Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12th, 2016 - The Fine Art Of Surfacing From Sea To Sea

Good evening!  Your pal the Meista here with a mid-week, hump day pairing for ya... !

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Boomtown Rats
  • Title: "The Fine Art Of Surfacing"
  • Recorded: 1979
  • Release date: October 9th, 1979 (3rd album by the Boomtown Rats) (1969-04-16)
  • Record company: Mulligan Records / Columbia Records
  • Production: Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Phil Wainman
  • Album cover art: Fin Costello
  • Personnel: Pete Briquette (bass and backing vocals), Gerry Cott (guitar), Simon Crow (drums and backing vocals), Johnnie Fingers (keyboards and backing vocals), Bob Geldof (lead vocals and saxophone), and Garry Roberts (guitar and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Rock, power pop, new wave, punk rock
  • Sound: Punchy, catchy, sometimes frantic and chaotic, the sound on "The Fine Art Of Surfacing" is pure rock and roll! 
  • Major themes: Life in America, mass shootings, murder, lust, money, greed, superficial materialism, rock and roll, the music industry, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Someone's Looking at You"
  2. "Diamond Smiles"
  3. "Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)"
  4. "Having My Picture Taken"
  5. "Sleep (Fingers' Lullaby)"
  6. "I Don't Like Mondays"
  7. "Nothing Happened Today"
  8. "Keep It Up"
  9. "Nice N Neat"
  10. "When the Night Comes"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Website:   
  • Brew: Sea To Sea Lager
  • Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier 
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • IBUs: 23
  • Ingredients: German Pilsner malts, 2-row barley, Hallertau Mittelfreüh and Czech Saaz hops, and traditional Pilsner yeast
  • Pour: The Sea To Sea pours a bright, golden-yellow with a fizzy, bright white 1-finger head that show good retention and sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by floral hops, toastiness, and citrus.  There are aromas of toasted bread, light malts, wild flowers, lemon zest, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is malty, fruity, and crackery.  There are notes of toasted grains, slightly sweet malts, light caramel, lemon, tangerine, crackery biscuit, and herbs.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, clean, and fizzy with a clean, slightly dry finish.

Overall pairing: 
The light, crisp, yet flavorful character of the Green Flash Sea To Sea Lager is perfect for the poppy, catchy, yet musically challenging and brilliance of the Boomtown Rats' "The Fine Art Of Surfacing"! 


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