Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton will be saluted again, this time with a brand new beer signed by the musician’s estate. Nicknamed “Cliff ‘Em All”, the IPA beer was born out of a partnership between Knucklebonz, Calicraft Brewing Co. and online retailer CraftShack.
“Cliff ‘Em All” beer is a 6.4% ABV IPA. The description says it was “brewed to celebrate the music, life and legacy of master musician Cliff Burton.” It was brewed in a NorCal style, reputedly “hoppy, bold and crushable!” This west coast beer is made with simcoe and citra hops. And it now becomes the seventh beer in the Knucklebonz Beverage series.
The beer release also includes a charitable component, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Cliff Burton Music Scholarship Foundation for Rising Youth Musicians.
The Burton family said in a statement: “Continuing the mission of Cliff’s father, the late Ray Burton, The Cliff Burton Foundation is focused on fostering the next generation of musical talent. We hand-pick young individuals from around the world with the same enthusiasm for music and dedication to their craft as the late bassist Cliff Burton. Kudos to Cliff and Ray Burton who loved a good beer!”
Burton joined Metallica in 1982, succeeding Ron McGovney. He appeared on the band’s first three albums – Kill them all, ride the lightning and Puppeteer. His life was cut short in a bus accident in 1986 while the band was touring Sweden.
“We are honored to work with the field to bring premium products to music superfans who help support these talented and hardworking young musicians,” said Tony Simerman, CEO/Creative Director of KnuckleBonz, Inc.
“Not only is this foundation and what it stands for dear to our hearts here at KnuckleBonz, honoring Cliff in any way is very important to us,” says Simerman. “The integrity, passion and drive he has always had along with his obvious musical talent has earned him the highest place of respect in our company. We are truly honored to work with the family on anything that can make tribute to Cliff Burton.
Those interested will be able to purchase “Cliff ‘Em All” beer in 40 states through Craftshack, with the ability to ship nationwide with certain exclusions based on state laws. Pre-orders for beer are taken through Craftshack at this location. The first 500 customers to purchase the beer will also receive a free limited-edition poster with their order.