Saturday, June 22, 2024

June 22nd, 2024 - Dark For Life Under a Luna Negra

 

Hey there rockers, rollers, headbangers, and artisan beer lovers!  Your rockin' drinkin' buddy the Meista here today pairing a tasty Luna Negra Mexican-Style Dark Lager from the fine folks at Proper Brewing Company and "Dark For Life", the killer album by Timeless Haunt!  Hell yeah!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Timeless Haunt
  • Title: "Dark For Life"
  • Recorded: 2020 through early 2021 at JL Studios
  • Release date: March 5th, 2021 (1st full-length studio album by Timeless Haunt)
  • Record company: Stormspell Records 
  • Production: Timeless Haunt and Joe Loftus
  • Album cover art: Felipe Machado Franco
  • Personnel: George Dimitri (bass, keyboards, and backing vocals), Tommy Eye (guitars), Don Fortune (keyboards), John Jesuele (drums and percussion), and Joe Wood aka the Unknown Vocalist (lead vocals)
  • Additional musician: Symphonic Haunted Choir (backing choir vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, progressive metal with elements of doom and gothic metal
  • Sound: Heavy-hitting, bombastic, and dark, the tracks on "Dark For Life" are a wonderful blend of more traditional heavy metal with progressive elements.
  • Major themes: Darkness, horror, evil, vengeance, sorrow, desire, self-preservation, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Geisterton (Ghost)"
  2. "Embrace The Haunt"
  3. "Dark For Life"
  4. "Sinful Girl"
  5. "Pain"
  6. "526"
  7. "Not For Me"
  8. "Wicked Game" (Chris Isaak cover)
  9. "Night Crawler" (Judas Priest cover)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.properbrewingco.com/ 
  • Brew: Luna Negra Mexican-Style Dark Lager 
  • Style: Mexican Dark Lager
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 15
  • Pour: The Luna Negra pours a fairly clear, deep, dark brown color with a very thin and bubbly, off-white head that dissipates to the thin ring with little lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is malty, grainy, and slightly fruity.  There are aromas of caramel/toffee, corn chips, doughy bread, light grassy hops, cracked wheat, and light honey.
  • Taste: The taste is malty, grainy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, bready malt, light corn, lemon zest, cola, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and well-carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Luna Negra is very crisp and very smooth with a clean finish.

Overall pairing: The Proper Luna Negra Mexican-Style Dark Lager is a very tasty, easy-drinking, crushable brew... perfect for banging your head to the progressive, yet hard-rockin' metal punch of Timeless Haunt's "Dark For Life"!  'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails!!

Friday, June 21, 2024

June 21st, 2024 - Why So Serious? Give Us a Wink!

 

Hey there rockers, rollers, ravers, and hop freaks!  Happy Friday!  Your drinking pal the Meista here pairing "Give Us A Wink", the kick-ass album by Sweet and a punchy and bold Why So Serious? Triple IPA from Red Rock Brewery!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Sweet
  • Title: "Give Us A Wink"
  • Recorded: 1975 at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany
  • Release date: February 16th, 1976 (4th studio album by Sweet)
  • Record company: RCA / Capitol Records / EMI
  • Production: Sweet
  • Album cover art: Joe Petagno
  • Personnel: Brian Connolly (lead vocals and string machine), Steve Priest (bass, celli, and vocals), Andy Scott (guitars, celli, synthesizers, backing vocals, and voice bag), and Mick Tucker (drums, percussion, celli, phased gong, and backing vocals)
  • Guest musician: Trevor Griffin (piano on "Healer")
  • Musical style: Glam rock, hard rock, proto metal
  • Sound: Continuing a harder, heavier approach as found on "Desolation Boulevard", with "Give Us A Wink", Sweet further solidified their mid-70s dominance of English glam rock.  
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, rebellion, women, sex, desire, life, escape, deception, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Action"
  2. "Yesterday's Rain"
  3. "White Mice"
  4. "Healer"
  5. "Fox On The Run"
  6. "The Lies In Your Eyes"
  7. "Cockroach"
  8. "Lady Starlight"
  9. "Keep It In"
  10. "4th Of July"


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Red Rock Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://redrockbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Why So Serious? Triple IPA 
  • Style: Triple India Pale Ale (TIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 10.0%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Pour: The Why So Serious? Triple IPA pours a very hazy, rather pale golden-yellow with a 2+ finger, creamy and billow, eggshell white head with great retention and lots of sticky, layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by aromas of tropical and citrus fruits, pine, herbal zest, and malts.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, orange and tangerine zest, mango, herbal tea, pine resin, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: The Why So Serious? Triple IPA is full of bold, hoppy, and flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit juice, tangerine, orange peel, mango, papaya, berries, light pine, black tea, and burnt toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet smooth, thick, and somewhat creamy with a dry, bittersweet finish.


Overall pairing:  The punchy, fruity, and refreshing flavors of the Why So Serious? Triple IPA from Red Rock Brewing Company is an excellent beer to throw back with the rock and roll punch of Sweet's killer "Give Us A Wink" album!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Rock on ravers!!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

June 20th, 2024 - If I Were a Carpenter and You Were a Walrus

 

Good afternoon rockers, rollers, and hop lovers!  The Meista here today pairing a delicious and bold The Walrus Hazy IPA from Roadhouse Brewing Company with Robert Plant's wonderful 6th solo album, "Fate Of Nations"!  Yes!


Album Info:

  • Artist: Robert Plant
  • Title: "Fate Of Nations"
  • Recorded: 1992 through 1993 at R A K Studios, Sawmills Studio Cornwall, and Monmow Valley Studio
  • Release date: May 25th, 1993 (6th solo studio album by Robert Plant)
  • Record company: Es Paranza
  • Production: Chris Hughes and Robert Plant
  • Album cover art: 
  • Personnel: Robert Plant (lead and backing vocals and guitar on "Promised Land") with Maartin Allcock (mandolin on "If I Were a Carpenter" and all instruments except drums on "Colours of a Shade"), Phillip Andrews (keyboards on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"), Chris Blackwell (drums on "Promised Land"), Doug Boyle (guitar on "29 Palms" and "Network News"), Máire Brennan (backing vocals on "Come Into My Life"), Francis Dunnery (guitar on "Come into My Life" and "Promised Land"), Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy on "Come Into My Life" and "I Believe"), John Flynn (backing vocals on "The Greatest Gift"), Steve French (backing vocals on "I Believe"), Chris Hughes (drums on "Down to the Sea", "Come Into My Life", "I Believe", "29 Palms", "If I Were a Carpenter", "Promised Land", "The Greatest Gift", and "Network News"), Phil Johnstone (harmonium on "Come Into My Life", piano on "I Believe", "29 Palms", "Memory Song (Hello Hello)", and "If I Were a Carpenter", organ on "Promised Land", electric piano on "The Greatest Gift" and "Great Spirit", backing vocals on "Great Spirit", and electric orchestra on "Network News"), Charlie Jones (bass on all songs and all instruments except guitar and drums on "Down to the Sea"), Nigel Kennedy (violin on "Calling to You"), Navazish Ali Khan (violin on "Network News"), Michael Lee (drums on "Memory Song (Hello Hello)" and "Network News"), Kevin Scott MacMichael (guitar on all songs and backing vocals on "I Believe"), Lynton Naiff  (string arrangement on "If I Were a Carpenter" and "The Greatest Gift"), Gurdev Singh (dilruba and sarod on "Network News"), Surge Singh (sarangi on "Network News"), Julian Taylor (backing vocals on "I Believe"), Pete Thompson (drums on "Calling to You", "Come Into My Life", "The Greatest Gift", and "Great Spirit"), Richard Thompson (guitar on "Come Into My Life"), and Oliver J. Woods (guitar on "Down to the Sea" and "Memory Song (Hello Hello)")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, rock, blues rock, alternative rock, folk rock with Eastern influence
  • Sound: Wonderfully textured, "Fate Of Nations" is probably Plant's most heartfelt and personal albums... at least from the earlier solo albums.  It is folksy, layered, soulful, melodic, and wonderfully executed!  
  • Major themes: Life, the death of his son, love, spirituality, the media, equality, etc.  Of the album, Plant described it as: "From the very beginning of this project, around January 1991, right after the Manic Nirvana tour, I knew what I was going to do: go back into my past, listening to [Moby] Grape, the [Jefferson] Airplane, Tim Hardin, Quicksilver, Traffic, and other turning-point artists in rock. These people were trying to tell the listener something, joining various traditions, with the sense of a quest being insinuated and bandied in their acoustic and electronic themes. I'm also proud of what I've attempted to do lyrically, trying to tell vivid tales that come from a hearty tradition of prose."
  • Tracks: 

  1. "Calling To You"
  2. "Down To The Sea"
  3. "Come Into My Life"
  4. "I Believe"
  5. "29 Palms"
  6. "Memory Song (Hello Hello)"
  7. "If I Were A Carpenter"
  8. "Promised Land"
  9. "The Greatest Gift"
  10. "Great Spirit"
  11. "Network News"


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Roadhouse Brewing Company (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
  • Website: http://roadhousebrewery.com/
  • Brew: The Walrus Hazy IPA
  • Style: Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA) / Hazy Double IPA (DIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • Ingredients: IIPA brewed with peaches and tangerines
  • Pour: The Walrus pours a bright, hazy golden-yellow with a foamy 1-finger, bright white head with good retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing
  • Nose: The nose is fruity (citrus, stone, and tropical), yet dank with more subtle malt sweetness.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, peach, mango, pineapple, honeydew melon, very light onion, black tea, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of The Walrus is characterized by tropical fruit, citrus, stone fruit, and malty flavors.  There are notes of pineapple, tangerine, peach, pink grapefruit, mango, herbal tea, light pepper, and light toffee/caramel. 
  • Mouthfeel: Full to medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of The Walrus is very crisp and juicy, yet somewhat thick and sticky with a dry, slightly bitter finish.


Overall pairing: The Walrus Hazy IPA from the fine folks at other Roadhouse Brewing Company is a delightfully tasty, complex, and bold brew with loads of citrus and tropical notes... perfect for the brilliance of Robert Plant's "Fate Of Nations" album!  I only wish I had been throwing back a Walrus way back on October 1st, 1993 when I was in attendance of the Robert Plant Fate Of The Nation tour!  :)

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

June 18th, 2024 - "Hail to the Warriors": An Interview with Riot V Vocalist Todd Michael Hall

 

Hey there heavy metal maniacs!  Your metal beer drinking buddy the Meista here with another great interview for you!  This one is with the very friendly and very talented Todd Michael Hall, vocalist of the legendary Riot V!  We chatted about the latest Riot V album "Mean Streets", touring, recent and future showsTodd's work with Harlet, Jack Starr's Burning Starr, and Reverence, his solo work, his rich history as musician in general, and much more!  Here's a link to that video interviewhttps://youtu.be/PU3gWPLZQ28

Enjoy!!


Check out Riot V here:
Cheers and hails!!

*Photo of Todd by Siegfried Hahn
**Special thanks to Jamie Winters for designing the Brews and Tunes logoJerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

Saturday, June 15, 2024

June 15th, 2024 - Pickled & Licked Up

 


Hello and happy Saturday rockers and craft brew lovers!  Today, your buddy, the Meista is pairing Kiss's "Lick It Up" album with a Pickle Me Up Gold Ale with Pickle Juice from Bootstrap Brewing Company!  Hells yeah!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Kiss
  • Title: "Lick It Up"
  • Recorded: July through August 1983 at Right Track Recording, The Record Plant, Atlantic Studios, and The Hit Factory in New York City, New York
  • Release date: September 22nd, 1983 (11th studio album by Kiss)
  • Record company: Mercury Records
  • Production: Michael James Jackson, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Eric Carr (drums, percussion, and vocals), Gene Simmons (bass guitar and lead vocals), Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar and lead vocals, bass on "Gimme More"), and Vinnie Vincent (lead guitar and backing vocals)
  • Guest musician: Rick Derringer (guitar solo on "Exciter")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
  • Sound: Straight-forward, heavy-duty rock and roll, "Lick It Up" saw Kiss change direction to a very glam metal direction, which would dominate their sound and look throughout the decade.  Say what you will about Kiss and the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "Lick It Up", Carr is on top of his game here and Vincent lays down some killer guitar licks!  I also love Derringer's solo on "Exciter"!
  • Major themes: Love, lust, sex, rock and roll, rebellion, desire, living life, power, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Exciter"
  2. "Not For The Innocent"
  3. "Lick It Up"
  4. "Young And Wasted"
  5. "Gimme More"
  6. "All Hell's Breakin' Loose"
  7. "A Million To One"
  8. "Fits Like A Glove"
  9. "Dance All Over Your Face"
  10. "And On The 8th Day"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Bootstrap Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado)
  • Website: https://bootstrapbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Pickle Me Up Gold Ale
  • Style: Gold Ale with Pickle Juice
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBUs: 10
  • Pour: The Pickle Me Up pours a clear golden yellow hue with a thin, but bubbly head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring with little lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by tart, salty, and lightly grainy aromas.  There are aromas of pickle juice, dill, vinegar, a hint of lemon, and light grains and toasted cracker.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the taste of the Pickle Me Up is tart, salty, and lightly grainy.  There are flavors of pickle juice, vinegar, dill, salt, light bready grains, and a hint of corn.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, salty, slightly tart and sharp, yet very drinkable with a lingering pickle finish.

Overall pairing: The Bootstrap Pickle Me Up is a very pickle-forward, crushable, flavorful brew... perfect for the rockin' grooves of the mighty Kiss!  Those punchy, tart flavors go great with rock and roll punch!  Pucker up, buttercup!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Friday, June 14, 2024

June 14th, 2024 - The Latitude of Being Alternatively Alternative

 


Bonjour and hails metal maniacs and craft brew freaks!  Happy Friday to you!  Your drinkin' buddy the Meista here getting the weekend off to the right start by rocking out to "Latitude - Dimension Hatröss préprodby the mighty Voivod whilst enjoying a delicious and crushable Alternatively Alternative Cream Ale from Gossorino Brewing!  Hells yeah!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Voivod
  • Title: "Latitude - Dimension Hatröss préprod"
  • Recorded: 1987 
  • Release date: 2024 (demo album by Voivod)
  • Record company: MineMine Records
  • Production: Voivod and Jean-Yves Thériault
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Denis Bélanger aka Snake (vocals), Denis D'Amour aka Piggy (guitars), Michel Langevin aka Away (drums), and Jean-Yves Thériault aka Blacky (bass)
  • Musical style: Progressive thrash metal with elements of hardcore punk
  • Sound: As with all things Voivod, the sound on "Latitude - Dimension Hatröss préprod"" is very progressive, complex, challenging, manic, and above all, kick ass!  The tracks on this album rock as hard as any of the final recordings and are brilliantly executed as well!  Of the recordings, Blacky was quoted as saying: "Second time recording a demo before going into the studio, but this time around instead of doing it in our apartment we choose our rehearsal space. Denis ‘Piggy’ D’amour and I, spent a lot of time in there having fun arranging the music, twisting things around to see how far we could go. We finally ended up with the album you know but here is the first draft of it!"
  • Major themes: Science, science fiction, technology, evil, violence, rage, rebellion, death, etc.
  • Notes: This is a newly released album consisting of the original preproduction demo recordings from the "Dimension Hatröss" sessions.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Experiment"
  2. "Tribal Convictions"
  3. "Chaosmöngers"
  4. "Technocratic Manipulators"
  5. "Macrosolution To Megaproblems"
  6. "Brain Scan"
  7. "Psychic Vacuum"
  8. "Cosmic Drama"
  9. "Envoye"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Gossorino Brewing (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website: https://gossorinobrewing.com/
  • Brew: Alternatively Alternative Cream Ale 
  • Style: English Cream Ale
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • IBUs: 18
  • Ingredients: Pilsner, Vienna, Flaked Corn and Acid malts. Hopped with Tradition then fermented with S-34/70
  • Pour: The Alternatively Alternative pours a clear, bright yellow hue with a thin, bright white head that dissipates to a thin ring with light lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is malty, grainy, and floral.  There are aromas of freshly baked bread, light dandelion, grain sacks, cracked corn, and a hint of lemon zest.
  • Taste: The taste of the Alternatively Alternative Cream Ale follows the nose with notes of biscuity malts, light corn, light floral hops, a hint of lemon zest, and caramel with very low bitterness.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Alternatively Alternative is very smooth and creamy with a clean, crisp finish.

Overall pairing: 
The 
Gossorino Brewing Alternatively Alternative Cream Ale is very crushable, smooth, and easy drinking brew... a great foil for the intense and progressive grooves and chord changes of Voivod's inventive and intense "Latitude"!  'Nuff said!

Make sure to check out my interview with Snake of Voivod here: https://youtu.be/Ag7EfictEjY

À votre santé and hails!!