How to get your dream job. Step 1: Join a band. Step 2: Drink beer with friends. Step 3: Serve other people said beer. Step 4: Listen to music and laugh about life in a buzzed, ball-of-joy state all the livelong day.
The Dillinger Four have come close to this. They’ve lent their calloused fingers and parched throats to the good folks at Surly Brewing Co. to collaborate on their very own beer.
The beer celebrates the Minneapolis-based punk-rock band’s 21st birthday, a party favor in the form of a pre-Prohibition American Lager. Christened with the patriotic hashtag #Merica!, the beer was originally released at the band’s annual “D4th of July Party” in celebration of D4’s birthday and the birthday of this great nation.
Billy Morrisette, guitarist and vocalist of D4, says the band wanted an all-day drinkable beer for the summer—something that wasn’t too heavy but at the same time didn’t lack in flavor.
The result? A pre-Prohibition American lager that is deep gold in color yet just light enough in taste to be enjoyed on a hot and humid Minnesota afternoon. While many modern-day lagers look and taste light, a true pre-Prohibition style lager is much different. Flaked corn takes the lead, giving this brew a slight sweetness while at the same time providing just enough bite to balance into a smooth, all-day-drinkable flavor. And at 6% ABV, #Merica! is guaranteed to host a good time.
The trick is finding it. The limited supply is lingering on in true Minnesota fashion, refusing to let summer go, but with only 120 kegs brewed, this tasty treat can’t be ordered at just any establishment. #Merica! can only be found at a Surly taproom or at one of the bars that a band member of the Dillinger Four is either owner of or employed by.
This keeps the list prit-tee short: the Triple Rock Social Club, Muddy Waters, or Grumpy’s Bar & Grill. And be prepared to head to the next spot on the list if #Merica! is out of rotation at your first destination.
Push back the early threats of fall and get out and try the glorious, golden drops that are #Merica! before it’s too late. And say hello to one of Dillinger Four’s band members in the process.