I never expected Hanson to have something in common with bands like Iron Maiden, Motörhead or Pearl Jam. Sunshine pop/rock, metal and grunge don’t exactly have a lot in common.
Except when it comes to beer.
Music and beer are kind of a natural fit – it’s hard to remember the last show where I didn’t order at least one ice cold brew at some point in the evening.
It’s also hard to remember the last time Hanson came up with some merch I wasn’t just interested in but actually kind of excited about. (I don’t get a thrill out of their faces being plastered across my boobs on a T-shirt…a lesson I hope they’ll learn someday.)
Enter the announcement of a Hanson beer in late 2011. Cue the fan base freaking out and me thinking, “Wow, beer? Really?” Especially after it was announced they were partnering with Marshall Brewing Co., a local Tulsa brewery I fell in love with shortly before moving back home to Texas in 2009.
Of course, like all things Hanson, the arrival of this beer ran on Hanson time – i.e. way, way behind the originally announced schedule. [Read more…]