Heavy rock and beer go together like condoms and casual sex. If you’re gonna regularly indulge in one, it sure helps to have a stockpile of the other. Okay, Ozzy once said, “Wine is fine, but whiskey’s quicker.” Nonetheless, there’s nothing like sipping a quality IPA, a hearty stout, an amber ale, a smooth lager or even a cheap but potent malt liquor with the speakers thumping. Even sh*tty groups sound better after a few beers. And who better to judge a good brew than dudes whose bands are supplied with cases of the stuff every night on tour?
Then there are the super-serious beer guys, like Khemmis drummer Zach Coleman, who works as the head brewer of metal beer producer TRVE Brewing in Denver, and super-metalhead and 3 Floyds brewer Todd Haug, who has worked with various bands to come up with cool signature products.
Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Mastodon, Kid Rock, and AC/DC are just a handful of major rock musicians to market their own beers. Other, far more mainstream entities, including the Grateful Dead Estate, Paul McCartney, Pixies, Elbow, New Order, Queen and, yes, Hanson have joined the signature beer sweepstakes. But seriously. Who’s gonna drink harder, rock harder, destroy more sh*t and puke more frequently than hard rock and metal bands and their fans? So, ignore those indie and classic rockers and get your micro-beers from dudes that know a Hefeweizen from a Belgian pale ale, or at least drink enough that, after a few, the differences between a Pliny the Elder double IPA and Pabst Blue Ribbon don’t mean a thing.
Naming a beer after a vocal call-out for fans to mosh is pretty damn metal. Anthrax’s Wardance comes from a line in the song “Indians” from the band’s classic album Among the Living. Just to emphasize how metal it is, the manufacturers wrote “brewed by metalheads” on the bottle, which depicts a skull wearing a red Indian headdress and a bandana with Anthrax’s modified pentagram symbol. The image overlaps a larger Thraxagram.
The beverage comes from Butternuts Bew and Ale, who worked with guitarist and lyricist Scott Ian on the specs. As such, Wardance Pale Ale features 5.5 % ABV, which is on the lower end for microbrews – so just drink twice as many.1713Tip it or skip it?
They may be more of a stoner rock group than a charged up booze band, but that didn’t stop Clutch from combining forces with the New Belgium Brewing Company to create Lips of Faith. The Dark Sour Ale offers plenty of kick per bottle, 9% ABV, which will leave any fan seeing cosmic designs after a few bottles. The label features an image of the sun personified; It seems to be sticking its tongue out and a key is attached to the tip. Whether that key is meant to open minds or wallets remains a mystery.
According to the manufacturer, the brew is a two-part beverage made with chocolate and black malts “for a rich and roasty overtone.” Then it’s “fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor.” Lips of Faith is 80 percent stout, 20 percent dark sour and if you can discern these things you may find that it “begins with a sour edge and finishes with a big, dark malt character, lingering, sweet on your palate.” All we can say is 9 % ABV rocks!1513Tip it or skip it?
To celebrate their 20th Anniversary and the 10th Anniversary of their groundbreaking album Ten, Pearl Jam joined up with Dogfish Head In 2011 to craft a flavorful Belgian-style golden ale. The beverage received generally favorable reviews, like most products from the Seattle rock legends. Brewed with currants, Faithful Ale was considerably stronger than most craft beers, 7% ABV.1116Tip it or skip it?
In Norwegian mythology Ragnarok is the last battle that brings on the apocalypse. So, while the gods are lining up their sides for the final confrontation, you might as well toast them with Viking metal band Amon Amarth’s Ragnarok beer. The brew is a robust Aesir porter made with deep-roasted malts and honey to give the beverage a dark color and rich taste. It has an 8.2% ABV and an IBU of 40. As the manufacturer’s website reads, “When Heimdal sounds the Gailar Horn for the last battle, this is the beer the gods will drink.”1015Tip it or skip it?