7 beers inspired by rock bands

With the news of Iron Maiden delving into the industry of sud, one begins to wonder what other gods of rock diversified their time and energy with slapping their name on a beer label, rather than focusing on another killer LP.

But there’s no reason to take a dump on an artist for wanting to do something different — sometimes time away from the thing you love the most helps inspire and refresh. Plus, let’s give these artists credit for at least following through with the damn thing. That’s more than can be said for Hanson — no word on “MMMhop IPA” since their headline-grabbing announcement back in November 2011.

1. AC/DC Premium Lager Beer


The Aussie lager’s initial release this month was in Germany only but promises to “fire up your tongue like TNT, comes with a great beer-loving taste and is brewed in accordance with the Rock’n Roll manifesto of 1973 and the German purity law of 1516.”

2. Phish’s Stash IPA


Ithaca Beer Co.’s Stash Ale wasn’t the first time an artisan brewer was inspired by the Vermont jam band. Hell, we’re not even sure Phish saw one noodling penny in sales from these suds. Trey?

3. Motorhead Bastards Lager


Last summer, Motorhead released their first lager to the drinking people of Sweden after their success with Motorhead Shiraz.

Heh. Motorhead Shiraz.

4. Kiss Destroyer Beer


Gene Simmons’ army of middle-aged clowns are able to nab his band’s Destroyer Beer in 26 states and, as of January, parts of the western Europe. They also offer a Zin Fire wine for the more sophisticated Dr. Love.

5. Graveyard Hisingen Brew


The Scandinavian garage band says it will “taste even better lukewarm for your festival nights.”

6. Iron Maiden Trooper Ale


The British ale only has an alcohol content of 4.8 percent and won’t be out until May. The upside? Maiden lead Bruce Dickinson was a quality control freak, visiting the Robinson Brewery in Stockport, England, several times to make sure his product tasted just right.

7. Lower Dens’ Stillwater Sensory Series Vol. 1


The Baltimore foursome teamed up with local Stillwater Artisanal Ales gypsy brewer Brian Strumke, who pitched the idea of making a beer named after one of their songs, the 12-minute “In the End is the Beginning” from their 2012 “Nootropics” record. They went for it.

Strumke describes Stillwater Sensory Series Vol. 1 as “a light, crisp saison with flavors and aroma meant to be dark and a slight purple hue.”

UPDATE: Hat tip to reader Nathan for pointing out brew made for lovers of Spinal Tap.

This One Goes to 11 Ale


Bell’s Beer pays homage to Rob Reiner’s rockumentary with “bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits and ripe cherries” in this limited red ale.