Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14th, 2012 - "Help me, [OB-1]; you're my only hope."

Today's pairing is Snake River Brewery's OB-1 and David Bowie's 2002 album, "Heathen".  Like the 3rd track on the "Heathen" album, "Slip Away," I paired these two for their subtle and rich mellowness, yet with the underlyng intensity.

OB-1 (Organic Beer Number 1) is a (very) English-style, brown ale brewed at the Snake River Brewery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  OB-1 is made from 100% organic ingredients(USDA certified), Teton spring water, and English ale yeast (imported).  The color of the OB-1 is a lovely semi-dark carmel.  The nose is (like the name denotes) organic - earthy and rich with nutty notes.  There is a slight sweetness hidden in there as well.  Like any good English brown, the flavor is subtle initially and a smooth, clean finish with a little hoppy flair at the end.  This isn't my favorite of Snake River's beers, but it is definitely a good, solid brown ale that is sure to please most palettes.. perfect for a mellow Saturday afternoon at home.

Similarily, Bowie's "Heathen" is a very English album from the much loved "changeling".  The album begins with the beautiful and organic "Sunday."  But moves into the bouncier, yet darker cover of the Pixie's "Cactus."  The song "Slow Burn," with Pete Townshend's signanture and haunting guitar tone couples perfectly with the slight smoky and woodsy flavor of the OB-1.  As with the OB-1, "Heathen" is not my favorite Bowie album, but it is a wonderful, solid album from start to finish with some really beautiful and haunting moments ("Heathen (The Rays)") as well as some good, old-fashioned pop/rock ("Afraid" and "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship") ... perfect for a mellow Saturday evening at home.  :)


Learn more about Snake River's OB-1 (along with their other great brews) at

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