Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 15th, 2016 - Candy Apple Grey Gose

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing an Apple Gose from Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch Brewery) with "Candy Apple Grey" by Hüsker Dü!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Hüsker Dü
  • Title: "Candy Apple Grey"
  • Recorded: October 1985 through January 1986
  • Release date: March 1986 (5th studio album by Hüsker Dü) (1969-04-16)
  • Record company: Warner Bros.
  • Production: Bob Mould and Grant Hart
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Grant Hart (drums, vocals, percussion, and keyboards), Bob Mould (guitar, vocals, keyboards, and percussion), and Greg Norton (bass guitar)
  • Musical style: Post punk, alternative rock
  • Sound: Toned down from their earlier hardcore punk sound, "Candy Apple Grey" is still a raw, honest, and powerful album.  The tone is immediately engaging while the hooks... well, they hook you!  Couple this with Mould's emotional and pained vocals... brilliance!   
  • Major themes: Relationships, heartbreak, isolation, introversion, self-examination, pain, suffering, injustice, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Crystal"
  2. "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely"
  3. "I Don't Know For Sure"
  4. "Sorry Somehow"
  5. "Too Far Down"
  6. "Hardly Getting Over It"
  7. "Dead Set On Destruction"
  8. "Eiffel Tower High"
  9. "No Promise Have I Made"
  10. "All This I've Done For You"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Utah Brewers Cooperative (Wasatch Brewery) (Park City, Utah)
  • Website:    
  • Brew: Apple Gose
  • Style: Gose
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: It pours a very cloudy golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white 1+ finger head with good sustain and intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a blend of fruity, salty, sour, and grainy.  There are aromas of freshly cut Granny Smith apples, sea salt, cereal grain, wheat, lemon juice, and wine vinegar. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Wasatch Apple Gose is much like the nose... very tart, fruity, salty, and grainy.  There are notes of salted Granny Smith apple slices, apple juice, lemon juice, sourdough bread, and cereal grain.
  • Mouthfeel: Light in body and well-carbonation, the mouth feel of the is very crisp, tart, salty, very refreshing, with a clean, tart, and dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Apple Gose from Wasatch Brewery is crisp, tart, and tasty brew that goes great with the "mellower" more "radio-friendly" sound of Hüsker Dü on "Candy Apple Grey"!  Those tart, crisp flavors are great for the darker, more pained elements of the lyrics while the refreshing drinkability is perfect for the wonderful melodies!


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