Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3rd, 2020 - Fresh Honey Cream Ale

Good evening!  Your pal the Meista here with an old favorite of mine... "Fresh Cream" by the ultimate power trio, Cream along with a new beer from a new brewery... the Honey Cream Ale from Grid City Beer Works!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Cream
  • Title: "Fresh Cream"
  • Recorded: July through October 1966 at the Rayrik Studios and the Ryemuse Studios in London, England
  • Release date: December 9th, 1966 (debut album by the Cream)
  • Record company: Atco Records
  • Personnel: Ginger Baker (drums, percussion, and vocals), Jack Bruce (lead vocals, bass, and harmonica), and Eric Clapton (guitars and vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy hard rockin' blues, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Probably one of the most influential rock bands of the mid to late 1960s, the sound on Cream's first album may not seem all that revolutionary now, but at the time it was a mind-bending experience of heavy duty rock and roll, pop, heavy blues, and psychedelia.  
  • Major themes: The album is evenly split between self-penned original song and standard blues covers.  Themes include joy, love, sleep, the blues, freedom, dreams, wandering, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "I Feel Free"
  2. "N.S.U."
  3. "Sleepy Time Time"
  4. "Dreaming"
  5. "Sweet Wine"
  6. "Cat's Squirrel"
  7. "Four Until Late"
  8. "Rollin' And Tumblin'"
  9. "I'm So Glad"
  10. "Toad"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Grid City Beer Works (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Honey Cream Ale
  • Style: Cream Ale
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 16.2
  • Ingredients: Willamette hops with Dingemans Pale, Marris Otter, and Munich malts, and raw orange blossom honey
  • Pour: The Honey Cream Ale pours a clear, deep copper-amber with a firm and creamy 2-finger head with great retention and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, bready, toasty, and sweet.  There are aromas of sweet biscuit, toasted bread, wild flowers, and sweet orange blossom honey.
  • Taste: Brewed with Belgian and British malts, the taste of the Honey Cream Ale follows the nose with  flavors.  There are notes of and sweet, raw honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very smooth, dry, and crisp with a dry, slightly sweet, yet clean finish.

Overall pairing: The classic complex sound of Cream coupled with the classic flavors of Grid City's Honey Cream Ale make for a great evening of tasty brew and rockin' tunes!  'Nuff said!


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