Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
ABV - 9.0%
First released in 2010 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album of the same name by Miles Davis, Bitches Brew is one of the most interesting beers found on this list. Bitches Brew is comprised of three different threads of imperial stout combined with a thread of honey beer and gesho root. The end result is a complex yet drinkable ale that's a perfect companion for Miles' music. When describing the beer and his vision for it, Dogfish founder Sam Calagione stated he wanted "analog beer for the digital age." Although Bitches Brew is classified as a rarity, it's still easy enough to come across in a good bottle shop.
For more info, visit: http://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/bitches-brew
Bob Moog - Moog Filtered Ale
ABV - ?
When Bob Moog passed away in 2005 his family wanted to continue his legacy so they established the Bob Moog Foundation with the mission of "igniting creativity at the intersection of music, history, science, and innovation" (source). To help raise funds for the foundation, they teamed up with the Asheville Brewing Company to create the Moog Filtered Ale. The special pale ale was released in both 2010 and 2011 for Moogfest, the annual electronic music festival that takes place in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more info, visit: http://moogfoundation.org/moog-filtered-ale-brewing-in-october/
Motorhead - Bastards
ABV - 4.7%
Motorhead's first foray into the beer world was with the appropriately titled Bastards Lager. Brewed with Kronleins Bryggeri in Sweeden, the lager is perfect for "anytime when the craving for a beer hits you, but especially well with burgers, grilled meat or fish, pizza and friends." Although Bastards seems to have been recieved well, there is little information available about it's current availability, especially so in the United States.
For more info, visit: http://www.brandsforfans.se/motorheaddrinks/the-drinks/bastards-beer-single.html
Motorhead - XXXX
Imperial Pale Lager
ABV - 6.2%
Motorhead's second spin with craft beer saw the band change partnerships, favoring Nils Oscar Brewery. The beer, simply titled XXXX, was brewed in celebration of Motorhead's 40th anniversary. Featuring a variety of four different hops, and a managable 6.2% ABV, the XXXX Imperial Pale Lager has the makings of a very special beer indeed.
Mudhoney - Super Fuzzy Big Muffy Honey Brown Ale
ABV - 6.8%
This beer is a little different than most of the others on the list because it was brewed as a direct tribute to the band Mudhoney. Although not a direct collaboration with the band themselves, the Super Fuzzy Big Muffy Honey Brown Ale still has some pretty deep ties with the legendary Seattle band. Check out this fantastic interview with Burnt Hickory Brewery head Scott Hedeen about the Mudhoney tribute beer and his punk rock ethos when it comes to brewing.
For more info, visit: http://beerstreetjournal.com/burnt-hickory-mudhoney/
Municipal Waste - Toxic Revolution
ABV - 8.5%
3 Floyds got together with Virginia speed metallers Municipal Waste to concoct the Toxic Revolution Stout. Upon its release in 2013, the brewers at 3 Floyds said "Toxic Revolution was borne of relentless experimentation, ancient alchemy, and hatred. Hatred of uninspired, flavorless beer. Municipal Waste demanded we brew a massive yet drinkable American style oatmeal stout perfect for winter shred sessions. Black as night and creamy on the palate with fruity, tropical hop notes balanced with roasted and chocolate malt" (Source). With that kind of description, who wouldn't want to try it? The answer was no one, as finding a bottle of Toxic Revolution is a pretty tall task these days.
For more info, visit: http://www.3floyds.com/beer/toxic-revolution/
New Order - Stray Dog
ABV - 4.2%
One of the newest entries into the band/beer marketplace comes from Moorhouse's and the legendary New Order. The beer is called Stray Dog, named after a song from the bands 2015 album Music Complete. Created by Moorhouse's lead brewer Dan Casaru, Stray Dog features three different hops and the finest English malts which produce "a refreshing and clean tasting golden ale with hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness." The beer is made with cask ale drinkers in mind, but will also be rolled out for puchase in bottles, both througout the UK and internationally.
For more info, visit: http://www.neworder.com/beer/
NOFX - Stickin' in my IPA
ABV - 7.0%
The collaboration between Virginia's Champion Brewing and Los Angeles' punk godfathers NOFX features both simocoe and falconerss flight hops and is brewed with spicy rye giving the west coast style IPA plenty of staying power. Stickin' in my IPA packs a heady 7.0% ABV and is comes in a 24 oz. tall boy can, perfect for recharging in the pit or wrapping a paper bag around and bum slugging while you chill in the city like a true punk would. Go on, make Fat Mike proud.
For more info, visit: http://championbrewingcompany.com/beer.php
Opeth - Communion
Swedish prog-metallers Opeth joined up with Northern Monk to release two beers. The second brewed, and easier of the two to find was the Communion Pale Ale. Offered in cans and brewed more extensively than its predecessor, Communion was another hit for both Opeth and Northern Monk. Communion was brewed using both European and US hop varietys in order to achieve its unique flavor. Although there are hints of widespread distribution in the future, for now Communion only appears to be widely available in the UK.
Opeth - XXV Anniversary
ABV - 9.2%
While the Communion Pale Ale was a hit with both metalheads and beer snobs alike, it was all made possible thanks to Opeth and Northern Monks first collaboration. The XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout was brewed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Opeth. In honor of the special occasion, the pair brewed the massive stout with 10 different malts in order to achieve the beers beguiling flavor. Good luck getting your hands on one though, as only 1700 bottles were ever produced.