Thursday, July 13, 2023

July 13th, 2023 - The Resident Alien's Space Cruz


Hello and happy Thursday my friends!  The Meister here today pairing "Resident Alien", the great debut album by '90s indie rock band Spacehog and a tasty and crushable Space Cruze Cold India Pale Ale from the fine folks at the Ogden Beer Company!  

Album Info:

  • Artist: Spacehog
  • Title: "Resident Alien"
  • Recorded: 1995 at Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, New York
  • Release date: October 24th, 1995 (1st studio album by Spacehog)
  • Record company: Sire Records / Elektra Records
  • Production: Bryce Goggin, Todd Vos, and Spacehog
  • Album cover art: Mary Iggy Frey
  • Personnel: Jonny Cragg (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), Antony Langdon (guitars, Moog synthesizer, keyboards, and vocals), Royston Langdon (bass guitar, Moog synthesizer, Hammond organ, keyboards, and lead vocals), and Richard Steel (lead guitar)
  • Musical style: Alternative rock, glam rock, power pop
  • Sound: With heavy influence from David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, and T. Rex, along with a "wall of guitars" approach, Spacehog blends '70s British glam rock with early '90s indie pop to create a unique, engaging, and very rocking sound!
  • Major themes: Isolation, acceptance, anxiety, fear, space, , etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "In The Meantime"
  2. "Spacehog"
  3. "Starside"
  4. "Candyman"
  5. "Space Is The Place"
  6. "Never Coming Down (Part I)"
  7. "Cruel To Be Kind"
  8. "Ship Wrecked"
  9. "Only A Few"
  10. "The Last Dictator"
  11. "Never Coming Down (Part II)"
  12. "Zeroes"
  13. "To Be A Millionaire... Was It Likely?"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Ogden Beer Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Space Cruz Cold India Pale Ale
  • Style: Cold India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops
  • Pour: The Space Cruz pours a hazy golden-yellow hue with 2-finger, bright white, frothy head with great retention and displays lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a characterized by citrusy, floral, dank, and grainy aromas.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, lemon zest, pine resin, cracked wheat, freshly cut hay, and grassy hops.
  • Taste: Well-balanced, the Space Cruze has a nice blend of IPA and light lager flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit juice, lemon zest, orange pith, pine, grainy crackers, fresh herbs, and light honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing with a dry, slightly bitter finish, yet clean. 

Overall pairing: The Ogden Beer Company's Space Cruz is a crisp, hoppy, yet easy drinking brew... great for a hot summer day whilst rockin' the hell out to the very underrated grooves of Spacehog's seminal "Resident Alien" album!  'Nuff said!


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