Metallica reportedly releasing their own brand of American whiskey

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Metallica will release their own brand of American whiskey and are in discussions to open a distillery, according to reports.

Veteran distiller Dave Pickerell was speaking with Whiskycast’s Mark Gillespie when he announced the news – although there has been no official confirmation from Metallica at this stage.

Pickerell says: “I’ve just been permitted to announce that I’m working on a project with them. We’re going to make a killer whiskey product and probably build a little distillery someplace. We’re putting the logistics together on it now.”

When pressed if Metallica would be investing in a distillery, Pickerell replies: “Yes. That would be correct. We’re already deep into it. As you would expect from a band with the artisanal bent that Metallica does, that they would want this to be a true artisanal product. We’re having some fun.

“I can’t go into a lot more detail yet because there’s still a lot of stuff up in the air.”

Pickerel says they have three locations in mind for the distillery: San Francisco, Louisville or Nashville.

In 2015, Motorhead teamed up with Swedish distillery Mackmyra to release their own brand of whisky.

Last week, Metallica announced a further run of North American tour dates which will get under way from September. Find a full list of their live shows below.

Metallica 2018⁄2019 WorldWired tour dates

Sep 02: Madison Kohl Center, WI
Sep 04: Minneapolis Target Center, MN
Sep 06: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
Sep 08: Grand Forks Alerus Center, ND
Sep 11: Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center, SD
Sep 13: Winnipeg Bell MTS Place, MB
Sep 15: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK
Oct 16: Milwaukee Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Centre, WI
Oct 18: Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena, PA
Oct 20: State College Bryce Jordan Center, PA
Oct 22: Charlotte Spectrum Center, NC
Oct 27: Buffalo Keybank Center, NY
Oct 29: Albany Times Union Center, NY
Nov 26: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, NV
Nov 28: boise Taco Bell Arena, ID
Nov 30: Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena, UT
Dec 12: Spokane Arena, WA
Dec 05: Portland Moda Center, OR
Dec 07: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Dec 09: Fresno Save Mart Center, CA
Jan 20: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Jan 22: Birmingham Legacy Arena At The BJCC, AL
Jan 24: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Jan 28: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Jan 30: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH
Feb 01: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
Feb 28: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX
Mar 02: Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX
Mar 04: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Mar 06: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Mar 09: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
Mar 11: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldshouse, IN
Mar 13: Grand rapids Van Andel Arena, MI

Metallica 2018 European WorldWired tour dates

Mar 27: Herning Jyske Bank Boxen, Denmark
Mar 29: Hamburg Barclaycard Arena, Germamny
Mar 31: Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
Apr 02: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
Apr 05: Budapest Sports Arena, Hungary
Arp 07: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Arp 09: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Apr 11: Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland
Apr 26: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany
Apr 28: Krakow Tauron Arena, Poland
Apr 30: Leipzig Arena, Germany
May 02: Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway
May 05: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
May 07: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
May 09: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
May 11: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland

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