Thursday, February 6, 2014 , Updated 1:57 p.m., February 12, 2014
The Toadies to release a beer in tandem with Rubberneck reissue
Rubberneck Red Ale, as its called, comes from Martin House Brewing Co.
FORT WORTH Rock and roll band The Toadies is celebrating a milestone this year — 20 years since the release of its debut album, Rubberneck, which rocketed the band to mainstream stardom. The Fort Worth-bred band is re-releasing the album on April 1 with five new songs, including live recordings of "Tyler" and "Possum Kingdom."
Soon, the band will also have its own beer to commemorate the occasion. (Celebrity brewers are so in; don't say we didn't warn you.)
The Toadies teamed up with Martin House Brewing Co. out of their hometown to brew a 5% ABV red ale called Rubberneck Red. One of the brewery's founders, David Wedemeier, called the new recipe a "mini version of The Imperial Texan" -- a hefty 9% ABV double red IPA that Martin House currently brews.
The recipe balances Munich and caramel malts with mild hops for a fruity yet piney flavor, according to Martin House's website. Rubberneck Red will be available in cans and at bars for a limited run
in late spring April 1. It will be distributed in Austin, Houston and San Antonio in addition to Dallas-Fort Worth. Wedemeier expects the beer to be in stock for two to three months.
[UPDATE: The Toadies will be playing an acoustic set at the launch party for their beer March 16 at the Fort Worth brewery, with support from Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs. Tickets to the event cost $20 and include the tour standard three pints and commemorative glass. The party runs from 2-5 p.m. and the music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 14.
The Toadies will also be headlining Homegrown Festival in Dallas May 10.
Wedemeier remembered listening to The Toadies his senior year of high school. In honor of the collaboration, we leave you with his favorite Rubberneck song, "Away."