Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident, is gearing up to release his new solo album Speed of Life in August. To celebrate, the longtime homebrewer has decided to combine his two passions — music and craft beer — and is offering fans three free “Hop Tracks” from the upcoming album, each to coincide with the limited edition release of a nationally distributed craft beer by three different renowned breweries from across the country. Just as each beer was designed and handcrafted by Hollingsworth and the respective brewery, each track has been hand-selected to pair with its respectively released brew.
Collective Distortion IPA — a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. Hollingsworth teamed up with Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele and hard rock guitarist Keri Kelli to create Collective Distortion IPA, available now via limited 22-ounce bottles and draft. Collective Distortion IPA offers a complex blend of floral, citrus and lemon flavors that balance well with a strong malt backbone, suitable enough to please any extreme hophead’s palate. From using Vic’s Secret, a new Australian hop varietal, for dry-hopping, distinct citrusy, pineapple and earthy-pine qualities are present in the flavor and aroma. Coriander and elderberries were combined to enhance the hop bitterness while still infusing fruit, earth and berry notes. In addition to offering a free download of The String Cheese Incident’s “Let’s Go Outside,” off their new album Song In My Head, Hollingsworth is also giving away a free copy of his new song “Racer X.” For more information on Collective Distortion IPA and to download the two free tracks, visit the Stone Brewing website.
Hoopla Pale Ale — a collaboration with Boulder Beer Co. In search of the perfect festival beer, Boulder Beer Co.’s brewers and Hollingsworth joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born. Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing. It is available now in outdoor-friendly and convenient six-pack, 12-ounce cans and on draft. Each can has a QR code linking to a free download of “Here We Go.” For more information on Hoopa Pale Ale visit the Boulder Beer website.
Cigar City Brewing — Hollingsworth will also partner with Cigar City Brewing in collaboration with Rock Brothers Brewing in Tampa, Fla., concluding his quest for beer collaborations stretching from coast to coast. Details on this brew will be announced in the coming weeks and Hollingsworth will offer up a free download of “Happening Now,” also off his new album. Both the beer and the track will be available later this summer.
Over the past several years, Hollingsworth has teamed up with breweries across the nation to offer collaboration brews, his own beer festivals, unique contests, tastings, meet and greets and intimate performances. He is also passionate about using these opportunities to help others, and through his own beer festival, Kyle’s Brew Fest, and his beer themed tours, Hollingsworth has helped raise over $40,000 for Conscious Alliance.