British Sea Power - IPA
ABV - 5.6%
Brighton's British Sea Power have played shows in some of the most unique settings in the world. The British Museum, the Cutty Sark and even the Great Wall of China have all been sites where the band have played a set. In honor of the bands set at the 2016 Sea Change Festival in Totnes, New Lion Brewery created this unique IPA. Limited to only 1000 bottles British Sea Power IPA is sure to become an instant collectible and only attainable for a brief time, much like some of the shows played by the group.
Cannibal Corpse - Amber Smashed Face
ABV - 7.8%
Known for their collaborations with metal artists, 3 Floyds Brewing Company has joined forces with countless bands. Add Florida death metal legends Cannibal Corpse to that list. Their collaboration, the appropriately titled Amber Smashed Face, is an aggressively hopped amber ale brewed to "crush your skull and liquefy your brain." Brutal. Like many of their other collaborations, Amber Smashed Face was a limited time offering, which may end up being a good thing if it does indeed make good on its promise.
For more info, visit: http://www.3floyds.com/beer/amber-smashed-face/
City and Colour - Imperial Maple Wheat Ale
Imperial Maple Wheat Ale
ABV - 11.5%
Dallas Green sure knows how to leave a mark. Starting with the highly influential post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Green later turned down the volume with his folk-tinged project City and Colour, of which is the namesake of his collaboration with Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. But don't let the name fool you, this is one serious beer. Brewed with maple syrup and bourbon vanilla pods, the Imperial Maple Wheat comes in at over 11% ABV. Like the BNL Strong Ale this was a limited edition beer, which means it may be pretty difficult to get your hands on this one outside of Canada.
For more info, visit: http://www.cityandcolour.com/news/155813
Clutch - Dark Sour Ale
ABV - 9.0%
Clutch has never been an easy band to categorize. Their bluesy and funky, groove-laden hard-rock bluster is a sound unique to them and they've been perfecting their sound for the better part of the last 20 years. The same can be said for the Fort Collins Colorado based New Belgium Brewing who have been doing things their own way since the beginning. It only makes sense then that these two pioneers of sound and drink came together to create something entirely unexpected. The Clutch Dark Sour Ale features a blend of 80% Stout and 20% Sour Oscar, giving the brew a unique taste all its own. Like most of the beers on this list, Clutch Dark Sour Ale was a limited time offering.
For more info, visit: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/clutch
Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
Wood Aged Baltic Porter
ABV - 8.6%
Corrosion of Conformity's collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing Company takes its name from the bands 1996 release Wiseblood. Like the album the Wiseblood beer is an unweildy beast, a wood-aged baltic porter that pours as thick as the riffs from Pepper Kennan's guitar. Even the beers tagline "I listen to few and I'm fueled by fire" gives off the foreboding sense that this is one beer you don't want to miss out on.
For more info, visit: http://www.3floyds.com/beer/wiseblood/
Dan the Automator - Positive Contact
ABV - 9.0%
Named after the first track on the debut album from Deltron 3030, Positive Contact is one of the more adventurous beers on this list. With a varied list of ingredients including cider, slow-roasted farro, cayenne pepper and cilantro, Positive Contact is as much a culinary experience as it is a drink. And who better to collaborate on such a varied drink then Dan the Automator, an integral part of Deltron 3030. Dan's production work throughout his career has defied stereotype from electro-tinged soundscapes to underground hip-hop anthems, Dan has done it all and now there's finally a beer that encompasses the same multi-faceted approach as his music.
For more info, visit: http://www.dogfish.com/brewery/beer/positive-contact
Deftones - Phantom Bride
ABV - 7.1%
Sacramento legends the Deftones didn't have to go far to create their new beer. In fact, just quick drive down the California coast to San Diego is all it took. There, the band teamed up with Belching Beaver Brewery to create the Phantom Bride IPA. Named after a song from the bands latest album Gore, the Phantom Bride IPA includes a combination of four different hops which gives the west coast IPA it's distinct flavor. All of the ingredients were handpicked by the Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno, making the beer a true collaboration in every sense of the word. The beer is expected to be available throughout the west coast, both on tap at select locations and in 22oz. bottles at finer bottleshops.
For more info, visit: http://pitchfork.com/news/deftones-get-their-own-beer/
Doomtree - Surly
American Pale Ale
ABV - 5.7%
Minnesota's Surly Brewing Company and hip-hop collective Doomtree were a match made in heaven. According to Dessa, one of Doomtree's rappers/singers "We’re both indie and strong-willed. We love Minnesota and we’re allergic to focus groups. We don’t have a formal professional outfit between us." So it only makes sense that these two paired up to make a pale ale that's equal parts familiar and unknown. Doomtree wouldn't have it any other way.
For more info, visit: http://surlybrewing.com/beer/doomtree/
Ed Harcourt - Dark Heart
ABV - 6.8%
English singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt is a prolific artist, releasing seven studio albums over a fifteen year span as well as being a songwriter for acts such as Marianne Faithful, Jaime Cullum and Paloma Faith. Yet in spite of his breakneck schedule, Harcourt found time to team up with Signature Brews on a limited edition brown ale which features smokey, oaken flavors and a robust 6.8% ABV. The initial brewing of Dark Heart was 1,000 bottles so it may be hard to come by, but there are rumblings that there may be another batch. Stay tuned.
For more info, visit: http://thequietus.com/articles/12262-ed-harcourt-dark-heart-ale
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
ABV - 4.0%
Elbow's first foray into brewing was also one of the most successful music collaborations to date. Initially concieved back in 2011 when Elbow visited Robinsons Brewery while putting the finishing touches on their album Build a Rocket Boys!, the partnership was expected to last for only a few months but the demand for the brew was through the roof. The beers massive popularity eventually led to it being bottled and available throughout the UK (and world through mail order), all the while selling over 750,000 pints in just under two years. Sadly the beer is now retired, but it's a prime example of a collaboration done correctly.
Elbow - Charge
Golden Pale Ale
ABV - 4.2%
Elbow's second beer was released in 2014 to coincide with the release of their album The Take Off and Landing of Everything. This time, the band partnered with Marston's to release Charge Golden Pale Ale.