Rolling Stones - Rolling Hop
ABV - 4.0%
In what may be the most unusual collaboration on this list, rock 'n roll luminaries the Rolling Stones teamed up with Japan's Suntory Corp. on a line of alcoholic drinks, one of which is the Rolling Hop Pale Lager. Rolling Hop features a citrusy taste, low alcohol content and a higher carbonation level than other beers which provides an "exhilarating sensation." No word on if Rolling Hop actually delivers on its promise, as it's pretty hard to get ahold of outside of Japan. If nothing else, we'd love to get our hands on one, if only to have a bottle with the Stones logo emblazoned across the front. Guess a trip to Japan is in order.
For more info, visit: http://www.suntory.com/news/2012/11375.html
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Beer
Pale Wheat Ale
ABV - 5.4%
Since they formed in 2013, Run the Jewels have done...well, just about everything. With two full-lengths under their belts, a remix album comprised entirely of cat sounds and a near constant string of packed live shows, Run the Jewels have achieved more in a few short years than some bands do in their entire career. On top of all of this they collaborated on a beer with Goose Island for the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2013. Apparently, El-P and Killer Mike asked that the dry-hopped Belgian wheat was made to "smell like weed" and ensure it "alleviates cottonmouth." Hard to say if those requests came to fruition as the RTJ beer was only available for the festival.
For more info, visit: http://beerstreetjournal.com/music-fest-only-beer-goose-island-rapper-killer-mike-el-p/
Sepultura - Weiss
ABV - 4.5%
Brazilan thrash metal masters Sepultura released a beer in late 2011 to celebrate the bands 25th anniversary. The beer, simply called Sepultura Weiss is an easy-drinking Hefeweizen style beer with hints of banana and clove in the flavor profile which serves as a nod to the bands home country. The beer was initiallly released in a collectors set, featuring two 600mL bottles of Sepultura Weiss along with a pint glass emblazoned with the Sepultura logo. Sadly, Sepultura's signature beer appears to have been a fairly difficult beer to find outside of Brazil. Hopefully this one sees a second brewing sometime in the future.
For more info, visit: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sepultura-25th-anniversary-beer-launched/
Slayer - 666
ABV - 6.5%
Slayer is the third band belonging to the Big Four (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax) of American metal who have their own beer. Like their music, the Slayer 666 Red Ale finds it's own niche in the landscape of music/beer collaborations. Brewed with the Nils Oscar Company in Sweden, The 666 Red Ale features five different malts combined with El Dorado and Mosaic hops to create a one of a kind hoppy ale with a deep, copper hue in color. No word on if upon drinking a 666 you will be compelled to carve Slayer into your forearm, although it would be safe to assume you would. Regrettably the beer isn't the easiest to get ahold of in the US, but it can be ordered online for a hefty price.
For more info, visit: http://www.metalinjection.net/bands-and-booze/slayer-666-red-ale-now-available
Small Black - Sensory Series v2
The second beer in Stillwater Artisanal's outstanding Sensory Series comes by way of the Brooklyn-based indie band Small Black. The beer is a Black Saison that was brewed in homage of Small Black's song "Breathless" from their 2013 album Limits of Desire. Like the previous beer in the series, the beer comes with a QR code on the bottle that links to an exclusive performance from Small Black. With the Sensory Series, Stillwater aims to give the drinker a full sensory experience and they've managed to do just that with v2.
For more info, visit: http://www.stillwatersensory.com/
Sub Pop Records - Loser
ABV - 7.0%
Man, poor Sub Pop just can't catch a break. The groundbreaking Seattle record label has had countless amazing bands on its roster over the years, some who went on to be quite successful (see: The Shins, Postal Service, Soundgarden, Death Cab for Cutie, etc.) the list goes on and on. But the biggest blow came back in 1991 when a small Seattle band by the name of Nirvana took off for Geffen. Ouch. To celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2011, Sub Pop teamed up with Elysian to release the Loser Pale Ale, which had a tagline of "Corporate beer still sucks." Again, Sub Pop drew the short straw when Elysian got bought up by AB InBev. Oh well. Whatever. Nevermind. At least the beer is really good.
For more info, visit: http://www.elysianbrewing.com/elysian-beers/loser-pale-ale/
Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
ABV - 8.5%
Welsh psychedelic rockers Super Furry Animals paired with The Celt Experience to release Fuzzy, a wild ale named after the bands 1996 debut album Fuzzy Logic. The beer was debuted at the Fire Festival in early 2014 where members of Super Furry Animals helped put the finishing touches on the beer and also spun live DJ sets. Finding the beer in the United States may be a bit of a chore, but apparently the beer was to be released in pubs throughout Wales and later in select markets in London. If anyone out there has tried this one, let us know how it is, cause it sounds amazing!
Tennis - Sensory Series v3
Belgian-style Pale Ale
ABV - 6.9%
The latest beer from Stillwater Artisanal's fanstastic Sensory Series comes by way of a collaboration with Denver indie-pop group Tennis. Like previous beers in the series, v3 is brewed as an interpretation of a song, this time is the Tennis song "Night Vision" from their 2014 album Ritual in Repeat. The Belgian-stye pale ale features a light orange body with flavors of citrusy hops and wild yeast to round out the brew. Like others in the Sensory Series, the bottle contained a QR code that linked to exclusive content from the band. Hopefully Stillwater Artisanal has more lined up for the Sensory Series because its a really fun idea.
For more info, visit: http://www.stillwatersensory.com/
The Editors - Salvation
Earl Grey Dark Ale
ABV - 5.3%
The UK's Editors teamed up with Brussels Beer Project to create Salvation, an Earl Grey infused porter named after a track off their 2015 album In Dream. The band was involved in creating the beer and visited the Brussels Beer Project numerous times over the duration of the brewing process to help fine tune the beer. From what we can tell, the beer is mostly available in Europe and the UK, but you may be able to find it in the US at a good bottle shop. We love porters and earl grey here at BAM, so we would love to track some of this down!
For more info, visit: http://www.beerproject.be/en/beers/1211-salvation