Friday, January 8, 2016

Janaury 8th, 2016 - Coming Somewhere With A Winter Wheat

Good evening!  The Meista here with another pairing for you tonight: "Come Somewhere", the debut solo album by King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill and an Anchor Winter Wheat from Anchor Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Jerry Gaskill
  • Title: "Come Somewhere"
  • Recorded: 2004 at Alien Beans Studio                     
  • Release date: April 27th, 2004 (debut solo album by Jerry Gaskill)
  • Record company: InsideOut Records 
  • Production: Ty Tabor
  • Album cover art: Jerrimy Gaskill (photography) and Thomas Everhard (graphics)
  • Personnel: Jerry Gaskill (vocals, drums, acoustic and electric guitars) with Ty Tabor (acoustic, electric, and bass guitars and keyboards)
  • Musical style: Rock, hard rock, progressive rock, power pop
  • Sound: Steeped in a classic rock sound (somewhat Beatles-esque), the sound on Gaskill's "Coming Somewhere" is full of great hooks, riffs, emotion, and a unique honesty with a strong rock and roll sensibility... really quite brilliant!
  • Major themes: Relationships, love, sex, loss, divorce, loneliness, pain, isolation, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "The Kids"
  2. "She's Cool"
  3. "Johnny's Song"
  4. "No Love"
  5. "L.A. Flight"
  6. "Faulty Start"
  7. "All The Way Home"
  8. "Crazy"
  9. "Garden Stroll"
  10. "Walk Alone"
  11. "Every Day"
  12. "Gallop"
  13. "Hello Mrs."
  14. "I Saw You Yesterday"
  15. "Face The Day"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
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  • Brew: Anchor Winter Wheat
  • Style: American Dark Wheat Ale / Winter Warmer
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Ingredients: Northern Brewer hops with a blend of 2-row pale barley malt, Belgian roasted wheat malt, German pale spring wheat malt, "Midnight" and hard red wheat malts from the Midwest, and unmalted soft red winter wheat from a local biodynamic farm
  • Pour: Deep, opaque ebony with a thin, creamy mocha head that leaves a thin, trace ring and no lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by roasty, toasty, malty, and dark fruit aromas with a subtle hint of smokiness.  There are notes of roasted barley, toasted bread, hazelnut, walnut, plum,  prune, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the flavor of the Anchor Winter Wheat is a very roasty, toasty, malty, earthy, and fruity.  There are notes of chocolate malt, roasted barley, wheat bread, plum, black cherries, hints of bitter dark chocolate, and burnt toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter, but fairly clean finish.
Overall pairing: The rich, robust flavors found in a bottle of Anchor Brewing Company's Anchor Winter Wheat are the perfect companion to the brooding, honest (sometimes brutally so), complex, yet very listenable "Come Somewhere" by the amazingly talented Jerry Gaskill!  Those bold and hearty malt notes really enhance the rich song structure while the bitterness is right on par with the lyrical subject matter!


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