Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15th, 2017 - Selling New England IPA By The Pound




Hello and happy Friday my friends!  Your pal the Meista here today pairing a New England Style India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company with "Selling England By The Pound" by Genesis!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Genesis
  • Title: "Selling England By The Pound"
  • Recorded: August 1973 at Island Studios in London, England
  • Release date: October 13th, 1973 (5th studio album by Genesis)
  • Record company: Charisma Records
  • Production: John Burns and Genesis
  • Album cover art: Betty Swanwick
  • Personnel: Tony Banks (keyboards, Hammond organ, piano, ARP Pro Soloist synthesizer, Mellotron, and 12-string guitar), Phil Collins (drums, percussion, lead vocals on "More Fool Me", and backing vocals), Peter Gabriel (lead vocals, flute, oboe, and percussion), Steve Hackett (electric guitar and nylon guitar), and Mike Rutherford (12-string guitar, bass, and electric sitar)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, art rock
  • Sound: Wonderfully progressive in the vein of Yes and Gentle Giant, "Selling England By The Pound" is indicative of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis.  It is smart, compelling, complex, upbeat, and incredibly entertaining!
  • Major themes: Filled with humor, wit, sarcasm, and introspection, subject matter and themes include commercialism, "the decay of English folk culture and an increase in Americanization" in the U.K., territorial battles by two rival gangs in East London, existentialism, life and death, emotional pain, love, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight"
  2. "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"
  3. "Firth of Fifth"
  4. "More Fool Me"
  5. "The Battle Of Epping Forest"
  6. "After The Ordeal"
  7. "The Cinema Show"
  8. "Aisle Of Plenty"


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
  • Website: http://epicbrewing.com/
  • Brew: New England Style India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.3%
  • Pour: The Pile Of Face pours a murky golden-amber with a 2-finger, frothy white head with great retention and lots of sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, citrusy, woody, and dank.  There are aromas of orange juice, grapefruit juice, tangerine, mango, a hint of pine resin, crackery grains, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the is characterized by citrus and tropical fruits, light grains, and light, sweet malt.  There are notes of orange juice, tangerine, very light pine, and sweet malt and grapefruit in the finish.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the is crisp, dry, and juicy with a dry and slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The complex and citrusy flavors and aromas of Epic's New England Style India Pale Ale coupled with the brilliance of "Selling England By The Pound" is a delightful and very lovely way to start off the day and the weekend!
    
Cheers!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11th, 2017 - A Pile Of Facelift


Good evening evil-doers and hop-heads!  The Meista here tonight the seminal debut album "Facelift" by Alice In Chains and a Pile Of Face from Against The Grain Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Alice In Chains
  • Title: "Facelift"
  • Recorded: December 1989 through April 1990 at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington and Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, California
  • Release date: August 21st, 1990
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Dave Jerden
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Jerry Cantrell (guitar, backing vocals, and talkbox on "Man in the Box"), Sean Kinney (drums, percussion, additional backing vocals, and piano on "Sea of Sorrow"), Layne Staley (lead vocals), and Mike Starr (bass and backing vocals on "Confusion")
  • Additional musician: Kevin Shuss (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, doom metal, stoner rock, hard rock, alternative rock, post punk, and a hint of funk
  • Sound: Moody and brooding, the sound on "Facelift" defined the music of Seattle in the early 1990s!  Cantrell's guitar work is raw, honest, aggressive, and simply brilliant!  Staley's vocals completely changed the game of how a lead metal vocalist sounds!  And the rhythm work of Kinney and Starr brought it all together with a huge nod to early metal/hard rock days of bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Stooges, and the MC5!
  • Major themes: Subject matter and themes on the album include child drug dealers, us against the world, Cantrell's mother's death, censorship in the mass media, angst, anger, the disintegration of a relationship, life, drugs, rebellion, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "We Die Young"
  2. "Man In The Box"
  3. "Sea Of Sorrow"
  4. "Bleed The Freak"
  5. "I Can't Remember"
  6. "Love, Hate, Love"
  7. "It Ain't Like That"
  8. "Sunshine"
  9. "Put You Down"
  10. "Confusion"
  11. "I Know Somethin (Bout You)"
  12. "Real Thing"


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Website: http://www.atgbrewery.com/
  • Brew: Pile Of Face
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Pour: The Pile Of Face pours a hazy golden-amber with a huge, 2+ finger, frothy white head displaying great retention and lots of sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is full of juicy citrus and tropical fruit, floral, and sweet malt notes.  There are aromas of pineapple juice, grapefruit, mango, nectarine, peach, melon, light grassy hops, honey, mountain wild flowers, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Pile Of Face follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit, doughy bread, and sweet malt.  There are notes bitter grapefruit rind and juice, tangerine, orange peel, mango, pineapple, bitter herbs, crackery biscuit, and a hint of wild flower honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Pile Of Face is crisp, dry, and juicy with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Pile Of Face from Against The Grain Brewery is a wonderfully fruity IPA with lots of sweet and bitter notes... perfect for the intense, emotional, and honest tones, solos, harmonies, and lyrics of Alice In Chains' amazing debut album "Facelift"!  The juicy sweetness of the brew definitely acts as a foil to the aggression and darkness of the album, while the bitterness is perfect for an angry Seattle band before the media machine turned the scene all to shit!
    
Cheers and hails!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7th, 2017 - The Alphadelic Physicist


Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing Devin Townsend's brilliant 4th album "Physicist" with an Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Devin Townsend
  • Title: "Physicist"
  • Recorded: 2000 at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver, Canada
  • Release date: June 26th, 2000 (4th solo studio album by Devin Townsend)
  • Record company: HevyDevy Records
  • Production: Devin Townsend
  • Album cover art: Clint Nielsen
  • Personnel: Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars, keyboards, production, engineering, and arrangement) with Gene Hoglan (drums), Jed Simon (guitars), and Byron Stroud (bass guitar)
  • Backing vocals: Teresa Duke, Sharon Parker, Marina Reid, and Chris Valagao
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, experimental metal
  • Sound: Blending complex and soaring melodies with intense brutality, "Physicist" is a powerful, aggressive, and emotional album on par with much of Townsend's amazing work!
  • Major themes: Life, death, reality, knowledge, anger, aggression, passion, love, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Namaste"
  2. "Victim"
  3. "Material"
  4. "Kingdom"
  5. "Death"
  6. "Devoid"
  7. "The Complex"
  8. "Irish Maiden"
  9. "Jupiter"
  10. "Planet Rain"
  11. "Forgotten" (hidden track)


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Website: https://www.hopvalleybrewing.com/
  • Brew: Alphadelic IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBUs: 90
  • Ingredients: 2-Row and Munich malts with Northwest and Southern Hemisphere hops
  • Pour: The Alphadelic IPA pours a hazy, golden-amber with a frothy, 1+ finger, off-white head with great retention and lots of intricate, layered, spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, floral, and malty.  There are aromas of orange juice, tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit, melon, bready malt, wild flowers, light honey, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Alphadelic is very hop-forward with bitterness, citrus, grainy malt, dank earth, and spice.  There are notes orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lime, pine, black tea, bitter herbs, pineapple, light caramel, and spicy pepper.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Alphadelic is crisp, sharp, and very hoppy with a dry, bitter, and peppery finish.
Overall pairing: The sharp, very hop-forward punch of Hop Valley's Alphadelic IPA is perfect for a Thursday night metal session with the aggressive grooves and soaring melodies of Devin Townsend's very underrated "Physicist"!  'Nuff said bub!
    
Cheers and hails!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December 3rd, 2017 - Transilvanian Hunger


God ettermiddag evil-doers!  The Meista here getting very dark and evil this blustery Sunday afternoon with the classic black metal album "Transilvanian Hunger" (2014 remastered version) by Darkthrone and an ass-kicking Dark Alley Imperial Stout from 2 Row Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Darkthrone
  • Title: "Transilvanian Hunger" (2014 remastered version)
  • Recorded: November through December 1993
  • Release date: February 17th, 1994 (4th studio album by Darkthrone)
  • Record company: Peaceville Records
  • Production: Darkthrone
  • Album cover art: Tania Stene
  • Personnel: Nocturno Culto (lead guitar and vocals), Fenriz (rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums), and Count Grishnackh aka Varg Vikernes (lyrics)
  • Musical style: Norwegian black metal
  • Sound: Raw, fast-paced, primitive, minimalist, repetitive, and highly influential, the sound on Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger" is definitive Scandinavian black metal!  It seems to embody all that is evil and dark.  The guitar work is frenzied, machine gun fire fast, and chaotic.  The bass and drums are primitive, repetitive, and conjure images of tribal ritual and sacrifice.  Culto's vocals are sharp, screechy, and infernal.
  • Major themes: Darkness, the occult, evil, Satan, death, nature, mythology, folklore, etc.
  • Tracks:   
Disc 1:
  1. "Transilvanian Hunger"
  2. "Over fjell og gjennom torner"
  3. "Skald av Satans sol"
  4. "Slottet i det fjerne"
  5. "Graven tåkeheimens saler"
  6. "I en hall med flesk og mjød"
  7. "As Flittermice As Satans Spys"
  8. "En ås i dype skogen"
Disc 2:
Full album with commentary by Fenriz.


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Dark Alley Imperial Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • IBUs: 56
  • Pour: The Dark Alley pours an opaque ink black with a thick, frothy, and creamy 2-finger, dark mocha head with great retention and sticky, layered, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, roasty, toasty, and malty.  There are aromas of bittersweet baker's dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits (raisins and prunes), burnt toffee, roasted malts, rich mocha coffee, and hints of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Dark Alley is bitter, rich, earthy, sweet, boozy, and chocolaty.  There are notes of black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisin, espresso beans, molasses, toffee, oak, and smoky bourbon.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Dark Alley is thick, sticky, velvety, yet biting from the high ABV with a bittersweet and dry finish.
Overall pairing: The dry, dark roasty, and aggressive boozy flavors and aromas of 2 Row's Dark Alley Imperial Stout is the perfect brew to slowly sip whilst listening to the infernal conjurings that Darkthrone summons with "Transilvanian Hunger"!  And as this delectably dangerous brew is dedicated to fear and those things that go bump in the night, it seems fitting that "Transilvanian Hunger" popped in my head as a fitting companion!
    
Skål!!  HAILS Darkthrone!!

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1st, 2017 - To Mega Therion


Gueten Oobe!  The Meista here getting heavy and aggressive with Celtic Frost classic "To Mega Therion" and an Alpha Centauri Imperial India Pale Ale from Hop Valley Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Celtic Frost
  • Title: "To Mega Therion"
  • Recorded: September 14th through the 28th, 1985 at Casablanca Studio in Berlin, Germany
  • Release date: October 27th, 1985 (2nd full-length studio album by Celtic Frost)
  • Record company: Noise Records
  • Production: Horst Müller, Tom G. Warrior, and Karl Walterbach
  • Album cover art: H. R. Giger
  • Personnel: Reed St. Mark (drums, percussion, and effects), Dominic Steiner (bass and bass effects), and Tom G. Warrior (guitars, vocals, and effects)
  • Additional musicians: Martin Ain (bass on tracks 2 and 3), Wolf Bender (French horn on tracks 1, 4, and 10), Claudia-Maria Mokri (additional vocals on tracks 2, 6, and 10), and Horst Müller, Urs Sprenger (sound effects on track 9)
  • Musical style: Extreme metal (early black metal and early death metal) and thrash metal with elements of doom metal and gothic metal
  • Sound: Heavily influential in both the black metal and death metal circles, "To Mega Therion" is one of those pivotal, landmark albums that grabs a hold of you and never lets go!  It is fast-paced, aggressive, dark, and completely original!  This is one of those albums that demands your utmost attention from the opening chord to final symbol crash!
  • Major themes: Darkness, the occult, evil, death, horror, aggression, power, violence, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Innocence And Wrath"
  2. "The Usurper"
  3. "Jewel Throne"
  4. "Dawn Of Megiddo"
  5. "Eternal Summer"
  6. "Circle Of The Tyrants"
  7. "(Beyond The) North Winds"
  8. "Fainted Eyes"
  9. "Tears In A Prophet's Dream"
  10. "Necromantical Screams"
  11. "Return To The Eve" (1985 Studio Jam)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company (Springfield, Oregon)
  • Website: https://www.hopvalleybrewing.com/
  • Brew: Alpha Centauri Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBUs: 100
  • Pour: The Alpha Centauri pours a hazy golden-amber hue with a big, 2-finger billowy, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring with soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, citrusy, malty, and spicy.  There are aromas of pine, grapefruit rind, bitter herbs, and hints of sweet malt.
  • Taste: The taste of the Alpha Centauri is piney, citrusy, bitter, malty, and spicy.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange peel, pine, black tea, minerals, bitter herbs, black pepper, and crackery malts with a hint of honey and caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Alpha Centauri is crisp and sharp with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The dank, hop-forward and bitterly aggressive flavors of Hop Valley's Alpha Centauri Imperial India Pale Ale is the perfect brew for the groundbreaking brutality of Celtic Frost's earth-shattering album "To Mega Therion"!  Both are big, bold, angry, and impactful!
    
Proscht!!  HAILS!!

December 1st, 2017 - Breakfast Stout In America


Good morning, happy Friday, and hello December!  The Meista here helping you wake up this morning with a pairing of  "Breakfast In America" by Supertramp and a Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Supertramp
  • Title: "Breakfast In America"
  • Recorded: May through December 1978 at The Village Recorder (Studio B) in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: March 29th, 1979 (6th studio album by Supertramp)
  • Record company: A&M Records
  • Production: Peter Henderson and Supertramp
  • Album cover art: Mick Haggerty (art direction/cover design) and Aaron Rapoport (cover photography)
  • Personnel: Rick Davies (vocals, piano, organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizers, and harmonica), John Helliwell (saxophones, clarinets, siren whistle, whistling, backing vocals), Roger Hodgson (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, harmonium, Bob Siebenberg (drums and percussion), and Dougie Thomson (bass)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, rock, power pop, art rock
  • Sound: More pop-oriented and radio friendly than their previous progressive concept albums, with "Breakfast In America", Supertramp embraced a post-Beatles rock/pop sound.  Although very poppy, the album is richly textured, wonderfully written, and masterfully executed... and in many ways defines the soundtrack of my days growing up in suburban America in the 1970s! 
  • Major themes: Relationships, human interaction, conflicting ideals between people, the satirizing of American culture, how Americans live, pop culture, dreaming of a better life, joy, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Gone Hollywood"
  2. "The Logic Song"
  3. "Goodbye Stanger"
  4. "Breakfast In America"
  5. "Oh Darling"
  6. "Take The Long Way Home"
  7. "Lord Is It Mine"
  8. "Just Another Nervous Wreck"
  9. "Casual Conversations"
  10. "Child Of Vision"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  • Website: https://foundersbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Founders Breakfast Stout 
  • Style: Oatmeal Stout / Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Ingredients: flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee
  • Pour: The Breakfast Stout pours an opaque ink black with a frothy, 1-finger mocha head displaying great retention and lots of sticky, sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is roasty, toasty, earthy, chocolaty, and smoky.  There are aromas of toasted multi-grain bread, fresh-brewed coffee, espresso beans, creamy oats, oak, and hints of dank pine resin and bourbon.
  • Taste: The taste of the Breakfast Stout is rich, roasty, malty, chocolaty, and earthy.  There are huge notes of fresh-roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, light fresh cream, liquid smoke, and a touch of burnt toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Breakfast Stout is rich, thick, creamy, and velvety smooth with a dry, chocolaty finish.  It becomes a little sweeter and more boozy as it warms.
Overall pairing: The Founders Breakfast Stout is a delightfully rich brew with load of coffee and chocolaty goodness... a great beer to sip whilst grooving to the sweet and rich sounds of Supertramp's "Breakfast In America"!  I can't think of a better way to wake up on Friday morning!
    
Cheers!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

November 26th, 2017 - In This Moment We Are Free


Goedemiddag!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing " This Moment We Are Free - Cities", the debut album by Vuur and a Rosetta from Brewery Ommegang!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Vuur
  • Title: "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities"
  • Recorded: April 2017 at Sandlane Recording Facilities in The Netherlands
  • Release date: October 20, 2017 (1st album by VUUR)
  • Record company: Sony Music / InsideOut Music
  • Production: Joost van den Broek
  • Album cover art: Black & Finch
  • Personnel: Ferry Duijsens (guitars), Jord Otto (guitars), Anneke van Giersbergen (vocals), Johan van Stratum (bass), and Ed Warby (drums)
  • Musical style: Progressive metal
  • Sound: Passionate, powerful, emotional... the music on Vuur's "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities" is characterized by van Giersbergen's angelic and beautifully powerful vocals, the aggressive and soaring dual guitar talents of Duijsens and Otto, and the thunderous juggernaut that is the rhythm section of van Stratum and Warby!
  • Major themes: Life, passion, knowledge, love, global identity, relationships, freedom, reality, humanity, emotion, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "My Champion - Berlin" 
  2. "Time - Rotterdam"
  3. "The Martyr And The Saint - Beirut"
  4. "The Fire - San Francisco"
  5. "Freedom - Rio"
  6. "Days Go By - London"
  7. "Sail Away - Santiago"
  8. "Valley Of Diamonds - Mexico City"
  9. "Your Glorious Light Will Shine - Helsinki"
  10. "Save Me - Istanbul"
  11. "Reunite! - Paris"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)
  • Website: http://ommegang.com/
  • Brew: Rosetta 
  • Style: Flanders Oud Bruin / Belgian Kriek
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.6%
  • Pour: The Rosetta pours an opaque mahogany-brown/red with a light tan, frothy 2-finger head that dissipates to a sustained ring with sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is tart, fruity, and slightly funky.  There are aromas of cherry jam, black cherry juice, lemon juice, cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, apricot, light grain, and wet leather.
  • Taste: The taste of the Rosetta is fruity, tart, and sweet.  There are notes of cherry juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice, light grains, and a touch of honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Rosetta is mildly tart, froth, sharp, and very crisp with a dry and sour finish.
Overall pairing: The Rosetta from Brewery Ommegang is a complex, sweet, and tart brew in the Flemish/Belgian tradition... perfect for the artistic beauty, depth, and might that is Vuur's "In This Moment We Are Free - Cities"!
    
Proost!!  Gezondheid!!