Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 1st, 2020 - Vape Cheap Tricks

Hey there rockers and craft brew lovers!  Your favorite rock and roll drinking buddy, the Meista here pairing a deliciously tart and juicy Vape Tricks Sour Ale Aged on Cherries from Prairie Artisan Ales and Cheap Trick's wonderful self-titled 1997 album!

Album Info: 
  • Artist: 
  • Cheap Trick
  • Title: "Cheap Trick" (also referred to as "Cheap Trick '97")
  • Recorded: Between December 1995 and January 1997 at Pie Studios in Glen Cove, New York
  • Release date: April 29th, 1997 (13th studio album by Cheap Trick)
  • Record company: Red Ant Records/Alliance
  • Production: Cheap Trick and Ian Taylor
  • Album cover art: Mike Graham
  • Personnel:  Bun E. Carlos (drums and tambourine), Rick Nielsen (backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, E-bow, piano, and electric saw), Tom Petersson (backing vocals, bass, 12-string bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, E-bow, and tamboura), and Robin Zander (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, slide guitar, tiple, and piano)
  • Additional musicians: Mike Beert (cello) and Richie Cannata (piano)
  • Musical style: Rock and roll, hard rock, power pop
  • Sound: Loud, crunchy guitars, powerful riffs, and sweet, sweet melodies, "Cheap Trick '97" is one of those albums that just floors you from the opening riff to the final fade out!  This is full-strength Cheap Trick with a sound harkening back to the early years but planted firmly in the modern world (well, the modern world of '97).  This album really rocks!
  • Major themes: Relationships (lasting and broken), love, betrayal, life, lust, loss, etc.
  • Tracks:  
    1. "Anytime"
    2. "Hard To Tell"
    3. "Carnival Game"
    4. "Shelter"
    5. "You Let A Lotta People Down"
    6. "Baby No More"
    7. "Yeah Yeah"
    8. "Say Goodbye"
    9. "Wong All Along"
    10. "Eight Miles Low"
    11. "It All Comes Back to You"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales (Oklahoma)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Vape Tricks Sour Ale Aged on Cherries 
  • Style: American Wild Ale / Sour Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.9%
  • Pour: The Vape Tricks Sour Ale Aged on Cherries pours a deep ruby red/violet hue with a thin, bubbly, bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, tart, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of cherry juice, lemon juice, light red wine vinegar, plum, lactobacillus, light cereal grain, a hint of honey, and a slight hint of barnyard funk.
  • Taste: The taste of the Vape Tricks Sour Ale Aged on Cherries is characterized by tart and fruity flavors of cherry juice, lemon juice, plum, cranberry juice, light grain, and a hint of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, tart, and juicy with a dry, lip-puckering, yet clean finish.
Overall pairing: The Vape Tricks Sour Ale Aged on Cherries is a tasty, tart, juicy, punchy, and inviting brew... perfect for the sipping outside on a sunny day whilst rocking out to the brilliance and good fun of Cheap Trick!  The flavors and aromas of this tasty brew blend wonderfully well with Nielsen's fiery guitars, Carlos' and Petersson's rock solid rhythm section, and Zander's indelible vocals!  'Nuff said!


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