Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28th, 2018 - Agents of Fortune Islands

Good evening and happy Thursday! The Meista here tonight pairing one of my favorite albums, "Agents Of Fortune" by Blue Öyster Cult and a Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale from Modern Times Beer!!  Hell yeah!  This pairing goes out to my childhood buddy Nick, who introduced me to the mighty BÖC with this album when we were kids!  Cheers Gaskill!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
  • Title: "Agents Of Fortune"
  • Recorded: 1975 through 1976 at The Record Plant in New York City, New York
  • Release date: May 21st, 1976 (4th studio album by the Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, and David Lucas
  • Album cover art: Lynn Curlee
  • Personnel: Eric Bloom ("stun" guitar, lead and backing vocals, and percussion), Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, harmonica, guitars, and lead and backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, piano, guitar, and backing vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and lead and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: The Brecker Brothers (horns), David Lucas (additional keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals), and Patti Smith (vocals on "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, proto metal, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Dark, mysterious, and a bit creepy, "Agents Of Fortune" is one of the ultimate 1970s hard rock albums!  It is melodic, heavy, wonderfully written, and perfectly executed!
  • Major themes: With songs about aliens, vampires, a suicide pact, forbidden love, themes on "Agents Of Fortune" include darkness, evil, lust, desire, death, deception, sex, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "This Ain't The Summer Of Love"
  2. "True Confessions"
  3. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  4. "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)"
  5. "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini"
  6. "Sinful Love"
  7. "Tattoo Vampire"
  8. "Morning Final"
  9. "Tenderloin"
  10. "Debbie Denise"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery:  Modern Times Beer (San Diego, California)
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  • Brew: Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale   
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 46
  • Ingredients: Citra and Amarillo hops, Wheat, Two Row, Caramel, and Vienna malts
  • Pour: The Fortunate Islands pours a clear and effervescent golden yellow, but clouds up as it warms.  The head is a frothy, billowy bright white, 1-finger foam with good sustain and lots of intricate and sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, floral and citrusy.  There are aromas of orange juice, orange peel, grapefruit juice, pineapple, peaches, mango, wild flowers, sweet caramel, and bready malt.
  • Taste: The taste of the Fortunate Islands follows the nose and is very citrusy, tropical, and floral.  There are notes of orange juice, pink grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, vegetal hops, wheat, and a hint of caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and a little tart with a dry finish. 

Overall pairing: The crisp, complex, and hop-forward, yet very drinkable flavors of Modern Times' Fortunate Islands Hoppy Tropical Pale Ale is perfect for the electrifying melodies, harmonies, and subject matter found on Blue Öyster Cult's wonderful "Agents Of Fortune" album!

Cheers... and hails!!

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