Last month, punk rock band NOFX and San Diego-based craft brewery Stone Brewing Co. announced the release of the Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager.
The beer is 5.8 percent alcohol, heavily dry hopped and will be available starting in early September in 12-ounce cans. It gets its name from the band’s fifth studio album, which was released on Epitaph Records in 1994. The launch of the craft beer collaboration also served as the announcement for the Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival tour, which was curated by NOFX vocalist and bassist Mike Burkett (professionally known as Fat Mike).
The festival kicks off in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and makes stops in Boise, Idaho, Concord and Sacramento, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz. and wraps up at the SeaLegs Live at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at PunkinDrublicFest.com.
Promoters KLOS 95.5/FM, Brew Ha Ha Productions and Synergy Global Entertainment have dubbed the Orange County stop the Punk ‘N Brew Craft Beer & Music Festival, which will include performances by co-headliners NOFX and Bad Religion, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes, Goldfinger, Strung Out, Ignite, the Dickies, D.I. and more. While the bands play throughout the day, there will also be dozens of regional craft breweries on site offering unlimited tastings of more than 100 varieties of craft beer between noon and 4 p.m.
“It’s punk rock and it’s craft beer tastings, what could go wrong,” Burkett said with a laugh during a recent phone interview.
He said that Cameron Collins of Orange County-based Brew Ha Ha Productions initially suggested that NOFX check into partnering with Stone Brewing. Burkett said he went down to Stone, “threw some hops into a tank and pushed a button” and the Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager was the result. There was certainly more to it than that, but the collaboration is the first time Stone has worked with a musician for a can release and the brewery even created a special label that includes the festival tour dates on every can.