Good rock music and good beer go together like… well, do we actually need a comparison there? This winning combination has inspired an hundreds of festivals across the country, dozens of collaboration brews, and countless hangovers.
While some brewers are steeped in rock ‘n’ roll and have made music culture a part of business, for example, the folks at Dark Horse Brewery and their annual Dark Lord Days, there are few breweries that also function as concert venues (and vice versa). And no, Gene Simmons’ rock concert-themed craft brewery does not count, and sounds rather lame to boot.
Thankfully as craft brews gain more of a foothold with today’s concert goers, we’re seeing an increase of breweries with dedicated concert spaces. We’ve rounded up a few hot spots around the country (and those of us in Chicago are very excited to hear about the Cobra Lounge’s plans to build a brewery). Let us know about great concert spots where you can enjoy craft beer in your town in the comments below, and remember that when you leave a show soaked in other peoples’ beer, you deserve to reek of a higher quality beer than Miller Light.
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY: Beer, food, big name acts such as the Black Crows and Grace Potter and the Eternals, and Game of Thrones enthusiasts. http://www.ommegang.com/
Pisgah Brewing Company, Ashville, NC: Located in the mountainous city that’s been named “Beer City, U.S.A.” by the Examiner four years in a row, Pisgah favors roots genres, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, and jam bands, if you’re into that sort of thing. http://www.pisgahbrewing.com/
Spaceland Ballroom / The Outer Space, Hamden, CT: Not a brewery, but rather a “Craft Beer Bar and Concert Venue” http://www.theouterspace.net/
SLO Brew, San Luis Obispo, CA: Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, SLO Brew is prime spot to get your beer/music fix if you’re driving down the West Coast and can’t wait for the big city. We couldn’t help but notice Chicago’s JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing there next month. http://www.slobrewingco.com/