Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6th, 2015 - Modern Times Machine

Good evening!!  Something a little different for you tonight my friends.  The Meista here pairing "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" from legendary prog-rockers Rush with a 4-beer flight from Modern Times Flavordome rather than a single brew!!  Hell yeah!!  Oh, this one goes out to my brother Dain-o... cheers my man!!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland"
  • Recorded: April 15th, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio during the "Time Machine Tour"
  • Release date: November 8th, 2011
  • Record company: Anthem / Roadrunner Records
  • Production: Pegi Cecconi
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (bass, keyboards, pedals), Alex Lifeson (guitars and pedals), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock
  • Sound: Wow, what the hell do you say about the sound of Rush without sounding like a pretentious twit or a complete prat?! 
  • Major themes: Again, what do you say about the vast thematic content from a concert that spans nearly 40 years of brilliance?!  Simply put, the lyrics (mostly written by Peart) encompass all the darkness, light, love, hate, happiness, and sorrow of life!
  • Tracks: 
Disc 1
  1. "The Spirit Of Radio"
  2. "Time Stand Still"
  3. "Presto"
  4. "Stick It Out"
  5. "Workin' Them Angels"
  6. "Leave That Thing Alone"
  7. "Faithless"
  8. "BU2B"
  9. "Free Will"
  10. "Marathon"
  11. "Subdivisions"
  12. "Tom Sawyer"
  13. "Red Barchetta"
  14. "YYZ"
  15. "Limelight"
Disc 2
  1. "The Camera Eye"
  2. "Witch Hunt"
  3. "Vital Signs"
  4. "Caravan"
  5. "Moto Perpetuo"
  6. "O'Malley's Break"
  7. "Closer To The Heart"
  8. "2112 Overture/The Temple of Syrinx"
  9. "Far Cry"
  10. "La Villa Strangiato"
  11. "Working Man"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Modern Times Flavordome (North Park area of San Diego, California)
  • Website:
  • Brews (starting front left and going clockwise from the above photo): Fortunate Islands Hoppy Citrusy Wheat, Lomaland Bright Rustic Saison, Blazing World Hoppy Dank Amber, and Black House Coffee Roasty Stout
  • Style: Wheat India Pale Ale (IPA), Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale, Amber Ale, Oatmeal Coffee Stout
  • Serving: 4 ounce samplers off the taps
  • ABV: 5.0%, 5.5%, 6.8%, and 5.8%
  • IBUs: 46, 30, 85, 40
  • Ingredients:
    • Fortunate Islands: Wheat malt, Two-row Caraviena malt, Amarillo hops, and Citra hops
    • Lomaland: Flaked Corn malt, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt, and Czech Saaz hops
    • Blazing World: Midnight Wheat malt, Munich malt, Two-row malt, Mosaic hops, Nelson, hops, and Simcoe hops
    • Black House: Biscuit malt, Black malt, Crystal 60 malt, Kiln Coffee malt, Oats, Pale Chocolate malt, Roasted Barley malt, Two-row malt, Co2 Extract hops, Ethiopian coffee beans, and Sumatran coffee beans
  • Pour: Ranging from clear golden with a white, thin head to murky yellow with a frothy 2-finger head, to hazy mahogany red with a bright white cap, to opaque ink black with a firm 2-finger mocha head
  • Nose: Ranging from
  • Taste: All 4 are explosions of taste:
    • Fortunate Islands: Crisp, easy-drinking, citrusy hops with a nutty backbone and a clean finish
    • Lomaland: Rustic, crackery, biscuity, lemony, and spicy with some Belgian funk
    • Blazing World: Dank, hoppy, fruity, and nutty with a hearty and bready malt backbone
    • Black House: Bold and roasty dark chocolate-covered espresso beans 
  • Mouthfeel: Ranging from crisp and malty light to medium-bodied all the way to sticky, thick full-bodied creaminess
Overall pairing: The only way to pair anything with the brilliance of Rush live is to go big... and I mean BIG!  I think the Fortunate Islands Hoppy Citrusy Wheat, Lomaland Bright Rustic Saison, Blazing World Hoppy Dank Amber, and Black House Coffee Roasty Stout from Modern Times Beers fits that bill quite appropriately and quite nicely!  The depth and complexity of the flavors along with the very obvious artisan care in crafting these brews is perfectly mirrored in the wonderfully perfect performances found within "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland"!!

Cheers eh, you hosers!!

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