How the Wu-Tang Clan Is Helping One Brewer Make Beer
Later this summer, you’ll be able to pour one out for Ol' Dirty Bastard using a beer made with his music.
Vince Desrosiers of West Philadelphia’s Dock Street has decided to age one of his ales—a golden saison, boasting spicy pineapple and orange-tart flavors—to the vocal stylings of Method Man, Ol’ Dirty, and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan.
“I listen to music every day in the brewery and I’ve wanted to do a series of beers based on the music I like,” Desrosiers told Philadelphia magazine. For the next six months, he’ll stream the Staten Island crew’s tunes to speakers attached to the barrels containing his ale, which he’s dubbed “Ain’t Nuthin’ to Funk With.”
Desrosiers isn’t sure the soundtrack will have any impact on his recipe at all, but he cites a Cambridge, Mass.-based brewer who used tuning forks while fermenting one of his beers. “It started as a joke,” Desrosiers admits, “and then we wondered if the bass would cause enough vibration to move the yeast around and create different flavors during fermentation.”
Once "Ain't Nuthin' to Funk With" is finished, Desrosiers has big plans to experiment with other artists. Up next? A quaff aged to Killer Mike and El-P’s musical collaboration, Run the Jewels.