Sublime will mark the 25th anniversary of its debut LP this year with reissues, a pair of films and the band’s own brand of beer. For starters, to celebrate 25 years of the 1992 arrival of 40 Oz. To Freedom, the band will reissue its 1995 Badfish EP on vinyl in time for Record Store Day on April 22nd.
According to Rolling Stone, Sublime is also planning the first-ever authorized documentary about the group. Original drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson, along with the estate of late frontman Bradley Nowell, are all cooperating with the production. In addition, Sublime is also in advanced negotiations of a biopic about the band.
- The group has also teamed with AleSmith Brewing Company to create a Mexican-style lager dubbed “40 Oz. to Freedom.” A limited edition batch of the beer will be bottled in 40-ounce containers and sold in selected locations before it’s distributed nationally in 12-ounce cans.
- Gaugh said about the brew, “It doesn’t taste like anything else. The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste. This is the one!”
- Nowell died in 1996, just weeks before the trio’s third album came out and became a massive success.
- Wilson and Gaugh reactivated the group with new frontman Rome Ramirez in 2009, adding “With Rome” to the name at the Nowell family’s request. Although Gaugh left the band in 2011, Wilson, Ramirez and drummer Josh Freese have carried on and will tour this summer with the Offspring.