Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2nd, 2016 - Those Grains Of Truth Found In New York

Good afternoon!  The Meista here today pairing Lou Reed's classic "New York" with a Grains Of Truth Harvest Ale from Brewery Ommegang!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Lou Reed
  • Title: "New York"
  • Recorded: May through October 1988 at Media Sound, Studio B in New York City
    Release date: January 10th, 1989 (15th solo album by Lou Reed)
  • Record company: Sire Records
  • Production: Lou Reed and Fred Maher
  • Album cover art: Waring Abbott (photography), Spencer Drate (art direction), and Sylvia Reed (concept and design)
  • Personnel: Lou Reed (lead and backing vocals and guitar) with Fred Maher (drums), Mike Rathke (guitar), and Rob Wasserman (Clevinger electric upright six-string bass)
  • Additional musicians: Dion DiMucci (backing vocals), Jeffrey Lesser (backing vocals), and Maureen Tucker (percussion)
  • Musical style: Rock with elements of folk rock, art rock, and R&B
  • Sound: Simple, basic, straight forward, yet very honest rock sound
  • Major themes: A conceptional album about living in New York City, the album's themes include social criticism, anger, injustice, gender roles, love, lust, life and death, celebrity, political and religious criticism, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Romeo Had Juliette"
  2. "Halloween Parade"
  3. "Dirty Blvd."
  4. "Endless Cycle"
  5. "There Is No Time"
  6. "Last Great American Whale"
  7. "Beginning Of A Great Adventure"
  8. "Busload Of Faith"
  9. "Sick Of You"
  10. "Hold On"
  11. "Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"
  12. "Xmas In February"
  13. "Strawman"
  14. "Dime Store Mystery"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York)
  • Website:    
  • Brew: Grains Of Truth Harvest Ale
  • Style: Bière de Garde  
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Ingredients: Barley, wheat, oats, and rye
  • Pour: The Grains Of Truth pours a bright golden-amber with thick and frothy 2+ finger head that holds its form well and leaves intricate, spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very grainy, toasty, sweet, slightly fruity, and with a hint of hops.  There are aromas of cracked wheat, toasted grains, sweet biscuit, candi sugar, brown sugar, pear, and very subtle floral hops.  
  • Taste: The taste of the Grains Of Truth is very toasty, grainy, malty, fruity, sweet, and lightly hopped.  There are notes of lightly toasted multi-grain bread, biscuit, pear juice, coriander, white pepper, sweet toffee, and floral hops.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a slightly dry and sweet finish.
Overall pairing: Like Lou Reed's brilliant "New York", the Grains Of Truth Harvest Ale from the fine folks at Brewery Ommegang seems simple and straight-forward upon first glance/sip.  And yet, the more you engage, the more complexities surface. 


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