Sunday, December 12, 2021

December 12th, 2021 - The Happy Day IPA Club


Hello and happy Sunday rockers, rollers, and hop heads!  Your drinkin' buddy the Meista here today pairing a delicious Limited Release Beer #2: Happy Day IPA from the fine folks at 2 Row Brewing Company and Bob Geldof's very cool and very underrated "The Happy Club" album!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Bob Geldof
  • Title: "The Happy Club"
  • Recorded: 1992 at The Point Studios in Belgravia, London, Joe's Garage in Clapham, London, Studio Acousti in Paris, and Seaview Studios in London
    Release date: 1992 (3rd full-length studio album by Bob Geldof)
  • Record company: Atlantic Records
  • Production: Ruper Hine with Pete Briquette and Bob Geldof
  • Album cover art: Gavin Evans (photography) and Mike Ross (art direction)
  • Personnel: Bob Geldof (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, and harmonica) with Pete Briquette (bass guitar, keyboards, and programming), Alan Dunn (accordion, piano, tin whistle, organ, one-row melodeon, and keyboards), Spike Edney (organ, piano, guitar, and keyboards), Bob Loveday (violin, penny whistle, bass guitar, and recorder), Jamie Moses (electric and acoustic guitars), Niall Powers (drums), Geoff Richardson (viola, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar, saxophone, ukulele, and penny whistle), and Karl Wallinger (guitar, drums, vocals, and keyboards)
  • Musical style: Pop, rock, folk rock, world music
  • Sound: Upbeat, catchy, sarcastic, and wonderfully executed and produced, Geldof's 3rd solo effort is a fantastically imaginative album and filled with loads of great hooks and musical performances! 
  • Major themes: Life, relationships, sex, history, frustration, hope, sorrow, politics, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Room 19"
  2. "A Hole To Fill"
  3. "The Song Of The Emergent Nationalist"
  4. "Attitude Chicken"
  5. "Yeah, Definitely"
  6. "The House At The Top Of The World"
  7. "The Soft Soil"
  8. "A Sex Thing"
  9. "My Hippy Angel"
  10. "The Happy Club"
  11. "Like Down On Me"
  12. "Too Late God"
  13. "Roads Of Germany (After B.D.)"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing Company (Murray, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Limited Release Beer #2: Happy Day IPA
  • Style: American IPA (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.4%
  • Pour: The Happy Day IPA pours a hazy golden-orange amber with a creamy, bright white 2-finger head with great retention and intricate spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity (tropical and citrus), floral, malty, and sweet.  There are aromas of pineapple juice, grapefruit rind, tangerine, mango, guava, stone fruits (peach and apricot), wildflowers, herbal tea, sweet caramel, and just a hint of pine.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose... very citrusy, fruity, and malty.  There are big flavors of pineapple, orange pith, tangerine, and mango along with herbal tea, soft pine, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Happy Day IPA is crisp and hoppy with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The delightful citrusy aromas and flavors and the complex, yet crushability of the Happy Day IPA makes for an excellent pairing with the amazing Bob Geldof!  'Nuff said!

Sláinte chugat my friends!

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