When Bands Brew Beers

Saturday brings us three new Pizza Port beers and a show with their makers: Harsh Toke, Petyr and Monolith

Call me simple, but on a Saturday in San Diego, my day is made when just two things come together: beer and bands. And when those bands have a hand in that beer (kind of literally?), well spin me around and call me Fred, because the time to tap is now.

The first ever Beers & Bands Thing toots its own hyper-local horn by bringing together celebrated SD brewery Pizza Port and Pour House, an on-the-rise bar in North County that can’t stop won’t stop spreading the local-music word with their regular free shows. For this collaboration, Pizza Port took in three bands to create three new beers, each of which will be tapped at Pour House in Oceanside on Saturday, July 16, when the bands play head-banging sets fueled by the head-rushing creations they helped brew. It’s gonna sound a whole lot like Harsh TokeMonolith and Petyr -- and, if all goes according to plan, it’ll taste a little like them, too.

Acid rockers Harsh Toke have swirled up a batch of what they’re calling Pick 666, a Czech-style pilsner on the lighter side so you can party with the dudes late into the night.

Comin’ in heavy, Monolith brewed the Heavy Met-ale, a golden ale spiked with grapefruit honey and juice that comes in at a solid 6.66% ABV. Because rock & roll.

Petyr, meanwhile, got dirty with some English hops to bring us Grease Lightning Shocking Pale Ale, because “beer is the grease,” says bassist Luke DeVigny in this video, and “you need to lube the bearings,” adds drummer Nick McDonnell.

Now I realize that a lot of you will be out at Harrah’s SoCal for our SoundDiego Summer Splash with La Luz and Botanica Chango -- but if for some reason my car broke down and I wasn’t able to make it to the free round-trip party bus heading out to Valley Center (which picks up at the PB Staples at 6 p.m. btw), you bet your sweet ass I’d be downing some brews with these dudes and trying to touch their hair when they weren’t looking. Lots of locks to love, baby. 

Harsh Toke, Monolith and Petyr play Pour House on Saturday, July 16, at 9 p.m. The show is free, 21+.

Hannah Lott-Schwartz, a San Diego native, moved back to the area after working the magazine-publishing scene in Boston. Now she’s straight trolling SD for all the music she missed while away. Want to help? Hit her up with just about anything at all over on Twitter, where -- though not always work-appropriate -- she means well. 

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