Hi chaps, how did you find the tasting session for Bells End and how did you settle on this particular style?
Dan: “The tasting session for this went pretty well, from what I can remember. It was quite a big night. I was a bit nervous really because the head honchos here at Signature Brew know their stuff. We tried every bit of ale that we could think of. I really wanted it to be something that wasn’t so overly Christmassy that you’d have one on Christmas Day and say ‘that’s enough.’
Rufus (drinking almost a full can of Bells End in one go): “Oof! It’s a very wintery beer isn’t it? Oh yeah, it’s perfect.”
Glad you enjoyed it as much as we did. So, what kind of beers do you drink on tour?
Dan: “I have a specific requirement for our rider, I like to have a selection of local ales everywhere I go. In Europe they dont worry too much about it though and tend to just give you Estrella. But in the UK it gets interesting. Local promoters tend to take pride in giving you the best beers, so there’s usually a selection of local ales, which is great.”
And do you ever hit up local bars on tour?
Rufus: “I can sniff them out! You can find an Irish pub almost anywhere in the world.”
A useful skill. Dan, is it true that you want to start your own brewery one day?
And lastly, can we ask you about the new album...?
Ok, how's the new album going?
Dan (looking extremely mischievous after a couple of cans): The new record… has been shit-canned. It’s been a fucking mess. We started recording it- (laughs)
Rufus: He was shit, first day- (laughs)
Dan: I turned up the first day and thought ‘I can’t do this’, and I sold everything-
Rufus: And I said, ‘you can’t do this’. It was so bad. He was so bad. I was quite bad. But you were really shit.
Dan: So I thought there was no point in carrying on, so I sold everything.
Rufus: But we might get back onto it.
Dan: Are you any good now?
Rufus: Yeah I reckon I’m alright now.
Dan: So we’re going to start the next album now!
Rufus: And it’s going to be alright (laughs)
Dan: It’s probably going to be alright (laughs)
If it wasn't already obvious, Dan and Rufus were clearly pulling our collective legs, but it felt like a fitting conclusion to sinking multiple cans of Bells End.