Saturday, November 7, 2015

November 7th, 2015 - A Duet With A Horehound

Hello!  The Meista here today pairing "Horehound", the debut album by The Dead Weather and an Alpine Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Dead Weather
  • Title: "Horehound"
  • Recorded: January 2009 at Third Man Studio
    Release date: July 14th, 2009 (debut album by The Dead Weather)
  • Record company: Third Man/Warner Bros.
  • Production: Jack White
  • Album cover art: Rob Jones (design) and David Swanson (photography)
  • Personnel: Dean Fertita (lead guitar, organ, piano, synthesizer, backing vocals, and bass on "Rocking Horse"), Jack Lawrence (bass, backing vocals, and drums on "Will There Be Enough Water", guitar on "Rocking Horse"), Alison Mosshart (lead vocals and guitar on "3 Birds" and "I Cut Like a Buffalo"), and Jack White (drums, vocals, and acoustic guitar on "Will There Be Enough Water")
  • Musical style: Garage rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, power pop
  • Sound: Thick and chunky with all sorts of swampy funk happening, The Dead Weather's "Horehound" is well steeped in 1960s and 1970s garage rock and psychedelia.
  • Major themes: Sexual tension, truth, lies, anger, pain, love, hate, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "60 Feet Tall"
  2. "Hang You From The Heavens"
  3. "I Cut Like A Buffalo"
  4. "So Far From Your Weapon"
  5. "Treat Me Like Your Mother"
  6. "Rocking Horse"
  7. "New Pony"
  8. "Bone House"
  9. "3 Birds"
  10. "No Hassle Tonight"
  11. "Will There Be Enough Water?"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Alpine Beer Company (Alpine, California)
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  • Brew: Alpine Duet
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: Pint off the tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, California
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Ingredients: Crystal malts and Amarillo and Simcoe hops
  • Pour: Hazy pale orange copper with a 1-finger off white head that holds its form well and displays intricate lacing. 
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by big tropical fruit and citrus aromas along with earthy notes and sweet malts.  There are big notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime along with dank pine and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The well-balanced taste of the Alpine Duet combines the dank and citrusy note of the Simcoe hops with the sweeter notes of the Amarillo and Crystal malts.  There are notes of grapefruit, mango, pine, light biscuit, and soft caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth, yet slightly sticky and oily with a slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The punchy and crisp flavors of the Alpine Duet go great with the explosive garage rockin' guitar and drums of The Dead Weather's "Horehound" while those sweeter and fruitier flavors go great with the wonderful vocal performances of Mosshart and White!


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