Charging Hippo and Kirby Krackle – a dual release event

Kyle Stevens is a man of multiple talents and interests. Most notably, craft beer and music. Not only is he the man behind Charging Hippo Brewing, he is also the man behind Kirby Krackle, the world’s premier Nerd-Rock band. What’s that, you might be asking? Kirby Krackle produces and performs songs about comic books, video games, and all things geeky. You know, Nerd Rock.

In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that Kirby Krackle founded the genre back in 2009. For six years the band has toured the country playing primarily at Comic Con events. They’ve written music for Marvel and Disney, and even toured with Weird Al Yankovic in 2013. They are Nerd Rock gods! 

But like I said, Kyle also makes beer. Next Tuesday, Kyle’s quirky worlds collide when Charging Hippo releases a beer to accompany the debut of Kirby Krackle’s fifth album, MUTATE, BABY!

On Tuesday, March 17, at four venues around the Greater Seattle area, Charging Hippo Brewing releases Kracklehead Imperial Pale Ale—brewed with Magnum, Mosaic, and Nelson Sauvin hops, clocking in at 8.5 percent ABV. Die hard fans of Kirby Krackle… krackleheads.



Charging Hippo and Kirby Krackle are partnering with Watershed Pub and Kitchen (Seattle), The Hop And Hound (Bothell), 99 Bottles (Federal Way), and one more venue (TBA) to tap the beer on the same day the album is released. There are only four kegs of Kracklehead Ale being released. Each venue will also have 20 copies of MUTATE, BABY! available for the first 20 who order a pint.


Charging Hippo Brewing is not yet an official brewery. At this time, they brew at Justice Brewing in Everett, which is what they’ve been doing for the past couple years. Eventually, Stevens plans to open a brewery in Shoreline.


  1. Hi Kendall,

    The Kracklehead Imperial IPA release at 99 Bottles beer store happens at 10:00 a.m. on March 17th, with the keg being tapped for growler fills.

    Bring a clean glass growler or buy one with the fill. The first 10 growlers filled with Kracklehead will receive a Kirby Krackle Mutate Baby! CD, limit one CD per person.


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