Receiving the Evcharist: Martyrdöd and Hopped Grapefruit Kombucha

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Martyrdöd’s Hexhammaren and Humm’s Hopped Grapefruit Kombucha.  


The Metal: Martyrdöd’s Hexhammaren

Martyrdod - Hexhammaren

We’ve entered into a dry spell for releases for me, so this week I’m reaching back a few months to something I’ve been regularly spinning since its release in late May.  One thing you might not know about me, at this point, is that I’m a sucker for really good crust punk, and one of the bands I always turn to when I’m in the mood has been Sweden’s MartyrdödWhile not everything they’ve done has knocked it out of the park for me, 2016’s List EPwas a pleasant surprise, and I’m very happy to say that this year’s Hexhammaren continues that upward trajectory.  This is Martyrdöd more energized than I’ve heard them in a long time, chock full of thrashy riffing, breakneck drumming, and more fat hooks than you can shake a stick at.  Hexhammaren is already one of my go-to albums for crustier days, and I am confident it’ll stay that way.


The Boo…er The Beverage: Humm’s Hopped Grapefruit Kombucha

humm hopped grapefruit

Sometimes I just don’t feel like drinking.  Maybe a controversial opinion for someone who writes a weekly column featuring mostly alcohol pairings, but it’s true.  We last touched on our dear friend Kombucha during a column in which I was too sick for anything harder, but this week just feels like a dry week for me, so we’re going back to it again.  But we’re not forsaking our noble beer roots either, because this week we’ve got a best of both worlds scenario thanks to Humm’s Hopped Grapefruit Kombucha.  This is a much lighter kombucha than I usually like, even with the addition of the normally strong grapefruit flavor, but it really allows the character of the hops to take center stage.  You get a lot of different notes from the hops here that you don’t normally get in beer: no bitterness, but a lot more sweet, fruity, and floral notes that give this kombucha a lot of character beyond simply tartness and sourness.  It’s a completely different and very interesting way to experience hops, and it’s done very well here.


Cheers, and be good to each other,

– Vincent

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