking about. It’s time for good shows with even better brews. But what happens when you let bands make their own beer? Signature Brew had the idea of letting some creatives make a Slam Dunk beer. Astroid Boys, Benji Kendall was one of the few who got hands on and made a brew just for this years festival season. “It was an all-round fun day. The guys at Signature brew really made an effort to teach us the process as well as get us involved in the physical side of brewing the drink. I got to hang out with some cool bands that I’ve met over the last few years and also meet some new people. – Wadup @ Trash Boat!”
““So we thought, what if for Slam Dunk we do a festival beer brewed with a few of our favourite artists who are playing?”
Signature Brew is known for collaborating with artists such as Frank Turner, Enter Shikari and Mastodon however, this year the brewery wanted to try something different. Signature Brew’s head brewer and co-founder, Tom Bott, explains “So we thought, what if for Slam Dunk we do a festival beer brewed with a few of our favourite artists who are playing? We made a few calls to the bands and it snowballed from there. In the end, we ended up creating the world’s biggest band collaboration beer and the Slam Dunk Super Brew was born. It’s a limited-edition pale ale and Creeper, As It Is, Roam, Trash Boat, Astroid Boys, Woes and Rob Lynch all got hands-on and brought it to life in a massive brewing session which is already the stuff of legend.”
What makes a great party? For each person, it’s different. Benji explains what a great party is to him “A great party is one where everybody feels safe and people are interacting with each other and having a good time. It’s about unity at the end of the day. People coming together for a common purpose and then stepping away at the end of the night wishing they could do it all over again the next night.” To which he adds “I love house parties. Astroid Boys started off playing small shows and house parties around Cardiff and although the band hasn’t played anything quite like that for a while, that’s not to say that I haven’t been to some pretty sick house parties lately. It’s never a bad thing to have more.”
” I haven’t been to some pretty sick house parties lately. It’s never a bad thing to have more.”
With a band like Astroid Boys, one could only imagine what the Cardiff kids got up to in their early days. As the group has succeeded they continue to push themselves to the limit playing as much as they can. Partying both on and off the stage but what has been the best party from them? “That’s a big question. It’s hard to be specific. I’ve been to a lot of parties. I remember back when we were partying nonstop in Cardiff, that was early Astroid Boys days when we weren’t so busy. We were having a lot of fun. We had a big crew and everybody had way too much energy. We would be skating, painting and writing music during the day and then partying in the night. We would find something every night too. Those times were special.”
Words: Charlie Conibear
YOU CAN PICK UP THE SIGNATURE BREW COLLAB BEER THIS WEEKEND AT SLAM DUNK FESTIVAL!