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.
1. Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales' Music Series (including Bitches Brew, Hellhound Ale, Faithfull Ale and Positive Contact) If you watched the short-lived Discovery Channel TV show Brewmasters, then you're already familiar with Vermont Delaware brewing weirdos Dogfish Head and its enigmatic owner Sam Calagione. With an infectious sense of humor and an unrivaled spirit for beer adventure, Calagione has made everything from historical ales to high-ABV monsters, so it wasn't much of a surprise when Dogfish was approached by Sony Legacy to create one-of-a-kind beers for a few of its artists. Starting with 2010's Bitches Brew--a blend of African and American beer styles made to represent the global fusion nature of the seminal Miles Davis album--Dogfish's music series of beers have set a precedent for other breweries looking to translate musical concepts into liquid beverages.

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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