In almost two decades, O.A.R has sold more than two million records, filled Madison Square Garden twice and released nine studio albums including its latest, The Mighty, which dropped earlier this spring. Now the Maryland-based alternative rock band can add something else to that list – a beer.
This week, Great Lakes Brewing Company, the largest craft beer producer in Ohio, announced a new limited edition beer in collaboration with O.A.R called The Mighty Lager, a Session Amber Lager that’s “light, toasty and encore-worthy.” It will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce pounder cans throughout Northeastern Ohio, at the brewery’s gift shop or at select O.A.R shows this summer, including Charlotte, Cleveland and Indianapolis. The idea for this collaboration brew came about when a Great Lakes sales rep based in Columbus, who just so happens to be a massive O.A.R fan, discovered the band’s desire to create their own beer, at which point the two sides met in person. Last March, members of the band sat with Brewmaster Mark Hunger and Pub Brewer Steve Forman to develop The Mighty Lager’s profile and give a small batch of the beer a taste.
“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. “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.”
Brewed with Mt. Hood hops and three different types of malts, The Mighty Lager is 4.5 percent alcohol by volume and 20 IBUs. According to Great Lakes, it has a smooth, refreshing toasted malt flavor with a splash of zesty lime and a clean finish, perfect for backyard barbecues and cheese trays. And the can has a cool look too, featuring artwork from the band’s latest album, which is available wherever you get music.
This collaboration beer is just another way for a well-established, heavy-hitting manufacturer, that many consider to be among the “original” craft breweries, to spark conversation and interest in something new and more innovative. The Mighty Lager will be canned in June and available for sale throughout the month.