Sublime Celebrating Anniversary with Reissue, Films, & Personal Beer

By: Maura O'Malley

March 21, 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s debut album, 1992’s 40oz. To Freedom.

The album is probably most easily recognized by its artwork alone, as it includes the sleepy, trippy mushroom sun that’s become synonymous with the Sublime name. 40oz. sold millions of copies and remains a favorite album of die-hard fans.

To honor the album’s quarter-of-a-century existence, the band will celebrate with a few releases throughout the year, including a reissue, two films, and even their own line of beer, Rolling Stone reports.

On Record Store Day (April 22), 1995’s Badfish will come out on vinyl for the first time.

As for the film-side of the anniversary, Sublime seems to be negotiating a biopic, while a documentary is already in the works. The doc is “the first-ever authorized documentary to tell the ‘real’ story of the group, with Bud Gaugh, Eric Wilson, and the Nowell estate all cooperating with the production,” according to Rolling Stone.

Last but not least comes the beer. With the help of San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company, the band will release the aptly named “40oz. to Freedom,” a Mexican-style lager. And how could they not bottle this stuff up in 40 ounces? A limited-edition batch will be sold via AleSmith … in, yep, 40oz. bottles.

It’s yet to be determined where the rest of that batch will be sold, but 40oz. or not, this stuff’s bound to impress. It even got the Nowell stamp of approval, with his widow sharing, “… I know Sublime fans will absolutely love it! Like Bradley sang, ‘That second beer was such a turn-on.’”