Sublime Is Releasing Their Own 40 oz Beer To Commemorate The 25th Anniversary Of “40 oz To Freedom”

Sublime has teamed with Alesmith to create and distribute a Mexican-style lager commemorating the 25th anniversary of 40oz. To Freedom, the band’s 1992 debut album.

What’s funny about Sublime, is that everybody I know can recite at least one song from the band, but the trio didn’t get big until years after the death of lead singer Bradley Nowell. After Nowell died from a heroin overdose in 1997, the band released their songs “All I got,” “Santeria,” and more in 1998 which eventually rose Nowell to post-mortem fame. Far beyond their early Southern California stoner following.

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In 2017 their status is legendary, and although the band fell apart after Nowell’s death, they live on through tribute bands such as Badfish, and an abundance of fan tattoos.

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June marks 25 years since their debut album, 40oz To Freedom, and the band is celebrating accordingly. San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Company is releasing a beer called “40oz. to Freedom.” A limited edition batch of the beer will be bottled in 40-ounce containers and sold through the San Diego brewery and to-be-determined locations before it’s distributed nationally in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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“It doesn’t taste like anything else,” the band’s drummer, Bud Gaugh, said in a statement. “The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!”

Not that I’ve ever trusted somebody when they said a certain beer tastes like nothing else, because a majority taste the damn same. But something tells me this might be a beer worth going out of my way for.

“From our very first meeting this was obviously a perfect fit,” says Sublime’s manager Dave Kaplan. “Both AleSmith and Sublime are all about staying true to quality and authenticity above all else. Plus, I always could see that classic Sublime Sun logo on a beer bottle. We just needed a world-class beer to go inside and we found it with AleSmith.”

Now the countdown is on, and now “Santeria” will make a comeback as my song of the summer(s).


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