Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th, 2017 - Trying To Kiss The Sun In The Spring Reign

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing a Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing Company and "Trying To Kiss The Sun" by RPWL!

Album Info:
  • Artist: RPWL
  • Title: "Trying To Kiss The Sun"
  • Recorded: 2001 at Farmlands Studios
  • Release date: July 2nd, 2002 (2nd studio album by RPWL)
  • Record company: Tempus Fugit
  • Production: Yogi Lang
  • Album cover art: Stefan Wittmann
  • Personnel: Stephan Ebner (bass), Yogi Lang (vocals and keyboards), Phil Paul Rissettio (drums), Karlheinz Wallner (guitars), and Andreas Wernthaler (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock
  • Sound: Heavily influenced by Pink Floyd and the Beatles, RPWL's sound is ethereal, somewhat psychedelic, and rather mellow, but with complex song structure and melodies.
  • Major themes: Isolation, life, sadness, relationships, humanity, states of mind, states of being etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Trying To Kiss The Sun"
  2. "Waiting For A Smile"
  3. "I Don't Know (What It's Like)"
  4. "Sugar For The Ape"
  5. "Side By Side"
  6. "You"
  7. "Tell Me Why"
  8. "Believe Me"
  9. "Sunday Morning"
  10. "Home Again"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Spring Reign
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBUs: 38
  • Ingredients: 2-Row Pale, Biscuit, and Kilned Amber malts, and Santiam, Simcoe, and Ahtanum hops
  • Pour: It pours a very hazy golden-amber with 1-fnger, white foamy head with good retention and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is toasty, bready, citrusy, and piney.  There are aromas of toasted biscuit, grains, grassy hops, orange peel, light grapefruit, and light pine resin.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose... lots of bready, citrusy, and piney flavors.  There are notes of toasted bread, sweet biscuit, toffee, light pine, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. 
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel very crisp, refreshing, and smooth with a clean, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The bright, crisp drinkability of the Spring Reign from Ninkasi lends itself perfectly to the mellow, yet intricate grooves of RPWL's great "Trying To Kiss The Sun"!


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