Photo by Nina Corcoran
Two years ago, Pitchfork Music Festival and Goose Island began pairing musicians with brewers to craft and curate their own beers. The first brew was a Run the Jewels beer that sold out halfway through the second day. Last year, Sharon Van Etten’s craft beer tasted like it was made with sunflowers, an über-blonde ale perfect for the hot weather. Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, who is closing the fest on Sunday night, is the latest artist turned Goose Island brewmaster, with their collaboration set to debut at the festival next weekend.
Chicago Tribune reports that the idea for the brew, dubbed No Collar, came from Chance’s suggestion of a beer for “the hardworking people of Chicago.” He said it should be “exactly what you want to drink after a long day of work.” The result is a Helles-style lager with a 5.3% ABV.
If you’re attending the festival, be sure to try this beer on the first day because the artist brews tend to sell quick and the last keg will be before you know it. The good news is that No Collar will be available at some Chicago breweries after the festival ends, but there’s probably no more appropriate place to drink the hometown hero’s home-brew than at his home-field headlining festival.
In our interview with Run the Jewels at Lollapalooza last year, I asked them if there were plans to mass produce their beer at any point and they hinted that it was still a work in progress, so stay tuned for more news on Goose Island X (insert musician) collaborations while I try to give them great press so they make more RTJ brew.