At The Hops: 9 Loud & Proud Rock ‘n’ Roll Beers

Kid Rock’s Badass American Lager

Kid Rock American Badass Lager beer (images via: Panhandle Post and Grin and Beer It)

In 2009 when Detroit-based musician/actor Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) focused his talents on bringing a truly badass beer to the market – and create some badly-needed jobs in his home state in the bargain – he did just that: Badass American Lager beer was contract brewed at the Michigan Brewing Company near Lansing until the brewery closed in 2012 due to financial issues.

Kid Rock American Badass beer (image via: American Badass Beer)

Fast-forward one year to August 2013 and there’s some good news for lovers of Kid Rock’s disturbingly pale brew: Badass American Lager is back! Sales of Badass American Lager v2.0 began on Friday, August 9th before, during and after Kid Rock’s concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston MI. Moving forward, the beer will be sold on draft at Kid Rock’s performances outside Detroit and in local bars and restaurants; later in the year it will be available for sale in cans and bottles but only in Michigan.

Jimmy Buffett’s Land Shark Lager

Jimmy Buffett Land Shark Lager beer (images via: Home Team Marketing and ETSY/lahaine)

The Margaritaville guy now sells beer? Sacrilege! Ah well, there’s more than one way get wasted away and if the esteemed Jimmy Buffett slaps his name on it, that’s fine with us. Jimmy Buffett’s Land Shark “Island Style” Lager is a product of the Margaritaville Brewing Co. and was seemingly “designed” to be a Corona-style, add-a-lime, take to the beach beer… the latter pursuit confounded by clear glass bottles that practically invite skunkiness in to share your cabana.

Jimmy Buffett Land Shark Lager beer (image via: You Sound Like A Robot)

Most of the reviews at BeerAdvocate show no mercy when kicking Land Shark Lager to the curb, a sentiment shared by admitted Buffett lovers and haters. The general consensus seems to be that there are better Corona-like beers out there, including Corona itself. “Let’s face the truth,” states one of the pro-Buffett crowd, “it’s below even BUDWEISER.” Harsh.

BNL Strong Beer

BNL Strong Beer(images via: The Thirsty Wench and

In late 2012, Flying Monkeys craft brewery of Barrie, Ontario, hooked up with Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies (BNL for short) in a tasteful joint venture: a limited run of chocolate stout released in conjunction with the band’s Symphony Barenaked tour.

BNL Strong Beer (image via: The Thirsty Wench)

In contrast to a number of so-called “rock star” beers inspired by absentee (or even deceased) rock ‘n’ rollers, BNL beer features labels displaying original artwork by BNL band members who supposedly were on hand for product testing on brewing day. Yep, we can totally believe that and if I had a million dollars (actually, just $13.95 for a 750ml bottle), I’d buy your beer.