Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31st, 2015 - Strange Cream And Summer Ale

Good evening!  Your pal the Meista here tonight pairing "Strange Brew: The Very Best Of Cream" by the legendary rock trio supergroup Cream and a Session Cream Summer Ale from Full Sail Brewing Company!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Cream
  • Title: "Strange Brew: The Very Best Of Cream"
  • Recorded: July 1966 through December 1968
  • Release date: 1983
  • Record company: PolyGram Records
  • Production: Robert Starwood and Felix Pappalardi
  • Album cover art: photograph by Jan Persson, design by Green Ink
  • Personnel: Ginger Baker (drums and percussion), Jack Bruce (bass guitar and lead and backing vocals), and Eric Clapton (lead and rhythm guitars and lead and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Acid rock, blues rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Wow... what can you say about the sound of Cream that hasn't already been written or said before??  I think one word sums up the music of Cream... BRILLIANT!!  (And I'm not sure if it even scratches the surface of what they were!)
  • Major themes: Love, politics, mythology, blues, psychedelia, states of emotion, etc. ... the list goes on!
  • Notes: "Strange Brew: The Very Best Of Cream" is a compilation album focusing mainly on the Cream's released singles.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Badge"
  2. "Sunshine Of Your Love"
  3. "Crossroads" (Live)
  4. "White Room"
  5. "Born Under A Bad Sign"
  6. "Swlabr"
  7. "Strange Brew"
  8. "Anyone For Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme)"
  9. "I Feel Free"
  10. "Politician"
  11. "Tales Of Brave Ulysses"
  12. "Spoonful"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Full Sail Brewing Company (Hood River, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Session Cream Summer Ale
  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Serving: 11 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • IBUs: 26
  • Pour: Clear and bubbly golden yellow with a half-finger bright white
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by grain, cracker, light citrus, and herbal hop aromas.  There are notes of cereal grain, biscuit, lemon, lemongrass, herbs, light caramel, and soda.
  • Taste: The flavor of the Session Cream Summer Ale is malty, sweet, grassy, grainy, and lightly fruity.  There are notes of grassy hops, crackery biscuit, fresh bread, light toffee, light apple, and just a hint of pepper in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Session Cream Summer Ale is smooth and easy drinking with a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish.
Overall pairing: The easy drinking disposition of the Session Cream Summer Ale makes for a great evening of kicking back and grooving to the brilliant sounds of the gods known as Cream!  'Nuff said!!


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