Stone Brewing Co. has cut ties with the band NOFX after comments members of the band made about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas.
According to a press release posted on Stone’s website, the move includes “severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer.” The brewery and band had collaborated on Punk In Drublic, a 5.8 percent ABV hoppy lager brewed with Huell Melon hops that was released late last year during specific concerts and at retailers around concert locations.
The move stems after a series of insensitive jokes band members made while onstage about last year’s mass shooting at the Las Vegas country music festival, which left 58 people dead and 489 injured. The comments were made during the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas on May 27.
“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray,” Fat Mike said. Guitarist Eric Melvin then responded, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.”
“We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands,” reads the press release on Stone’s website. “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.”
Eariler today, NOFX issued an apology on a post on the band’s Twitter account that reads in part: “What we said in Vegas was…insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks.”
— NOFX (@NOFXband) May 31, 2018
In addition, Stone has announced it will be donating profits from the NOFX beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, an organization that provides trauma counseling for first responders and police officers involved in the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.