The Hold Steady - Positive Jam
ABV - 4.5%
Brooklyn's The Hold Steady rose from the ashes of singer Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler's former band Lifter Puller and expanded on the ideas and sounds they started to explore with their first group. Defying categorization, The Hold Steady's unique brand of indie/alt rock has been a musical force for nearly 15 years. Their collaborative beer with Champion Brewing Company also foregoes an easy label. Positive Jam, named after a song from their debut album Almost Killed Me, is a classic wheat ale brewed with corriander and lavender to give the familiar style a distinct flavor, not unlike the band it was brewed with.
For more info, visit: http://championbrewingcompany.com/beer.php
Thelonious Monk - Brother Thelonious
Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale
ABV - 9.4%
Brother Thelonious isn't like most of the other beers on this list in the sense that the beer isn't a strict collaboration seeing as Thelonious Monk passed away in 1982 at the age of 64. That being said, North Coast Brewing Company's beer might just be the most important beer on this list. See, for each bottle of Brother Thelonious sold, North Coast makes a donation to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz which offeres college-level training for aspiring musicians as well as provides public school-based jazz education programs for students around the world. Oh, and the beer is really good too. Make sure to get your hands on this one and know that you're helping out too!
The Motet - Totem
ABV - 5.0%
Boulder Colorado's The Motet has a unique sound comprised of funk, r&b, jazz and rock all mixed up and delivered in a streamlined package. Likewise, Denver's Crooked Stave consistantly releases some of the most innovative and experimental beers around, so it only makes sense that these two got together. Their collaboration titled Totem, named after The Motet's latest album, is a blended wild ale aged in oak barrels with a mixute of berries. Sounds pretty good right? The beer is only going to be available through the summer of 2016 with a featured release at The Motet's headline show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July.
For more info, visit: http://themotet.com/crooked-stave/
The Pietasters - Taster's Choice
ABV - 7.4%
Ska stalwarts The Pietasters teamed up with Durango, Colorado's Ska Brewing and DC Brau to release Taster's Choice. The Doppelbock style beer was brewed with coffee provided by Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and Desert Sun Coffee Roasters for a completely unique and unforgettable beer. Sales from the limited edition beer went towards the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship Fund, in honor of the former Pietasters songwriter/bassist who passed away in 2001. Hopefully this beer or some iteration of it makes a comback because it sounds too good not to try and it's all done for a great cause.
For more info, visit: http://www.dcbrau.com/our_brau.cfm?brau=17
The Sword - Iron Swan Ale
English Pale Ale
ABV - 5.8%
When one of the best craft brewers in Texas gets together with one of the best metal bands out of Texas, the results are predictably pretty awesome. That's exactly what happened in 2013 when Austin stoner/doom legends The Sword hooked up with Blanco's Real Ale Brewing Company to create the Iron Swan Ale. The English-style pale ale featured a rich toffee flavor combined with a subtle fruity undertones. The beer was available for a time on draft throughout Texas and regionally in cans, but surely this many years after the fact Iron Swan is likely a thing of the past.
For more info, visit: https://realalebrewing.com/beers/special-offerings-beer-name-here-0/
Toadies - Rubberneck Red
ABV - 5.0%
The second all-Texas collaboration on our list comes by way of the Fort Worth based Martin House Brewing Company and Fort Worth's Toadies. Their collaboration Rubberneck Red, named after the bands breakout 1995 album, was as collaborative as it gets with musician brewed beers. The Toadies were involved in nearly every step of the process, first sitting down with brewers to discuss the flavor profiles they enjoyed, all the way through "serenading the yeast non-stop with Toadies music." Reviews from around the web seem to be pretty favorable, but we'll leave that up to our Texas friends to decide, as that seems to be the easiest way to get your hands on a bottle of Rubberneck Red.
For more info, visit: http://martinhousebrewing.com/the-beer/rubberneck-red/
Twin Peaks - Natural Villain
ABV - 5.0%
Chicago's famed Goose Island Brewing Company teams up with a band every year to brew a special beer for the Pitchfork Music Festival. 2016 saw Goose Island team up with garage rock startups Twin Peaks to create the Natural Villain Lager. The beer, which was served in select Chicago bars as well as at the annual music festival, was inspired by some of the bands favorite beers such as Pacifico and Sol. In essence, Natural Villiain is the perfect "garage lager" whether that means you're banging on a guitar yourself, or just guzzling down a messload of these while relaxing in the sun while watching your favorite band do all the work.
Will Oldham - The Devil Is People
American Wild Ale
ABV - 6.66%
Bonnie "Prince" Billy aka Will Oldham got together with Louisville based group Watter to colaborate on the track "The Devil Is People" which is also the name of the beer brewed for the project by Stillwater Artisanal. The Sour Smoked Wheat Ale was brewed to clock exactly at (what else) 6.66% ABV and was a true collaborative experience. Upon the beers release, a limited 12" single of the song the group cut together was also released and although we never got a chance to try the beer, we can't help but to think it's exactly the kind of sound the brewers had in mind when concocting such a devilish beer.
For more info, visit: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/22150/156410/