Good evening! Tonight I'm doing a quick pairing dedicated to good friend and contributing Brews And Tunes writer, Fischbox! I'm pairing Iron Maiden's 1982 single, "Run To The Hills" with its killer b-side, "Total Eclipse" (which was not released on the "Number Of The Beast" album initially - you can find it on the remastered version) with Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Company. Fischbox sent this to me all the way from the U.K. as an x-mas gift. He found it in a " weird basement store" in London. AWESOME!! This one is for you my friend... cheers!!
"Run To The Hills" is hands-down one of the greatest metal songs of all time... especially when played on a record player with the rich sound of vinyl from a 45! The song of course depicts the westward push of early American settlers and the conflict with the Native American Tribes. The song is written from both perspectives: the Native Americans and the white expansionists. And "Total Eclipse," a bit of a rarity, is a fantastic track full of depth and Maiden goodness! Bruce Dickinson's voice is perfection, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray shred the hell out of the song whilst Steve Harris and Clive Burr layer a fantastic metal/tribal rhythm on bass and drums. And how about that great Derek Rigg's album cover art depicting Eddie attacking Satan with a tomahawk?! Love it!!
Brewed with two-row barley malt, wheat, hops, and yeast, the Boulevard Brewing Company Bully! Porter is a solid English-styled American porter. It pours a deep black... as black as Eddie's heart! The nose is rich with notes of black coffee, bourbon, and dark chocolate. The flavor is well-textured with notes of roasted malt, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, and ever so slight notes of toffee and molasses. There's a bit of smokiness to the Bully! Porter as well. It goes down smooth and finishes with a clean, dry, and chocolaty kiss.
Good evening and cheers!!