The Sword have been quite busy behind the scenes of late. Not only have they been on the phone with booking agents trying to line up their summer 2013 North American tour, they've also just signed off on their second beer brand.

In a new posting at the band's website, the group reveals that 'Iron Swan' beer will launch in late July via the Real Ale Brewing Company. In a statement on the matter, Real Ale states, "Our newest canned offering is a tribute to the song that first introduced us to a packaging hall favorite, The Sword. 'Iron Swan' pours a deep copper color and has an enticing intro of fruit and caramel with subtle hints of earth and spice. This medium bodied ale showcases the fruitiness of our house ale strain, along with the rich toffee flavors of English crystal malt. Added complexity is provided by generous amounts of English hops. 'Iron Swan' finishes slightly dry with a mild spiciness that beckons another can. Fire up your turntable and audition Iron Swan yourself." Check out the photo below to see what 'Iron Swan' beer will look like.

Meanwhile, The Sword are heading back out on tour this summer in support of their 2012 release, 'Apocryphon.' Dates begin July 25 in Dallas and continue into late August. Castle and American Sharks have signed on as support for all stops.

The Sword / Castle / American Sharks 2013 North American Tour

7/25 -- Dallas, Texas -- Granada

7/26 -- Austin, Texas -- Red 7

7/27 -- Abilene, Texas -- Southern Nights

7/28 -- Lubbock, Texas -- Fubar

7/30 -- Farmington, N.M. -- Top Deck

7/31 -- Tempe, Ariz. -- Club Red

8/1 -- Santa Ana, Calif. -- Observatory

8/2 -- San Francisco, Calif. -- Slims

8/3 -- San Francisco, Calif. -- Slims

8/5 -- Portland, Ore. -- Hawthorne

8/6 -- Spokane, Wash. -- The Center

8/7 -- Seattle, Wash. -- Neumos

8/8 -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- Biltmore

8/10 -- Edmonton, Alberta -- Starlite

8/11 -- Calgary, Alberta -- Republik

8/12 -- Regina, Saskatchewan -- The Exchange

8/13 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Pyramid

8/14 -- Thunder Bay, Ontario -- Crocks

8/16 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Lees Palace

8/17 -- Montreal, Quebec -- Il Motore

8/18 -- Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Music Hall of Willlamsburg

8/19 -- West Chester, Pa. -- The Note

8/20 -- Baltimore, Md. -- Ottobar

8/21 -- Roanoke, Va. -- Martins Downtown

8/23 -- Baton Rouge, La. -- Spanish Moon

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