• A bottle of Founders Doom impersonating the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey

I almost wish Founders had called its bourbon-barrel imperial IPA “Thrash,” as inapt as that name would be—that way it’d be marginally less awkward to use this review to talk about the death of founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who succumbed to liver failure at age 49 on Thursday. The organ damage that helped kill him was almost certainly related to his bout with necrotizing fasciitis, aka the flesh-eating bacteria, which he said he contracted from (of all things) a spider bite. You’d think it would take the devil himself to finish off anybody in Slayer.

Hanneman has been eulogized all over the Internet already, though, and by plenty of folks better qualified than me. If you care at all about the “metal” part of this Beer and Metal series, I’m not breaking the news to you now. When I reviewed Doom, I poured some out for the man who wrote “Angel of Death.”

Doom is a version of Founders’ alarmingly good imperial IPA, Double Trouble, that’s spent four months in bourbon barrels. (Where Founders IPAs are concerned, I reserve the epithet “dangerously good” for Devil Dancer. That’s not to say it’s better, but it’s certainly more dangerous.) Released in April, Doom is the latest beer in the brewery’s Backstage Series, which also includes the barrel-aged barleywine Bolt Cutter. You might know it as “Hand of Doom,” its name as a tap-only beer.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.