Food pairings get all the glory. Don’t get me wrong, a good food/beer pairing can be a magical thing, but it misses one important element without the addition of a good song. Beer and music have always gone hand and hand whether it is a good beer at a concert or a quite moment with a nice pint and a record player.
Sometimes a brewery will give you a hint as to the perfect auditory pairing with their beer. Dogfish Head Brewing is probably one of the biggest advocates of the relationship between suds and sounds. They release a beer to go with record store day every year, a yearly celebration of vinyl records. They also release several beers which are specifically paired with music. One in particular that I am a fan of is “Wood Aged Bitches Brew”, a complex stout celebrating the ground breaking fusion album by Miles Davis. I would suggest that you pop on that legendary record while slow-sipping this delicious concoction. It will provide peace of mind and calming thoughts. “Wood Aged Bitches Brew” is available at West Vail Liquor Mart in single 12oz bottles.
Often the musical taste of a brewery gives you an idea of who exactly is brewing your beer. Highwater Brewing out of California identifies themselves as “Deadheads” (or fans of the Grateful Dead) with their countless nods to the band. Right now we are carrying “Sugaree”, a breakfast type stout with maple and “Ramble on Rose”, a fruited beer that goes great with a good Dead show. Maybe you could give Jester King’s “Funk Metal” sour stout a try a try with a good 1970s Parliament Funkadelic record. Eddie Hazel’s fervent guitar style matches nicely with this hybrid ale with a whole lot going.
I always find it amusing when a brewery tells you right on the side of the can what they want to listen to while drinking the beer. Roadhouse brewing, based in Jackson Hole will let you know their favorite beer/music pairing on most of their beers. For instance their Trout Whistle Pale Ale, which is a new favorite of mine, is best enjoyed with “Roots Reggae” according to the brewery. However, you don’t need to be told what to listen to with your beer. Experiment! Find the combination that makes you most happy and always try new things.
Dean LoRusso, Beer Buyer, West Vail Liquor Mart