Saturday, November 17, 2018

November 17th, 2018 - If You Got Funk, You Got Style... And Hardcore Jollies!

Hello and happy Saturday!  The Meista here today getting funky with a pairing of "Hardcore Jollies" by those funky funkateers, the mighty Funkadelic and a Funky Beer from Talisman Brewing Company, which is being released today!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Funkadelic
  • Title: "Hardcore Jollies"
  • Recorded: 1976
  • Release date: October 29th, 1976 (9th studio album by Funkadelic)
  • Record company: Warner Bros. Records
  • Production: George Clinton
  • Album cover art: Bob Krasnow
  • Personnel: Gary Baker (sound effects), Jerome Brailey (drums and vocals), Jimi Calhoun (bass on Comin' Round The Mountain"), George Clinton (vocals), Bootsy Collins (bass), Gary "Mudbone" Cooper (vocals), Ray Davis (vocals), Tiki Fulwood (drums on "Soul Mate"), Glenn Goins (guitar and vocals), Michael Hampton (lead guitar), Fuzzy Haskins (vocals), Eddie Hazel (lead and rhythm guitars), Buddy Miles (drums on Comin' Round The Mountain"), Boogie Mosson (bass), Billy Bass Nelson (bass on "Soul Mate"), Garry Shider (guitar and vocals), Calvin Simon (vocals), Grady Thomas (vocals), and Bernie Worrell (keyboards and vocals)
  • Musical style: Funk, funk rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, soul
  • Sound: Combining fast and aggressive guitar work with rhythmic and driving bass and drums, the sound on "Hardcore Jollies" is both steeped in Hendrix-esque psychedelia and Motown-like soul!  This album makes you want to dance and pump your fist at the same time!
  • Major themes: Funk, rock and roll, sex, joy, etc.
  • Note: Sadly, this is the last Parliament-Funkadelic studio album to include three of the original members of The Parliaments: Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, and Grady Thomas.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Comin' Round The Mountain"
  2. "Smokey"
  3. "If You Got Funk, You Got Style"
  4. "Hardcore Jollies"
  5. "Soul Mate"
  6. "Cosmic Slop" (live)
  7. "You Scared The Lovin' Outta Me"
  8. "Adolescent Funk"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Funky Beer (part of Talisman's Sour Series)
  • Style: Farmhouse Ale / Saison
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.8%
  • Pour: The Funky Beer pours a hazy and dark hue with a thin, white, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves virtually no head.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, tart, sweet.  There are aromas of lemon, plum, black cherry, apple cider vinegar, and  along with Brett, wet leather, horse blanket, toffee, and a hint of organic honey and booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Funky Beer is tart, and very funky.  There are notes of tart plum, lemon juice, black cherry juice, booze, and barnyard funk.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Funky Beer is tart, spritzy, and crisp with a lip-puckering sour and dry finish.
Overall pairing: The complexity, boldness, tartness, and funky punch of Talisman's Funky Beer is absolutely spot-on perfect for pairing with the funky rhythms and grooves of Funkadelic's wonderful "Hardcore Jollies"!  'Nuff said!
Cheers!!  Keep it funky!  

Oh, a limited batch of the Funky Beer is being release today so get to Talisman in Ogden ASAP before they run out!  And make sure you grab a beer in their great pub while you are there!

Friday, November 16, 2018

November 17th, 2018 - The One-Off Outlaw Vs. Pride & Justice... "We Can All Get Fucked Up!"

Good evening head bangers and hop-heads!  Your pal the Meista here tonight pairing a few local big time favorites of mine... the brand new, kickass album, "Pride Vs. Justice" by long time thrashers Truce In Blood, a One-Off Ale from veteran owned Talisman Brewing Company, and a deliciously smooth shot of whiskey from Outlaw Distillery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Truce In Blood
  • Title: "Pride Vs. Justice"
  • Recorded: 2018 at Soundwave Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Release date: 2018 (about fucking time fellas! :) )
  • Record company: Soundwave Studios
  • Production: Truce In Blood
  • Album cover art: R. Brandon Voeller 
  • Personnel: Steve Busch (guitars), Thorvald "Mike" Eldredge (vocals), Paul Griffin (drums), Shane McCormick (guitars), Tracy "Rooster" Sweetring (bass)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, metalcore, death metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, high-energy, and brutal as hell, Truce In Blood is the definitive Utah thrash metal band!  This no holds bar band has been wrecking necks since 1984 and gets heavier and better with age!  The guitar work by McCormick and Busch is fiery, fierce, and soars like a fucking jet fighter!  Griffin and Rooster lay down a thunderous rhythm that will split your head open!  And Thor's vocals are wonderfully honest and brutal! 
  • Major themes: Violence, price, justice, vengeance, booze, heavy metal, power, might, truth, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Pride Vs. Justice"
  2. "My Eyes"
  3. "Into The Sun"
  4. "Nitrous"
  5. "Minys The Body"
  6. "Rightous"
  7. "Nitrous" (Clean Version)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew:  One-Off Ale (The Dagda IPA)
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Pour: The One-Off Ale pours a hazy, golden orange with a frothy, 1+ finger white head with great sustain and lots of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity, citrusy, dank, and sweet.  There are aromas of orange juice, grapefruit juice, tangerine, pine resin, fresh baked bread, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the One-Off Ale follows the nose with lots of citrusy, fruity, sweet, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of orange juice, tangerine, pine, black tea, bitter herbs, and sweet caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the One-Off Ale is crisp, yet somewhat thick and sticky with a dry, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The One-Off Ale is a small batch, limited edition, wonderfully complex and tasty DIPA and coupled with a shot of whiskey from Outlaw Distillery, it is perfect for the heavy metal onslaught that is Truce In Blood's wonderful "Pride Vs. Justice"!  Those punchy, hoppy flavors and aromas of the One-Off and the bold, malty notes of Outlaw's whiskey are the perfect companions for the heavy metal onslaught that is Truce In Blood!!

Pick up a copy of Truce In Blood's amazing new CD from the Heavy Metal Shop (, grab a bottle of whiskey from Outlaw Distillery (, and a brew from Talisman Brewing Company and embrace a fucking kickass evening of metal and deliciously crafted beer and whiskey!!

November 16th, 2018 - Forever Ferda Warriors

Hello and happy Friday evil-doers and hop-heads!  The Meista here today bringing in the weekend with a pairing of Doro's latest album "Forever Warriors" and a very tasty Ferda Imperial IPA from new Salt Lake City brewery TF Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Doro
  • Title: "Forever Warriors"
  • Recorded: 2017 through 2018 at various studios throughout the world
  • Release date: August 17th, 2018 (13th studio album by Doro)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Doro Pesch and Andreas Bruhn
  • Album cover art: Geoffrey Gillespie
  • Personnel: Doro Pesch (lead and backing vocals) with Johnny Dee (drums and backing vocals), Nick Douglas (bass, keyboards, and backing vocals), Bas Maas (guitars and backing vocals), and Luca Princiotta (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Tommy Bolan (vocals and lead guitar on "All For Metal"), Andy Brings (vocals on "All For Metal"), Andreas Bruhn (additional guitar and bass), the late Warren Dane (vocals on "All For Metal"), DeTraktor (vocals on "All For Metal"), Chuck Billy (vocals on "All For Metal"), Johan Hegg (vocals On "If I Can't Have You, No One Will"), Mille Petrozza (vocals on "All For Metal"), Rock 'n' Rolf (vocals on "All For Metal"), Ross The Boss (vocals on "All For Metal"), Helge Schneider (vocals on "Backstage To Heaven"), and Jeff Waters (vocals on "All For Metal")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal
  • Sound: Old-school, straight-forward, high octane heavy metal, with her latest album, Doro once again proves that she is a powerful and relevant metal force!  Are some of the lyrics a little cliché and cheesy?  Maybe.  Does it rock?  Hell yes!!
  • Major themes: Heavy metal, hope, rebellion, jealousy, loss, love, power, might, life and death, etc.
  • Notes: The album is dedicated to the late Lemmy Kilmister.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "All For Metal"
  2. "Bastardos"
  3. "If I Can't Have You, No One Will"
  4. "Soldier Of Metal"
  5. "Turn It Up"
  6. "Blood, Sweat And Rock 'N' Roll"
  7. "Don't Break My Heart Again"
  8. "Love's Gone To Hell"
  9. "Freunde Fürs Leben"
  10. "Backstage To Heaven"
  11. "Be Strong" (bonus track)
  12. "Black Ballad" (bonus track)
  13. "Bring My Hero Back Home Again" (bonus track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: TF Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Ferda Imperial IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Pour: The Ferda pours a clear golden-amber with a huge, thin, but sustaining, frothy white head displaying sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is full of juicy citrus and tropical fruit, floral, earthy, and sweet malt notes.  There are aromas of pineapple juice, grapefruit, nectarine, melon, pine resin, grassy hops, honey, mountain wild flowers, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Ferda 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, pine, bitter herbs, crackery biscuit, and a hint of wild flower honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Ferda is crisp, dry, and juicy with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The TF Brewing Ferda is bold, hop-forward, and punchy brew, which makes it a great pairing to the one and only Doro, the Queen of Heavy Metal!  The complex and wonderfully tasty flavors of the Ferda work wonderfully well with the beautifully raspy vocals of Doro, the soaring guitars of Mass and Princiotta, the meaty bass of Douglas, and the thunderous drums of Dee!
Prost and hails!!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11th, 2018 - 90 Minutes Of Haunting The Chapel

Good morning and happy Sunday evildoers!  The Meista here today going to metal church and getting aggressive and heavy with Slayer's "Haunting The Chapel" EP and a 90 Minute Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Slayer
  • Title: "Haunting The Chapel"
  • Recorded: 1984 at Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California
  • Release date: June 1984
  • Record company: Metal Blade Records
  • Production: Brian Slagel
  • Album cover art: Vince Gutierrez
  • Personnel: Tom Araya (bass and lead vocals), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), Kerry King (guitars), and Dave Lombardo (drums)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: Raw, fiery fast, and aggressive as hell, Slayer's "Haunting The Chapel" EP is a genre-defining gem of an album that furthered the band's musical importance, appeal, and influence a hundredfold!  
  • Major themes: War, violence, evil, destruction, sin, darkness, death, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Chemical Warfare"
  2. "Captor Of Sin"
  3. "Haunting The Chapel"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Company (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: 90 Minute Imperial IPA
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA) / Double IPA (DIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBUs: 90
  • Pour: The 90 Minute Imperial IPA pours a hazy, golden-orange hue with a thick and frothy 1+ finger, off-white head with great retention and lots of intricate, layered, spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, dank, floral, sweet, and malty.  There are aromas of pine resin, brandy, tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit rind, bready malt, wild flowers, light honey, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the 90 Minute Imperial IPA is very hop-forward with lots bitterness, citrus, and dank earth, but there's also a lot of sweet malt and dark fruit flavor as well.  There are notes orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine,  pine, black tea, bitter herbs, brandy, sweet caramel, rum raisin, and fruitcake.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the 90 Minute Imperial IPA is crisp, sticky, thick and very hoppy with a dry, bitter, and sweet finish.
Overall pairing: The Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA is a bold, sweet, and aggressive brew... a bit of an ass-kicker!  And when you are banging your head to Slayer, you definitely want an ass-kicking brew to egg you on!  The 90 Minute Imperial IPA is an aggressive, yet smooth brew, which is great for the both melodic and brutally intense nature of Slayer's music!
Cheers and hails!!  Raise those horns and raise those pints to the mighty SLAYER!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 10th, 2018 - The Tumbleweed Blows Northward

Good evening friends!  The Meista here getting tonight rocking out to a pairing of Northward's debut, self-title album and a Tumbleweed IPA from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Northward
  • Title: "Northward"
  • Recorded: 2018
  • Release date: October 19th, 2018 (1st studio album by Northward)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Northward
  • Album cover art: Hannes van Dahl and Chris Rörland
  • Personnel: Floor Jansen (vocals) and Jørn Viggo Lofstad (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Morty Black (bass), Irene Jansen (co-lead vocals on "Drifting Islands"), Stian Kristoffersen (drums), Jango Nilsen (drums), and Ronny Tegner (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Upbeat, totally engaging, and fun as hell, Northward's sound is straight forward, fist pumping, rockin' joy!  Jansen's powerful and beautiful vocals are mesmerizing, inspiring, and explosive, and Lofstad's guitars are powerful, edgy, fiery, and soaring!
  • Major themes: Love, revenge, pain, lust, rebellion, relationships, life, second chances, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "While Love Died"
  2. "Get What You Give"
  3. "Storm In A Glass"
  4. "Drifting Islands"
  5. "Paragon"
  6. "Let Me Out"
  7. "Big Boy"
  8. "Timebomb"
  9. "Bridle Passion"
  10. "I Need"
  11. "Northwards"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Lewis & Clark Brewing Company (Helena, Montana)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Tumbleweed IPA
  • Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • IBUs: 68
  • Ingredients: Cascade and Centennial hops
  • Pour: The Tumbleweed IPA pours a slightly hazy deep copper-amber with a half finger, off-white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, fruity, and hoppy.  There are aromas of sweet berries, herbal tea, orange zest, grapefruit, and a hint of pine resin.
  • Taste: The taste of the Tumbleweed IPA is hoppy, bitter, and malty.  There are notes of malted barley, black tea, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, bitter herbs, sweet biscuit, and caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Tumbleweed IPA is crisp, bitter, yet smooth with a dry, bittersweet finish.
Overall pairing: The Tumbleweed IPA from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company is a punchy, yet very drinkable brew... great for the wonderfully entertaining and fiery rock and roll stylings of Northward!  The hoppy elements work great with Jansen's amazing vocals while the malty backbone is great for thunderous musical prowess of the band!
Proost... Gezondheid!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

November 9th, 2018 - Volume 4 Of The Iron Age

Good evening evildoers!  The Meista here getting heavy with Black Sabbath's classic masterpiece "Vol 4" and a delicious Iron Age Oatmeal Stout from Talisman Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Black Sabbath
  • Title: "Vol 4"
  • Recorded: May 1972 at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: September 25th, 1972 (4th studio album by Black Sabbath)
  • Record company: Vertigo Records
  • Production: Tony Iommi and Patrick Meehan
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Geezer Butler (bass guitar and mellotron), Tony Iommi (guitars, piano, and mellotron), Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), and Bill Ward (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock
  • Sound: More experimental and more melancholy in both the lyrical content and the overall feel of the album, "Vol 4" is a wonderfully rich, diverse, and compelling musical journey!  The signature heavy, doomy sound is there ("Tomorrow's Dream", "Snowblind", "Supernaut", etc.), but there is also some wonderfully mellow and vulnerable pieces ("Laguna Sunrise", "Changes").
  • Major themes: Isolation, loss, divorce, pain, cocaine, darkness, alienation, confusion, reality vs. illusion, etc.
  • Notes: The album's original title was "Snowblind", but Vertigo's executives were nervous about the obvious drug reference and convinced the band to change the title.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Wheels of Confusion" (including "The Straightener")
  2. "Tomorrow's Dream"
  3. "Changes"
  4. "FX"
  5. "Supernaut"
  6. "Snowblind"
  7. "Cornucopia"
  8. "Laguna Sunrise"
  9. "St. Vitus Dance"
  10. "Under The Sun" (including "Every Day Comes And Goes")

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Iron Age Oatmeal Stout
  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBUs: 35
  • Pour: The Iron Age pours a deep mahogany brown (almost black) with a creamy and thick light mocha head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is roasty, chocolatey, earthy, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of roasted coffee beans, fresh cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, and light toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Iron Age is roasty, toasty, sweet, chocolatey, nutty, and rich.  There are notes of creamy oats, dark and milk chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, cream, light marshmallow, walnut, hazelnut, and caramel/toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick, creamy, velvety smooth, and with a dry, slightly sweet finish.
Overall pairing: The classic sound of Black Sabbath's "Vol 4" requires a brew with depth, complexity, and something rather dark!  The Iron Age Oatmeal Stout from Talisman Brewing Company definitely fits that bill!  With its rich texture and earthy aromas and flavors, the Iron Age is perfect for the heaviness, melancholia, and dark beauty of "Vol 4"!
Cheers!!  HAILS!!

November 9th , 2018 - Flesh & Blood, Violence & Force

Hello and happy Friday rivet heads and hopheads!  The Meista here today rocking the hell out to a pairing of "Violence & Force", Exciter's sophomore album and a Flesh & Blood IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Exciter
  • Title: "Violence & Force" 
  • Recorded: November 1983 at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York,
  • Release date: February 1984 (2nd studio album by Exciter)
  • Record company: Megaforce Records
  • Production: Carl Canedy and Jon Zazula
  • Album cover art: Andy Brown
  • Personnel: Dan Beehler (drums and lead vocals), Allan Johnson (bass and backing vocals), and John Ricci (guitars and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, speed metal, thrash metal
  • Sound: 1980s speed metal at its finest, the sound on Exciter's "Violence & Forces" is fiery fast, furious, and pure, high-octane thrashing metal!  With influence from fellow Canadians Anvil along with Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Raven, this is classic, straight-forward, in-your-face fun!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, violence, power, heavy metal, terror, rebellion, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Oblivion"
  2. "Violence & Force"
  3. "Scream In The Night"
  4. "Pounding Metal"
  5. "Evil Sinner"
  6. "Destructor"
  7. "Swords Of Darkness"
  8. "Delivering To The Master"
  9. "Saxons Of The Fire"
  10. "War Is Hell"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Flesh & Blood IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 45
  • Pour: The Flesh & Blood pours a fairly clear deep copper-amber with a frothy, 2-finger off-white head with great retention and lots of sticky, sudsy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, earthy, dank, and herbal.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, lemon, mango, herbal tea, minerals, light pine resin, and fresh herbs.
  • Taste: The taste of the Flesh & Blood is citrusy, zesty, and slightly tart.  There are notes of grapefruit juice and rind, orange zest and pith, black tea, lemon, a hint of pine.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Flesh & Blood is juicy, smooth, and slightly tart with a dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Blood & Flesh IPA is a hop-forward, punchy, aggressive brew that is totally crushable... perfect for the metal onslaught that is Exciter's kickass "Violence & Force"!  I can't think of anything better than a crisp and citrusy IPA (or 3) to throw back whilst pumping your fist and banging your head to these bad asses!  'Nuff said!
Cheers and hails!!