December 22, 2010
The version of The Harder They Come that Jimmy Cliff sang in the movie is not the same version that was used on the soundtrack.* The lyrics are slightly different, and the performance is remarkable. Listen to that silky smooth guitar line snaking through the song, and Jimmy’s most soulful vocal performance. I love the version on the soundtrack, but the movie version is better.
The Euphoria Pale Ale by Ska Brewing is silky smooth and easy drinking, with just a mild grapefruit bite from the hops, perfectly balanced by the toasted caramel malts. Only 6.1% ABV, so you can drink a bunch of these at a sitting. The folks from Ska Brewing not only have good taste in music, they make some damn fine beer also. I am giving the Euphoria Pale Ale a 7.5/10, and am on the lookout for other offerings from Ska Brewing.
* The Harder They Come is the greatest soundtrack album of all time, and if any of you are thinking of making an argument that The Big Chill, or, god help us, Footloose is better, please leave my blog and don’t ever come back. However, to show how magnanimous I am, I will listen to arguments made in favor of Valley Girl.
November 10, 2010
I was a huge Specials fan when I was a kid. Still am in fact, and I still love all of those old Two Tone Bands so when I came across Ska Brewing Co.’s beers, with their obvious homage to the iconography of the record label, I had to give them a try. It was the marketing that made me pull their beer off the shelf the first time, and while it worked with me, how many middle aged beer dorks are there who are also music geeks specializing in British Post-Punk Music of the Thatcher Years? In any event, while it was the packaging that first caught my eye, it is the quality of their brew that keeps me going back to them.
The Modus Hoperandi (Great name!) is a hop bomb extraordinaire with massive amounts of piney hops in the nose and the taste, a rich amber color with a white head, 6.8% ABV and a thick chewy mouthfeel to boot. I love this beer, 8.5/10.
The Decadent Imperial IPA is a boozier version of the Modus Hoperandi with some spice and sweetness added to it. I noticed the 10.0 % ABV immediately upon opening the bottle. The alcohol is that strong on this one, but it is tempered by the flowery hops, both of which carry over to the flavor. I liked it, but not as much as the Modus Hoperandi, 7/10