To make sure you don’t get thirsty while listening, a lot of bands have their own booze. The hard part is actually finding them in stores, because most of it is limited edition and/or consumed by the artists themselves. Here are some bands who have their own booze that might be worth a sip or two:
City and Colour
Flying Monkeys in Barrie released a strong 11.5% City and Colour Maple Wheat Ale as part of their “Treble Clef Series.” Their previous collaboration was with the Barenaked Ladies, so I feel like this is a step in the right direction.
If you’re a fan of mellowing out to Dave Matthews you might also like his signature Dreaming Trees Wine. The collection now includes a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and red and white blends called “Crush” and “Everyday.” Each cork is inscribed with DMB song lyrics and the more wine you drink the better you’ll be at hackeysack.
Maynard James Keenan
Arizona isn’t known as a wine region but that’s where the Tool frontman has his own Merkin Vineyards. That’s right, Merkin Vineyards. (Urban Dictionary.) His Caduceus Cellars “Nagual del Judith” Cabernet Sauvignon is named after his mother who died in 2003.
It makes sense that a Scottish band would have their own scotch, and Mogwai’s “RockAct81W” is a 9-year-old single cask malt with “a wee bit of smoke on the nose and pretty intense dark fruit and spice.” All 324 bottles sold out the first day they were released.
What’s weirder than Marilyn Manson? A Marilyn Manson brand of absinthe called “Mansinthe.” While they should have spent more time on the name, at least absinthe is legal again – Manson promises a product with the purest wormwood from Switzerland. Bring your own creepy spoon!
To celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary as a band Dogfish Head created “Faithfull Ale,” named after a track from their 1998 album Yield. The Belgian golden-style brew is a hit with hops lovers and scored a 77 out of 100 on Beer Advocate.
Sam Roberts Band
The first time I saw Sam Roberts onstage in Timmins, Ontario he was chugging a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, but Toronto’s own Spearhead Brewing Company just announced a Sam Roberts Band Session Ale that will feature “distinct notes of caramel, subtle undertones of biscuit and a dry, zesty finish that is deliciously refreshing.” Watch for it on tap at your favourite pub starting June 14th!