Hey all, happy Friday. And a desperately needed Friday at that. Corey here, stepping in for this week’s edition of Receiving the Evcharist, a column where we somewhat randomly pair a chosen album with a preferred choice of adult beverage. This week, I’m exploring Quelle, the latest from Briqueville, along with the Transformer Pale Ale from Barreled Souls. Shall we?
The Tunes: B R I Q U E V I L L E – Quelle
This week has proven to be a wild ride of emotions, details of which I will not occupy your time with. But, I will offer that much information to provide a little context behind my album of choice. Aside from making a general effort to explore more Pelagic records, this latest from Briqueville is specifically one that I had circled. There are certain days where I just want to put something on that is going to force me somewhere… different. Something completely out there that will offer a bit of a reset in the form of a listening experience. Quelle accomplished exactly that. This album is an atmospheric trip in every sense of the term. Ambiance alongside industrial, drone alongside progression, this is an album that simply feels like early winter in the rust-belt cities I’ve grown to love. Equal parts beautiful and jarring, it is entrancing in a curiously urban way. I will certainly be devoting more hours to this album as the rest of 2020 continues to wane, but for now I’m just going to appreciate the complexity that lies within Quelle. It’s certainly an album that will shake up your current head-space… should you need it.
The Booze: Barreled Souls Brewing Company’s Transformer Pale Ale
Well, this pairing certainly worked out well. For those unaware, Barreled Souls is located in is the Portland, Maine region, which is home to countless quality breweries. Transformer is a pale ale series, and this particular batch features amarillo and sultana hops, and clocks in at 6.3%. When it comes to pale ales, I generally expect a sessional, reliable beer, and this is a far more complex take on the style. It is absolutely bursting with smell and flavor, offering a drier hop character than I was prepared for. Not to mention the constantly changing flavor with each sip. But it’s still refreshing and citrusy, which is the best balance of qualities. It almost drinks like a fuller, heavier IPA, with more than enough haze for such a style… even in New England. So, if nothing else, I’m glad I snagged what ended up being a delicious and complicated beer while listening to an equally as complicated album. Good times were had by all. And “by all” I mean… by me.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”