Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24th, 2016 - That Helles Bock Back In 1984


All right your crazy rock and rollers... your drinking buddy the Meista is here with one more kick-ass pairing for ya tonight!  How's 'bout some classic "1984" Van Halen and a Helles Bock from Bohemian Brewery?  Sounds about right to me!!  Oh, and this pairing goes out to my "little" brother Dain-o as an early birthday present... cheers and happy birthday bro... love ya man!!!  Thanks for the beer!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Van Halen
  • Title: "1984"
  • Recorded: 1983 at 5150 Studios in Studio City, California
    Release date: January 9th, 1984 (6th studio album by Van Halen)
  • Record company: Warner Bros.
  • Production: Ted Templeman
  • Album cover art: Margo Nahas
  • Personnel: Michael Anthony (bass guitar and backing vocals), David Lee Roth (lead vocals), Alex Van Halen (drums and backing vocals), and Eddie Van Halen (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Damn... how do you define the sound on this album?  It is so very '80s, but timeless as well... and that goddamned guitar solo on "I'll Wait"... fucking brilliant!!!
  • Major themes: Sex, rock and roll, attraction, lust, partying, life, love, and gettin' crazy!
  • Notes: So the song "Jump" pretty much defined my early teen years... seriously bad-assery all around!!  Hell, my mom even likes this song!  :)
  • Tracks:   
  1. "1984"
  2. "Jump"
  3. "Panama"
  4. "Top Jimmy"
  5. "Drop Dead Legs"
  6. "Hot For Teacher"
  7. "I'll Wait"
  8. "Girl Gone Bad"
  9. "House Of Pain""
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Bohemian Brewery (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.bohemianbrewery.com/     
  • Brew: Helles Bock
  • Style: Maibock
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.9%
  • IBUs: 33 
  • Ingredients: Pilsener, Vienna, and Munich malts with German hops
  • Pour: The Helles Bock pours a deep golden-red bronze with a thin, frothy white head and lots of effervescence. 
  • Nose: The nose is toasty, fruity, and just slightly hoppy.  There are aromas of spiced apple, pear, caramel, herbs, subtle spices, and a very slight hint of grassy hops.
  • Taste: The taste is like the nose, spicy, fruity, sweet, and malty.  There are notes of apple cider, pear syrup, caramel, sweet breads, hints of cinnamon, and herbs.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing with a clean, mellow finish.
Overall pairing: The wonderful thing about the Helles Bock from Bohemian Brewery is that it is incredibly flavorful, a bit punchy, and sweet.  All elements that I think perfectly describe and pair well with Van Halen's amazing "1984"!

Cheers rockers and rollers!!

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