Beer and music collaborations are nothing new. Partnerships with everyone from Pearl Jam/Dogfish Head to Phish/Sierra Nevada have popped up to celebrate anniversaries and fund charities for years. However, thanks to the general anti-establishment spirit that tends to embody the scrappy ethos of both punk bands and local breweries, many of these collaborations tend to spring from heavier groups like Pissed Jeans (with Tired Hands from Pennsylvania), eyehategod (with 3 Floyds from Indiana), Descendents (with Mikkeller San Diego), NOFX (with Champion Brewery from Virginia), and Megadeth (with Unibroue from Quebec).
This isn't Weight of the Sun's first pass at a beer collab -- in 2014, they worked on a black saison with San Diego’s Amplified Ale Works for their first album, Commons. However, it’s Eppig’s first foray into the world of collaboration.
“Hopefully the first of many,” says Clayton LeBlanc, one of the brewers at Eppig. As a local brewery, working with a local band was a no-brainer.
“[Weight of the Sun] were cool to hang out with, they play loud, and they like good beer,” laughs LeBlanc. “We crank music while brewing -- I think it is illegal to brew without music on -- so there is an endless list of bands we'd like to work with. Luckily, Weight of the Sun gave us our first shot at a collaboration and we are grateful for their trust.”
After flying back and forth from Vermont to San Diego during Martin’s mother’s battle with cancer, figuring out the style to brew -- as well as the album title -- was an easy decision.
“This is a hazy Vermont-style IPA. It's piney and earthy with bright juicy citrus,” explains LeBlanc. “It reminds me of a coniferous forest at dusk.”