Is there life on bars? David Bowie albums inspire new brews for Wakefield Beer Festival

Revolutions Brewers Andrew Helm and Mark Seaman with Five Towns Brewer Malcolm Bastow have brewed Scary Monsters and Super Creeps for Wakefield Beer festival
Revolutions Brewers Andrew Helm and Mark Seaman with Five Towns Brewer Malcolm Bastow have brewed Scary Monsters and Super Creeps for Wakefield Beer festival

Music-loving brewers have fashioned a double A-side of David Bowie ales for Wakefield Beer Festival.

Five Towns, of Outwood, and Revolutions Brewing Co, of Whitwood, have created Scary Monsters and Super Creeps after Bowie’s 1980 album of the same name.

Scary Monsters is a black IPA while Super Creeps is a pale beer. The latter’s artwork gives a nod to Bowie with its odd coloured eyes.

Revolutions has a history of making music-themed beers with Clash Porter, while Five Towns has previously brewed a ‘Heroes’ related beer.

Five Towns’ boss Malcolm Bastow, of Leeds Road, said: “Lots of breweries are doing one-off collaborations. The choice of this song gave us a chance to do two brews married together by identical hops in each brew.

“The idea is that both beers will be on the pumps at the same time. Ideally side by side.”

Mark Seaman, co-director of Revolutions, said: “For our music beers we look back 33 years, Scary Monsters happens to be a 1980 release. It was on our may be to do list.

“With Malcolm (being a big Bowie fan) it had to be either Scary Monsters or Ashes to Ashes. We thought why not try and do something different and unusual. The beers we have made are essentially the same apart from the fact Scary Monsters has added black malt.

“The idea is to close your eyes, have both of them in front of you, take a sip and not be able to tell them apart. That’s the goal.”

Wakefield Beer Festival is at The Space on Waldorf Way between November 7 and 9. See www.wakefieldcamra.org.uk/festival for more details.