Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7th, 2020 - A Fresh BBC Sesh

Hello and happy Friday rockers, rollers, and hop-lovers!  Your pal the Meista here starting off the weekend right with a pairing of the brilliant "BBC Sessions" by giants of the hard rock / proto-metal world, Led Zeppelin and a Fresh Sesh IPA from new Utah brewery Bewilder Brewing Company!! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
  • Title: "BBC Sessions"
  • Recorded: 1969 through 1971 by the BBC at various locations including the Playhouse Theater, the Paris Theater, Maida Vale Studio 4, and Aeolian Hall Studio 2 all in London, England
  • Release date: November 11th, 1997 ( album by Led Zeppelin)
  • Record company: Atlantic Records
  • Production: Jimmy Page
  • Album cover art: Andie Airfix (art direction and design)
  • Personnel: John Henry Bonham "Bonzo" (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), John Paul Jones (bass, bass pedals, mandolin, keyboards, and backing vocals), Jimmy Page (acoustic and electric guitars and backing vocals), and Robert Plant (lead vocals and harmonica)
  • Musical style: Hard rock / heavy blues rock with elements of folk rock
  • Sound: !
  • Major themes: Life, death, love, lust, sex, loss, the blues, isolation, rock and roll, etc.
  • Tracks:   
Disc 1:
  1. "You Shook Me"
  2. "I Can't Quit You Baby"
  3. "Communication Breakdown"
  4. "Dazed And Confused"
  5. "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair"
  6. "What Is And What Should Never Be"
  7. "Communication Breakdown"
  8. "Travelling Riverside Blues"
  9. "Whole Lotta Love"
  10. "Somethin' Else"
  11. "Communication Breakdown"
  12. "I Can't Quit You Baby"
  13. "You Shook Me"
  14. "How Many More Times" 
Disc 2:
  1. "Immigrant Song"
  2. "Heartbreaker"
  3. "Since I've Been Loving You"
  4. "Black Dog"
  5. "Dazed And Confused"
  6. "Stairway To Heaven"
  7. "Going To California"
  8. "That's The Way"
  9. "Whole Lotta Love / Boogie Chillum / Fixin' To Die / That's Alright Mama / A Mess Of Blues"
  10. "Thank You"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Bewilder Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Fresh Sesh IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 64 ounce growler
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Ingredients: Warrior, Citra, and Mosaic hops
  • Pour: The Fresh Sesh pours a golden-orange with a 1-finger, eggshell white, creamy head with good retention and intricate, layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, floral, and .  There are sweet aromas of caramel and doughy bread, earthy aromas of pine resin and cedar as well as herbs and wild flowers, citrusy aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, lime, and tangerine, and summer grass.
  • Taste: Lots of citrus in this taste of this one.  There are notes of grapefruit, orange, lime, tangerine, melon, pine, and more subtle notes of black tea, orange tea, and grassy hops.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp and juicy with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: Although I'm not sure any brew can truly do this album justice, the Fresh Sesh from Bewilder Brewing Company with all it's complexity and balanced flavors, does a pretty fine job of accompanying the swinging grooves, heavy-duty punch, the multilayered depth, and the sheer brilliance of the mighty Zep's "BBC Sessions"!  'Nuff said!


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