The Bash is back on.
After skipping their 2014 party due to remodeling and expansion, Summit Brewing announced the return of their popular annual Backyard Bash on September 12. And the St. Paul brewhouse has made the revival worth the wait, as local punkwave originators the Suburbs will be headlining the all-local, day-drinking extravaganza alongside a host of other Twin Cities musicians.
The reinstated Bash will also celebrate the release of Summit's 19th entry in their Unchained Series — an Earl Grey-infused special bitter named Make It So. Brewed with oversight from local shop TeaSource, the Star Trek-branded ale will be debuted at a separate event at the brewery on August 1, but it may also be one of the several revolving casks tapped once the Backyard Bash rolls around a month later. Either way, you'll be able to get drunk while you enjoy the tunes of one of the Twin Cities' most undersold rock bands.And because Summit is about good causes just as much as good times, half of the proceeds from this year's slushfest will benefit the Minnesota Music Coalition — a tradition that began with the original Bash and has raised over $40,000 for the local music support organization. The seven-hour swill session will also be a zero-waste event thanks to a partnership with Eureka Recycling.
Joining the 'Burbs will be Al Church, Toki Wright and Big Cats (playing with Lydia Liza), Gramma's Boyfriend, and Hotpants DJs, who have spun at both previous celebrations in 2012 and 2013. According to Summit, more acts will be announced leading up to the event (updates here), but don't count on seeing the Suicide Commandos, who will probably be too busy tending to their newly adopted stretch of highway to perform.
A scheduled lineup is forthcoming.