Every now and then you see something in a bottleshop that genuinely makes you go – huh?!?. That was my reaction when in my local BWS, I saw a can of “Kiss Destroyer” self styled as “The hottest beer in the World”. I can’t imagine Kiss are hard up, but they are selling this beer and a Zinfandel wine called “Zin Fire” through a company called “Kiss Rock Drinks“. Nothing about Kiss has ever been subtle and the beer label hyperbole is typically over the top. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a pretty insipid, faintly rancid malt-bomb. Brewed in Sweden (I think), which is strange given that Swedish beer sold in Sweden can’t be stronger than 3.5% and this drop is 4.7%. BotF’s taken one for you and you don’t have to try this – just admire the can.
Destroyer was actually the name of a Kiss album. It features their biggest ever hit – “Beth”, which remarkably only features Peter Criss, their on-and-off drummer, who sings to a piano and string accompaniment. I love that piece of trivia.
I reckon almost every beer blogger in Australia (including myself) is going to write a blog about it. Even though I knew it was not going to be very good at all (calling it “Destroyer” is the best example of unintentional irony I can think of) I still had to try it.
It’s just got that novelty value that makes you want to try it – even though you know it will end ugly.