Good evening! The Meista is here tonight pairing the self-titled debut album by Crosby, Stills & Nash and a Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company!
- Artist: Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Title: "Crosby, Stills & Nash"
- Recorded: February through March 1969 at Wally Heider's Studio III in Los Angeles, California
- Release date: May 29th, 1969 (first album by Crosby, Stills & Nash)009-02-03)
- Record company: Atlantic Records
- Production: Crosby, Stills & Nash
- Album cover art: Gary Burden (art direction and design) and Henry Diltz (photography)
- Personnel: David Crosby (vocals, rhythm guitar, and acoustic guitar), Graham Nash (vocals, rhythm guitar, and acoustic guitar), Stephen Still (vocals, lead guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion), and Dallas Taylor (drums)
- Additional musicians: Cass Elliot (backing vocals) and Jim Gordon (drums)
- Musical style: Folk rock, rock with elements of blues, country, a touch of jazz, and traditional American folk music
- Sound: Blending folk, blues, country, and rock with social commentary, atmospheric moods, radio-friendly pop melodies, and complex rock structures along with distinct and deep harmonies, the sound on "Crosby, Stills & Nash" is wholly original, heavily influential, transcending, and delightful!
- Major themes: Relationships, love, hope, joy, peace, drugs, beauty, etc.
- "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
- "Marrakesh Express"
- "You Don't Have To Cry"
- "Pre-Road Downs"
- "Wooden Ships"
- "Lady Of The Island"
- "Helplessly Hoping"
- "Long Time Gone"
- "49 Bye-Byes"
- Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado)
- Website: www.newbelgium.com
- Brew: Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale
- Style: Belgian Pale Ale
- Serving: 12 ounce bottle
- ABV: 6.0%
- IBUs: 22
- Ingredients: Buffalo yeast strain from Brouwerij Van Den Bossche, Belgian Chateau Abbey and Cara Ruby malts from Castle Malting, and Belgian Magnum, Saphir, and Target hops
- Pour: It pours a clear, golden-amber with a frothy, but thin white head that leaves good lacing.
- Nose: The nose is a blend of fruit esters, spices, and sweet malts along with more subtle hop notes. There are aromas of banana, bubblegum, cloves, nutmeg, caramel/toffee, bready malt, herbs, and more subtle tropical and citrus fruits.
- Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Side Trip is characterized by those big Belgian fruit esters, spices, and malts. There are notes of soft banana, spicy cloves and nutmeg, a hint of dark fruit (dates and raisins), sweet caramel, toasted bread, and some pink grapefruit and mango in the finish.
- Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth, slightly warming, and crisp with a dry finish.