It's always back to beer.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the rock band O.A.R. have teamed up to create a new session amber lager called The Mighty Lager. The beer, named for the band's new album The Mighty, will be available in 16-ounce four-packs of cans throughout Northeast Ohio starting in June and at select O.A.R. concerts this summer.
The Cleveland brewery said Thursday that the collaboration grew out of Great Lakes learning about the band wanting to develop its own beer.
“We have a lot in common,” Great Lakes Vice President of Sales and Marketing Bridget Barrett said in a statement. “Music and beer are already a perfect pairing, and our shared history of craftsmanship, storytelling, building communities, and making people happy make this a feel-good partnership.”
The band — known for songs such as "Shattered" and "Love and Memories" — visited Great Lakes in March to meet with brewmaster Mark Hunger and pub brewer Steve Forman to develop the beer. The members returned in May to help brew the beer, which will be canned in June.
"We set out to create a very drinkable beer that everyone can enjoy, especially with friends," O.A.R saxophonist and guitarist Jerry DePizzo said in a statement. "The Mighty Lager is certainly worthy of the name, and perfect for the tailgate, backyard BBQ, and summertime concert. The only thing better than the beer at Great Lakes Brewing is the people who make it.”
The can will feature artwork from the album. The beer — the four-packs will go for $8.99 — is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume.
“It’s light and drinkable, but still packs a ton of rich malt flavor and a pleasant hop aroma," Hunger said in a statement.
The Great Lakes-O.A.R. pairing isn't a first musical beer for the craft brewing industry. Listermann Brewing in Cincinnati has partnered with King Records to produce several music-themed beers.
Among the many other high-profile collaborations are: Metallica and Stone Brewing with Enter Night; GWAR and Cigar City with Oderus Ale; Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons with Trooper; and Dogfish Head and The Flaming Lips with Dragons & YumYums.