Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 23rd, 2017 - Power Windows Up


Good afternoon! The Meista here today pairing "Power Windows" by Rush and a Windows Up India Pale Ale from Alpine Beer Company!
 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "Power Windows"
  • Recorded: April to June and August 1985 at The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire, England, Sarm East Studios, Angel Studios and Abbey Road Studios, London, England, and AIR Studios, Montserrat 
  • Release date: October 29th, 1985 (11th studio album by Rush)
  • Record company: Anthem/Mercury
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (lead vocals, bass guitar, bass pedals, synthesizers ), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock, power pop, electronic rock
  • Sound: Moving further away from their progressive '70s sound and significantly more synthesizer heavy than previous albums, "Power Windows" is crisp, technical, tight, angular, yet still punchy and rockin'.
  • Major themes: The manifestation of power (greed, Cold War military aggression, nationalism, etc.), non-conformism, suburban monotony and mediocrity, criticism of the mainstream music industry, hope, etc.
  • Notes: "Power Windows" was the first Rush album to ever be released directly to CD.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Big Money"
  2. "Grand Designs"
  3. "Manhattan Project"
  4. "Marathon"
  5. "Territories"
  6. "Middletown Dreams"
  7. "Emotion Detector"
  8. "Mystic Rhythms"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery:  Alpine Beer Company (Alpine, California)
  • Website: http://alpinebeerco.com/
  • Brew: Windows Up India Pale Ale  
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Ingredients: Citra and Mosaic hops
  • Pour: The Windows Up pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy, bright white, 2-finger head with good sustain and lots of intricate and sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, dank, floral, fruity, and citrusy.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, peaches, orange peel, mango, pine resin, ganja, wild flowers, green hops, light caramel, and light grains.
  • Taste: The taste of the Windows Up follows the nose and is very citrusy, dank, earthy, and floral.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, pine, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and sharp with a dry and slightly bitter finish. 

Overall pairing: The crisp, complex, and hop-forward, yet very drinkable flavors of Alpine's Windows Up India Pale Ale is perfect for the electrifying melodies, harmonies, and subject matter found on Rush's wonderful "Power Windows" album!

Cheers!!



Friday, September 22, 2017

September 22nd, 2017 - The Autumnal Killing Season



Good evening and happy Friday!  The Meista here tonight celebrating on the onset of Fall with a pairing of "Killing Season" by American thrash maniacs Death Angel and a Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Autumn (2016) from Mother Earth Brewing Company!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Death Angel
  • Title: "Killing Season"
  • Recorded: September through December 2007 at Studio 606 in Northridge, California
  • Release date: February 26th, 2008 (5th studio album by Death Angel)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast Records
  • Production: Nick Raskulinecz
  • Album cover art: Dennis Pepa
  • Personnel: Ted Aguilar (guitars), Rob Cavestany (guitars and backing vocals), Andy Galeon (drums), Mark Osegueda (vocals), and Dennis Pepa (bass and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: Fierce, fiery, fast, and aggressive, Death Angel's "Killing Season" is the classic, yet modernized thrash sound of the California band!  Aguilar's and Cavestany's guitar work is machine gun fire brilliance!  Galeon and Pepa swing the rhythm section bat hard and heavy!  And Osegueda is as brutal and in-your-face as always!
  • Major themes: Aggression, hate, destruction, fear, death, mythology, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Lord Of Hate"
  2. "Sonic Beatdown"
  3. "Dethroned"
  4. "Carnival Justice"
  5. "Buried Alive"
  6. "Soulless"
  7. "The Noose"
  8. "When Worlds Collide"
  9. "God Vs. God"
  10. "Steal The Crown"
  11. "Resurrection Machine"


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing Company (Vista, California)
  • Website: https://www.motherearthbrewco.com/
  • Brew: Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Autumn (2016)
  • Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy 
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.0% 
  • Pour: The Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Autumn pours an opaque mahogany red with a thin off-white/light tan that dissipates to a thin ring with sparse lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is malty, sweet, herbal, earthy, spicy, and boozy. There are aromas of sweet bread, bourbon, oak, herbal tea, mulling spices, and a hint of peat.
  • Taste: The taste of the Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Autumn is . 
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick, sticky, somewhat astringent, and punchy with a dry, boozy finish. 

Overall pairing: The punchy, boozy, in-your-face maltiness of Mother Earth's Four Seasons of Mother Earth: Autumn (2016) is a big, bold brew... perfect for the aggression and might of Death Angel's "Killing Season" and perfect for the first day of Fall!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 19th, 2017 - Born Blonde And Born To Run



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" with a Born Blonde from Mother Earth Brewing Company!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Bruce Springsteen
  • Title: "Born To Run"
  • Recorded: May 1974 through July 1975 at the Record Plant in New York City and 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, New York
  • Release date: August 25th, 1975 (3rd studio album by the Boss)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau
  • Album cover art: Eric Meola
  • Personnel: Bruce Springsteen (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, harmonica, and percussion) with Wayne Andre (trombone), Mike Appel (backing vocals), Roy Bittan (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ, harpsichord, glockenspiel, and backing vocals on all tracks except "Born to Run"), Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone), Randy Brecker (trumpet and flugelhorn), Ernest "Boom" Carter (drums on "Born to Run"), Clarence Clemons (saxophones, tambourine, and backing vocals), Richard Davis (double bass on "Meeting Across The River"), Danny Federici (organ and glockenspiel on "Born to Run"), Suki Lahav (violin on "Jungleland"), David Sanborn (baritone saxophone), David Sancious (piano and organ on "Born to Run"), Garry W. Tallent (bass guitar), Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals, horn arrangements, and alto horn), Max Weinberg (drums on all tracks except "Born to Run")
  • Musical style: Rock, hard rock, R&B, blues rock
  • Sound: Steeped in Americana, R&B, soul, the blues, and rock and roll, the sound on "Born to Run" is classic rock and roll!  Of the approach to album musically, Springsteen stated that he wanted the album to sound like "Roy Orbison singing Bob Dylan, produced by Spector".
  • Major themes: Escape, freedom, desire, rebellion loss, betrayal, defeat, life, love, hope, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Thunder Road"
  2. "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"
  3. "Night"
  4. "Backstreets"
  5. "Born To Run"
  6. "She's The One"
  7. "Meeting Across The River"
  8. "Jungleland"


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing Company (Vista, California)
  • Website: https://www.motherearthbrewco.com/
  • Brew: Born Blonde
  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.8% 
  • IBUs: 21
  • Ingredients: Pale 2-Row and Flaked Wheat malts and Crystal hops
  • Pour: The Born Blonde pours a slightly hazy, bright golden-yellow with a billowy, 2-finger, bright white head with great sustain and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is bready, toasty, malty, and hoppy.  There are aromas of fresh baked bread, lemon zest, summer grass, and soft caramel. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Born Blonde is grassy, slightly citrusy, slightly sweet, and bready.  There are notes of toasted biscuit, sourdough bread, lemongrass, lemon zest, light caramel, and a slightly peppery finish. 
  • Mouthfeel: Light in body and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Born Blonde is very crisp and refreshing with a clean finish. 

Overall pairing: The straight-forward, completely refreshing flavor of Mother Earth's Born Blonde is perfect for the classic rock and roll style of the Boss... especially his monumental album "Born To Run"!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th, 2018 - West Coast-Style Seattle Boy IPA



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing a West Coast-Style IPA from Uinta Brewing Company and the compilation album "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" in tribute Jimi on the 47th anniversary of his passing... hails Jimi!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Jimi Hendrix
  • Title: "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" (Single Disc Edition)
  • Recorded: 1964 through 1970
  • Release date: November 16th, 2010
  • Record company: Experience Hendrix / Legacy Records
  • Production: Eddie Kramer and John McDermott 
  • Album cover art: Various photographers
  • Personnel: Jimi Hendrix (guitars, bass, drums, and vocals) with Paul Caruso (harmonica and backing vocals), Billy Cox (bass and backing vocals), Rocki Dzidzornu (percussion), Frank Fayad (bass), Jerry Goldstein (piano), Emmeretta Marks (backing vocals), Dave Mason (sitar), Buddy Miles (drums and backing vocals), Mitch Mitchell (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), Noel Redding (bass and backing vocals), Gary Rowles (guitar), Juma Sultan (percussion), George Suranovich (drums), Jerry Velez (percussion), Chris Wood (saxophone), and Larry Young (organ) 
  • Musical style: Psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock, funk rock, hard rock, R&B
  • Sound: It's Jimi Hendrix!  In a word... BRILLIANT!!!  The power, the beauty, the honesty, the depth, the soul, the musical prowess... unparalleled!!
  • Major themes: Life, love, lust, drugs, rock and roll, freedom, rebellion, the blues, hope, peace, joy, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Fire"
  2. "Love Or Confusion"
  3. "Room Full Of Mirrors"
  4. "Shame, Shame, Shame"
  5. "Mr. Bad Luck"
  6. "May This Be Love"
  7. "Are You Experienced?"
  8. "Tears Of Rage"
  9. "Hear My Freedom"
  10. "Hound Dog Blues"
  11. "Lonely Avenue"
  12. "Burning Desire"
  13. "In From The Storm"
  14. "Bolero"
  15. "Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Uinta Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://uintabrewing.com/
  • Brew: West Coast-Style IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.3% 
  • IBUs: 69
  • Ingredients: 2-Row, Oats, and C-15 malts, and Denali, Mosaic, El Dorado, and Chinook hops
  • Pour: The West Coast-Style IPA pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow with billowy 1-finger head with good sustain and lots of chunky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a blend of citrus, tropical fruit, herbs, and earthy dank notes.  There are aromas of pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind, tangerine, fresh herbs, pine resin, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the West Coast-Style IPA follows the nose with lots of hop-forward citrus, tropical fruit, herbs, caramel, and pine flavors.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, guava, herbal tea, pine, and toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the West Coast-Style is very crisp, slightly bitter, refreshing, and very drinkable with a clean, somewhat dry, and slightly bitter finish. 

Overall pairing:  Let's be honest, no beer can adequately stand up to the sheer brilliance and profundity that is the Jimi Hendrix... seriously!  But I will say, the bright, complex aromas and flavors seem to have been brewed specifically for a listening session with this album!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16th, 2017 - A Pale And Sour Dark Star


Hello!  The Meista here today pairing the self-title debut album by NWOBHM band Dark Star and a Pale Sour Ale from Brewery Ommegang!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Dark Star
  • Title: "Dark Star" (2013 Remastered Edition)
  • Recorded: January through February 1981
  • Release date: 1981 (1st album by Dark Star)
  • Record company: Avatar Records & Screenworks Ltd.  (2013 Reissue by Rock Candy Records)
  • Production: Pete Chalcraft, Mike Kemp, and Dark Star
  • Album cover art: Linda Curry
  • Personnel: Steve Atkins (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), Dave Harrison (guitars and backing vocals), Bob Key (guitars and backing vocals), Mark Oseland (bass and backing vocals), and Rik Staines (keyboards and lead vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Chris Causton (bass on "Lady Of Mars")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock
  • Sound: Melodic, fast-paced, rockin', and fun as hell, the sound on Dark Star's debut album is straightforward hard rockin' classic NWOBHM with a sound somewhat reminiscent to Thin Lizzy!
  • Major themes: Heroism, murder, love, rock and roll, fast girls, lust, rebellion, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Kaptain America"
  2. "Backstreet Killer"
  3. "The Musician"
  4. "Lady Of Mars"
  5. "Louisa"
  6. "Rockbringer"
  7. "Lady Love"
  8. "Green Peace"
  9. "Die Tryin'" (bonus track)
  10. "Carry On" (bonus track)
  11. "Rock N' Romancin'" (bonus track B-side)
  12. "Stars Like Dust" (bonus track)
  13. "Crazy Circles" (bonus track)
  14. "Renegade" (bonus track)
  15. "Screaming" (live bonus track)


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)
  • Website: http://ommegang.com/
  • Brew: Pale Sour Ale
  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.9% 
  • Pour: The Pale Sour Ale pours a hazy light yellow hue with a frothy, 1-finger, bright white head with good sustain and sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, tart, grainy, and herbal.   There are aromas of pear, apple, lemon, white grape, light banana, and a hint of funk.
  • Taste: The taste of the Ommegang Pale Sour Ale is sweet, tart, fruity, and a little funky with some more subtle herbal and grassy hop notes.  There are flavors of apple, pear, lemon zest, champagne, light cereal grain, light crackery biscuit, and light spices.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, tart, and dry with a clean finish. 

Overall pairing:  The punchy, tart, and very drinkable character of Ommegang's Pale Sour Ale is a great beer to rock out to the straight-forward and very underrated heavy duty sound of NWOBHM band Dark Star!

Cheers and hails!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 15th, 2017 - Mikey's Misplaced Childhood



Good evening and happy Friday!  Here's a pairing dedicated to my friend Mikey of Utah Beer Blog fame and my friend Nick of awesomeness fame!  Cheers fellas!!  Your pal, the Meista here tonight pairing the classic "Misplaced Childhood" by prog-rockers Marillion and a delicious Mikey's Citra IPL from 2 Row Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Marillion
  • Title: "Misplaced Childhood"
  • Recorded: March through May 1985 at Hansa Ton Studios in Berlin, Germany
  • Release date: June 17th, 1985 (3rd album by Marillion)
  • Record company: EMI Records
  • Production: Chris Kimsey
  • Album cover art: Mark Wilkinson
  • Personnel: Fish (vocals), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Ian Mosley (drums and percussion), Steve Rothery (guitars), and Pete Trewavas (bass)
  • Musical style: Neo-progressive rock, power pop
  • Sound: Heavily influenced by Peter Gabriel era Genesis and early Yes, Marillion's sound on "Misplaced Childhood" acts almost as a bridge between '70s progressive rock, post punk, and pop.  It is emotional, melodic, dark, yet uplifting, and very complex... in a word, brilliant!
  • Major themes: Originally conceived during a 10-hour acid trip, "Misplaced Childhood" is a concept album that examines the breakdown of relationships and lost love, childhood innocence, failure, success, fading youth, sorrow, hope, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Pseudo Silk Kimono"
  2. "Kayleigh"
  3. "Lavender"
  4. "Bitter Suite"
  5. "Heart of Lothian"
  6. "Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)"
  7. "Lords Of The Backstage"
  8. "Blind Curve"
  9. "Childhoods End?"
  10. "White Feather"


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing(Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Mikey's Citra IPL
  • Style: American Pale Lager (APL) / India Pale Lager (IPL)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.5% 
  • Pour: The Mikey's Citra pours a clear, golden-yellow with lots of effervescence and a half-finger bright white head with good sustain and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a wonderful medley of citrusy and grassy hops, and crackery malt.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, lemon zest, tangerine, light mango, summer grass, lemongrass, light biscuit, and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Mikey's Citra is very fruity, citrusy, grassy, and lightly malty.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, light pineapple, grassy hops, crackery biscuit, light caramel, and a hint of white pepper.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body with lots of carbonation, the Mikey's Citra is very crisp, refreshing, and slightly peppery with a dry, clean finish. 

Overall pairing:  The complex, yet very bright flavors and aromas of 2 Row's fantastic Mikey's Citra IPL is perfect for the depth, honesty, and beauty of Marillion's legendary and perfect album "Misplaced Childhood"!  Those citrusy hop notes are perfect for the unique vocals of Fish, while the malty backbone highlights the power and integrity of the musicianship!

Cheers!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14th, 2017 - Sacrificing The Old Iron Rooster To Lupus Metallorum



Good evening headbangers and craft brew drinkers!  The Meista here tonight pairing "Lupus Metallorum" the amazing new album from Seattle heavy doom metal band Old Iron and an Iron Rooster Imperial Stout from Roosters Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Old Iron
  • Title: "Lupus Metallorum"
  • Recorded: October 2016 at the Red Room Studio in Seattle, Washington
  • Release date: August 18th, 2017 (2nd album by Old Iron)
  • Record company: Good To Die Records
  • Production: Matt Bayles
  • Album cover art: Jesse Roberts
  • Personnel: Trent McIntyre (drums), Jesse Roberts (guitar and vocals), and Jerad Shealey (bass guitar)
  • Musical style: Doom metal, sludge metal, hardcore punk, with elements of death metal and black metal
  • Sound: Incredibly heavy, tuned-down, powerful grinding, yet at times fast and aggressive, with "Lupus Metallorum", Old Iron has released a beast, a metal onslaught of aggression, honesty, and melodic intensity!  If you can catch this band live, DO SO!!  You won't be sorry!  They are incredible!
  • Major themes: Aggression, death, misery, violence, power, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Friday Glendale"
  2. "Gravewax"
  3. "Maelstrom Of The Black Tempest"
  4. "Bogwitch"
  5. "Interlude"
  6. "Lupus Metallorum"
  7. "Bloody Angles"
  8. "Valerian"
  9. "Nightmare Tooth"
  10. "Banisteriopsis Caapi"


    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roosters Brewing Company (Layton, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.roostersbrewingco.com/
  • Brew: Iron Rooster Imperial Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 16 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0% 
  • Pour: The Iron Rooster pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thin, but very cream and sustained mocha head with soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is roasty, toasty, chocolaty, smoky, and creamy.  There are aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate, semi-sweet dark chocolate, fresh cream, walnut, dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, toffee, oak, and a hint of bourbon.
  • Taste: The taste of the Iron Rooster is characterized by bold flavors of bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, cream, light marshmallow, burnt toffee, toasted malt, sweet caramel, a hint of liquid smoke, and a booze.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is very thick, velvety, sticky, and creamy with a very dry, slightly bitter finish. 

Overall pairing:  The bold and complex roasty, toasty, chocolaty, and slightly boozy flavors and aromas of Roosters' wonderful Iron Rooster Imperial Stout is perfect for the sludgy heaviness and intensity of Old Iron's powerful album "Lupus Metallorum"!  Both the brew and album are big, powerful, and demand your damned attention!!

HAILS!! Na Zdorovie!!