Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May 18th, 2022 - The Galactic Juice Of 2112!

Hello and happy Wednesday hop heads and space travelers!  The Meista here tonight pairing the brilliant "2112", the 4th album by Rush and a tasty and juicy Galactic Juice from the fine folks at Fisher Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "2112"
  • Recorded: February 1976 at Toronto Sound in Toronto, Canada
  • Release date: April 1st, 1976 (4th studio album by Rush)
  • Record company: Anthem Records 
  • Production: Terry Brown and Rush
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (bass and vocals), Alex Lifeson (electric and acoustic guitars), and Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Guest musician: Hugh Syme (ARP Odyssey synthesizer, synth guitar, and Mellotron on "Tears")
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, progressive rock, hard rock
  • Sound: Complex, inventive, imaginative, and totally rocking, "2112 is an amazing performance that captures not only the brilliance of Rush's songwriting, but the vigor and intensity of these musicians!  I really cannot convey in words how incredibly important this album was to me as a teenager and still is to this very day!  "Impressionable" is most definitely an understatement! 
  • Major themes: I won't go into the storyline of "2112", but just know that it is amazing on so many, many levels (both musically and lyrically).  The first side of the album is the 7-part, 20+ minute, dystopian story set in the future (year 2112) describing the near death of music and the rebellion to keep it alive.  The second side of the album presents 5 stand-alone (unrelated to the 2112 concept) songs including the ultimate stoner anthem "A Passage To Bangkok" (that opening guitar work by Alex Lifeson slays me!), the rather bizarre sci-fi song "The Twilight Zone", the grooving "Lessons", the emotional ballad "Tears", and the amazing "Something For Nothing" (a favorite of mine)!
  • Tracks: 
  1. "2112"
    • "I. Overture"
    • "II. The Temples Of Syrinx"
    • "III. Discovery"
    • "IV. Presentation"
    • "V. Oracle: The Dream"
    • "VI. Soliloquy"
    • "VII. Grand Finale"
  2. "A Passage To Bangkok"
  3. "The Twilight Zone"
  4. "Lessons"
  5. "Tears"
  6. "Something For Nothing"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Galactic Juice
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce "crowler" can
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • Ingredients: Galaxy hops
  • Pour: The Galactic Juice pours a hazy golden-caramel hue with a hefty 2+ finger, off-white, frothy, and firm head with great retention and loads of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a wonderfully aromatic blend of citrus and tropical fruit with more subtle floral and grassy characteristics.  There are big aromas of grapefruit rind and juice, orange zest, tangerine, mango, peach, passionfruit, pine resin, crackery grain, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Galactic Juice follows the nose with lots of tasty citrusy and tropical fruit hop flavor along with floral and grassy notes.  There are notes of grapefruit juice, tangerine, mango, passionfruit, peach, apricot, floral hops, pine, summer grass, and light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Galactic Juice is very crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter, yet smooth with a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: The delicious, bright, and invitingly punchy aromas and flavors of the Fisher Galactic Juice are perfect for the complex, yet heavy-duty rockin' hard rock/metal of Rush's "2112"!  Those bright, juicy flavors go so very well with soaring guitars and soaring vocal performances... and make for a far better time/space travelling companion than Tang!


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