Top Five Music Beers Made and Sponsored By Rock Stars
2. New Belgium Brewing's Clutch
Born out of a chance encounter between Clutch singer Niel Fallon and New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar at a Colorado sandwich shop, this dark sour stout made its debut in 2011 as a one-off bottle-and-keg release under the Fat Tire brewery's experimental Lips of Faith series. As the story goes (see video above), all the members of the Maryland rock band are craft beer fans and were stoked to have Salazar offer to make them their own signature release.
The band determined what style they wanted to make, what alcohol content they wanted and eventually handed over the idea for a roasted strong ale blended with some of New Belgium's sours that became the aptly named Clutch--a beer that looks like a Guinness, smells like a Duchesse and tastes (according to one brewery employee) "like an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove."
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|Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew is a beer based on the fusion qualities of the seminal Miles Davis album.|
Others in the series include: Hellhound on My Ale, a double IPA brewed in honor of bluesman Robert Johnson (lemon was added to reference Johnson's mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson); Faithfull Ale, a golden ale made for Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary of the album Ten (hopped to 20 IBUs during 10 incremental additions); and Positive Contact, a cayanne and cilantro apple-cider-y beer made in collaboration with Dan the Automator of Deltron 3030. A Grateful Dead beer called "American Beauty" is forthcoming (its secret ingredient being nominated by Deadheads, themselves), further assuring that Dogfish Head remain the indisputable kings of musical beer.
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