Thursday, July 19, 2018

July 19th, 2018 - A Peanut Butter Milk Stout For Lucifer II



Good evening evil-doers! The Meista here tonight getting heavy, dark, and a little evil with "Lucifer II", the brand new, sophomore album from Lucifer and a Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Lucifer
  • Title: "Lucifer II"
  • Recorded: 2018 at Honk Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Release date: July 6th, 2018 (2nd album by Lucifer)
  • Record company: Century Media Records
  • Production: Johanna Sadonis
  • Album cover art: Johanna Sadonis (art direction) and Ester Segarra (photography) 
  • Personnel: Nicke Andersson (guitars and drums), Johanna Sadonis (vocals), and Robin Tidebrink (guitars)   
  • Musical style: Hard rock, stoner rock, doom metal with elements of rock and roll, blues rock, psychedelia, and folk rock
  • Sound: With a heavy dose of early 1970s hard rock and proto-metal (influence from Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, and Heart), "Lucifer II" is brighter and maybe more celebratory than their debut album, yet it still lays down that hard-hitting, heavy as hell musical journey Lucifer is known for!  Sadonis' vocals are pure, occult magic (hauntingly soulfully and emotionally beautiful)!  And Andersson and Tidebrink laydown the heaviest of the heavy with style, intensity, and panache!
  • Major themes: Life, death, darkness, desire, reality, dreams, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "California Son"
  2. "Dreamer"
  3. "Phoenix"
  4. "Dancing With Mr. D" (Rolling Stones cover)
  5. "Reaper On Your Heals"
  6. "Eyes In The Sky"
  7. "Before The Sun"
  8. "Aton"
  9. "Faux Pharaoh"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Belching Beaver Brewery (San Diego, California)
  • Website: http://belchingbeaver.com/
  • Brew: Peanut Butter Milk Stout
  • Style: Milk Stout / Sweet Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBUs: 30 
  • Pour: The Peanut Butter Milk Stout pours a deep mahogany with a creamy and firm 2-finger mocha head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is packed full of nutty, chocolaty, and earthy goodness.  There are aromas of fresh roasted peanuts, peanut butter, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh cream, vanilla bean, medium roasted coffee, soft banana, and sweet toffee.
  • Taste: The taste is sweet, nutty, and chocolaty.  There are flavors of creamy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, hazelnut, chocolate malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, light coffee, fresh cream, soft marshmallow, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Peanut Butter Milk Stout is silky smooth, creamy, and velvety with a dry, sweet finish.
Overall pairing: The Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout is a decadent and wonderfully complex brew... perfect for the heavy-hitting, fist-pumping, head-banging stoner goodness of Lucifer's sophomore album, "Lucifer II)!!  Those rich and earthy flavors really bring out the sludgy, doomy, rockin' '70s sound of Lucifer, while the sweet chocolate/peanut butter flavor and silkiness of the mouthfeel is perfect for the sensuous and slightly sultry vocals of Ms. Sardonis!

Prost!!  Hail Lucifer!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July 12th, 2018 - The Storm Within Four Saisons


Good evening!  Tonight I'm pairing "The Storm Within" by Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey with a Four Saisons Ale from new Salt Lake brewery Toasted Barrel!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Evergrey
  • Title: "The Storm Within"
  • Recorded: August 2015 through March 2016 at Top Floor Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Release date: September 9th, 2016 (10th studio album by Evergrey)
  • Record company: AFM
  • Production: Tom S. Englund and Jonas Ekdahl
  • Album cover art: Carlos Fides
  • Personnel: Henrik Danhage (guitars), Jonas Ekdahl (drums), Tom S. Englund (lead vocals and guitars), Johan Niemann (bass), and Rikard Zander (keyboards)  
  • Additional musicians: Jaqueline Brantsberg (choir), Carina Englund (guest vocals on "The Paradox Of The Flame"), Salina Englund (choir), Floor Jansen (guest vocals on "In Orbit" and "Disconnect"), Stina Larsdotter (cello), Ebba Öberg (choir), Knapp Brita Pettersson (violin), and Felicia Stridh (choir) 
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, progressive rock, power metal, gothic metal
  • Sound: At times haunting, at times deeply emotional, at times heavy and aggressive, one think is for certain, with "The Storm Within", Evergrey has produced another wonderfully textured, honest, and powerful album!  With heavy duty riffing, soaring keys, and ethereal vocals, Evergrey displays their musical prowess and lays down another winning album!  And the guest vocals of Nightwish's Floor Jansen is a very welcome added bonus!
  • Major themes: Life, death, loss, love, knowledge, relationships, pain, isolation, fear, beauty, hope, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Distance"
  2. "Passing Through"
  3. "Someday"
  4. "Astray"
  5. "The Impossible"
  6. "My Allied Ocean"
  7. "In Orbit"
  8. "The Lonely Monarch"
  9. "The Paradox Of The Flame"
  10. "Disconnect"
  11. "The Storm Within"
  12. "Paranoid" (Black Sabbath cover - bonus track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Toasted Barrel Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: https://www.toastedbarrelbrewery.com/
  • Brew: Four Saisons Ale
  • Style: Seasonal Saison
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: The Four Saisons Ale pours a hazy golden caramel color with a thin, white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, earthy, yeasty, malty, and slightly tart.  There are notes of fruity esters (banana, peach, pear), hints of funk, spices (cloves, nutmeg, allspice), and a touch of lemon and honey.
  • Taste: The taste of the Four Saisons Ale is fruity, yeasty, spicy, malty, and earthy.  There are flavors of soft banana, pear syrup, peach, lemon juice and zest, clover honey, cloves, nutmeg, and light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, yeasty, and refreshing with a dry, slightly tart finish.
Overall pairing: The Four Saisons Ale from the Toasted Barrel is a very refreshing and drinkable brew, yet very complex and flavorful... much like the depth, darkness, and beauty of Evergrey's brilliant "The Storm Within"!

Cheers and hails!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

July 8th, 2018 - Picking Blood Oranges On Blood Mountain



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing Mastodon's amazing "Blood Mountain" with a Blood Orange India Pale Ale from Latitude 33!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Mastodon
  • Title: "Blood Mountain"
  • Recorded: December 2005 through April 2006 at Robert Lang Studios, Studio Litho, and EK Studios in Seattle, Washington
  • Release date: September 6th, 2006 (3rd full-length studio album by Mastodon)
  • Record company: Warner Bros. / Reprise Records
  • Production: Matt Bayles and Mastodon
  • Album cover art: Paul Romano
  • Personnel: Brann Dailor (drums and vocals), Brent Hinds (lead guitars, rhythm guitar on "Sleeping Giant", and vocals), Bill Kelliher (rhythm guitars and lead guitar on "Sleeping Giant") and Troy Sanders (bass and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Cedric Bixler-Zavala (guest vocals on "Siberian Divide"), Jennifer Ellison (cello), Josh Homme (guest vocals on "Colony Of Birchmen" and "Pendulous Skin"), Scott Kelly (guest vocals on "Crystal Skull"), and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (keyboards on "Pendulous Skin")
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, sludge metal, doom metal
  • Sound: Bold, heavy, and aggressive, yet wonderfully melodic, "Blood Mountain" is probably my favorite album by Mastodon!  It demands your complete attention from the opening notes of "The Wolf Is Loose" (my favorite!) to the final hidden vocals of Homme on "Pendulous Skin".  Everything about this album is perfection!
  • Major themes: A concept album, "Blood Mountain" examines fables, fantasy, mythology, and heroism.  According to Sanders, the album is about "climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost. You're starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The Wolf Is Loose"
  2. "Crystal Skull"
  3. "Sleeping Giant"
  4. "Capillarian Crest"
  5. "Circle of Cysquatch"
  6. "Bladecatcher"
  7. "Colony Of Birchmen"
  8. "Hunters Of The Sky"
  9. "Hand Of Stone"
  10. "This Mortal Soil"
  11. "Siberian Divide"
  12. "Pendulous Skin"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Latitude 33 Brewing Company (Vista, California)
  • Website: http://lat33brew.com/
  • Brew: Blood Orange India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBUs: 61
  • Pour: The Blood Orange pours a very hazy copper hue with a 1+ finger, bright white head with good retention and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, earthy, and hoppy.  There are aromas of citrus (orange juice, tangerine, lemon zest, and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, papaya, guava), herbal tea, light pine resin, summer grass, and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Blood Orange is fruity (tropical fruit and citrus), hoppy, herbal, and slightly sweet.  There are big notes of blood orange and pink grapefruit with lighter notes of apricot, peach, mango, and pineapple along with pine, orange soda, grassy hops, herbs, and very soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet sticky and oily with a dry, sweet finish. 

Overall pairing: The Blood Orange India Pale Ale from Latitude 33 is a sweet and tangy, yet wonderfully complex IPA!  Those big orange flavors are what really work well with Mastodon's "Blood Mountain".  There's all the bitterness of the rind, yet the intricate sweetness and juiciness of the meat!

Cheers and hails!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 4th, 2018 - It's Decision Day For The Big Mother



Good afternoon and happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! If you are going to go big, you go freakin' BIG!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today getting heavy and aggressive with a pairing of "Decision Day" by German thrash monsters Sodom and a Big Mother Triple India Pale Ale Anniversary Ale from Mother Earth Brew Company!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Sodom
  • Title: "Decision Day"
  • Recorded: 2015 through 2016 at Rambado Recordings in Essen, German
  • Release date: August 26th, 2016 (15th studio album from Sodom)
  • Record company: SPV / Steamhammer
  • Production: Cornelius Rambadt
  • Album cover art: Joe Petagno
  • Personnel: Tom Angelripper (vocals and bass guitar), Markus "Makka" Freiwald (drums), and Bernd "Bernemann" Kost (lead and rhythm guitars)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal with elements of black metal
  • Sound: This is classic Sodom... fast, fiery, aggressive as hell, and just as angry!  Sodom is a juggernaut... Angelripper's vocals are as gripping and harsh as anything from the band's early days!  Bernemann's guitar work is fiery and furious!  And Makka's machine gun drumming coupled with Angelripper's thunderous bass is the embodiment of thrash metal perfection!
  • Major themes: With songs about the Allied Forces storming Normandy, aggression between nations, opposition to trophy hunting, and the decadence of the Roman Empire, themes on the album include war, anger, hate, death, evil, darkness, the occult, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "In Retribution"
  2. "Rolling Thunder"
  3. "Decision Day"
  4. "Caligula"
  5. "Who Is God?"
  6. "Strange Lost World"
  7. "Vaginal Born Evil"
  8. "Belligerence"
  9. "Blood Lions"
  10. "Sacred Warpath"
  11. "Refused To Die"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista, California)
  • Website: http://motherearthbrewco.com/
  • Brew: Big Mother
  • Style: Triple India Pale Ale (TIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 10.5%
  • IBUs: 125
  • Pour: The Big Mother pours a hazy bronze-amber hue with a half-finger, off-white head with great retention and delicate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, earthy, dank, fruity, and malty.  It is chalk full of notes of pine resin, wild flowers, pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind, black tea, soft caramel malt, cedar, and booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Big Mother follows the nose with bold pine, floral hops, citrus, and malt flavors.  There are big notes of pine resin, cedar, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and booze with a strong malty backbone.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Big Mother is thick, sticky, and resinous with a dry, bitter finish. 

Overall pairing: Mother Earth's Big Mother is bold, hop-forward ass-kicker... perfect for the aggression, musical prowess, and unbridled rage of Sodom's latest album, "Decision Day"!  The bitterness of the Big Mother is right in line with Angelripper's gravel, broken glass, and sandpaper vocals while the big, thick, boozy and malty backbone embodies the delivery of these three mighty musicians!

HAILS!!  Keep it craft and keep it heavy!!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 3rd, 2018 - That Ekuanot Hop Dust Is Blowing In The Wind... And Blowing Up Your Video!



Good afternoon! Your drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing AC/DC's "Blow Up Your Video" and a Limited Release Beer 3: Hop Dust - Ekuanot from 2 Row Brewing Company!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: AC/DC
  • Title: "Blow Up Your Video"
  • Recorded: August through September 1987 at Miraval Studio in Le Val, France
  • Release date: January 18th, 1988 (11th studio album by AC/DC)
  • Record company: Albert Records / Atlantic Records
  • Production: Harry Vanda and George Young
  • Album cover art: George Bodnar (photography) 
  • Personnel: Brian Johnson (lead vocals), Cliff Williams (bass and backing vocals), Simon Wright (drums and percussion), Angus Young (lead guitar), and Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
  • Sound: Hard-hitting, punchy, aggressive, and fun as hell, with "Blow Up Your Video" regained their early '80s popularity, power, and panache!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, aggression, sex, power, danger, lust, might, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Heatseeker"
  2. "That's The Way I Wanna Rock 'N' Roll"
  3. "Meanstreak"
  4. "Go Zone"
  5. "Kissin' Dynamite"
  6. "Nick Of Time"
  7. "Some Sin For Nuthin'"
  8. "Ruff Stuff"
  9. "Two's Up"
  10. "This Means War"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing Company (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: https://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Limited Release Beer 3: Hop Dust - Ekuanot
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA) / Double IPA (DIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle 
  • ABV: 81%
  • Ingredients: Ekuanot lupulin powder
  • Pour: The Hop Dust - Ekuanot pours a clear, deep bronze-amber with a dense and creamy, 1-finger, bright white head with great sustain and lots of sticky, intricate, and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by scents of tropical fruit, citrus, and dank earthiness.  There are aromas of grapefruit juice and rind, mango, pineapple, peach, melon, pine resin, herbal tea, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Hop Dust - Ekuanot  is very fruity, citrusy, and earthy.  There are flavors of pink grapefruit juice, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and caramel with a hint of booziness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet sticky and malty with a dry, slightly bitter finish. 

Overall pairing: Those hop-forward aromas and flavors of 2 Row's Hop Dust - Ekuanot are perfect for the fiery fast, heavy-duty rock and roll punch of AC/DC's very overlooked "Blow Up Your Video"!   Classic IPA flavors for classic AC/DC kickass rock!

Cheers!!  And hails!!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

June 30th, 2018 - The Bloom Of The Paardebloem



Good afternoon! Your drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing a Paardebloem Belgian Style Ale from Red Rock Brewery and Eric Johnson's "Bloom"!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Eric Johnson
  • Title: "Bloom"
  • Recorded: 2005 at Saucer Sound, Surfland, One Good Ear, Studio B, and No Favors  
  • Release date: June 2005 (5th studio release by Eric Johnson)
  • Record company: Favored Nations
  • Production: Eric Johnson and Richard Mullen
  • Album cover art: Steve Shaw
  • Personnel: Eric Johnson (guitars, pedal steel, sitar, bass, synth, Rhodes electric piano, piano, and vocals) witSalvatore Banzai La Rocca (harmonica), Steve Barber (acoustic piano, Moog synth, and vocals), Roscoe Beck (bass), Tal Bergman (drums), Tom Brechtlein (drums), Tom Burrit (percussion), Shawn Colvin (vocals), Brad Evilsizer (percussion), James Fenner (percussion), Rich Harvey (acoustic piano), Jody Lazo (vocals), Adrian Legg (guitar), Bill Maddox (drums and percussion), Chris Maresh (bass), Tony Phillips (drums, bass, and synth), Barry "Frosty" Smith (drums), Tommy Taylor (drums and percussion), and Lisa Tingle (vocals)
  • Musical style: Rock, hard rock, blues rock, jazz, world music, instrumental rock
  • Sound: Wonderfully complex, yet very melodic and moving, the sound on "Bloom" is signature Eric Johsnon!  As with all of his albums, the guitar work is simply stunning!  And that amazing tone... whooee!!
  • Major themes: As most of the album is instrumental, there are only a few lyrical themes, which examine life, love, relationships, sorrow, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Bloom"
  2. "Summer Jam"
  3. "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan cover)
  4. "Good To Me"
  5. "Columbia"
  6. "12 To 12 Vibe"
  7. "Sea Secret"
  8. "Sad Legacy"
  9. "From My Heart"
  10. "Cruise The Nile"
  11. "Tribute To Jerry Reed"
  12. "Your Sweet Eyes"
  13. "Hesitant"
  14. "Sunnaround You"
  15. "Magnetized"
  16. "Ciel"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Red Rock Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://redrockbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Paardebloem Belgian Style Ale
  • Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.2%
  • Ingredients: "It’s made with toasted Pilsner malt, grains of paradise, peaches, fresh picked dandelion greens and is blended with some wood-aged beer."
  • Pour: The Paardebloem pours a cloudy orange-gold with a creamy 1+ finger white head with great sustain and lots of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, malty, woodsy, and yeasty.  There are aromas of wild flowers, Belgian yeast, soft banana, summer grass, biscuit, light chardonnay, oak, and light spices.
  • Taste: The taste of the Paardebloem is floral, sweet, malty, yeasty, and slightly spicy.  There are notes of vegetal greens, peach, grass, caramel, peppery spice, a hint of chardonnay, and a hint of light funkiness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is smooth and a little boozy with a dry, clean finish. 

Overall pairing: Red Rock's Paardebloem is a complex, yet very drinkable brew that is perfect for a hot summer day rockin' out to the wonderful melodies, rhythms, and tones of the brilliant Eric Johnson!

Cheers!!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28th, 2018 - Agents of Fortune Islands


Good evening and happy Thursday! The Meista here tonight pairing one of my favorite albums, "Agents Of Fortune" by Blue Öyster Cult and a Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale from Modern Times Beer!!  Hell yeah!  This pairing goes out to my childhood buddy Nick, who introduced me to the mighty BÖC with this album when we were kids!  Cheers Gaskill!!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
  • Title: "Agents Of Fortune"
  • Recorded: 1975 through 1976 at The Record Plant in New York City, New York
  • Release date: May 21st, 1976 (4th studio album by the Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, and David Lucas
  • Album cover art: Lynn Curlee
  • Personnel: Eric Bloom ("stun" guitar, lead and backing vocals, and percussion), Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, harmonica, guitars, and lead and backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, piano, guitar, and backing vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and lead and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: The Brecker Brothers (horns), David Lucas (additional keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals), and Patti Smith (vocals on "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, proto metal, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Dark, mysterious, and a bit creepy, "Agents Of Fortune" is one of the ultimate 1970s hard rock albums!  It is melodic, heavy, wonderfully written, and perfectly executed!
  • Major themes: With songs about aliens, vampires, a suicide pact, forbidden love, themes on "Agents Of Fortune" include darkness, evil, lust, desire, death, deception, sex, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "This Ain't The Summer Of Love"
  2. "True Confessions"
  3. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  4. "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)"
  5. "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini"
  6. "Sinful Love"
  7. "Tattoo Vampire"
  8. "Morning Final"
  9. "Tenderloin"
  10. "Debbie Denise"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery:  Modern Times Beer (San Diego, California)
  • Website: http://www.moderntimesbeer.com/
  • Brew: Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale   
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 46
  • Ingredients: Citra and Amarillo hops, Wheat, Two Row, Caramel, and Vienna malts
  • Pour: The Fortunate Islands pours a clear and effervescent golden yellow, but clouds up as it warms.  The head is a frothy, billowy bright white, 1-finger foam with good sustain and lots of intricate and sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, floral and citrusy.  There are aromas of orange juice, orange peel, grapefruit juice, pineapple, peaches, mango, wild flowers, sweet caramel, and bready malt.
  • Taste: The taste of the Fortunate Islands follows the nose and is very citrusy, tropical, and floral.  There are notes of orange juice, pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, vegetal hops, wheat, and a hint of caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and a little tart with a dry finish. 

Overall pairing: The crisp, complex, and hop-forward, yet very drinkable flavors of Modern Times' Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale is perfect for the electrifying melodies, harmonies, and subject matter found on Blue Öyster Cult's wonderful "Agents Of Fortune" album!

Cheers... and hails!!