Celebrities are people too, so it should come as no surprise that some of them like to drink a good craft brew just like the rest of us. While some have made the plunge and opened their own brewery, others have worked in conjunction with brewers to come up with a beer that suits their reputation and taste. It’s pretty cool to see how many out famous cats enjoy a good beer.
The Brewers Of Fame
Hanson – Yes, that’s right. The little kids who made one of the most infectious tunes in history while rolling around town in their rollerblades in their music video grew up to be brewers. They topped the charts with their hit single MmmBop. They exploded onto the music scene and stole the show for a little while. They quickly sank into obscurity a few years later. They still have a solid following and still make music. They seem to have branched out though with their brewing ventures. So it’s only fitting, and a perfect name choice, that one of the beers they produce is named Mmm Hops Pale Ale.
If you ever feel so inclined to try this beer out you should temper your expectations. The ratings are decent, but not overwhelmingly good. It’s a sweet Pale Ale that drinks smooth but has a strong malty hit. It may be worth it just to say you’ve had one.
Adrian Grenier – If you were a fan of the HBO show “Entourage” then you definitely know who Adrien Grenier is. If you don’t know the show, you may not have a clue who he is. Either way, he has started a very unique brewery based out of Seattle, Washington. It is called Churchkey Can Company. They brew one beer called Churchkey Pilsner Style Beer. The beer itself is decent, but what makes this beer unique is the can. It comes in a flat top aluminum can with no pull tab to open it. You have to use what they term a “churchkey” to open it. Unique and cool, but may not be for everyone.
Wil Wheaton – If you are a member of the nerd kingdom then you’ll be thrilled to know that Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a craft beer drinker as well. You may also know Wheaton from his stand out performance in the classic Stand By Me. No matter what you may or may not know him from Wheaton has paired up with Stone Brewing and they have come up with one of the better beers on this list. It’s called Stone Farking Wheaton Wootstout. It is a powerful, flavor packed, and barrel aged stout that people love.
Jimmy Buffett – You can’t really be surprised that someone who sings about it being “5 O’clock somewhere” and the drink “hurricane”, has a beer company too. I mean, it kinda seems like the perfect fit right? It’s from Margaritaville Brewing Company based in St. Louis, MO. The name of the beer is Landshark Lager. It’s a pale, light beer along the lines of Corona.
Frank Thomas – If you watched baseball in the 90’s then you definitely know Frank Thomas. He was the premier slugger for the Chicago White Sox and they called him the “Big Hurt” because he would hit the ball so hard. This big time slugger was actually inducted into the hall of fame not too long ago. He scored another home run with his Big Hurt Beer by The Big Hurt Brewing Company out of St. Paul, Minnesota. He actually has two variants of the Big Hurt Beer, original and MVP. The beer is good enough to be on tap at the White Sox home field, U.S. Cellular Field, so it’s gotta be decent, right?
Brews With A Famous Namesake
Hootie And The Blowfish – You couldn’t go anywhere in the early 90’s without seeing or hearing the band Hootie and the Blowfish. They. Were. Huge. Hits galore. Their music videos were pretty cool too. They had monster hits like “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You”. So now, decades later you can partake in a beer they put their stamp of approval on called Hootie’s Homegrown Ale. The beer is made and produced by Palmetto Brewing Company out of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s an American Blonde with hints of lemongrass and a medium bitterness. You might as well listen to them while trying out their suds, the best of album is available on Amazon.
Iron Maiden – If you’re a fan of heavy metal then you know how influential Iron Maiden has been in the genre. While they may not be ripping up the charts, they are a cult favorite that will always have a fanbase as one of the earliest pioneers of metal. They were formed in 1975 in London, England so it should come as no surprise that we have a beer brewed in England. Named after one of their hits called “The Trooper” this beer is a traditional English cask ale. It’s a blend of Bobek, Goldings, and Cascade hops that gives it a malty flavor with citrus notes. You can drink it out of this amazing beer stein available on Amazon.
Game Of Thrones – Whether you agree with how the show ended or not, you have to admit that Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon of which we haven’t seen in quite some time. One HBO’s biggest hits, it inspired a line of beer called “Fire and Blood Red Ale” which is brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. The bottle label comes randomly with one of three dragons from the series. They even offer some other beer choices as well called Iron Throne, Take The Black Stout, and Valar Morghulis. If you are a fan of the series then you can have a drink while watching the series which is available on blu ray at Amazon.
You should definitely give one of these beers a try. Whether you go for Mmm Hops or The Big Hurt, it’s kind of cool that these beers come from someone who may have inspired you or were a part of your childhood entertainment, As always, drink responsibly and have a DD or Uber on speed dial. Cheers!