Clutch gets a beer named after it courtesy of New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Colorado brewers love their music, whether they are talking about it, naming beers after it or rocking it in the brewhouse at volumes loud enough to malt barley on its own. Boulder Beer recently worked with String Cheese Incident keyboardist and song writer Kyle Hollingsworth on a beer called Hoopla, while Twisted Pine, also in Boulder, named their wildly hot, chile-infused brew, Ghost Face Killah, after the Wu-Tang Clan rapper.

Then there's Ska Brewing in Durango, which has dedicated itself to an entire genre and made a video earlier this year about a fake beer honoring the Toasters.

The latest musically-oriented beer -- from New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins -- pays tribute to a more obscure band, however. Clutch the beer is named for Clutch the hard-rock Maryland-based cult band that first played in the early 1990s.

Clutch is still touring, though, which is how New Belgium brewer Eric Salazar came upon them one day in Fort Collins after they'd made a trip through town. The band had stopped at New Belgium, which was closed, but ran into Salazar coincidentally at a local restaurant later in the day. He gave them a tour, and the rest is musical history.

The beer, which will hit liquor-store shelves next week, is part of New Belgium's limited-edition Lips of Faith series of beers, all packaged in 22-ounce bottles.

It is a sour stout that the brewery says "has a pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts that bridge the sourness of the dark wood ale for a fluid riff."

Follow Backbeat @westword_music and facebook.com/westwordmusic

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.