Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 14th, 2015 - And Presto Chango... A Märzen!

Hello friends!  Your pal the Meista here today pairing a Gordon Biersch Märzen from Gordon Biersch Brewery and "Presto" by Rush!  This one goes out to by little brother, Dain-o... cheers bro!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "Presto"
  • Recorded: Throughout 1989 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto, Ontario
  • Release date: November 21st, 1989 (13th studio album by Rush)
  • Record company: Anthem/Atlantic Records
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, and synthesizers), Alex Lifeson (guitars and backing vocals), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Additional musicians: Rupert Hine (additional keyboards, backing vocals, and production) and Jason Sniderman (additional keyboards)
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Musical style: Progressive rock/metal, hard rock
  • Sound: With "Presto", you find Rush returning to a more rock oriented style, although somewhat poppy.  Of the album, Lee state, "We wanted [Presto] to be more of a singer's album, and I think you'll notice that the arrangements musically support the vocal[s]. . . . Neil's lyrics to me are a lot more heartfelt. Presently, they're experience oriented. I think they deal with living . . . This album was a real reaction against technology in a sense. I was getting sick and tired of working with computers and synthesizers. Fortunately, so was [producer] Rupert [Hine]. . . . We made a pact to stay away from strings, pianos, and organs—to stay away from digital technology. In the end, we couldn't resist using them for colour."
  • Major themes: Of the album's lyrics, Peart stated, "With Presto I took a little looser approach to things. These songs have their own stories and messages without necessarily being linked by some overall theme."  Peart also stated, "Presto doesn't have a thematic message. There is no manifesto, although there are many threads and a strong motif of looking at life today and trying to act inside it."  Although some of the songs deal with heavy issues like suicide and alienation, the album is mostly lighter thematically than previous works.  Other themes also include science, climate change/global warming, truth and honesty, and the critical examination of culture, society, superficial mainstream music, and faith. 
  • Note: Interestingly enough, the title track, "Presto" was never played live during the 1990-91
  • Personal note: I bought "Presto" on cassette tape the day it came out way back in 1989 at the long-gone Toad Tape in Ogden, Utah.  It was the first Rush album I actually purchased with my own money.  That memory always brings a smile to my face.  :)
  • Presto Tour.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Show Don't Tell"
  2. "Chain Lightning"
  3. "The Pass"
  4. "War Paint"
  5. "Scars"
  6. "Presto"
  7. "Superconductor"
  8. "Anagram (For Mongo)"
  9. "Red Tide"
  10. "Hand Over Fist"
  11. "Available Light"
  Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Gordon Biersch Brewery
  • Website:
  • Brew: Gordon Biersch Märzen
  • Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBUs: 18
  • Ingredients: Weihenstephan 34/70 yeast strain, malted barley, and Hallertau hops
  • Pour: The Gordon Biersch Märzen pours a ruby/orange copper with a 2-finger, light tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin ring and subtle lacing.
  • Nose:  The nose is a nice, inviting blend of bready malt aromas, sweet ester notes, and spices.  There are aromas of candied apples, spice bread, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cherry juice, and pear syrup.
  • Taste: Similar to the nose, the flavor is very malty, very spicy, and somewhat fruity.  The spices become more prevalent as the beer warms.  There are notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel apple, honey-wheat bread, toffee, and autumn fruits.
  • Mouthfeel: Lighter effervescence and a light body along with those sweet and bready malts give the  Gordon Biersch Märzen a very smooth and velvety body with a clean, crisp finish.
Overall pairing: The easy going drinkability of the Gordon Biersch Märzen goes great with the more accessible rock and roll sound of "Presto".  The more complex and sweet flavors of the ale work great with depth and artistic integrity that is synonymous with Rush!

 Cheers eh... prost!!

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