Courtesy of Starr Hill Brewery
Mike Pomranz
June 22, 2017

Love them or hate them (or, for you younger people out there, don’t even know who they are), the Dave Matthews Band has maintained a strong cult following for years… 25, to be exact. Tomorrow, the band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first ever live show with a benefit concert in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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To further commemorate the event, the nearby Starr Hill Brewery – which was originally founded in Charlottesville and has been going strong for over 16 years itself – is releasing a beer dedicated to the group called Warehouse Pils, named after the band’s official fan club, Warehouse.

Though a German-style Pilsner might seem like an odd choice for a band fronted by a guy who was born in South Africa, it sounds like its intended to pair well the band’s summer concerts. Warehouse Pils “is dry-hopped with German hops and golden in color, with a mildly floral hop flavor and clean malt finish,” the brewery writes. “It’s perfect for those warm spring and summer days, as well as enjoying with your favorite DMB song!” Plus, let’s just be honest, it’s not like Dave Matthews’ music is extreme or experimental; a nice inoffensive Pils is probably more up their fans’ alley than an Imperial IPA or a Gueuze. (Sorry, everyone, but I said it!)

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Sad news for DMB fans, though: The beer is a limited release that will be available only in Virginia and only on draft. Maybe it’s time to finally take that pilgrimage to Charlottesville you’ve always been talking about? Or you know one of the dudes from The String Cheese Incident has his own beer. That’s kinda like the same thing, right?

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