Friday, November 8, 2019

November 8th, 2019 - Combat Rocks The Casbah... Or ...Overpowered By ESB




Good evening rockers, rollers, punkers, and craft brew lovers!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here tonight with one more pairing for ya... the classic "Combat Rock" by The Clash and a Rock The Casbah ESB from Roosters Brewing Company!  This pairing is dedicated to all my friends down at Roosters B Street!!  Cheers!!


Album Info:
  • Artist: The Clash
  • Title: "Combat Rock"
  • Recorded: September 1981 at Ear Studios in London, England; November 1981 through January 1982 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York; April 1982 in Warnford, Hampshire, England
  • Release date: May 14th, 1982 (5th studio album by The Clash)
  • Record company: CBS Records
  • Production: The Clash
  • Album cover art: Pennie Smith (photography)
  • Personnel: Topper Headon (drums, piano, and bass on "Rock The Casbah"), Mick Jones (lead and backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, and sound effects), Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals, and lead vocals on "Red Angel Dragnet"), and Joe Strummer (lead and backing vocals, guitar, piano, and harmonica)
  • Additional musicians: Gary Barnacle (saxophone on "Sean Flynn"), Tymon Dogg (piano on "Death Is A Star"), Joe Ely (vocals on "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"), Futura 2000 (vocals on "Overpowered By Funk"), Allen Ginsberg (vocals on "Ghetto Defendant"), Tommy Mandel (keyboards on "Overpowered By Funk"), and Kosmo Vinyl (vocals on "Red Angel Dragnet")
  • Musical style: New wave, punk rock with elements of dub, funk, ska, rockabilly, and pop
  • Sound: High energy,
  • Major themes/lyrical content: the moral decline of American culture, the impact and aftermath of the Vietnam war, gun violence, U.S. foreign policy, life, death, etc.
  • Notes: Sadly, "Combat Rock" was the last album with Mick Jones and Topper Headon.  Topper was fired shortly after recording due to his increasingly problematic drug addiction.  Jones was fired in September of '83.  Strummer and Simonon would continue the band, but only releases one more album under The Clash moniker, the abysmal "Cut The Crap" in 1985.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Know Your Rights"
  2. "Car Jamming"
  3. "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
  4. "Rock The Casbah"
  5. "Red Angel Dragnet"
  6. "Straight To Hell"
  7. "Overpowered By Funk"
  8. "Atom Tan"
  9. "Sean Flynn"
  10. "Ghetto Defendant"
  11. "Inoculated City"
  12. "Death Is A Star"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roosters Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website: https://www.roostersbrewingco.com/ 
  • Brew: Rock The Casbah ESB
  • Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: The Rock The Casbah pours a deep mahogany / copper with a thin, light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring with minimal lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by a wonderfully balanced blend of hoppy citrus and toasty malts.  There are aromas of orange peel, grapefruit rind, herbal tea, freshly baked bread, crackery biscuit, and soft toffee.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the flavor of the Rock The Casbah is a lovely blend of hoppy and malty flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit, herbal tea, grassy hops, toasted malts, crackery biscuit, and a hint of burnt toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of Rock The Casbah is crisp and slightly bitter, yet very smooth with clean, dry finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, smooth drinking flavors of the Rock The Casbah ESB from Roosters is perfect for the new wave punky punch of "Combat Rock"!  

Cheers!!

November 8th, 2019 - The Death Based Illusions Of Or Xata





Buenos tardes!  The Meista is here today rocking the hell out with a pairing of the brand new 4-track "Death Based Illusions" EP by Mexican thrashers Strike Master and an Or Xata from The Bruery! 


Album Info:
  • Artist: Strike Master
  • Title: "Death Based Illusions" EP
  • Recorded: 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Release date: Scheduled for November 17th, 2019 (2nd EP released by Strike Master)
  • Record company: Concreto Records
  • Production: Manuel Vazquez Terry
  • Album cover art: Amarock HD
  • Personnel: Corp. Ricardo Huerta (drums), Col. Francisco Kmu (guitars and vocals), and Patch (bass)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal with elements of progressive metal
  • Sound: Fast, fiery, aggressive, yet also very complex and somewhat progressive, Strike Master's sound on their new EP "Death "Based Illusions" is a powerhouse of thrash metal and musical integrity!  They blend old school California thrash with a more modern and pervasive vibe.  Really cool stuff!  Kmu's ripping guitars and angry vocals blend perfectly with the juggernaut rhythm section of Huerta and Patch
  • Major themes: Violence, war, death, darkness, destruction, ritual, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Strong As Hell"
  2. "A Corpseless Soul"
  3. "There's Never Enough Knives"
  4. "Cosmic Owl Ritual"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: The Bruery (Placentia, California)
  • Website: https://www.thebruery.com/
  • Brew: Or Xata
  • Style: American Blonde Ale / Spiced Ale
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • Ingredients: Blonde ale brewed with rice, cinnamon, and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose
  • Pour: The Or Xata pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow hue with a firm, creamy bright white 2+ finger head with great retention and lots of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, lightly ruity, spicy, creamy, and grainy.  It smells exactly like a traditional horchata (with a little bit of hops).  There are aromas of vanilla bean, cinnamon, fresh cream, light cereal grain, hints of apple, toffee/caramel, and very light grassy hops.
  • Taste: The taste of the Or Xata follows the nose with a nice blend of hoppy, sweet, spicy, and creamy flavors.  There are notes of traditional horchata (vanialla, cinnamon, rice) along with the characteristics of a blonde ale (well balanced soft grassy hops and mellow and slightly sweet malts).
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, yet also crisp with a spicy, dry, slighthly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The Or Xata from The Bruery is a very smooth and drinkable brew, yet also complex and makes for a nice foil to the aggressive power that is Strike Master!  'Nuff said!
    
Salud!!  Hails!!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

November 3rd, 2019 - Woe And Revenge For The Vanquished




Good evening rivet-heads and hop-heads! How about a Warbring double whamy tonight?  I posted the interview with John Kevill earlier today.  Now the Meista is here tonight rocking the hell out with a pairing of a signed copy of Warbringer's kickass "Woe To The Vanquished" and a Revenge Double India Pale Ale from Proper Brewing Company!!  HELL. YES.

Album Info:
  • Artist: Warbringer
  • Title: "Woe To The Vanquished"
  • Recorded: 2016 at West Valley Studios
  • Release date: March 31st, 2017 (5th studio album by Warbringer)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Mike Plotnikoff
  • Album cover art: Andreas Marschall
  • Personnel: Chase Becker (guitars), Adam Carroll (guitars), Carlos Cruz (drums), John Kevill (vocals), and Jessie Sanchez (bass)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: John Kevill once described the first half of the album as "probably the most fast and brutal side A of any Warbringer record yet" and the second half as "more progressive/darkly melodic".  Ain't that the truth!  This album is a killer!  It nods to early '80s California and German thrash, yet is fresh, modern, and unique.
  • Major themes: Violence, war, death, revenge, police brutality, destruction, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Silhouettes"
  2. "Woe To The Vanquished"
  3. "Remain Violent"
  4. "Shellfire"
  5. "Descending Blade"
  6. "Spectral Asylum"
  7. "Divinity Of Flesh"
  8. "When The Guns Fell Silent"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.properbrewingco.com/
  • Brew: Revenge Double India Pale Ale
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBUs: 68
  • Pour: The Revenge Double India Pale Ale pours a hazy, golden-amber with a frothy, white, half-finger head that dissipates to a sustained, creamy film with sudsy and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, earthy, herbal, and fruity.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, pineapple, light mango, light melon, pine resin, bitter herbs, and light malt.
  • Taste: The taste of the Revenge Double India Pale Ale is bitter, dank and earthy, herbal, and lightly fruity.  There are notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, black tea, minerals, bitter and fresh herbs, and very light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and very bitter with a dry, bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The bold, bitter, punchy hop blast of Proper's Revenge is perfect for the fast-paced sonic thrash metal attack of Warbringer!  After drinking a can or two of Revenge, the songs like "Woe To The Vanquished", "Remain Violent", and "Shellfire" will become your battle anthems!

So get on over to your favorite LOCAL record store, pick up a copy of "Woe To The Vanquished", and grab a can of Proper's Revenge Double India Pale Ale... and prepare yourself for an evening of intensity, big flavour, machine gun fire guitars, and a fist-pumping metal juggernaut! 

    
Cheers!!  Hails!!

November 3rd, 2019 - Remaining Violent: An Interview With John Kevill!



Hey there headbangers!  A special treat for you today... I had the great pleasure of attending the Enforcer, Warbringer, and Truce In Blood show a week ago Friday, October 25th at Liquid Joes in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Warbringer put on an intense and amazing show!  While there I sat down and chatted with John Kevill, vocalist and founding member of thrash metal monsters Warbringer!

Here's that interview... enjoy!


B&T: I'm here with John Kevill from Warbringer.  So you guys are finishing up the tour.  You're right at the end of the tour with Enforcer.

JK: Day 51 of 54 today.

B&T: How's the tour been going so far?

JK: It's been going.  It has been pretty damned good honestly.  It has been really intense.  No days off so it has been a real challenge, but we've doing well and getting through it.

B&T: You just... well, not just, but you put out a new single...

JK: During this tour, yeah!  

B&T: That single ["Firepower Kills"] is a fantastic song, an excellent song, which I was excited to learn is a precursor to a new, full album coming out in February, yes?

JK: Yeah, it is the opener on that record.  

B&T: Is that going to be the title track of the album or do you have a title yet, a working title?  

JK: There is a title.  It is in the song "Firepower Kills".  It is not "Firepower Kills", but it is in the song and is prominent.  To figure it out, you can definite pick it up from the song.  It is repeated a lot. [laughs]

B&T: I think I know what it is, but I'll keep that quiet for now.  So that's really exciting news that a new album is coming out.  You guys have been working pretty hard lately... a lot of touring going on.  I know you did 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise back in February.

JK: Yeah, that was pretty fun.

B&T: That was the first time you guys had been on the ship, correct?

JK: Correct.

B&T: What were your thoughts?  Is That something you would want to do again?

JK: Of course!  Of course!  We like playing shows where there's people basically [laughs].  It is an exciting event.  We hope to go back and do it again.

B&T: Cool!  Any highlights for you in terms of bands you saw on the ship?  Anybody that you had always wanted to see?

JK: I enjoyed Sodom a lot.  

B&T: Nice.  I had read before that Sodom is a band that influenced you a lot as well as Kreator... German thrash metal.

JK: Thrash metal in general is something we look to... you know, all the classic records.  

B&T: How did you get into music?  What was the inspiration for you?

JK: Hard to say.  One just hears music and likes it or doesn't.  Um, I got into hard rock and early heavy metal in my late teens and from there just more and more down the rabbit hole of different metal that exists.  By the age of 19 I started this band without ever having had a band before or anything.  I pretty much just enjoyed metal music and wanted to play it.  That's all I knew and tried to figure it out from there and it has been quite a learning experience for well over a decade at this point.

B&T: And you and Adam [Carroll] started the band together in high school, correct?

JK: Correct.  Well, right outta high school.  

B&T: I once read that when you guys got signed by Century Media that the rep had come to see somebody else, but saw you and decided "this is the band I want to sign".

JK: Yeah, pretty much!  We've always prided ourselves in putting on a really energetic live show and even before we are as tight as we are now.  We always had that factor going for us.  We try to never change that or lose it.  

B&T: I remember seeing your band several years ago,  you opened and kicked ass.  You blew the other bands out of the water in my opinion.

JK: Oh, that's good to hear.  We try to bring the best show we can every night and it shouldn't be an easy act to follow.  And it's... well, no matter who the hell we are playing with or opening for, it is not about competition with others so much as it is being the best us that we can because otherwise why do this.  That's kinda how I feel about it.

B&T: In terms of your vocals and your song writing, who are your biggest inspirations?

JK: Basically what I'm trying to do is something that incorporates the elements of the real like rapid fire, extreme thrash guys... your old Mille Petrozza, Tom Araya, Don Doty from Dark Angel, stuff like that where you got spit fire, machine gun vocals with a touch of early death and black metal in there.... just a really extreme thrash vocal, but with the articulation and rhyming and catchiness and some of the theatricality of some Halford, Dio, Dickinson type of classic metal singers.  So that's kind of my own little theory within my head of what I'm trying to do as a vocalist and as a songwriter.  As a songwriter, I generally try to write songs about something real or existing that has some amount of seriousness to it in a way that walks the line between being catchy and song focused, but also artful and interesting.  So that's kind of the theory of craft behind it.  How much I succeed, well, that's up to the listeners.  That's the aim behind it and on each record it gets a little better.

B&T: Speaking of your lyrics, do you ever get frustrated with the listener misinterpreting what your are trying to say?

JK: Not that I know of.  I don't hear a lot of misinterpretation.  I do some... I think it either goes over peoples or one ear and out the other more than I would hope, but I don't know.  It's really hard for me to judge that objectively.  What I can say is I try to not be too on the nose.  I don't know.  "Remain Violent' is a very simple song with 2 verses and a chorus and it is clearly about police violence and brutality, but it doesn't really have a stance in terms of the current political climate.  It is just the subject and I guess some of the feeling of the subject and that's it.  I think that's kind of a better way for music to address it.  If you want a specific opinion, it is better to just write something where you can actually explain it with some nuance and detail.  I also think that historical themed lyrics... I never give you dates or anything.  That's not really what songs are for.  I'm more trying to extract a feeling out of something and then write a song about that.  I try to put the references in there so if you care to find them, they're there.  It's not obscure.  I tend to write in pretty simple rhyming language and try to use it as best as I can.  So that's some of the theory of what I'm trying to do as a vocalist and in general subject matter-wise, I want it to be serious and thoughtful as much as I can and also to fit with basically to fit with really aggressive and vicious music.  It shouldn't be meaningless.  It should have an emotional heaviness to match the sonic heaviness if it all wants to "turn to 11" so to speak.

B&T: It is interesting... you mentioned politicism.  There's always been political lyrics with a lot of bands, especially thrash metal... anti war, etc.

JK: I mean we are in a sense, you know?  I would certainly call my self in the real world a pacifist expect in the most dire situations, but at the same time, Warbringer is very much embodying the evil of large-scale warfare, the military industrial complex, disregard for human life.  You know, all of that.  It's sort of embodying that and the evil of it.  I shouldn't have to state "and it's bad" in the lyrics ya know?  [laughs]  That speaks for itself.  It's just an embodiment of evil.  There's sometimes a cynical turn of phrase or twist in the song.  I try to do it that way.  It's a little more subtle and if you are paying attention whatsoever, it is not a mystery.  If you care to look at it on that level, it is there.  And if you just like it because it is a loud blast of aggression, that's fine too [laughs].

B&T: I think you have a nice balance of both.  

JK: It is just trying to balance the song.  I want to do something as a lyricist, but I also want it to be a song.  I'm not writing a paper or an epic poem or anything.  Warbringer songs do tend to have a lot of lyrics, but I do keep them to pretty definite rhyme schemes.  I try to articulate really well, especially with some of the tempos and intensity of the music.  I do want the stuff I write to shine through and I do think that it is a problem in a lot of metal I hear from the modern age, our entire career basically where the vocals are just kind of a resonance and they don't do all the stuff that I'm used to like a tradition metal or rock vocal are doing where it has some kind of story element or idea element to it that goes in with the feeling of the riffs and solos and all that and enhances the whole thing.  I think just rumbling, roaring, and gurgling can be appropriate for some...  I like extreme music, but if I'm going to write lyrics that I want to get across, I have to annunciate.  So that thought about my lyrics also shapes part of how I actually do the vocals.  I try to make it where everything is really, really clear for the extremity of it.  I think that may be a little unusual in today's metal.  

B&T: In terms of songwriting, how does Warbringer write?  Is this a collaborative effort?  Do you bring lyrics and then the song is crafted around that or does somebody bring a riff?

JK: There's no hard and fast rule.  We are 6 records in now.  We'll take anything that works basically.  You gotta have your eyes out for ideas from whichever angle. The songwriting nucleus since "Woe To The Vanquished" has been myself, Carlos Cruz [drummer], and Adam Carroll [guitarist].  We all come at it from different angles.  Sometimes Carlos will give me a piece that he's structured out of a couple riffs that Adam showed him.  There's a riff segment that Adam showed him that he then developed on.  That then goes to me and I'll have a structural edit... "cut this part" or "this part needs to go here".  "Can I make a verse and chorus and have a coherent idea about this piece of music?"  Sometimes I just put lyrics on it the way it is already because I don't feel I need to change anything.  It is very reciprocal.  Other songs, such as the aforementioned "Firepower Kills"... that one, I came with all the lyrics and all the verse and chorus riffs in my head and I handed them all to Carlos and they came out basically as they were.  Carlos then rounded out the song by writing the intro and the middle break and solo segment.   It was pieced together that way.  There's another song on the new record that started with a lyric idea as well.  And "Silhouettes" [from "Woe To The Vanquished"] was done that way too.  I usually have one or two where I head it up and it will be built around a lyrical idea.  I don't play an instrument, but I'm used to working with the guys and I can describe sound reasonably well to where we are able to work off of that.  But then other times Carlos or Adam put a song together and I'm like, "alright, here we go!"  "Divinity Of Flesh" from the last record was a me and Adam give and take.  He put all those riffs together and then I edited the structure four different times.  Each song really has its own story on how it came into being.  It is largely myself, Carlos, and Adam.  Chase Becker [guitarist] basically comes in and puts a really killer solo on any spot we give him.  We give him a lot of room.  Especially on this new record, we gave him a lot of room to tear it up on leads, which is something he is really quite fantastic at and the kind of player we really hadn't had before.   We also write around the capabilities and skills of our band.  There's basically a lot of moving parts in the songwriting process.

B&T: It seems like you guys really gel.  You seem really tight and not just on the record, but especially live.  You guys play off of each other really, really well.

JK: We try to be a strong live band and we try to keep our musical skills top notch.  There's a real culture within the band of professionalism and seriousness about what we do.  That's because we all really value this music.  We know what we want to see as fans.  We want to see guys up there completely shredding it and tearing it up legitimately and not because of some studio trickery that you really can't do live... no, where it is ironclad the whole way through.  The live ethos is definitely a part of that.  The band is really, really tight right now live after 51 days in a row.  It is something that I'm really proud of... it is really paying off with people's reaction and perception of us.

B&T: One last question, so you finish a show, a set, what beer do you crack open and what album do you throw on?

JK:  I tend to favor IPAs and a commonly available one that I like around where I live is the [Ballast Point] Sculpin brand IPAs.  Those are pretty solid.  I generally like stuff more on the bitter side... pale ales, IPAs, as well as a really good straight lager in the German style.  As far as albums I throw on, there's a load of those.  Honestly, the road go-to that nobody ever has a problem with no matter how many times we hear it is Thin Lizzy.  "Pick one, doesn't matter.  If you have a problem with that, get the fuck off the bus!"  [laughs]  That's the eternal go-to that fits any kind of situation.  Other than that it would have to depend on my mood like I'll put on my favorite thrash albums when I'm feeling really amped up or often when I'm driving.  Sometimes I really like the late '80s into early and mid '90s  Euro speed, power type of stuff... your Helloween and Helloween derived bands.  That's something Adam and I listen to when driving late at night.  And then also your Maiden, Priest, Dio, Motorhead, etc. are all evergreen classics.

B&T: Thank you so much for this interview!  I really appreciate it.  It was great meeting you and talking to you.

JK: Awesome!  Thank you!



Make sure you check out Warbringer's latest single "Firepower Kills" and look for their new album scheduled for release in February 2020!!

Cheers and hails!!



Friday, November 1, 2019

November 1st, 2019 - Youthanasia... With Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom



Good evening rattleheads and hops heads!  The Meista here with one more pairing for ya today... I'm getting crazy tonight to Megadeth's "Youthanasia" (25 years old today if you can believe it!) and a Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom from Stillwater Artisanal Ales in collaboration with Hoof Hearted Brewing!  Hells yeah!!

Oh, this pairing goes out to my friends Sonia and Jason (thanks for the beer!) and Todd (we rocked out to "Youthanasia" driving home from Boise, Idaho 25 years ago brother!)  This pairing is also dedicated to the late Nick Menza.  Rest in Power!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Megadeth
  • Title: "Youthanasia"
  • Recorded: January through May 1994 at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona and Vintage Recorders in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Release date: November 1st, 1994  (6th studio album by Megadeth)
  • Record company: Capital Records
  • Production: Max Norman and Dave Mustaine
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: David Ellefson (bass guitar and backing vocals), Marty Friedman (lead and rhythm guitars), Nick Menza (drums), and Dave Mustaine (lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Jimmie Wood (harmonica on "Train Of Consequences" and "Elysian Fields")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock with elements of speed metal and thrash metal
  • Sound: Following in the style of their previous album, "Countdown To Extinction", the sound on "Youthanasia" is more commercial and more in the lines of traditional heavy metal rather than the thrash aggression of early Megadeth albums.  That being said, it still is a kickass, rocking juggernaut of an album!  I think the real strength of this album is wonderfully crafted songwriting, Friedman's exceptional guitar work, and the cohesive tightness of the band as a whole.  Of the album, Mustaine once stated:""It's been called a thrash album, it's been called a rock album, and it's even been called an alternative album. To me it can only be called a Megadeth album. That should be enough."
  • Major themes: Socio-political criticism, states of conflict, chaos, violence, sexual abuse, addiction, death, power, corruption, abandonment, selling out the youth of America, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Reckoning Day"
  2. "Train Of Consequences"
  3. "Addicted To Chaos"
  4. "A Tout Le Monde"
  5. "Elysian Fields"
  6. "The Killing Road"
  7. "Blood Of Heroes"
  8. "Family Tree"
  9. "Youthanasia"
  10. "I Thought I Knew It All"
  11. "Black Curtains"
  12. "Victory"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Stillwater Artisanal Ales (Baltimore, Maryland) in collaboration with Hoof Hearted Brewing (Marengo, Ohio)
  • Website: http://stillwater-artisanal.com/ and http://www.hoofheartedbrewing.com/ 
  • Brew: Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom
  • Style: American Wild Ale / Sour India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Ingredients: Citra and Mosaic hopped sour IPA brewed with milk sugar, vanilla extra, yogurt, strawberries, and bananas
  • Pour: The Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom pours a hazy pale gold with a bright white head with and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, citrusy, sweet, and tart.  There are aromas of lemon, stone fruit (apricot and peach), fresh strawberries, ripe banana, tart yogurt, and light biscuit.
  • Taste: The taste of the Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is citrusy, tropical, and tart.  There are notes of tart strawberries, soft banana in the front, lemon juice, cranberry, grapefruit, Greek yogurt, and a hint of wild honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is frothy, juicy, crisp, and tart with a dry finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, punchy, unique character of the Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is great for the chugging heavy metal onslaught that is Megadeth's "Youthanasia"!  Those tart and citrusy hop notes go great with Mustaine's bitter vocals and angry lyrics, while the sweeter tropical fruit and berry flavors compliment Friedman's guitar acrobatics and Menza's powerful drumming!

Cheers!!  Hails!!  Have a rockin' night!!