Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27th, 2013 - Once Upon A Kilt

This pairing goes out to my drinkin' sista from another mista, Deb over at Two Drunk Ladies ( HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEB!!!  Cheers to you!!  Age: 20-what this year?  Today I'm pairing a Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Brewing Company and Simple Minds' 1985 album, "Once Upon A Time."  (Which I purchased on cassette in '85 at (sadly long-gone) Toad Tape record store in my hometown of Ogden, Utah!)

The Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Brewing Company is a Scotch Ale brewed in the traditional style... meaning it is a strong ale, also known as "Wee Heavy" with a deep copper color and a sweeter, more fuller-bodied flavor... and of course, higher in alcohol, with very pronounced malty, sweet caramel, and roasted malt flavors.  The Kilt Lifter's nose is malty, woody, and a bit smoky.  There are notes of baked bread, sweet caramel, and hints of peat.  Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, the Kilt Lifter's flavors are a combination of sweet and smoky with some woody and nutty notes as well.  Flavors of caramel, toasted bread, black pepper, and lingering herbal flavors abound.  It goes down easy and has a nice dry, grainy finish.

"Once Upon A Time" is complete and utter musical genius through and through!!  I am a hardcore metal head, but I adore this album!  Released in 1985, "Once Upon A Time" is Simple Minds' 7th studio album and would become the band's biggest release in terms of sales and hits.  Characterized by fantastically developed hooks and melodies, driving rhythms, a unique pop sensibility, and Jim Kerr's amazing voice, "Once Upon A Time" is at once a classic pop-rock album.  Songs like the title track, "All The Things She Said," "Ghost Dancing," "Alive And Kicking," "Oh Jungleland," "Sanctify Yourself," and "Come A Long Way" are complex, richly crafted works of art... wonderfully pairing for the malty goodness of the Kilt Lifter!  I've been listening to this album for 28 years and I will never tire of it!


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