The beer cans will be falling out of the clunkers in droves at the Panther City Pavilion parking lot on May 12 when Punk in Drublic arrives from Austin, stumbling, slurring, bearing hoppy gifts and annihilating our eardrums with those raw, raunchy square waves.
Fat Mike of NOFX tapped Bad Religion, The Interrupters, Mad Caddies, Bad Cop / Bad Cop and The Last Gang to blare while attendees slug back craft beers.
Some of the local favorites that will be there are Martin House, Rabbit Hole and Deep Ellum Brewing, as well as national behemoths like Stone Brewing and Oskar Blues.
Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival will travel from Austin to Pittsburgh over the course of fifteen days, stopping six times to get locals drunk on regional craft beer in outdoor venues all over the country.
“I don’t get excited about a lot of things…but when I get a chance to do a Central Southern Mid Eastern West Northern Tour…I just get confused. Sometimes confusion can be exciting though,” Fat Mike said.
Fat Mike teamed up with Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions.
Collins said, “What makes Punk In Drublic so special is the authenticity of it. Craft beer, true craft beer, from local and regional breweries who are running their businesses with the same mentality as punk rock music: independent, often-times controversial, and without a care in the world about ‘how it’s been done in the past’. Punk rock is the music much of the craft beer we drink is brewed to. It’s appropriate to have an epic event that celebrates the two!”
The festival had nearly 50,000 punk rock and craft beer fans stumbling around over the course of its six dates in the Western US last year.
“After the riotous success of last year’s ruckus, we were all-in for the 2018 Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder.
Stone brewing concocted their Stone & NOFX Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager especially for the occasion.
“Before we started with this nonsense more than a year ago, Fat Mike initially claimed not to care what we showed up with, so long as the beer we showed up with was wet. That’s not our style, as we’re as hardcore about beer as he is about punk music. Committed to get on the ride and see what it was all about, he arrived at our brewery in pink boots and seriously got in on the action. In the end, we brewed a hoppy lager that’s core, punk and perfect for post-slamdance,” Koch said.
Punk in Drublic Hoppy Lager sold out quickly in 2017 and will be available again in California, concert states and select surrounding areas starting in late March.
“All in all we were all pretty damn happy with what we created. No doubt, [Fat Mike] has some of the most serious cred that exists when it comes to independent punk rock, and now he’s got that crossing over to independent craft beer,” Koch said.
During VUP (Very Unimportant Person) early entry tastings (from Noon-4:00 PM), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM), craft beer lovers that are 21+ can choose from over 100 craft beers from dozens of top breweries. In addition to Stone Brewing, some of the
participating breweries include national breweries such as: Bell’s, Deschutes, Odell’s and Sierra Nevada.
Other participating breweries from the metroplex include The Collective, Panther Island Brewing, Oasis, HopFusion, Noble Rey and Community.
Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival General Admission and ticket options will be available for purchase. All tickets include craft beer tasting and access to view the music stage for attendees 21 years or older.
General Admission tickets start at $39.50. VUP Tickets are $99.50 (plus fees) and include: one VUP admission ticket to Punk In Drublic, a dedicated VUP entry lane into venue, and one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (for those 21+), starting at 12:00 PM. VUP ticketholders also receive access to the Very. Unimportant. Person. Lounge. Tickets available at PunkInDrublicFest.com.