25 Years Later, Dave Matthews Band Gets a Beer

 

Call it today's beer news worth forwarding to your jam-band-obsessed brother-in-law. Or a throwback to memories of playing cornhole and being that heady college kid making out with a stranger on the amphitheater's lawn as the intro riff to "Crush" reverberated in your sloshed limbs. You may not have picked up one of their records since the Busted Stuff era (okay, Crash), but there's no denying that Dave Matthews and his Traveling Band have some serious staying power. In fact, this summer, the perennial Kings of the Summer Tour will embark on their 25th year on the road.

To kick off the celebrations, you can now drink that feeling of '98 tailgates and occasional bad decisions with girls named Dina thanks to Starr Hill Brewery. This week, they're releasing the Warehouse Pils for the 25th anniversary show on May 7th in the band's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Beer can be a political thing and a marketing thing, but in this case, it's a sincere hat-tip to local pride. "Starr Hill Brewery was born out of the local music scene here, and this beer commemorates another Charlottesville original," says Jack Goodall, Starr Hill marketing manager. Undeniably, Charlottesville's local infrastructure that's been build up over the years has really been thanks in part to DMB. And what better way for Charlottesville's oldest craft brewery (they've been around since 1999, or back when Grey Street still had a third verse), to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary than with a beer?

And celebrate they will: The brew was kegged on Tuesday and tapped yesterday, in preparation for a pop-up photo retrospective at Charlottesville's historic Coca Cola building honoring DMB this weekend. Also on tap for Dave fans is the singer's Dreaming Tree Wines, and his Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, if a weekend wine toast is more your speed.

Crash into their brew, a crisp, dry-hopped German-style pilsner with a malty finish on tap at the brewery, or at any of Dave Matthews Band's concerts in Virginia, including this Saturday’s benefit concert at John Paul Jones Arena. The net proceeds will benefit Bama Works, Dave Matthews Band's Charlottesville's area community foundation.

Or, if you're a local, skip the hordes of fans making their pilgrimage to Miller's this weekend (the C'ville watering hole where Matthews himself got his start tending bar and strumming G chords to accompany throaty renditions of "Ants Marching") and check out Starr Hill's tap room in nearby Crozet. The brewery is known for a stellar rotating list of seasonal beers among their 16 taps, live music, and local food trucks on their patio. For now, you can't get the beer outside of Virginia. But hey, there's that excuse to text your college frat buddy who's still following the band, and ask him to pick you up a crowler — that's a 32-ounce machine-sealed can of super fresh beer  so you can crank those Lillywhite sessions and raise a glass to parking lot parties of yesteryear.