Eyehategod - In the Name of Suffering
ABV - 7.1%
New Orleans based volume merchants Eyehategod got together with (who else) 3 Floyds Brewing Co. to release a Black IPA called In the Name of Suffering, which is a tribute to the bands debut album of the same name, released in 1992. The beer which is loaded with hops but balanced with maltiness is as close as you can get to the Crescent City without setting foot on Magazine Street. The beer was a limited offering, but it looks like there is some still some of this beer out there if you know where to look.
For more info, visit: http://www.3floyds.com/beer/in-the-name-of-suffering/
Frank Turner - Believe
ABV - 4.8%
One of the most popular beers in the Signature Brew series comes from a collaboration with English folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner. The result being Believe, a modern style wheat beer that features a citrusy, crisp flavor which was "designed to accompany long sunny afternoons." Believe gets its name from Turner's 2010 song "I Still Believe" which reached #40 on the UK Singles Chart. See a video of Turner describing the process of creating the beer here and if you find yourself in the UK, try to hunt down a pint of this new modern classic.
For more info, visit: http://frank-turner.com/2012/10/07/believe-beer/
Ghost - Grale
ABV - 6.66%
Of all of the bands on this list, Ghost might just be the most...impressive. Between their stunning visual appearance, unique sound and commitment to anonymity, Ghost is one of the most compelling bands in music today. As it stands, they've got everything going for them so why not add a beer to the portfolio? They did just that when they teamed up with Nils Oscar for Grale, their take on a Scotch Ale. The beer features six different malts and four different hops, ensuring a complex flavor befitting for such a group.
For more info, visit: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/894/148663/
G. Love and Special Sauce - Peach Porch Lounger
ABV - 9.4%
Garrett Dutton is a Philadelphia-born guitarist who's been captivating audiences worldwide with his music since 1994. But G. Love (as he's known by most) is also an avid homebrewer and massive beer connoisseur (source). It's that love of beer that led G. Love to collaborate with Fort Collins' New Belgium Brewing on the Peach Porch Lounger, a standout in their Lips of Faith series. The Peach Porch Lounger checks in at a heady 9.4% ABV and features a unique set of ingredients such peaches, hominy-grits, molasses and lemon peel. Sounds pretty good right? Sadly, the collaboration was a one time event back in 2012.
Fore more info, visit: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/peach-porch-lounger
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
ABV - 9.0%
Love 'em or hate 'em the Grateful Dead are one of the most iconic bands to exist in American history. For decades the Dead travelled around playing show after show, tour after tour and unlike many of their contemporaries, their fans followed them. Everywhere. Effectionately known as "Deadheads," the travelling fans became a fixture at Grateful Dead and Dead-related shows throughout the world. It was with these fans in mind when Dogfish Head asked for help selecting ingredients for American Beauty. The overwhelming choice? Granola, which all but ensures the beer will have a lasting legacy with the fans that have been on a long, strange trip for nearly 50 years.
For more info, visit: http://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/american-beauty
Guided by Voices - Beer Thousand
ABV - 10%
Brewed in 2014 to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the groundbreaking album Bee Thousand from Guided by Voices, Beer Thousand from Dogfish Head has more to it than meets the eye. Dogfish used 10 different varieties of grains and 10 different varieties of hops to brew the massive imperial lager which checks in at a heady 10% ABV. Get it? 10x10x10=1,000! Upon its initial release, Beer Thousand also came packaged with a limited edition 10" vinyl record of a live show recorded back in 1994. The record (and likely, beer) has gone on to become a unique collectors item for GBV fans and fetches quite the tidy sum on auction sites to this day.
For more info, visit: http://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/beer-thousand
Gwar - Oderus Ale
ABV - 5.6%
Tampa's Cigar City Brewing joined forces with the intergalactic, Antarctic dwelling warlords Gwar on a beer simply called Gwar Beer which is brewed specifically for Gwar's summer festival the Gwar-B-Q. For the festivals seventh installment in the summer of 2016 Cigar City brewed up a special batch of Gwar Beer called Oderus Ale, honoring the late Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, Gwar's singer for the past 20+ years. Although a limited release, there is always plenty of Gwar Beer available around the annual Gwar-B-Q, so don't miss out.
For more info, visit: https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beer/gwar-beer/
Hamilton: The Musical - Rise Up Rye
ABV - 4.8%
Competing as a walk-on in the US Open. Founding a Fortune 500 business by your 30th birthday. A solo ascent of Mount Everest. These things are all easier to do than scoring a pair of Hamilton tickets on Broadway. OK, maybe not but Hamilton is one of the most talked about musicals in the last several years. Thankfully, Gun Hill Brewing Company recognized this and created the Rise Up Rye, a beer set to bring Hamilton-mania to the masses. Rise Up features "Soft fruity aroma with notes of clove and stone fruit flavors such as peach and apricot" and is sure to be a hit with fans of the groundbreaking musical.
Hanson - MmmHops
ABV - 7.5%
Back in 1997, the Hanson brothers unleashed their behemoth (if not ridiculously polarizing) song "MMMBop" onto the unsuspecting masses. At the time, it was the song that you couldn't escape no matter how hard you tried and regardless of how you felt about it, it was a pretty impressive accomplishment for three young brothers from Oklahoma. Now nearly 20 years later, the Hanson brothers are back. This time with Mmmhops (really, what else would it be called) Pale Ale, their initial offering from the Hanson Brothers Beer Company.
For more info, visit: http://www.hansonbrothersbeer.com/home.html
High on Fire - Razor Hoof
ABV - 8.2%
Another stunning addition to the 3 Floyds portfolio is Razor Hoof, brewed with the Oakland based sludge metal masters High on Fire. Like most of the other band collaborations from 3 Floyds, Razor Hoof recieved favorable reviews from the beer community, although outside of those reviews information about Razor Hoof is hard to come by. 3 Floyds somewhat cryptically states "This dry hopped Saison is worthy of Razor Hoof. Corpse wolf now raised." We do know that it was a limited time offering though, so finding any of these in the wild may be a difficult task to complete.
For more info, visit: http://www.3floyds.com/beer/razorhoof/