Wednesday, September 8, 2021

September 8th, 2021 - The Blood In The Water Is Berry Salty


Good evening my metal and artisan brew drinking friends!  The Meista here tonight pairing a tart and tasty Berry Salty Raspberry Gose from the fine folks at Talisman Brewing Company and the legendary thrashers Flotsam And Jetsam and their killer 14th studio album, "Blood In The Water"!  Hell yes!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Flotsam And Jetsam
  • Title: "Blood In The Water"
  • Recorded: 2021 at Sonicphish Productions, Wayne Manor Studios, Gnomelord Recording, and Seventh Spike Studios
  • Release date: June 4th, 2021 (14th studio album by )
  • Record company: AFM Records  
  • Production: Flotsam And Jetsam 
  • Album cover art: Andy Pilkington 
  • Personnel: Bill Bodily (bass), Steve Conley (guitars), Michael Gilbert (guitars), Eric "A.K." Knutson (vocals), and Ken Mary (drums) 
  • Musical style: Thrash metal with elements of power metal
  • Sound: Another fantastic album from the Arizona thrashers, the sound on "Blood In The Water" is classic F&J, yet is fresh and contemporary with excellent production!  Centered around Eric A.K.'s powerful vocal delivery and some really incredible riffing, this album offers a variety of well-balanced thrashers and hard rockin' goodness!
  • Major themes: Death, war, violence, darkness, isolation, sadness, evil, aggression, absolution, etc. 
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Blood In The Water"
  2. "Burn The Sky"
  3. "Brace For Impact"
  4. "A Place To Die"
  5. "The Walls"
  6. "Cry For The Dead"
  7. "The Wicked Hour"
  8. "Too Many Lives"
  9. "Grey Dragon"
  10. "Reaggression"
  11. "Undone"
  12. "Seven Seconds 'Til The End Of The World"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website: /
  • Brew: Berry Salty Raspberry Gose
  • Style: Fruited Gose Ale
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Ingredients: Fresh raspberries and salt 
  • Pour: The Berry Salty pours a clear pinkish amber with a bright white, frothy, 1-finger head with good retention and sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is tart, fruity, and salty.  There are aromas of freshly picked raspberries, raspberry jam, plum, lemon, hints of salt, and a splash of honey.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the taste of the Berry Salty is fruity, tart, and slightly salty.  There are notes of tart raspberries, raspberry jam, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and some lovely saltiness in the finish that balances our the tartness.
  • Mouthfeel: Light in body and well carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, tart, and salty with a dry, thirst quenching finish.

Overall pairing: The Talisman Berry Salty Raspberry Gose is a tart, salty, refreshing, and very drinkable brew... great for tossing back on the dog days of summer while rocking out to the metal might that is Flotsam And Jetsam's kick-ass "Blood In The Water"!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!  Rock on!

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