Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10th, 2012 - Beers In The Rain or Classic Amber

Hello and happy Friday to you beer drinkers and headbangers!  The Meista here with another pairing for you tonight.  I thought we would go old-school tonight with a classic Full Sail Amber and a classic best of album... Canadian rockers, Triumph and their "Classics" from 1989.  And this one goes out to my Canadian pal, Laura!  Thanks for the beers eh, you hoser!  :)

Formed in the late 1970s in Toronto by Rik Emmett, Mike Levine, and Gil Moore, Triumph is true 1980s, big arena rock.  "Classics" was released one year after Emmett left the band to pursue a solo career. With big hits like "Tears In The Rain," "Follow Your Heart," "Fight The Good Fight," and the timeless anthem, "Lay It On The Line," Triumph's "Classics" is a passage back into a time when hard rock music was big, bold, and all about the rockin'!  Known for their virtuoso musicianship, soaring melodies and strong song structure, Triumph was a mainstay of rock radio throughout the '80s.  Emmett's guitar work is fantastic - ethereal at times, powerful and driven throughout.  Levine's bass work is flawless and his keys (although a bit cheesy at times and somewhat dated) are perfectly executed and well-balanced over Moore's solid drumming approach.  Almost a The Cars meets Rush in sound, Triumph is a fun, hard-rocking good time and always great with a beer or two in hand.

And what better beer to have in hand whilst enjoying Triumph than a smooth, well-balanced Full Sail Amber.  With a classic American amber flavor, Full Sail's Amber is a wonderfully drinkable, easy-going, and tasty ale.  It pours a very deep caramel amber with a nice 1-finger head with subtle, yet sustained lacing.  The nose is earthy and malty with notes of cedar, baked bread, and even a little bit of raisin.  The flavor is rich, malty, but well-balanced and mellow.  It goes down easy and has a very clean finish.  There's a slight smokiness to the finish even, which is nice.

In the mood for something "classic"?  May I suggest Triumph and Full Sail Amber? 


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