You don’t have to be a Colorado “native” to appreciate the beautiful state we call home. Scenery, skiing, legal Mary Jane, the Broncos and ranked No. 5 for the most craft breweries per capita in the U.S.
As such, Colorado plays host to the biggest brew celebration in the country, the Great American Beer Festival. In honor of GABF, which kicks off Thursday, we put together a playlist to pair with beer drinking. So, even if you didn’t get tickets (which sold out in 20 minutes), you can grab a nice six-pack and enjoy this music in in the beer drinking spirit.
The Replacements “Beer for Breakfast”
Don’t act like you’ve never thought of pouring beer in your cereal. Especially when the milk is all gone and water won’t suffice.
Hank Williams “There’s a Tear in My Beer”
Hank Williams immortalizes the machismo act of crying into a pint of suds.
George Thorogood “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”
The ultimate song of imbibing with a bad boy aesthetic thrown in for good measure.
ZZ Top “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”
Beer for supper, going to your favorite honky tonk and kickin’ ass. What’s not to like?
Flaco Jimenez “En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza (In Heaven There Is No Beer)”
Flaco lays it on the line for everybody and pontificates that there will be no beer in heaven, so drink as much as you can here on earth.
Jerry Jeff Walker “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother”
Jerry Jeff Walker does what he does best — drinking Falstaff beer and kicking hippie ass.
Tom Waits “Warm Beer and Cold Women”
Anything Tom Waits croons about can be taken as gospel. Mix that with “Warm Beer and Cold Women” and you have one hell of a hangover.
Toby Keith “Beer Ago”
Only 1,452 beers ago. That’s a hell of a lot of drinking, and a nice head nod to Jerry Jeff Walker.
Beck has made it perfectly normal to drink while doing home improvement projects and cracking up a cold one. Beercan that is.
Texas Tornados “Una Mas Cerveza”
Don’t let the title fool you. Freddy Fender (RIP) gives non-Spanish speakers one of the most important phrases you’ll ever need while in Mexico.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb