Category Archives: Beer & Brewing

Mastodon and Soundwave 2012

Although Soundwave was actually a month ago I’ve been meaning to write a little review of the day, just haven’t had the time. The bill for this years’ festival was pretty astonishing, Slipknot, SOAD, Limp Bizkit, Manson, LOG, Machine Head, Trivium, Mastodon and many, many more. I checked out a few bands on the day, but I did sadly miss one of the bands I was looking forward to the most, Steel Panther. Alter Bridge were pretty good and were the first band I saw on the day, but I don’t really know their music that well so I wandered over to the metal stage to see who else was playing. It was Meshugga. No doubt Meshugga is an intense band and genre breaking, but I don’t really get it. Nothing about their music really reaches out and grabs me so I wandered some more, saw some fairly lame emo/punk bands then came back to the metal stage to check out In Flames. They are another band who I have been aware of for some time, but havent really listened to their music that closely. Check out my post about their awesome restaurant over at Swedish Metal Restaurant.

After In Flames came on one of my favourite bands, Trivium. This would be the 4th time I have seen Trivium live and I’ve liked them since the Crusade album.They always put on a great show and kicking their set off with their latest album opener In Waves went down very well with the crowd. The next highlight for me was seeing Mastodon, who are managed by my good friend Rick Sales’ company. Rick being there meant we could watch their set from side of stage which was fantastic, they put on a great show. Also, whilst they were playing I was chatting with Willie and John from the mighty Lamb Of God. We had met previously so it was cool to see them again and have a quick chat.

After Mastodon’s set we went back to the dressing room area to chat with the guys, all really cool although I didn’t meet Brent. I have to say also that they are probably one of the tallest bands in metal, true. Chatting with Brann Dailor, drummer for Mastodon and IMHO one of the best drummers in the world right now was super cool. Brann is a very down to earth guy and we hit it off straight away talking about beer. Turns out he is a massive craft beer fan and by the sounds of it a bit of a beer geek like me. Rick told the guys about what we were doing with the wine project and about what we are talking about in regards to beer, so instantly Brann and I started talking beer. It was funny watching the others look at us like we were talking another language and just walk off and leave us to it. I don’t want to ramble on too much here about this but it was very cool to meet someone who had the same taste in beer as I did, who also happens to play drums in one of the coolest bands in metal.

My final and perhaps biggest highlight for the day was seeing the amazing and quite definitely mental Slipknot from the side of stage. I managed to score a special Slipknot Stage Access pass from *cough* Marilyn Manson’s manager *cough*, because without this you were not allowed on the stage area whilst they played. Standing stage left pretty close to Clown and Sid watching them go mental and put on an amazing show was something to behold. The crowd was sick, the band sounded better than ever and I was standing right next to Randy from LOG who was taking pictures the whole time, who also happened to be next to Dave McClain, drummer for Machine Head. It really doesn’t get much more amazing than that for a metal fan like myself. Truly a brilliant day.
I am hopeful that I’ll be able to pull together a brewing/beer project with Mastodon in the future. I plan to reach out to Brann and try to get some feedback and ideas from him, would be really cool I reckon. If you have any ideas/thoughts/musings about a cool beer style that you think would suit Mastodon then please leave a comment and let us know.

Well, that’s quite an essay I would say. Until next time, may your music be LOUD!!

Luke

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KISS ROCK DRINKS – The hottest drinks in the world

It was recently brought to my attention that the almighty KISS, marketers extraordinaire, have their own wine and also a beer. I did a quick google search and found this site KISS ROCK DRINKS.com – The hottest drinks in the world.

The wine is a Zinfandel, which seems to be quite popular in the Swedish market, and is described as:

KISS Zin Fire is a bold and fruity California Zinfandel — the result of a cool, long growing season that promoted fantastic flavor and a rich, jammy aroma. A brazen blend of blackberry and pepper gives the wine a hard-rocking kick and spicy smooth finish.

There is also a beer available in both bottle and can and seems to be a traditional German Pilsner style of lager. Check out this video at about 1:30

 

Members of KISS had the following to say.

“This isn’t just something we put a label on. We wanted wine and beer unique to KISS and we got it, said Paul Stanley of KISS. “This stuff will set your taste buds on fire.”

“If you love beer and wine, this one is for you!” said Gene Simmons of KISS.

Please leave a comment if you have actually tried either of these products. I’m very interested to see what your impressions are. Also, if you hear of any rock branded beers, wines or spirits let me know as we often don’t see these here in Australia and I love seeing what others are doing.

Until next time, keep it loud!


Bull & Bush offering tableside whole-hop infusions with any of its beers – Denver Restaurants and Dining – Cafe Society

This is a pretty cool concept I reckon! I’ve had single hop beers and fresh hop beers and beers that have gone through some type of randall hop infuser, but using a french press and being able to determine how much hop punch you get is pretty damned cool.

 

Bull & Bush offering tableside whole-hop infusions with any of its beers – Denver Restaurants and Dining – Cafe Society.

 

Till next time, keep the music turned up loud.

 

Luke

Chief Distortion Officer


Beer and collaboration brewing

I have to apologise for being so slack and not having posted anything for the past couple of weeks, no excuses but there hasn’t been a lot to update either so i though i would wait until I had some actual news/updates.
So, last week I got an email from a lovely chap from a brew pub in Chicago. i had been putting out the proverbial feelers the past few weeks/months to find a brewing partner for myself and Mr Dan Donegan. I don’t remember if I mentioned this previously but Dan approached me about making a beer together and I of course said yes. What I’ve been trying to do since then is work out how to actually pull it off. I had been looking around for some info or contacts in the US brewing scene and in then end just sent out some cold emails and finally got a response. I was about to give up any hope of getting a lead but finally received one. I called Dan about it on Friday and we spoke for a bit and he was quite keen, so he will check out the brew pub and see what it is like and we’ll then decide if we should go further and create a collaboration brew with these guys. I’m deliberately being rather vague on specifics, such as the name of the brew pub, becaus ei’d rather wait until we have something more concrete before rushing out and making grandious announcements.

In wine news, I had another meeting with the winemakers and I’ve got some sample bottles of Cabernet and Shiraz at the price we are looking at. Labels and cartons are well along now and I just need to finalise some capsules and we are cooking.

I’ll announce more soon however and I promise to post more often in the coming weeks.


Pearl Jam beer

Chicagoland Craft Beer Lovers ~ Brewers ~ Brewery Owners Group News | LinkedIn.

Wow, now even anti-establishment rock bands like Pearl jam are getting in on the act. I’m actually a little surprised by this one, Pearl Jam is well known for not being overly corporate; they haven’t made a music video in years and they released every single show of one particular tour on CD. but, at least it is being done by a well respected and quality craft brewert, Dogfish Head. Dogfish have made other music related one-off beers, in particular Bitches Brew in honour of the late jazz legend Miles Davis.

Here is a copy of the proposed label design. The release has been set to tie in with the bands 20 year anniversary release.


Hanging for a good IPA

I’ve always liked hoppy beers, but for a while there I was really leaning toward the british style Bitters and ales and now I’ve suddenly got a real thirst for a good IPA. Since the metal wine project is currently bubbling along in the background without too much in the way of exciting updates around, I thought I would write about beer today! I’ve had some great hoppy beers lately from Epic Brewing in New Zealand. I found a hotel in Adelaide that sells both the Epic Pale and Epic Armageddon. The Pale Ale is a nice hoppy style with loads of great Cascade hop aroma and flavour, but the Armageddon IPA really got me excited for hoppy beers again. Now, on a side note before I go into depth about this beer in particular, I feel like I need to explain one reason why I went off the IPA’s recently and needed a saviour beer.

I’ve been homebrewing for about four years now and I also run a local homebrew competition here in the Barossa Valley. I’ve done this for the past three years and whilst a bit of work I actually rather enjoy it. This year I volunteered to head to the State Amateur Brewing Show of South Australia (SABSOSA) to judge for the first time. I have done judging before for our competition but this was my first time on the “big stage”of judging. I was pretty excited to find out that I would be judging the IPA category with 21 beers in it. That is actually a pretty big category and it takes 3-4 hours to judge that number of beers properly. However, my excitement didn’t last very long. Now, I honestly thought that the biggest problem with judging this class would be that the beers would probably be over hopped or astringent frm too many bittering hops, how wrong I was! This was honestly the worst collection of beers I have ever had to try, there was a complete lack of hops in fact many of them were not hoppy in the slightest (and badly brewed on top of that). So, you can see my predicament, I really needed a beer to act as my hop saviour, to re-invigorate my senses. Enter Epic Armageddon.

Armageddon is chock full of US hop varieties such as Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe, all of which exude that classic citrus and piney hop aroma and flavour typical of US varieties. I have been very impressed by the craft beer scene coming out of NZ, the Kiwi’s are certainly holding their own in fact I think many are better than what we see here in Australia. Epic certainly is front and centre along with Renaissance and the Yeastie Boys. In terms of IPA’s in Australia I do actually struggle somewhat to find good examples. Probably the best is fro Western Australia’s Feral Brewing. Their Hop Hog is quite an exceptional example of the US style IPA being brewed here.

So, thankfully my hoppy faith has been restored by some excellent brewers in the Southern Hemisphere. I think it is about time I got off my butt and brewed a great IPA myself.

 

Till next time, hopefully with some important updates about our wine progress, I can tell you you that we are launching two wines soon.

Luke

Chief Distortion Officer


Metal & beer is the flavour of the week

Imagine my surprise when today I saw that not one, but TWO metal bands announced they were teaming up with well known craft brewers to release their own special, limited edition brews.  BLABBERMOUTH.NET – AMON AMARTH Beer Now Available

Swedish viking metallers Amon Amarth and Indiana’s 3 Floyds brewing have announced the release of an imperial/strong porter called Ragnarok. Taking a look at the cover of their album Twilight of the Thunder Gods you can see that it is quite an appropriate name. My friend Stone over at Metal Odyssey has a great review of this album, here.

 

 

New Belgium brewing company also announced that they are due to release their latest beer in their Lips of Faith series with hard-rockers Clutch. The beer is described as a 9%ABV dark, sour ale with the brewery describing it as  “A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.”

 

 

BLABBERMOUTH.NET – CLUTCH Teams Up With NEW BELGIAN Brewing For Brand New Dark And Sour Ale.


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