Wilco Tango FoxtrotMade by:Lagunitas Brewing CompanyTastes like: “A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly [sic] slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.”Alcohol content: 7.83%Weird fact: Lagunitas says they’re aware of Wilco, but the beer isn’t inspired by the band or, um, its album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Whatever you say, dudes.This beer says: I’m a little bit country, a little bit (indie) rock ‘n roll… and a little bit in denial.
Material Girl AleMade by:JW Lees (no longer in production)Tastes like: “nutty and fruity”Alcohol content: 7.5%This beer says: We are living in a material world, and naming our beer after Madonna should get us some press. Even though she has said she likes Guinness.
American Badass BeerA product of: Kid RockMade by:Michigan Brewing Company and Drinks Americas Holdings Ltd.Tastes like: Says Kid Rock: “People that like premium beers and Guinness is their [sic] of choice, they will not like this. I want this to be like the beer I drink. You grab it, you share it with your friends, it’s refreshing, it’s cold, it gives you a good buzz. Done.”Alcohol content: We’re thinking low.This beer says: I like my music like my beer: Watered down and unremarkable.
Loser Pale AleA tribute to: Sub Pop Records on its 20th birthday (no longer in production)Made by:Elysian Brewing CompanyTastes like: According to one Beer Advocate reviewer, “It has a great creamy head. Lots of good lacing. The color is a perfect amber. There is very little aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt and bread. It has a lot of flavor throughout. The hops are present but not overpowering. A bit of grapefruit cuts it. Under it is a nice, maybe banana flavor which lends to a certain sweetness to it. Maybe a bit too sweet. And behind that and into the aftertaste and breath is some alcohol. Probably it’s main weakness. At ‘only’ 7% it should have that much of an alcohol flavor to it. And if you belch, there is definitely an odd carbonation flavor to it. Overall it’s worth a try. Good but has a couple flaws to it that prevent it from being great.”Alcohol content: 7%Fun fact: The beer’s label features a photo of long-time Sub Pop act Mudhoney by renowned rock photographer Charles Peterson.This beer says: I’m a music snob and a beer snob.
Ruben & the JetsAn homage to: Frank Zappa’s 1968 album Cruising with Ruben and the JetsMade by:LagunitasTastes like: “… loads of licorice & sweet toffee and either plum or prunes sitting right there with it, little bitterness, def. has some grass/hay in there right about midway, some kinda spices and a touch of mineral in the finish, hardly any alcohol either, could be a bit stronger in the overall flavor, however,” says one Beer Advocate critic.Alcohol content: 8.6%This beer says: I’d rather be smoking pot.
Brother Thelonius BeerAn homage to: Thelonius MonkMade by:North Coast BrewingTastes like: “Like a Belgian ‘Dark Strong Ale’, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9.3%.”Alcohol content: See above.Fun fact: A portion of the proceeds for the beer’s sale goes to the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.This beer says: I want to listen to some good jazz, but mostly, I want to get hopelessly wasted.
Land Shark LagerA product of: Jimmy BuffettMade by: Funny you should ask. Much as Buffett wanted us to believe that it’s brewed by Margaritaville Brewing Co. in Jacksonville, FL, it seems the suds are actually made by Anheuser-Busch.Tastes like: Says the Beer Snob, “Imagine drinking a good lager down to the last swallow, then filling the rest of the bottle with water. Then drinking it. You’ve just had a Landshark Lager. There is barely a hop note that appears mid-finish, but for the most part it’s like drinking sparkling water. Depth of flavor: absolutely none. So light bodied it could be anorexic.” And this from a self-described Parrothead!Alcohol content: A paltry 3.2%