Stone Dropping NOFX Beer Sponsorship After Las Vegas Shooting Jokes

Stone Dropping NOFX Beer Sponsorship After Las Vegas Shooting Jokes

From Stone:


Statement on Behalf of Stone Brewing
Re: NOFX Collaboration
May 30, 2018

We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer.

We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what's right.

And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis “had.” That sponsorship is now canceled.

At this moment, there is Stone & NOFX Punk In Drublic Hoppy Lager in the marketplace that was brewed by Stone Brewing. It’s done already. Know that NOFX does not earn any money from the sale of the beer.

Nevertheless, to try our best to make some good come out of these awful comments, we have decided that we will donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides post Route 91 trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding.

We have cancelled any future rebrews of this beer. We apologize to the fans of the beer itself, but know that we make this decision out of respect to all. Punk rock is cool. These callous comments were the furthest thing from it.




From Billboard:

The most recent eyebrow-raising remarks took place at their Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival set in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 27). In a video posted to Twitter by radio station X1075's Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney, Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin partake in some offensive banter over the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 that left 59 people dead and hundreds of other injured.

"We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray," Fat Mike says, to which Melvin responds, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.”

"At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans," Fat Mike announces, much to the disdain of the audience. "You were all thinking it!" he defended himself with.

This from Pitchfork:

“We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

“We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands,” the statement continued. “To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what’s right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis ‘had.’ That sponsorship is now canceled.”

The brewery announced its intentions to donate profits from NOFX’s beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation—an organization that provides trauma counseling for officers and first responders.

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