Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13th, 2013 - Falling Down On The Upside Of Mount Tam

Good evening!  The Meista here with his bro pairing a Marin Brewing Company Mt. Tam Pale Ale and Soundgarden's 1996 album, "Down On The Upside"! 

Mt. Tam Pale Ale by Marin Brewing Company is made with Pale, Wheat, and Crystal malts along with Cascade, Columbus, and Amarillo hops, giving this ale a very balanced flavor.  The Mt. Tam Pale Ale pours a hazy penny copper amber with a 1-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.  The nose is malty, piney, and subtle toffee.  Similar to the nose, the flavor is rather malty, but with a good amount of pine and cedar woodsiness.   There are also sweet notes of caramel and toffee towards the back of the tongue.  It finishes clean and crisp.  Overall, a very good, very solid beer.

Speaking of very good and very solid, "Down On The Upside" by Soundgarden was released on May 1st, 1996.  The album was recorded November 1995 to February 1996 at Studio Litho (owned by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard) and Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, WA.  Like the bitter flavors and biting hops from the Cascade and Columbus hops, "Down On The Upside" is an emotionally aggressive album combining indie pop with Sabbath-esque doom metal.  Songs like "Pretty Noose," "Zero Chance," "Dusty," "Ty Cobb," "Blow Up The Outside World," "Burden In My Hand" "Never The Machine Forever," "Tighter & Tighter," "No Attention," An Unkind," and "Boot Camp" are driving, melodic, honest, and intense!   Chris Cornell's vocals, guitar, mandolin, and mandola playing is dynamic, raw, and wonderfully rich!  Kim Thayil's guitar work is complex and multi-layered.  Ben Shepherd's bass work coupled by Matt Cameron's drums and percussion is a thunderous, sludgy monster of sound.

Check out Marin Brewing Company at and get yourself a copy of "Down On The Upside"... you won't regret it!!


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