Friday, February 3, 2023

February 3rd, 2023 - Who Do We Think We Are? Elephino!


Hello and happy Friday rockers, rollers, and hop lovers!  Your pal the Meista here today pairing Deep Purple's fantastic "Who Do We Think We Are!" with a bold and hoppy Elephino Double IPA from Red Rock Brewery!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Deep Purple
  • Title: "Who Do We Think We Are!"
  • Recorded: July 1972 in Rome, Italy and October 1972 in Frankfurt, Germany (with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio)
    Release date: January 13th, 1973 (7th studio album by Deep Purple)
  • Record company: Warner Bros.
  • Production: Deep Purple
  • Album cover art: Roger Glover and John Coletta
  • Personnel: Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards, organ, and piano), and Ian Paice (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, progressive rock, blues rock
  • Sound: A little bluesier and more soulful than previous Mark II albums, "Who Do We Think We Are!" still has that bold, hard-rockin' sound along with exceptional musicianship that so wells defines Deep Purple!  Lord really shines on this album!
  • Major themes: Sex, lust, touring, complacency, hypocrisy, love, etc. 
  • Notes: Sadly, this was the last Mark II Deep Purple album until 1984.  Both Gillan and Glover were fired by Blackmore while touring in Japan in support of the album due to increased infighting between band members as well as conflicts with management.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Woman From Tokyo"
  2. "Mary Long"
  3. "Super Trouper"
  4. "Smooth Dancer"
  5. "Rat Bat Blue"
  6. "Place In Line"
  7. "Our Lady"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Red Rock Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Elephino Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • Ingredients: Red Rock employs six varieties of hops and then double dry-hops this bad boy with whole leaf Amarillo hops, which gives it a big citrus and piney flavor.
  • Pour: The Elephino pours a very hazy golden orange with a big and rocky frothy head that displays good retention.
  • Nose: The nose really grabs you with a blend of citrus and floral and pine notes. 
  • Taste: Those same citrus notes in the nose are what really grab you with its flavor.  Notes of bitter grapefruit, pine, and softer, more subtle sweet malts intertwine for a well-balanced and flavorful brew. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is not as dry and a bit "creamier" than most IPAs, but you definitely get that hop oily feel on the tongue, which leaves a nice, lingering bitterness.

Overall pairing: The Elephino (pronounced: el-if-know) is an American style double IPA with a huge hop profile!  Those bright citrus and pine flavors are great for the for the hard rockin' goodness of Deep Purple's "Who Do We Think We Are"... and specifically works well with the head-bobbing, fist-pumping power of "Woman From Tokyo"! 


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

February 1st, 2023 - "I've Always Been Around Music": An Interview With Bassist Josh Gibbs


Hey there thrashers and metal maniacs!  It's the Meista here with a special treat for you!  This past weekend I had the great pleasure of conducting an interview with the incredibly talented, forthcoming, and friendly Josh Gibbs, bassist of such bands as Alphanumeric, Atrophy, Malevolent Creation, Solstice, Thrash or Die, etc.!  Here's a link to that video interview  (We had a bad connection, so the video is a little choppy at times.)


Make sure to check out Alphanumeric at:
Cheers and Hails!!  \m/  \m/

*Photo of Josh by Alix Vallecillo
**Very special thanks to John Thomas for setting up this interview, to Jamie Winters for designing the Brews and Tunes logo, to Jerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

January 31st, 2023 - The Spaceman Meets The Space Camper


Hello and happy Tuesday rockers, rollers, and hop lovers!  The Meista here rocking the hell out to Ace Frehley's kickass album "Spaceman" with a tasty 
Space Camper Cosmic IPA from the folks at Boulevard Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Ace Frehley
  • Title: "Spaceman"
  • Recorded: 2017 through 2018 at Ace In The Hole Studios
  • Release date: October 19th, 2018  
  • Record company: Entertainment One Music
  • Production: Ace Frehley, Alex Salzman, and Warren Huart
  • Album cover art: Paul Grosso (design and direction) and Jay Gilbert (photography)
  • Personnel: Ace Frehley (lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar, and lead and backing vocals) 
  • Additional musicians: Scot Coogan (drums and backing vocals), Anton Fig (drums), Rachael Gordon (backing vocals), Ronnie Mancuso (additional guitar), Alex Salzman (additional bass guitar and backing vocals), Gene Simmons (bass guitar on "Without You I'm Nothing"), and Matt Starr (drums)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: This is classic Frehley... straightforward, pure, honest, rockin', and fun as hell!  I've always loved Ace's guitar tone and it really shines here... especially on "Quantum Flux"!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, love, lust, rebellion, space, life, happiness, freedom, etc.
  • Notes: Gene Simmons cowrote "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command", which was originally intended to be recorded and released by Kiss.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Without You I'm Nothing"
  2. "Rockin' With The Boys"
  3. "Your Wish Is My Command"
  4. "Bronx Boy"
  5. "Pursuit Of Rock And Roll"
  6. "I Wanna Go Back" (Billy Satellite cover)
  7. "Mission To Mars"
  8. "Off My Back"
  9. "Quantum Flux"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Space Camper Cosmic IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.9% 
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Galaxy hops
  • Pour: The Space Camper Cosmic IPA pours a very hazy golden yellow hue with a billowy, 1+ finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky, sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity (tropical and citrusy), floral, and malty.  There are aromas of freshly cut pineapple, juicy mango, peach, apricot, melon, sweet nectar, and caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Space Camper Cosmic IPA follows the nose with tropical, citrusy, and slightly sweet flavors.  There are notes of sharp pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit, juicy mango, peach, watermelon, and more subtle caramel and toffee notes.
    • Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Space Camper Cosmic IPA is very crisp and juicy finish.

    Overall pairing: The Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic IPA is a very complex and bold, yet very crushable brew with all sorts of amazing and compelling flavors and aromas!  With these bold flavors, the brew makes for the perfect companion to the rocking punch that was, is, and ever shall be the mighty Ace Frehley!  'Nuff said!

    Cheers!!  Hails!!

    Saturday, January 28, 2023

    January 28th, 2023 - Death By Fuckin' Cerveza!


    Hello and happy Saturday beer freaks and metal maniacs!  The Meista here today pairing metal monster Death Strike's kick-ass debut full-length album with a very crushable Fisher Cerveza Mexican Style Lager from my friends at Fisher Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!  This pairing goes out to my buddy Mike Morales... ¡salud! brother!

    Album Info:
    • Artist: Death Strike
    • Title: "Fuckin' Death"
    • Recorded: 1985 at Open Reel Productions in Lynwood, Illinois
    • Release date: August 2nd, 1991 (1st full-length studio album by Death Strike)
    • Record company: Nuclear Blast 
    • Production: Frank Weber
    • Album cover art: Michelle M. Basso (concept, layout, artwork) and Janet Reif (photography)
    • Personnel: John Leprich (drums), Kirk Miller (guitars), Chris Mittleburn (guitars), and Paul Speckmann (bass and vocals)
    • Musical style: Heavy metal, thrash metal with elements of death metal, black metal, and punk
    • Sound: With influence from Venom and Motorhead, and full of piss and vinegar, Death Strike's sound is high-octane, in-your-face, classic heavy metal!  Fast-paced, fiery, raw, and guitar driven, the songs are heavy duty ass-kickers!  A great debut from a legendary and highly influential band!
    • Major themes and subjects: Society, death, violence, evil, rebellion, anger, rage, politics, vengeance, darkness, hate, etc.
    • Tracks: 
    1. "The Truth"
    2. "Mangled Dehumanization"
    3. "Re-Entry And Destruction"
    4. "Pay To Die"
    5. "The Final Conflict"
    6. "Man Killed America / Embryonic Misconceptions"
    7. "Pervert"
    8. "Remorseless Poison"

    Brew Info:
    • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) 
    • Website:
    • Brew: Fisher Cerveza
    • Style: Mexican Style Lager
    • Serving: 16 ounce can
    • ABV: 5.0%
    • Pour: The Fisher Cerveza pours clear, golden yellow hue with a thin, yet frothy, bright white head with good retention and sudsy lacing.
    • Nose: The nose is grainy, malty, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of crackery and sweet biscuit, freshly baked bread, light corn, grassy hops, and soft caramel.
    • Taste: Well-balanced, the taste of the Fisher Cerveza is malty, grainy, grassy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, cereal grains, corn tortilla chips, a hint of lemon zest, light grassy hops, and soft caramel.
    • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with a clean, slightly sweet finish.

    Overall pairing: The tasty, crushable character of Fisher's delicious Cerveza is a perfect foil for the guitar-driven, raw, heavy-duty metal juggernaut that is the mighty Death Strike!  Also, the album art and the can label look like they were made for each other!  'Nuff said! 

    If you haven't done so already, make sure to check out my interview with Paul Speckman here: 

    Cheers!!  Hails!!

    Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    January 18th, 2023 - "It's Just A Frickin' Song": An Interview With The Legendary Vocalist Graham Bonnet!


    Hello rockers and rollers!  Your hard rockin' drinking pal the Meista here today with a very special treat... another great interview for you!  This one is with legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet!  We chatted about the Graham Bonnet Band, his work with such bands as Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, etc., and his extensive history as a musician in general, and much more!  Here's a link to that video interview in its entirety:


    Learn more about the Graham Bonnet Band here:
    Cheers!!   \m/  \m/

    *Special thanks to Jamie Winters for designing the Brews and Tunes logo, to Jerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video, and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

    Monday, January 16, 2023

    January 16th, 2023 - "The Whole Record is Just Noisy And Cool": An Interview With Mark Briody Of The Mighty Jag Panzer


    Hey there metal maniacs!  Your drinking pal the Meista here today ringing in the new year with another great interview for you!  This one is with legendary guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Mark Briody of the mighty Jag Panzer!  We chatted about the band's upcoming new album "The Hallowed", shows scheduled for 2023, his history as a musician, and much more!  Here's a link to that video interview in its entirety:


    Learn more about Jag Panzer here:

    Cheers and Hails!!   \m/  \m/

    *Special thanks to Jamie Winters for designing the Brews and Tunes logo, to Jerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video, and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

    Sunday, January 15, 2023

    January 15th, 2023 - IV & VII XXV XVII


    Hello and happy Sunday my rocking and beer drinking friends!  The Meista here with another pairing for ya!  This one is with Toto's quintessential album "IV" and a dangerously tasty VII XXV XVII Wheatwine Ale from the fine folks at Level Crossing Brewing Company!  Hells yeah!

    Album Info:

    • Artist: Toto
    • Title: "IV"
    • Recorded: October 1981 through January 1982 at Sunset Sound and Record One in Los Angeles, California, Hogg Manor in Sherwood Oaks, California, and Abbey Road in London, England
    • Release date: March 26th, 1982 (4th studio album by Toto)
    • Record company: Columbia Records
    • Production: Toto
    • Album cover art: Steve Porcaro (concept) and Joe Spencer (artwork)
    • Personnel: David Hungate (bass and guitars), Bobby Kimball (lead and backing vocals), Steve Lukather (guitars, piano, and lead and backing vocals), David Paich (keyboards, orchestral arrangements, and lead and backing vocals), Jeff Porcaro (drums and percussion), and Steve Porcaro (keyboards, and lead and backing vocals)
    • Additional musicians: Lenny Castro (congas and percussion), Ralph Dyck (synthesizers), Gary Grant (trumpet), Jerry Hey (trumpet and horn arrangements), Jim Horn (saxophone), Tom Kelly (backing vocals), Roger Linn (synthesizer programming), James Newton Howard (orchestral arrangements), Marty Paich (orchestral arrangements), Jimmy Pankow (trombone), Joe Porcaro (percussion, xylophone, timpani, and marimba), Mike Porcaro (cello), Timothy B. Schmidt (backing vocals), Tom Scott (saxophone), Jon Smith (saxophone), and the Martyn Ford Orchestra (strings)
    • Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock, pop rock, funk rock, R&B
    • Sound: What can be said that hasn't already about this wonderful album?  It defined not only the band, but a generation!  It swings, it rocks, it's funky, it's just plain fun as hell!
    • Major themes: Love, loss, relationships, courage, desire, etc.
    • Tracks:
    1. "Rosanna"
    2. "Make Believe"
    3. "I Won't Hold You Back"
    4. "Good For You"
    5. "It's A Feeling"
    6. "Afraid Of Love"
    7. "Lovers In The Night"
    8. "We Made It"
    9. "Waiting For Your Love"
    10. "Africa"

    Brew Info:

    • Brewery: Level Crossing Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    • Website:
    • Brew: VII XXV XVII Wheatwine Ale
    • Style: American wheat wine
    • Serving: 16 ounce can
    • ABV: 10.5%
    • Pour: The VII XXV XVII Wheatwine Ale pours a slightly hazy, copper-amber with a billowy, off-white head with great retention and soapy lacing.
    • Nose: The nose is characterized by sweet, malty, fruity, and hoppy aromas.  There are notes of cracked wheat, lemon zest, dark fruits (raisins, figs, and dates), sweet caramel/toffee, and butterscotch.
    • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the VII XXV XVII Wheatwine Ale is a blend of sweet and resinous flavors.  There are notes of caramel, sweet malt, herbal tea, lemon juice and zest, orange pith, lemon drops candy, bitter hops, dark fruits, and a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish.
    • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy with a dry, bitter, and boozy finish.

    Overall pairing: The Level Crossing VII XXV XVII Wheatwine Ale is wonderfully complex and bold with a hearty backbone and loads of intense flavors that go great with the pop rock sensibilities of Toto's classic "IV" album!  Those sweeter flavors go well with the soaring guitars of Lukather, Kimbal's vocals, and the bass riffs while the boozy bite is right in line with the intense drumming of Porcaro, and the bitterness is great with lyrical content!