1971 was in my opinion the greatest year in music history, there were so many classic rock & roll albums out plus countless songs that you probably couldn’t go an hour listening to a classic rock or oldies station without hearing a song from that year. This being the 50th anniversary of that seminal year, I’m going to do a special podcast on the music that was released in 1971. These were some of the great albums that came out.
Every Picture Tells A Story
What’s Going On
Gets Next To You
Sly & The Family Stone
There’s A Riot Going On
The Yes Album
Madman Across The Water
Teaser & The Firecat
Just As I Am
A Nod is As Good As a Wink to a Blind Horse
There were also some great songs that came out like American Pie, You Are Everything, and The Carpenters version of Superstar.
I’m looking for help with this show, if you’d like to contribute something about an album or song that came out, I’d love to hear about it. You can either write about something that came out in 1971 or if you want to come on the podcast, and talk about an album or song, I’d love to hear from you!
Earlier tonight I had a hazy Pale Ale from Pipeworks called Renewed Fate. This is a 5.0% ABV Pale that’s loaded with Amarillo, Idaho 7, Mosaic, and Cryo Amarillo hops. Renewed Fate has a nice tropical & Pineapple aroma and flavor. The finish leaves you with a little bitterness at the end. Overall this is a good beer, for my tastebuds, I think the style works better with a higher ABV IPA than a Pale Ale. Your mileage may vary.
I grabbed this at Binny’s and it was canned 12 days prior to consuming so it is fresh. Don’t get me wrong, Renewed Fate is a good beer, it was just missing something for me that would have put it over the top.
What do you do on a day where it’s pushing 90 degrees and humid? Bust open a barrel aged! Tonight I’m having the 2020 Imperial Pajamas from Begyle Brewing. This is an oatmeal stout that’s barrel aged in Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey barrels and has maple and cinnamon added to it. This one does not disappoint. Begyle won a 2019 GABF Gold Medal for Imperial Pajamas in the coveted Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category so they know how to knock out a world class stout.
This is a 13.2% ABV stout that has a nice color, the aroma hits you with the rye whiskey and the maple. For me, the combination was almost biscotti like which I enjoyed a lot. The taste though was a plethora of flavors highlighted by the cinnamon. That hit me up front followed by the maple which really was a nice combination. As it warmed a bit, I picked up some chocolate notes as well. For me, and what do I know, but the carbonation could have been a tick higher but that’s just me. The bottle says that is has an extra layer of coziness and I’m gonna kick up the AC tonight and sleep well with my Flannel Pajamas. I love this beer and am a Jagoff for not buying more than one bottle!
Begyle is located at 1800 W. Cuyler Ave in Chicago on the famed Malt Row and is a must stop for those who love beer!
Today I’m having the classic Chicago Pale Ale from Half Acre, Daisy Cutter. Daisy Cutter has been around since 2009 and no doubt belongs on every top Chicago beer there is.
Daisy Cutter has the (for me) the perfect golden color to it. I didn’t get a lot of aroma here, it was very subtle. The taste is terrific though with a little biscuit from the malt along with a pine/citrus flavor from the hops. This has a good mouthfeel to it with nice carbonation and a good dry finish. You show up somewhere and bring Daisy Cutter, you’re getting the nod of approval from everyone. You’ll look taller, appear smarter and make the most interesting person in the world from other ads seem dull. I picked up this can at my local Jewel and surprisingly was canned only 8 days prior so this was fresh. You can grab Daisy Cutter all over Chicagoland!
With my hiatus from doing the podcast, I’m focusing on some of the beers that I had on the early shows (that have been deleted for quality) today I’m having the first beer I had on the podcast which is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Boston Lager was the first non-macro beer I ever drank and I can honestly say, started me on this long road of loving craft beer. Back in 1989 I believe, I went to Boston for the day and decided to try a local beer. Despite what you may think of Boston Lager, if all you had up to that point was Old Style and Miller Lite, everything about this was a revelation! The color, the aroma, the taste! What the hell is this sweet malt taste, what is this spicy bitterness? This is only 30 IBU, but compared to maybe 10 that the macros have, this was like drinking an IPA now. I’ve been a huge fan of Boston Lager from the first sip, and having on tap is a lot better than the bottle. Still, I could knock off Boston Lager any day.
Boston Lager has a wonderful color to it, the aroma from this was lacking but still decent. The flavor was nice, it has sweetness up front with the Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops adding some spice and bitterness at the end. It has good carbonation and a nice aftertaste. I would prefer this on tap and would rate it higher if I had this out and about. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a Vienna Style Lager that has a 5.0% ABV and 30 IBU’s, you can find it everywhere and it’s still a nice solid beer!
Having the classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tonight, it’s been a while but has always been a go-to when it comes to the American version of the style.
SNPA has a great color that is darker than many pales out there. The aroma was lacking at first, however about halfway through started to pick up. The same goes for the taste which is odd because it was not ice cold when I poured it. I really picked up the grapefruit notes from the Cascade hops as I was drinking it. This isn’t an overly hoppy beer, but I did get some bitterness at the end. There is a good reason Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale has been around since 1980, it is still a great beer!
On my scale of 1-10, I scored it a 8.06. I use appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and overall impression with the score weighted more towards taste.
Wonderful show this week where I talked with Toni and April from Blaq & Soul about their organization and had the awesome 2nd Shift Brewing version of Reign or Shine. Brian from Three One Pour was kind enough to bring that one, so a big shout out to him!
This week I’m going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I’ve had and it’s worth trying out! I’ll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well!
Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I’ll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!
If you listen to the podcast, you’ll know that this week Beermiscuous located at 2812 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago is having a special Taste Of The 11th District. 10% of the sale of great local beers like Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter, Begyle’s Blonde, Dovetail’s Hefeweizen, and Metropolitan’s Flywheel will go to the Common Pantry in the district.
The promotion will run through Monday, July 5th so when going to your in-laws for a BBQ this weekend and you know they’ll have bad beer, stop over to Beermiscuous to support a local business, local breweries, and most important, our community members. Just make sure that your brother in-law goes and buys his own 4-pack and doesn’t drink all of yours!
Begyle’s Blonde Ale is a crowd pleaser that everyone can enjoy. Locally sourced Midwest honey is used in the Blonde Ale and adds a nice sweetness to this. It is a 5.4% ABV with 20 IBU’s. Nice clean aftertaste and would be perfect on a nice day outside!
The Hefeweizen from Dovetail is another terrific beer that everyone can enjoy. You get the banana/clove taste in this true to style Hefeweizen that is very refreshing on a Summer day. This clocks in at 4.8 ABV so you can enjoy more than one of these.
Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan is their version of the classic German Pilsner and this one is really good! Flywheel has a wonderful spicy aroma from the hops, the flavor is spot on with the hops sharing space with the bread like flavors from the malt. Drinking this makes me wish my father were still alive so we could enjoy this one together! Flywheel has an ABV of 5.5% with 40 IBU’s.
Batting cleanup is Daisy Cutter from Half Acre. Daisy Cutter belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago craft beer! 12 years after it first came out is still as wonderful as it was when you first had it. This is a West Coast Style Pale Ale and has the pine/citrus notes that made you fall in love with the Pale/IPA style years ago. Daisy Cutter weighs in with 5.2% ABV and has 60 IBU’s.
All 4 of these beers are outstanding! There is something for everyone in this mix-pack and everyone from a non beer snob to a fanatic will be able to enjoy this one! The promotion runs through next Monday, July 5th so head over to Beermiscuous and pick some up!