I saw over at Beernews.org today that the Ithica Beer Company is brewing up a new IPA that they are dedicating to the band Phish. This is not new territory for the band, as many of you are probably aware that Ben and Jerry’s has their delectable ice cream Called Phish Food. This is a hopped up IPA and what a better tribute than to load the brew with Kronic’s kissin’ cousin.
This got me to thinking, how many other rock bands have tribute beers, or at least beers that could fit the bill? Here are a few others I have come up with, I’m sure there is more and by all means chime in in the comments to add others you know about, or think go together well…
Metallica–Fade to Black
This was a tribute that Left Hand Brewing in Colorado brewed for a favorite band of theirs Metallica. I love the artwork on this label, and I’ve heard great things about the beer. There are actually two expressions of Fade to Black (Volume I, and volume II). Volume I is a foreign style stout that is a Gold Medal winner at the 2010 GABF, and Volume II is a smoked Baltic porter. Both befitting tributes to James and Lars and the crew.
AC/DC–Back In Black
A couple years ago 21st Amendment Brewing came out with Back in Black their Black IPA. Man this is a brew that Angus and the boys can be proud to have associated with them! It is a roasty, nutty treat for the senses. Great label work on the can too, tie the whole concept together.
Rolling Stones–Rolling Rock??
This seems like too easy of an association to make and hardly a befitting tribute to the original Bad Boys of Rock-n-roll. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with what I though was a far better tribute beer for blokes from Leeds.
I couldn’t do a post about Rock-n-roll and beer without including one of my favorite bands of all. I remember I was about 5 when their fourth album came out, and I remember playing it over and over again until the vinyl and the needle wore out on my Mom’s record player. But I was at a bit of a loss as to a beer that would fit their band. Then I came across this story over at Beer Advocate. Seems that the rings on the Ballantine label were the inspiration for John Bonham’s symbol that ended up on the album artwork. What a fitting tribute. Afterall there was nary a good brew to be had back then.
What are your thoughts? What beers go with some of your favorite Rock Bands? Let us know in the comments!