Even if you are too young to have experienced Rick Astley’s hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, the chances you haven’t heard the song are slim. The 1987 single rocketed him to fame, topping the charts in 25 countries. The internet brought the the song back into popularity again in 2008, thanks to the now infamous “rickrolling” prank. Google that.
His next hit? Beer.
Danish brewer Mikkeller has reportedly partnered with Rick Astley, on a new lager. The beer has yet to be named.
No word on if the U.S. will see Rick Astley’s beer, however it is important to note that Mikkeller started brewing stateside in 2016 at their new San Diego facility.
Prediction. Rickrolling will soon evolve to be chugging this beer. Think Smirnoff Ice and “icing” someone. Singing will have to be involved.
Somerville, Massachusetts based Aeronaut Brewing has teamed up with indie band The Lights Out, on a different kind of collaboration.
The music-meets-light combo band has opted to not just collaborate on a beer with a brewery, but release a full studio album “on” the can. Let’s start with the beer and work backwards.
Aeronaut T.R.I.P. is the name of the beer – an imperial session India pale ale. Paradoxical? Yes. That’s exactly how the team wanted it. The Lights Out is really into the multiverse theory of the universe. It may sound a bit insane, but scientists postulate that shortly after the Big Bang formed the universe, space-time expanded at variable rates in different places. That gave rise to “bubble universes” that may/could function with their own separate laws of physics. The band’s philosophy is built off this idea.
The album explores the idea that our observable universe is one of many — a multiverse — where everything possible exists somewhere. It was inspired by the theory that each of us has infinite reflections of ourselves, living alternate lives. Each song on the album was written as a report back from another reality visited by The Lights Out.
Aeronaut T.R.I.P. is not session a session beer at all, but a 7.5% alcohol by volume IPA brewed with a hop perfect for this kind of collaboration – Galaxy.
As cool and trippy as all this sounds, the only way to get the album is to buy the beer. Apparently there are instructions printed on the can telling you how to obtain it. (We are assuming it’s not an iTunes link.) Aeronaut Brewing’s lineup is available around the Boston area.
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: November, 2016
The Lights Out its all about light shows. Check their performance below.
Crooked Stave Totem Wild Ale debuts this summer, a collaboration with musical group The Motet.
The Motet hails from Boulder, Colorado – a six-piece group whose sound incorporates elements of funk, jazz, folk, and world music. (You can thank iTunes for the assist on that description.)
As for Crooked Stave Totem, the wild ale is a specialty blend of wild ales from the brewery’s sacred barrel cellar. Plus berries. Wild ales a crazy good with berries.
Totem is inspired by the oak barrels we hold scared at our brewery. Stacked to the ceiling, they elevate the natural wild beers we brew. This limited edition bottling will only be available through Summer, 2016 in celebration of The Motet’s new Totem and their headlining show at Red Rocks on July 22nd.
Crooked Stave Totem will be available in 12.7 ounce bottles throughout the summer.
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Berries. Oak Aged.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: June, 2016
Dogfish Head American Beauty, the brewery’s tribute, and inspired by, The Grateful Dead, is getting an artwork overhaul in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary.
The imperial pale ale combines American hops and an ingredient not seen in beer often – granola. Dead fan (and beer fan) Thomas Butler shared his favorite concert story that lead to the granola choice.
Inside this bottle. Your miracle ticket awaits. We called Americas Beauty, an imperial Pale Ale inspired by the Grateful Dead. The best way to capture 30 years, 100 albums, 1,500 shows? Let the loyal fans drive the recipe. Among thousands of suggestions, granola was top. It was the main course in millions of parking lot meals and is newsstand toasty complement to the all-American hops and barley. There was something different about a Dead show. Whether you saw one or 103, you felt it but you knew it wouldn’t last forever. If only you could have bottled it …
Dogfish Head American Beauty is slated to make a seasonal appearance again in May, 2015.
The previous label…
Surly Brewing recently teamed up with local hip-hop group Doomtree in honor of their farewell tour. The band just finished the eight day blowout yesterday.
Doomtree joined Surly in the brewhouse in order to make an unconventional, bastardized style. The style ended up being a well-kept secret until it was party time. The result is Surly Doomtree Beer, a dry-hopped, bitter beer. An unusual take on something traditional? Fits them both quite well.
Surly started with homebrewing in the garage. Doomtree making some noise a basement. Careful what you do in your spare time, man. That stuff just might end up taking over your whole life.
A decade later, Doomtree meets Surly. Instant crush. We’re both indie and strong-willed. We love Minnesota and we are allergic to focus groups. We don’t have a formal professional outfit between us.
We convene at the brewery to scheme. Working in extreme secrecy, we decide to make a beer. Team Surly suggests a “bastardized style” that will build on the classic, but buck convention. Doomtree cannot nod vigorously enough. We know this style. Guided by instinct, we came up with this dark, gold, toasty aromatic, subtly spicy, bitter enough, dry-hopped brew. Best enjoy it cold in a spare room with new friends – Dessa
Surly Doomtree kegs have made their debut, and 16 ounces cans are on the way.
Style: English-style Bitter
Availability: 16oz Cans
Arrival: Early 2015
A smaller batch of a new musical collaboration appeared in June – Dogfish Head Beer Thousand. The offering celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Guided By Voices album, Bee Thousand.
Beer Thousand was tapped in June at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with a little bit available at the Dogfish Head pub in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
What is it? Beer Thousand is an imperial lager, brewed with 10 grains, 10 hops, and is 10% ABV. Mathematically, 10x10x10=1000. Beer Street Journal is told Beer Thousand will be bottled later this fall with a 10-inch record.
Style: Imperial Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, late 2014
Music and craft beer are on a roll. There are so many brewers collaborating with musicians. Coming soon to Stone Brewing Co.’s Collaboration Series is Collective Distortion IPA. This future offering is the brainchild of Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, and Keri Kelli of Alice Cooper. Together they created an imperial IPA brewed with elderberries and coriander.
In bringing together artisans front disparate aural planes, one might expect an offbeat, feedback-warned cacophony,shrill to the point of unlistenable. Yet, by inviting Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for eclectic, Jam-prone sextet, The String Cheese Incident, and Karl Kelli, wailing rock guitarist of Slice Cooper fame, we were able to make truly beautiful music. Turns out, these musicians have a great deal in common, both with each other and with Stone. We all enjoy turning things up toll, and that is represented in this collaborative offering, an imperial India pale ale ably backed by Nugget, Comet and Calypso hops, and amplified care of a generous dry-hopping with Vic’s Secret, a new Australian hop, adding citrus and tropical fruit oomph.To give this modern masterpiece some soulful, classic character, we traced the roots of brewing to the days when Old World herbs were used to spice beers, adding in coriander and, a first for us, elderberries. To stand up to that sumptuous spice and blaring bitterness, we added golden naked oats, which are lightly roasted and add body and enhanced mouthf eel to the brew like a steady, unbreakable backbeat to an incendiary ram solo. Sit back, crank the volume and get lost in this operatic incarnation of genres combined in the name of invention.
Kyle Hollingsworth has done another craft heer collaboration with Boulder Beer Company – Hoopla. Look for Stone Collective Distortion IPA in 22oz bottles and draft.