Sunday, March 3, 2024

March 3rd, 2024 - Unholy Hymns for 1851


Hey there rockers, rollers, and craft brew freaks!  The Meista here today pairing a bright and tasty 1851 American Premium Lager from the fine folks at Ogden Beer Company and "Unholy Hymns" by Bridge City Sinners!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Bridge City Sinners
  • Title: "Unholy Hymns"
  • Recorded: 2021 at Lowshelf Recording in Portland, Oregon
  • Release date: August 2021 (3rd studio album by Bridge City Sinners)
  • Record company: Folk Til Ya Punk 
  • Production: Lightnin' Luke
  • Album cover art: Michael Sinner
  • Personnel: Lightnin' Luke (fiddle), Libby Lux (banjolele and lead vocals), Clyde McGee (banjo and guitar), Scott Michaud (upright bass), and Michael Sinner (resonator guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Andrew Carew (trombone), Shawn D'Amario (backing vocals), Whitney Flynn (backing vocals), Lyz (backing vocals), Spencer Mode (backing vocals), Connor O'Neil (backing vocals), Jesse Edward Sendejas (screams), and Veronica Sendejas (screams)
  • Musical style: Dark folk with elements of blue grass, prohibition era jazz, Americana, punk, and "Appalachian death folk" 
  • Sound: Blending multiple styles, Bridge City Sinners' sound harkens back to bygone era, but with a punk rock sensibility and death/black metal lyrical elements.  Not only have these cats mastered their instruments, but they have also created a vastly unique and mesmerizing sound that transcends styles, genres, and eras!   Catch them live if you can... AMAZING!!
  • Major themes: Death, the afterlife, the occult, the devil, evil, darkness, terror, love, hate, loss, dark romance, alcohol, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "The Devil's Swing"
  2. "Rock Bottom"
  3. "Departed"
  4. "Pick Your Poison"
  5. "Devil Like You"
  6. "Love Of Mine"
  7. "The Legend of Olog-hai, Pt. 1"
  8. "The Legend of Olog-hai, Pt. 2"
  9. "The Fear"
  10. "The Damned"
  11. "Unholy Hymns"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ogden Beer Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: 1851 American Premium Lager
  • Style: American Lager
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Pour: The 1851 pours a clear, golden-yellow hue with a thin, bright white head that dissipates to a thin ring with light lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a characterized by grainy, grassy, and malty aromas.  There are aromas of cracked wheat, light cereal grains, lemon zest, freshly cut hay, a hint of apple, and a hint of honey.
  • Taste: Very well-balanced, the 1851 has a nice blend of grainy, grassy, and malty flavors.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, doughy bread, light corn, lemon zest, light hops, and a hint of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Light in body and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very smooth with a crisp and refreshing profile.  The finish is dry and very clean. 

Overall pairing: The 1851 form Ogden Beer Company is a wonderfully delicious and drinkable brew with lots of biscuity goodness... perfect for the musical prowess and instrument acrobatics of the mighty Bridge City Sinners!  The bright flavors of the brew work wonderfully well as a foil to the overall darker and more ominous vibe of the music and lyrics!


Saturday, March 2, 2024

March 2nd, 2024 - Demons & Blizzard Wizards


Hey there craft brew and heavy rock fans!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing an all-time favorite album of mine, Uriah Heeps classic "Demons And Wizards" wand a tasty and hoppy Blizzard Wizard Hazy Pale Ale from Proper Brewing Company!  Oh yeah!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Uriah Heep
  • Title: "Demons And Wizards"
  • Recorded: March through April 1972 
  • Release date: May 19th, 1972 (4th studio album by Uriah Heep)
  • Record company: Mercury Records / Bronze and Island
  • Production: Gerry Bron 
  • Album cover art: Roger Dean
  • Personnel: Mick Box (guitars and backing vocals), David Byron (lead vocals), Ken Hensley (acoustic, electric and slide guitars, vocals, keyboards, and percussion), Lee Kerslake (drums and percussion), Gary Thain (bass) 
  • Musical style: Hard rock, progressive rock, proto metal
  • Sound: Wow... where does one even start in describing the sound on this wonderful album?!  The richness, depth of character, musical integrity, songwriting prowess, and delivery is really quite extraordinary!  With Byron's theatrical and intensely powerful vocals, Hensley's keyboard/guitar acrobatics, Box's richly textured and explosive guitar work, and the powerhouse rhythm section of Kerslake and Thain, songs like rockin' super-hit "Easy Livin'," "Traveler In Time," "Rainbow Demon," and the epic "Paradise/The Spell" are all perfectly executed and timeless masterpieces!  From start to finish, every note, every chord, every lyric is breathtaking!  This is definitive Uriah Heep! 
  • Major themes/lyrical content: States of being, life, art, magic, time, love, hope, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "The Wizard"
  2. "Traveller In Time"
  3. "Easy Livin'"
  4. "Poet's Justice"
  5. "Circle Of Hands"
  6. "Rainbow Demon"
  7. "All My Life"
  8. "Paradise"
  9. "The Spell"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Blizzard Wizard Hazy Pale Ale 
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Pour: The Blizzard Wizard pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a 1+ finger, frothy and creamy, bright white head with good retention and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Blizzard Wizard is very floral, earthy, herbal, citrusy, malty, and slightly spicy.  There are aromas of light pine resin, wildflowers, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lime, lemon zest, light pineapple, toasted caramel, and a hint of white pepper. 
  • Taste: Like the nose, the taste of the Blizzard Wizard is citrusy, herbal, earthy, and malty.  There are notes of grapefruit juice, tangerine, pine, flowery hops, biscuit, caramel/toffee, and a little pepper in the finish. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp and slightly bitter with a dry, fairly clean finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, floral, punchy, hop-forward flavors of the Blizzard Wizard from the fine folks at Proper Brewing is perfect for the soaring, brilliant textures of the music, while the citrusy elements make for a great companion to Byron's amazing vocals and the overall rockin' punch!  And Dean's stellar album cover art looks great with the beer label!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Friday, March 1, 2024

March 1st, 2024 - Sexual Harassment at the Hot Tub Jamboree


Hey there rockers, rollers, evil-doers, and hopheads!  Happy Friday!  The Meista here today rocking the hell out with a pairing of "Sexual Harassment" by Norwegian hard rock band Turbonegro and a juicy and hoppy Hot Tub Jamboree NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale from the fine folks at Revision Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Turbonegro
  • Title: "Sexual Harassment"
  • Recorded: January 2012 at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York 
  • Release date: June 13th, 2012 (8th full length studio album by Turbonegro)
  • Record company: Scandinavian Leather Recordings / Universal Music / Volcom Entertainment 
  • Production: Matt Sweeney
  • Album cover art: Martin Kvamme (art direction), Gardar Eide Einarsson (artwork), and Matias Faldbakken (artwork) 
  • Personnel: Euroboy (lead guitars), Happy Tom (bass), Rune Rebellion (rhythm guitars), Tony "The Duke of Nothing" Sylvester (lead vocals), and Tommy Manboy (drums)
  • Additional musicians: Nate Newton (backing vocals), Matt Sweeney (guitars and backing vocals), Benmont Tench (piano), and Andew W.K. (piano and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock with elements of punk rock and heavy metal
  • Sound: Gritty, raunchy, and heavy hitting, the sound on "" is pure, adrenaline-fueled hard rock!  It is fast, fiery, and fun as hell!
  • Major themes: With humorous and raunchy lyrics, themes on the album include the wild rock 'n' roll lifestyle, partying, sex, lust, rebellion, violence, etc. 
  • Tracks:  
  1. "I Got A Knife"
  2. "Hello Darkness"
  3. "Shake Your Shit Machine"
  4. "TNA (The Nihilistic Army)"
  5. "Mister Sister"
  6. "Dude Without A Face"
  7. "Buried Alive"
  8. "Tight Jeans, Loose Leash"
  9. "Rise Below"
  10. "You Give Me Worms"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Revision Brewing Company (Sparks, Nevada)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hot Tub Jamboree NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale
  • Style: New England-Style Hazy India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.4%
  • IBUs: 37
  • Ingredients: Oats, barley, and Mosaic®, Cryo Mosaic, Citra, and Strata hops
  • Pour: The Hot Tub Jamboree pours a very cloudy golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white, 1-finger head with good retention and lots of sudsy, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, and floral.  There are aromas of orange juice, mango, tangerine, passion fruit, peach, strawberry jam, herbal tea, wildflowers, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: Hop-forward, the taste of the Hot Tub Jamboree is citrusy, fruity, bright, and malty.  There are notes of tangerine, passion fruit, strawberry, orange juice, peach, pink grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, guava, a hint of pine, sweet tea, and sweet caramel/toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy, yet creamy and smooth with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: With the raunchy, heavy-duty rock and roll punch of "Sexual Harassment", you need a brew that has the same bite, but with refreshing drinkability!  Thus, Revision's Hot Tub Jamboree NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale!  The bright, citrusy flavor of the brew is a great complimentary beverage to the fun, fast, and rockin' style of Turbonegro!

Skål and hails!!

Thursday, February 29, 2024

February 29th, 2024 - The Timpanator is Rattling the Cage


Hello and happy Thursday my rocking and craft beer drinking friends!  The Meista here with another killer pairing for ya!  This one is with "Rattle The Cage", the latest killer album from legendary rockers The Rods and a tasty and bold Timpanator Barrel-Aged Doppelbock Lager from the fine folks at Level Crossing Brewing Company!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: The Rods
  • Title: "Rattle The Cage"
  • Recorded: 2023 
  • Release date: January 19th, 2024 (10th full-length studio album by The Rods)
  • Record company: Massacre Records
  • Production: The Rods
  • Album cover art: Mark Rizzo
  • Personnel: Carl Canedy (drums and backing vocals), David "Rock" Feinstein (guitars and lead vocals), and Freddy Villano (bass)
  • Guest musician: Lonnie Park (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock
  • Sound: Straight-forward, heavy-hitting rockin' metal, the sound on "Rattle The Cage" is pure, high adrenaline, classic The Rods!  Nothing flashy... just ass-kicking metal!  These guys know how to rock and rock... hard!  This album will get your heartrate up, your fists pumping, and your head banging!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, heavy metal, life, rebellion, perseverance, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Now And Forever"
  2. "Wolves At The Door"
  3. "Cry Out Loud"
  4. "Rattle The Cage"
  5. "Can't Slow Down"
  6. "Metal Highways"
  7. "Hell Or High Water"
  8. "Play It Loud"
  9. "Shockwave"
  10. "Hearts Of Steel"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Level Crossing Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Timpanator Barrel-Aged Doppelbock Lager
  • Style: German Doppelbock Lager
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 9.3%
  • IBUs: 22
  • Pour: The Timpanator pours a deep mahogany amber with a thin, yet firm off-white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by sweet, malty, and richly boozy aromas.  There are aromas of toasted breads, raisin, fig, black cherry juice, rich bourbon, oak, and sweet, burnt toffee.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Timpanator is characterized by roasty, toasty, malt-forward, sweet, and fruity flavors.  There are notes of bready malts, toasted bread, light chocolate, sweet and rich caramel/toffee, dark cherries, boiled raisins, and rich bourbon.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very smooth with a dry, boozy finish.

Overall pairing: The Level Crossing Timpanator Doppelbock is wonderfully complex and bold brew with a hearty backbone and loads of intense flavors that go great with the hard rockin' metal stylings of The Rods!  Those sweeter flavors go well with the soaring guitars, and the maltiness lends itself well to the thunderous bass riffs, while the boozy bite is right in line with the intense drumming, vocals, and lyrical content!

Cheers and hails!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

February 28th, 2024 - Hoping for Some Illuminating Serenity Because Life is Killing Me


Hello and happy Wednesday!  Your metal drinkin' buddy the Meista here today pairing a hoppy and bold Illuminating Serenity Double India Pale Ale from Fidens Brewing Company and Type O Negative's wonderful "Life Is Killing Me"!  Oh yeah!  This pairing goes out to my buddy Josh Sparrow... thanks very much for the beers my friend!!  Cheers brother!! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Type O Negative
  • Title: "Life Is Killing Me"
  • Recorded: 2003 at Systems Two in Brooklyn, New York
  • Release date: June 17th, 2003 (6th full-length studio album by Type O Negative)
  • Record company: Roadrunner Records 
  • Production: Josh Silver and Peter Steele
  • Album cover art: 
  • Personnel: Kenny Hickey (guitars and vocals), Johnny Kelly (drums, percussion, and backing vocals), Josh Silver (keyboards, sound effects, drum programming, and backing vocals), and Peter Steele (lead vocals, bass, and additional guitars and keyboards)
  • Guest musicians: Sal Abruscato (backing vocals on "I Like Goils"), Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir (choir vocals), Paul Bento (sitar, tambura, guitar, and drum machine), and Pandit Kinnar K. Seen (tabla on "Less Than Zero (<0)") 
  • Musical style: Gothic metal / rock, doom metal
  • Sound: Blending elements of doom metal and classic metal with gothic rock and post punk, the sound on "Life Is Killing Me" is pure Type O Negative!  As with earlier albums, there are huge sludgy riffs, yet there are many more powerful and beautiful melodies coupled with Bauhaus era Peter Murphy-esque vocals. 
  • Major themes: Death, darkness, dismay, loss, misery, dissatisfaction with life, illness, sex, romance, relationship problems, depression, nature, etc.  When asked about the album, Steele stated: "I guess I am going through some sort of midlife crisis being 41 years old now. And all the things I took for granted, my health, my life, people I love dying, people I loved walking away. I was with a girlfriend for 10 years, but she left. It is like my dreams are dead."
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Thir13teen"
  2. "I Don't Wanna Be Me"
  3. "Less Than Zero (<0)"
  4. "Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)"
  5. "I Like Goils"
  6. "...A Dish Best Served Coldly"
  7. "How Could She?"
  8. "Life Is Killing Me"
  9. "Nettie"
  10. "(We Were) Electrocute"
  11. "IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That)"
  12. "Angry Ich"
  13. "Anesthesia"
  14. "Drunk In Paris"
  15. "The Dream Is Dead"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fidens Brewing Company (Albany, New York)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Illuminating Serenity Double India Pale Ale 
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Ingredients: Galaxy, Citra, and Strata hops
  • Pour: The Illuminating Serenity pours a hazy, bright golden-yellow hue with a billowy, eggshell white, 2+ finger head with great sustain and lots of sticky lacing. 
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, resiny, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, light mango, pineapple, earthy pine resin and cedar, herbal tea, crackery biscuit, bitter herbs, and soft sweet toffee.
  • Taste: The taste is like the nose: citrusy, hoppy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of pink grapefruit juice, orange pith, tangerine, light peach, dried apricots, mango, pineapple, pine, earthy herbs, and a hint of toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Illuminating Serenity is crisp with moderate bitterness, yet smooth and somewhat thick with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The Illuminating Serenity is a big, bold, and very flavorful and complex brew... perfect for the gothic metal depth, angst, complexity, and honesty that is Type O Negative's amazing "Life Is Killing Me"!  'Nuff said!

Raise your horns and glasses!!  Cheers rockers!!

Monday, February 26, 2024

February 26th, 2024 - El Gato and Una Vampiro Both Clad in Black


Hails and happy Monday headbangers and hopheads!  The Meista rocking the hell out to a pairing of Helstar's fantastic "Clad In Black" (on its 3rd birthday) and a dark and delicious El Gato Negro Black IPA from the fine folks at Fisher Brewing Company!  Oh, hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Helstar
  • Title: "Clad In Black"
  • Recorded: 2016 and 2020 at Mob Hits Studios in Missouri City, Texas and Hombre Malo Studios in Houston, Texas 
  • Release date: February 26th, 2021 (compilation album by Helstar)
  • Record company: Massacre Records / Hellion Records
  • Production: Helstar
  • Album cover art: John Fossum
  • Personnel: Andrew Atwood (guitars), Larry Barragán (guitars), Michael Lewis (drums), James Rivera (vocals), and Garrick Smith (bass)
  • Additional musicians: Imelda Barragán (backing vocals), Chris Cannella (guitar), Michael Heald (cello), Christina Pumarejo-Urbieta (backing vocals), and Nathan Salazar (backing vocals) 
  • Musical style: Heavy metal with elements of speed metal, thrash metal, and power metal
  • Sound: "Clad In Black" is powerful and fast-paced musical delivery.  Combining the aggression and punch of speed metal with the complexity and melody of traditional metal, Helstar creates a wonderfully rich musical tapestry!
  • Major themes: Folklore, mythology, horror, life and death, good vs. evil, darkness, violence, vampires, the occult, etc.
  • Tracks: 
Disc 1: "Clad In Black"
  1. "Dark Incantation (Mother Of The Night)"
  2. "Black Wings Of Solitude"
  3. "Across The Raging Seas"
  4. "Restless And Wild" (Accept cover)
  5. "After All (The Dead)" (Black Sabbath cover)
  6. "Sinner" (Judas Priest cover) (
Disc 2: "Vampiro"
  1. "Awaken Unto Darkness"
  2. "Blood Lust"
  3. "To Dust You Will Become"
  4. "Off With His Head"
  5. "From The Pulpit To The Pit"
  6. "To Their Death Beds They Fell"
  7. "Malediction"
  8. "Repent In Fire"
  9. "Abolish The Sun"
  10. "Black Cathedral"
  11. "Dreamless Sleep"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: El Gato Negro
  • Style: Black India Pale Ale (IPA) / Cascade Ale
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • IBUs: 70
  • Pour: The El Gato Negro pours a deep, dark brown with 1+ finger, light beige, frothy head with good retention and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by roasty, toasty, malty, and piney notes.  There are aromas of pine resin, cedar, grapefruit rind, orange zest, pine resin, a hint of dark chocolate, rye bread, dark roasted malts, oak, and hints of toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the El Gato Negro follows the nose with lots of malty, roasty, piney flavors.  There are notes of pine resin, grapefruit juice, barley, bitter herbs, black tea, black pepper, and light toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet a little thick and chewy with a dry and somewhat bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The Fisher El Gato Negro is a bold and flavorful black IPA... perfect for the high-octane metal brilliance of the mighty Hellstar!  Those roasty and toasty notes got great with heavy duty rhythm section of Lewis and Smith, while the hoppier elements go great with the soaring and biting guitars of Atwood and Barragán, and Rivera's stellar vocals!

And make sure you check out my interview with very talented and friendly Helstar guitarist Larry Barragán here: 

Salud!!  Hails!!

Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24th, 2024 - Keeping it Alive with a Duvel Tripel Hop Citra


Hello rockers, rollers, and craft brew fans!!  Happy Saturday!  The Meista here today pairing a tasty Duvel Tripel Hop Citra from the fine folks at Duvel Moortgat Brewery and the wonderful live album, "Keep It Alive" by a favorite of mine, NWOBHM legends Praying Mantis!  Hells yeah!!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Praying Mantis
  • Title: "Keep It Alive"
  • Recorded: April 28, 2018 at the Frontiers Rock Festival V at the Live Music Club Trezzo in Milan, Italy
  • Release date: December 6th, 2019 (3rd live album by Praying Mantis)
  • Record company: King Record Company / Frontiers Music SRL
  • Production: Andy Burgess and Tino Troy
  • Album cover art: Roberto Villani (photography)
  • Personnel: Andy Burgess (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals), John "Jaycee" Cuijpers (lead and backing vocals), Hans in’t Zandt (drums and percussion), Chris Troy (bass, keyboards, and lead and backing vocals), Tino Troy (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: A wonderful rich and intricately textured live album, at times it is soft and warm, and at times angry, aggressive, and decisive.  There are elements of metal, progressive rock, and AOR all tightly and masterfully woven into a fantastically engrossing and heavy tapestry!
  • Major themes: Good vs. evil, rock and roll, dreams, valor, the passing of time, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Captured City"
  2. "Panic In The Streets"
  3. "Highway"
  4. "Believable"
  5. "Keep It Alive"
  6. "Mantis Anthem"
  7. "Dream On"
  8. "Fight For Your Honor"
  9. "Time Slipping Away"
  10. "Children Of The Earth"
  11. "Praying Mantis"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Duvel Moortgat Brewery (Breendonk, Belgium)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Duvel Tripel Hop Citra
  • Style: Belgian Blonde India Pale Ale (IPA) 
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: Saaz-Saaz, Styrian Golding, and Citra hops
  • Pour: The Duvel Tripel Hop Citra pours a somewhat cloudy golden yellow hue with a very frothy, bright white, soft and fluffy 2+ finger head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by citrusy, fruity, yeasty, floral, grainy, and slightly boozy notes.  There are aromas of Belgian yeast, orange peel and pith, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, lime, light pear or apple juice, a hint of cloves, wildflowers, sourdough bread, bright grains, and a hint of honey.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Duvel Tripel Hop Citra is citrusy, fruity, slightly spicy, and malty.  There are notes of tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit juice, Belgian spices, Belgian yeast, light apple, pear, a hint of booze, and light clover honey. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, hoppy, and exceptionally smooth with a dry, slightly bitter and boozy finish.

Overall pairing: The Duvel Tripel Hop Citra is a complex, hoppy, bold, and aggressive brew... the perfect mate to the beautifully crafted brilliance that is Praying Mantis's "Keep It Alive"!  The sweeter flavors go great with the soaring guitars, Jaycee's wonderful vocals, and the lyrics and themes, while the hoppy punch goes great with the more aggressive elements of the album.

And if you haven't done so already, check out my interviews with Praying Mantis vocalist John "Jaycee" Cuijpers ( and guitarist Tino Troy ( from a while back!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!