Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16th, 2018 - The Vengeful Spirit Falls

Hello and happy Friday my friends!  Let's get the weekend started off right with a pairing of the Vengeful Spirit IPA from Stone Brewing Company and "Vengeance Falls" by Trivium!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Trivium
  • Title: "Vengeance Falls"
  • Recorded: February through March 2013 at DMD Productions in Austin, Texas
  • Release date: October 10th, 2013 (6th studio album by Trivium)
  • Record company: Roadrunner Records
  • Production: David Draiman
  • Album cover art: Brent Elliot White
  • Personnel: Nick Augusto (drums and percussion), Cory Beaulieu (lead guitar and backing vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Matt Heafy (rhythm guitar and lead vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, melodic metalcore, heavy metal
  • Sound: Heavy, aggressive, but more melodic than previous albums, with "Vengeance Falls", Trivium further displays their talent for soaring riffs, blazing solos, and  (for better or worse) that they are taking the mantel of thrash metal from Metallica!
  • Major themes: Strife, pain, power, aggression, destruction, war, violence, vengeance, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Brave This Storm"
  2. "Vengeance Falls"
  3. "Strife"
  4. "No Way To Heal"
  5. "To Believe"
  6. "At The End Of This War"
  7. "Through Blood And Dirt And Bone"
  8. "Villainy Thrives"
  9. "Incineration: The Broken World"
  10. "Wake (The End Is Nigh)"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Vengeful Spirit IPA 
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.3% 
  • IBUs: 57
  • Ingredients: Herkules, Mosaic, Loral, and Mandarina Bavaria hops with pineapple and Mandarin oranges
  • Pour: The Vengeful Spirit IPA pours a hazy bronze-orange with fine bubbles, a frothy, bright white 1+ finger head with good sustain, and lots of layered spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, earthy, hoppy, and sweet.  There are aromas of citrus (orange, tangerine, and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), light pine resin, bready dough, and subtle sweet toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Vengeful Spirit IPA is characterized by lots of citrus and tropical fruit, dank earthiness, and sweet malt.  There are notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit, melon, mango, light pine, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Vengeful Spirit IPA is crisp, citrusy, smooth, and slightly punchy with a mildly bitter and dry finish.

Overall pairing: The Vengeful Spirit IPA from Stone Brewing is a punchy, easy-drinking, yet complex and delicious brew... perfect for the metal onslaught that is Trivium's "Vengeance Falls"!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14th, 2018 - Accelerating On My Wheels Of Steel

Hello and happy hump day my friends!  The Meista here with a pairing of a delicious Accelerator IPA from 2 Row Brewing and the classic, kickass "Wheels Of Steel" by the mighty Saxon!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Saxon
  • Title: "Wheels Of Steel" (2009 Digital Remastered Version)
  • Recorded: February 1980 at Ramport Studios in London, England
  • Release date: May 5th, 1980 (2nd studio album by Saxon)
  • Record company: Carrere Records
  • Production: Pete Hinton and Saxon
  • Album cover art: ? 
  • Personnel: Biff Byford (vocals), Steve Dawson (bass guitar), Pete Gill (drums), Graham Oliver (guitars), and Paul Quinn (guitars)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock, proto-speed metal
  • Sound: Not only an essential Saxon album, but an essential NWOBHM album... actually an essential metal album!  "Wheels Of Steel" is solid heavy-duty rock and roll!  It is dramatic, fiery, fast-paced, rhythmic, and engaging!
  • Major themes: Motorcycles, biker culture, speed, power, an emergency landing, fear, aggression, life in the fast lane, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Motorcycle Man"
  2. "Stand Up And Be Counted"
  3. "747 (Strangers In The Night)"
  4. "Wheels Of Steel"
  5. "Freeway Mad"
  6. "See The Light Shining"
  7. "Street Fighting Gang"
  8. "Suzie Hold On"
  9. "Machine Gun"
  10. "Suzie Hold On" (1980 Demo)
  11. "Wheels Of Steel" (1980 Demo)
  12. "Stallions Of The Highway" (Live B-Side)
  13. "Motorcycle Man" (Live at Donington 1980)
  14. "Freeway Mad" (Live at Donington 1980)
  15. "Wheels Of Steel" (Live at Donington 1980)
  16. "747 (Strangers In The Night)" (Live at Donington 1980)
  17. "Machine Gun" (Live at Donington 1980)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Accelerator IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.0% 
  • Pour: The Accelerator IPA pours a hazy, orange-gold with a 1+ finger, bright white head, frothy and creamy head with good sustain and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, earthy, hoppy, and sweet.  There are aromas of citrus (orange zest, tangerine, and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit (mango, melon, and pineapple), light pine resin, bready dough, and toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Accelerator IPA is characterized by lots of citrus and tropical fruit, dank earthiness, bitter herbs, and sweet malt.  There are notes of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit, orange juice and zest, tangerine, melon, mango, light pine, black tea, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Accelerator is very juicy, crisp, smooth, and slightly punchy with a mildly bitter and dry finish.

Overall pairing: The Accelerator IPA from the fine folks at 2 Row is a bold, attention-demanding brew with lots of great flavors and aromas, and it is wonderfully refreshing... perfect for the metal might and brilliance of Saxon's quintessential "Wheels Of Steel"!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28th, 2018 - Eletric Shocker!

Good afternoon!  The Meista here today pairing "Electric" by The Cult and a Hop Shocker IIPA from Melvin Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Cult
  • Title: "Electric"
  • Recorded: Summer and fall 1986 at Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, England
  • Release date: April 6th, 1987 (3rd studio album by The Cult)
  • Record company: Beggars Banquet / Sire Records
  • Production: Rick Ruben and George Drakoulias
  • Album cover art: Peter Anderson (photography), Keith Breeden (design and illustration), and Tony Mottram (photography)
  • Personnel: Ian Astbury (vocals, tambourine, and trombone), Billy Duffy (rhythm and lead guitars), Jamie Stewart (bass), and Les Warner (drums)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, alternative rock, heavy blues rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Abandoning their gothic rock sound, on "Electric", The Cult reimagined themselves and embraced a harder edge with a guitar-driven, straight-forward, stripped-down approach to writing and performance.  Duffy's guitar work is reminiscent of the Young brothers of AC/DC and Astbury channels the ghost of Jim Morrison.
  • Major themes: Love, desire, sex, peace, rebellion, rock and roll, greed, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Wild Flower"
  2. "Peace Dog"
  3. "Lil' Devil"
  4. "Aphrodisiac Jacket"
  5. "Electric Ocean"
  6. "Bad Fun"
  7. "King Contrary Man"
  8. "Love Removal Machine"
  9. "Born To Be Wild (Mars Bonfire)"
  10. "Outlaw"
  11. "Memphis Hip Shake"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Melvin Brewing Company (Alpine, Wyoming)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hop Shocker IIPA
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.0% 
  • IBUs: 95
  • Ingredients: Mosaic and Simcoe hops
  • Pour: The Hop Shocker IIPA pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy, 2-finger, white head with great sustain and lot of intricate, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very hop forward and aromatic with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, floral, and light pine.  There are aromas of orange juice and peel, fresh grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, wild flowers, pine resin, and subtle caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hop Shocker IIPA is like the nose... lots of citrus (grapefruit and orange), tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), pine, herbal tea, floral hops, caramely malt, and light spices.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and punchy with a clean, dry, bitter finish.

Overall pairing: Melvin's Hop Shocker IIPA is a punchy and bright IIPA that embodies the rock and roll crunch of The Cult's "Electric"!  The bright, citrusy notes go great with Duffy's soaring guitars, while the bitter, more earthy notes are great for the rhythm section and Astbury's aggressive power!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 26th, 2018 - Point Of Entry For The Tangerine Express

Good evening metal heads and hopheads!  The Meista here tonight rocking the hell out to Judas Priest's classic "Point Of Entry" album (which is 37 years old today!) and a Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing Company!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Judas Priest
  • Title: "Point Of Entry"
  • Recorded: October through November 1980 at Ibiza Studios in Ibiza, Spain
  • Release date: February 26th, 1981 (7th studio album by Judas Priest)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Judas Priest and Tom Allom 
  • Album cover art: John Berg
  • Personnel: K.K. Downing (guitars), Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Dave Holland (drums), and Glenn Tipton (guitars)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal
  • Sound: Characterized by speed-metal pace drumming by Dave Holland, thunderstorm bass thumping by Ian Hill, the screaming dual guitars brilliance of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, and the pitch perfect, spit-fire fast vocals of Rob Halford, "Point Of Entry" is unadulterated, high-adrenaline hard rocking metal onslaught in its purest form!  With songs like "Heading Out On the Highway," "Desert Plains," Turning Circles," and "On The Run,"!   "Don't Go," "Solar Angels," "You Say Yes," "All The Way," "Troubleshooter," and my favorite on the album, the fast-paced rocker "Hot Rockin'" are all monster gems in their own right!
  • Major themes: There's an open road, driving and rocking thematic thread throughout the album... definitely great traveling music!  Themes include solitude, isolation, power, frustration, honesty, etc.
  • Notes: Although this album may not be as commercially successful as their two previous albums and subsequent follow-up albums, it is one of my all-time favorite metal albums!  Of the album, one of the band members once stated, "Recorded on the island of Ibiza with multiple distractions, glorious sunshine, and extremely low cost alcohol, this album was regarded with mixed feelings because it was different from what people expected. The album was nearly all spontaneously written and performed in Ibiza - it was an experiment in the sense that before this we had already written the majority of the songs before going into the studio."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Heading Out To The Highway"
  2. "Don't Go"
  3. "Hot Rockin'"
  4. "Turning Circles"
  5. "Desert Plains"
  6. "Solar Angels"
  7. "You Say Yes"
  8. "All The Way"
  9. "Troubleshooter"
  10. "On The Run"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Tangerine Express IPA (formerly known as Mixtape Ale Vol 13)
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can 
  • ABV: 6.7% 
  • IBUs: 75
  • Ingredients: Citra, Centennial, Sterling, Azacca, and Mosiac hops with tangerine and pineapple puree
  • Pour: The Tangerine Express pours a very hazy bronze-orange hue with bright white, half-finger, frothy head that dissipates to the thin ring with soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is tropical, citrusy, sweet, and earthy.  It smells like an Orange Crush!  There are aromas of fresh tangerine, orange juice, orange peel, pineapple, mango, light grapefruit, and guava along with light grains and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Tangerine Express follows the nose with great citrus, tropical fruit, hoppy, and lightly earthy and malty flavors.  There are notes of fresh squeezed tangerine juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, mango, grapefruit rind, bitter herbs, light grain, and a peppery finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, prickly, sharp, and slightly bitter with a very dry finish.

Overall pairing: The Stone Tangerine Express IPA is a bright, fruity, yet bitter punch of a brew, which is perfect for the heavy metal perfection that is Judas Priest's brilliant "Point Of Entry"!I'm still baffled as to why this album was not as well-accepted by Priest fans as other efforts.  It. Kicks. Ass!!

Cheers and hails!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February 24th, 2018 - Sliding Into A Double IPA

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing a Double IPA from Kiitos Brewing Company and Whitesnake's "Slide It In"!  Hails yeah!!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Whitesnake
  • Title: "Slide It In"
  • Recorded: 1983 at Musicland Studios is Munich, Germany
  • Release date: January 1984 (6th studio album)
  • Record company: Geffen / Warner Bros.
  • Production: Martin Birch
  • Album cover art: Manfred Brey
  • Personnel: David Coverdale (vocals, piano, and percussion), Mel Galley (slide, rhythm, and lead guitars and backing vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Neil Murray (bass), Cozy Powell (drums), and John Sykes (rhythm and lead guitars)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, heavy blues rock
  • Sound: This is straight-ahead hard rockin' goodness!  Richly textured, aggressive as hell with  sexually charged guitar work, bass work, and drumming... this is rock and roll perfection!!
  • Major themes: Sexuality, desire, lust, love, loss, despair, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Slide It In"
  2. "Slow An' Easy"
  3. "Love Ain't No Stranger"
  4. "All Or Nothing"
  5. "Gambler"
  6. "Guilty Of Love"
  7. "Hungry For Love"
  8. "Give Me More Time"
  9. "Spit It Out"
  10. 'Standing In The Shadow"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Kiitos Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Kiitos Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBUs: 75
  • Pour: The Kiitos Double IPA pours a hazy bronze-gold with 1-finger, bright white, firm head with good retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very hop-forward with citrusy, earthy, malty and herbal scents.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, pine resin, black tea, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Kiitos Double IPA is citrusy, earthy, herbal, and malty with aggressive bitterness.  There are notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, black tea, bitter herbs, and sweet toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied in body and well carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with a dry, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Kiitos Double IPA is a complex, bold, and aggressive brew... perfect for the hard-rockin' punch of Whitesnake's amazing "Slide It In" album!  'Nuff said!

Raise your fists!!  Cheers rockers!!

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23rd, 2018 - Chelsea's Abyss

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  The Meista here today on this cold, snowy day getting dark and brooding with a pairing of Chelsea Wolfe's "Abyss" and The Abyss (Rum Barrel-Aged) from Deschutes Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Chelsea Wolfe
  • Title: "Abyss"
  • Recorded: 2015 at Elmwood Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas
  • Release date: August 7th, 2015 (4th studio album by Chelsea Wolfe)
  • Record company: Sargent House Records
  • Production: John Congleton and Chelsea Wolfe
  • Album cover art: Henrik Uldalen
  • Personnel: Chelsea Wolf (vocals, bass, guitar, and piano) with Ezra Buchla (viola and vocals), Ben Chisholm (bass, guitar, keyboards, piano, and programming), Dylan Fujioka (drums), D.H. Phillips (lap steel guitar), and Mike Sullivan (guitar)
  • Musical style: Darkwave, folk gothic, electronic noise rock with elements of doom metal, industrial, goth rock, and alternative rock
  • Sound: Dark and dramatic, "Abyss" is an emotionally powerful, bleakly mesmerizing album of sheer brilliance!  Wolfe's vocals are hauntingly beautiful, honest, and intense!   
  • Major themes: Death, life, love, loss, pain, isolation, darkness, dreams, the subconscious, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Carrion Flowers"
  2. "Iron Moon"
  3. "Dragged Out"
  4. "Maw"
  5. "Grey Days"
  6. "After The Fall"
  7. "Crazy Love"
  8. "Simple Death"
  9. "Survive"
  10. "Color Of Blood"
  11. "The Abyss"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: The Abyss (Rum Barrel-Aged) 
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 25 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 14.1%      
  • IBUs: 80
  • Ingredients: Pale, Black, Chocolate, Black Barley, Roasted Barley, and Wheat malts, Millennium, Nugget, Styrian, German Northern Brewer hops, and Blackstrap Molasses,  brewer's licorice, vanilla beans, and cherry bark
  • Pour: The Abyss pours an ink black with a frothy, 1-finger deep mocha head with good sustain and intricate, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is boozy, roasty, earthy, chocolaty, sweet, and herbal.  There are big aromas of spiced rum, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, molasses, and licorice with more subtle aromas of fresh cream, burnt toffee, oak, and espresso.
  • Taste: The taste of The Abyss is boozy, earthy, roasty, chocolaty, and very rich.  There are notes of spiced rum, creamy vanilla, bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee/caramel, molasses, bitter licorice, woody oak, and subtle marshmallow.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very low carbonation, the mouthfeel of The Abyss is thick, velvety, and smooth, but with boozy warming and a very dry, bitter finish.

Overall pairing: In both the name and in the bold, complex, earthy, and boozy aromas and flavors of Deschutes' amazing The Abyss is the perfect brew for the dark, droning, bleak beauty of Chelsea Wolfe's brilliant "Abyss"!  

Cheers!!  Keep it heavy and keep it craft!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17th, 2018 - The Bold Thunderbolt Of A Hop Bullet

Hello headbangers and hopheads!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here rockin' the hell out with Saxon's brilliant new album, "Thunderbolt" and a Hop Bullet Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company!!  Hells fuckin' yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Saxon
  • Title: "Thunderbolt"
  • Recorded: September 2016 through September 2017 at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK
  • Release date: February 2nd, 2018 (22nd album by Saxon)                                   
  • Record company: Silver Lining Music
  • Production: Andy Sneap
  • Album cover art: Paul Raymond Gregory
  • Personnel: Biff Byford (lead vocals), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums), Paul Quinn (guitars), and Doug Scarratt (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Corvin Bahn (keyboards on "Nosferatu (The Vampire's Waltz)"), Seb Byford (backing vocals), Johan Hegg (guest duet vocals on "Predator"), Caleb Quaye (backing vocals), and Tom Witts (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock
  • Sound: Heavy, hard-hitting, yet very melodic and compelling, veteran NWOBHM bad-asses Saxon have released yet another amazing album with "Thunderbolt"!!  I'm not sure if I can put into words how much I adore this album!  As always, the dual guitar work of Quinn and Scarratt soars, slays, !  Carter is a thunder(bolt)ous juggernaut of solid, energetic bass work!  Mr. Glockler is a powerhouse of crashing symbols, stampeding bass drum, and machine gun fire toms and snare!  And Mr. Byford may sound better than he did even in the early albums... seriously, this man's voice IS heavy metal!  
  • Major themes: With songs about Greek and Norse gods, warriors, the wizard Merlin, the vampire Nosferatu, a tribute to Motörhead, and a tribute to roadies, themes on the album include power, war, might, valor, bravery, mythology, lore, honor, rock and roll, etc.
  • Note: The album is dedicated to the late Lemmy Kilmister.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Olympus Rising"
  2. "Thunderbolt"
  3. "The Secret Flight"
  4. "Nosferatu (The Vampire's Waltz)"
  5. "They Played Rock And Roll"
  6. "Predator"
  7. "Sons Of Odin"
  8. "Sniper"
  9. "A Wizard's Tale"
  10. "Speed Merchants"
  11. "Roadie's Song"
  12. "Nosferatu (The Vampire's Waltz)" (raw version)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hop Bullet Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Ingredients: Ale yeast; 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Dextrine, Chocolate, and Acidulated malts; Centennial, Cascade Chinook, and Crystal hops, and Magnum hops and Lupulin dust
  • Pour: The Hop Bullet pours a hazy golden-orange with lots of tiny effervescent bubbles and a bright white, half-finger head with great retention and soapy, intricate, and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, earthy, dank, malty, and slightly fruity.  There are aromas of grapefruit juice and rind, fresh peach, hints of mango and pineapple, subtle pine resin, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hop Bullet is earthy, herbal, citrusy, and grassy.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, pine, black tea, rosemary, grassy hops, burnt toffee, and an ever-so-slight hint of booze.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Hop Bullet is very crisp, smooth, and refreshing with a very dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The punchy, hoppy, complex flavors and aromas of Sierra Nevada's Hop Bullet Double IPA goes great with the straight-forward heavy melt thunder of Saxon's amazing new album, "Thunderbolt"!  They are both bold, they are both engaging, and they are both the real deal!

Cheers!!  Hails Saxon!!