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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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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


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 РAMON 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.


Ten thousand fists

Disturbed is a band I’ve been aware of for a long time, since they hit in the late 90’s really. I liked some of their songs and knew of their bigger hits but didn’t have any of their albums nor had I seen them live. I really didn’t know a great deal about them until in April I got an email from the touring company that was bringing them out to Australia requesting if they could come out to the winery and take a tour and try our wines. The guys from the touring company knew I was a big metal fan so they thought it would be cool for all concerned. Through several emails and phone calls with the band’s manager I met up with David Draiman and Dan Donegan, plus David’s fiancee and others for a lunch at a local restaurant and we then went on to the winery for tastings. David is real wine lover and also quite a foodie from what I could gather and the band obviously enjoyed seeing what the place they were touring in had to offer. The guys very kindly invited me to come to the show the next night and hang out, which I definitely said yes to.

I arrived at the arena a little earlier than the band, but was warmly welcomed by Jason their head of security who’d also come out to the winery the day before. I had full access to the arena and just hung out and watched the support bands. On a side note, the main support act was Trivium who I’ve been a big fan of since their Crusade album and I was really stoked to meet Corey and Mat and have a quick chat. Mat has a great food blog as well, it’s worth checking out.

Disturbed put on a great show, lots of pyro, lots of energy, the crowd was really into it and the band sounded great live. Here is a pretty good quality video from the show that also happens to be my favourite Disturbed song.

Afterwards I got to hang out with the guys in the dressing room area, drink some wine and hear some road stories. I’m not certain why but I had decided to bring along a couple of bottles of one of my home-brewed beers as well as some wine. Dan was particularly curious about it and even though it’s a good beer, one that I was pretty proud of, I was a little sheepish for him to try it. He polished off both bottles and loved it! The beer itself was a pretty simple English style summer ale, brewed with all Maris Otter malt and Kent Goldings hops and he kept giving it to everyone to try and told me several times how much he liked it. Imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks later I get a text message from Dan, saying he wants to get in touch and talk about doing something with the beer. He was so impressed by it that he is keen to work together on producing and releasing a beer sometime in the future. It still blows my mind to think about that, I’m this unknown guy from the Barossa Valley, not a professional brewer, but I guess I’m smart enough to say “Yeah, sure we can do that, it’ll be awesome!”. On reflection I guess my passion for it and my knowledge gained from the wine industry came across to Dan and to be quite honest he was the one guy of all the band that I felt an instant connection to. Sometimes you just meet people and you know that person will be a friend for life.

So, watch this space. I predict exciting and big things to come from this, hopefully in the not to distant future. If you have any suggestions or ideas for a beer that would best represent Disturbed or if you think you have the perfect name for the beer please let me know in the comment section.


Some history is required Part 2

Slayer and Megadeth were touring together in October of 2009, it was the must see show for any self-respecting metalhead. However, the day of the show I hear that Tom Araya has voice problems and that Slayer won’t be playing, this is confirmed at the venue, so we get a local metal band and an extended Megadeth set, which I still really enjoyed. The next day at work this guy comes into our tasting room, turns out it’s Slayer’s manager, Rick Sales. We get talking I show him around, talk about the show and the bands he manages, he has a good time and leaves. A few weeks later I get a package from him with some CD’s and t-shirts and I think what a great guy! Fast forward almost a year and Rick comes back to Adelaide with Bullet For My Valentine, we catch up again at their show, hang out, have some drinks and are fast becoming friends. Closer to Christmas of 2010 Rick calls me and he has this idea of making a Slayer wine, he wants to know if it can be done and would I help him out in putting it together. Of course I say yes, we talk for a while and I suggest that we can do a lot more than just a one-off vanity product for one of the greatest metal bands in history.

This, right here, is the start.

From there as time goes on over a few months and we talk more exchange emails and information we start to form this concept of what I call Distorted Beverages. But, there is another side of this story. Whilst all the preceding events are going on over an 18 month period, I’m fast becoming very into home brewing and craft beer. I’ve won a few awards at local, state and even a national second place for the beer I’ve made and I’m dreaming of a way to tie together my experience in the wine industry and new passion for good, craft beer and my love of all things heavy metal.

Where this all ties together is Soundwaves festival in March 2011. Rick arrange passes for my friends Christian and I and we take down some good wine and a also a few bottles of my home-brew, which I had made specially for BFMV and Slayer. The lads from Bullet really like the beer and are dead excited about the possibility of having their own brand of beer, I also meet Rob Zombie and all his band, a great guy, very approachable. His manager Andy Gould is a close friend of Rick’s and he introduces me to Rob and we talk about the Slayer wine concept and expresses interest as well, I suggest beer too, and he says “Yeah, definitely. That would work!” It is really at this point that I start to realise that my dream has a very real chance of actually coming together.

This brings us to the present day….. almost. There is the Disturbed angle which I’ll go over next time, oh and I met Metallica.


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