by Ian Chainey


Modern metal renaissance man Mike Hill of Tombs is getting into the beverage game. First, he has a beer on tap brewed by Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He's calling it the Savage Gold beer, most likely in reference to Tombs' recently released Savage Gold on Relapse, and not a tribute to a death scene in Goldfinger. Says the press release:

The Savage Gold beer is an imminently refreshing and crushable IPA. Brewed with red wheat and oats. Hopped intensely and aggressively with Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc. Enormous notes of white grape, green pepper, mango, and marijuana.

Has notes of a Jamba Juice in Colorado. Got it. Tired Hands will also be hosting a beer launch today (7/18) where you can win copies of Savage Gold.

Now, for the dark stuff. Hill has started a premium coffee company named, you guessed it, Savage Gold Coffee.

The first roast, Savage Gold Prime, is an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee bean grown between 6,000 and 6,500 feet above sea level. It is an aromatic and dynamic coffee roasted to perfection with a large flavor profile. It is sourced from a co op of Ethiopian farmers and is 100% Fair Trade, certified organic and wet (mechanically) processed.

Wet processed. Naughty.

I had the chance to interview Hill in the days before Savage Gold was released. As his Invisible Oranges contributions attest, the guy is whip smart and a straight-shooter. Plus, he has great taste in show lineups. On July 25, Tombs will play a record release show at NYC's Saint Vitus with a little band named Pyrrhon, along with StatiqBloom and Passage Between. Tickets are still available, and so will be a keg of Savage Gold at the show. Then in October, Tombs will hit the road with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar, swinging back around to Saint Vitus on October 27. Tickets for that show are also still available. The rest of the current tour dates are listed below.


Tombs Additional Dates
Jul 25 - Brooklyn NY - St. Vitus (Record Release show) w/ Pyrrhon, Statiq Bloom, Passage Between

Tombs, Pallbearer, Vattnet Viskar Tour
Oct 17 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
Oct 18 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's
Oct 19 - Champaign, IL - High Dive
Oct 20 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
Oct 21 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick Lounge
Oct 23 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Oct 24 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
Oct 25 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Oct 26 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Oct 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
Oct 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Black Box at Underground Arts
Oct 30 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Nov 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Nov 02 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
Nov 05 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs
Nov 09 - Dallas, TX - Three Links

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