Monday, September 17, 2018

September 17th, 2018 - The News Of The World In 60 Minutes

Good evening hop freaks and hard rockers!  The Meista here tonight pairing Queen's classic "News Of The World" with a 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Company!  This pairing goes out to Susan for her birthday... cheers and happy birthday Susan!!  Love you!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Queen
  • Title: "News Of The World"
  • Recorded: July through September 1977 at Sam West Studios and Wessex Studios in London, England
  • Release date: October 28th, 1977 (6th studio album by Queen)
  • Record company: EMI / Elektra
  • Production: Queen and Mike Stone
  • Album cover art: Frank Kelly Freas
  • Personnel: John Deacon (bass guitar and acoustic guitar), Brian May (electric guitars, acoustic guitars, maracas, lead vocals on tracks 4 and 8, and backing vocals), Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, and cowbell), and Roger Taylor (drums, percussion, additional electric guitar, additional bass guitar, lead vocals on track 6, and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, progressive rock, arena rock
  • Sound: Reacting to the punk rock movement, the tracks on "News Of The World" are less symphonic and more minimalistic (for Queen).  The album as a whole is anthemic, hard-hitting, and aggressive, yet still displays the complexities, musical prowess, and brilliance of the band! 
  • Major themes and subjects: Rock and roll, power, might, rag-to-riches, sexuality, lust, life, the death of a pet cat, sorrow, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "We Will Rock You"
  2. "We Are The Champions"
  3. "Sheer Heart Attack"
  4. "All Dead, All Dead"
  5. "Spread Your Wings"
  6. "Fight From The Inside"
  7. "Get Down, Make Love"
  8. "Sleeping On The Sidewalk"
  9. "Who Needs You"
  10. "It's Late"
  11. "My Melancholy Blues"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Company (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: 60 Minute IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Pour: The 60 Minute IPA pours a very hazy golden-orange amber with an 1-finger, off-white foamy head with good lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very hop-forward with citrusy, tangy, and piney characteristics.  There are aromas of tangerine, pink grapefruit juice, pine resin, cedar, sweet malt, and burnt toffee.
  • Taste: Well-balanced, the taste of the 60 Minute IPA is very hoppy (citrusy and piney), herbal, earthy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine, black tea, light biscuity grains, and sweet caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet oily with a dry, and slightly bitter finish that lingers.
Overall pairing: The punchy, hop-forward bite of Dogfish Head's flagship 60 Minute IPA is perfect for the bombastic, heavy-duty rock and roll explosion that is Queen's classic "News Of the World"!  


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