Thursday, August 6, 2015

August 6th, 2015 - Buying A Stairway To Stone Heaven!

Good evening!!  The Meista here pairing the legendary 4th album by hard rock gods Led Zeppelin with a 4-beer flight from Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station rather than a single brew!!  Hell yeah!! 
Album Info:
  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
  • Title: untitled, but commonly referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" (sometime called "Runes" due to the 4 symbols that represent the band members)
  • Recorded: November 1970 through May 1971 at various locations (mostly at Victorian house Headley Grange and Island Records in Basing Street Studios, London)
  • Release date: November 8th, 1971 (4th studio album by Led Zeppelin)
  • Record company: Atlantic Records
  • Production: Jimmy Page and Peter Grant
  • Album cover art: Graphreaks (design coordination) Of the album cover, Robert Plant explained, "It represented the change in the balance which was going on. There was the old countryman and the blocks of flats being knocked down. It was just a way of saying that we should look after the earth, not rape and pillage it.  The cover was supposed to be something that was for other people to savour rather than for me to actually spell everything out, which would make the whole thing rather disappointing on that level of your own personal adventure into the music."
  • Personnel: John "Bonzo" Bonham (drums), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, electric piano, mellotron, mandolin on "Going to California", recorders, EMS VCS 3, and acoustic guitar on "The Battle of Evermore"), Jimmy Page (electric and acoustic guitars, and mandolin on "The Battle of Evermore"), and Robert Plant (lead and overdubbed backing vocals, tambourine, and harmonica on "When the Levee Breaks")
  • Additional musicians: Sandy Denny (vocals on "The Battle of Evermore") and Ian Stewart (piano on "Rock & Roll")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal with elements of folk, and rock and roll
  • Sound: I won't insult your intelligence by even attempting to describe the monster sound on this album.  As "overplayed" as some might say, it definitely stands the test of time and definitely is a masterpiece, a masterpiece in songwriting, performance/execution, and in production!
  • Major themes: There's a lot going on here, but major themes include rock and roll, love, lust, desire, loss, war, etc.
  • Notes: Interesting fact, there actually is a 5th rune symbol on the album that represents guest vocalist Sandy Denny.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Black Dog"
  2. "Rock & Roll"
  3. "The Battle Of Evermore"
  4. "Stairway To Heaven"
  5. "Misty Mountain Hop"
  6. "Four Sticks"
  7. "Going To California"
  8. "When The Levee Breaks"

    Brew Info:
(from left to right in the pic for all bullets below):
  • Brews: Stone Delicious IPA, Stone Liberty Station The Lupulin Loop Amarillo American IPA, Stone Liberty Station Aisha Tyler & Kris Ketcham Stone Cold Fox Chocolate-Orange Black IPA, and Stone Liberty Station/Bridge Road Brewers Red Stone Road
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA) with Lemondrop and El Dorado hops, American IPA With Amarillo hops, Black IPA, and American Amber Ale
  • Serving: 4 ounce samplers off the taps
  • ABV: 7.7%, 7.7%, 7.9%, and 4.8%
  • Pour: The first two pour cloudy shades of golden-amber with bright white heads, the third pours an opaque jet black, and the fourth pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany red.
  • Nose: Both the Delicious and the Lupulin Loop are full of citrusy and piney aromas, the Stone Cold Fox smells like an cream-cicle dipped in bittersweet chocolate, and the Red Stone Road is full of hearty malt and nutty aromas.
  • Taste: all 4 are an explosion of taste - from citrus, mango, and pine to chocolate-orange sticks, to hazelnut, barley, and freshly backed hearty bread
  • Mouthfeel: ranging from light, crisp and malty to medium-bodied and hearty, all the way to sticky and bitter
Overall pairing: Commercially and critically speaking, "Led Zeppelin IV" is one of the greatest rock albums of all time!  As such, it deserves nothing less than the a flight from the amazing folks at Stone Brewing!!  Those bold, balanced, interesting, and well-crafted flavors are perfect for the incredible musical journey that is the one and only "Led Zeppelin IV"!!

Cheers and hails!!  Keep on rockin' my friends!!

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