You know that moment when the atmosphere and brew fit so well together with the music that Heaven feels a little more tangible? Here’s our list of perfect brews and tunes for your own piece of nirvana.
Sweetwater – Blue
Album: Kansas Bible Company – Dad’s Day
Favorite Song: Élysées
I don’t know why, but some days I wish I could lay back on the hood of a ‘67 Shelby Mustang in some bellbottoms and platforms with the Beatles playing softly in the background. But if I’m being honest, I would never actually go back to the 60’s, because I’d miss my Sweetwater too much. Their brew, Blue, is one of those beers that invokes nostalgia, dreams of summertime, and the desire to lay in a hammock all day. And the perfect album to go with that? Kansas Bible Company’s Dad’s Day. When I sat in my living room drinking Blue this past (mind-numbingly cold) week while listening to Dad’s Day, I could almost feel the Summer sun warming my winter bones.
Creature Comforts – Athena
Album: Family and Friends - Love You, Mean It
Favorite Song: Love, and Other Drugs
I know, I know…another connection to Family and Friends? But with Creature Comforts’ Athena being one of my favorite locals brews, and Family and Friends being one of my favorite local bands, it only seemed fitting to pair them together. When you get that initial taste of Athena, it seems like that beer has been your drink of choice for years. Same goes for the first listen of Love You, Mean It. There’s something about the poetic lyrics, melancholy tunes, and harmonic blends that feels as those this has been playing in your car since before you had Bluetooth installed. And when you combine that with another new Athens favorite like Athena, drinking harmony occurs.
Lazy Magnolia – Southern Pecan
Album: Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Favorite Song: Stockholm
While most of the beers and albums on this list are known and well-loved by me, both Southern Pecan and Southeastern are new favorites. Despite being borned and raised in the South, I’m relatively vocal about my distaste for both pecans and country music. Yet both this beer and this album have a subtle southern-ness about them that says, “We like pick-up trucks, but don’t have to write a song about it.” The beer has a familiar sweetness about it, just as Isbell’s voice hints at this same feeling, but isn’t sweet enough to feel as to be fake or overdone. Both the beer and the music contain that wistful feeling of eating dinner at my Nana’s house and catching lightning bugs until midnight with my sister in the summer.
Terrapin – Recreation Ale
Album: Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City
Favorite Song: Casino (Bad Things)
Rarely when I’m going to pick out a beer at the grocery store do I reach for a can. I like my beer in bottles and my music in a record. But Terrapin’s Rec Ale only seems to make sense in a can, while going on an adventure – just like Houndmouth’s From the Hills Below the City. There’s something about their alternative country rock sound that makes you feel like you’re in an REI commercial with a can of Rec Ale in your backpack. Both the music and the beer are uncomplicated and easy to enjoy with a group of friends crowded around a campfire.
Creature Comforts – Tropicalia
EP: Flume and Chet Faker – Lockjaw
Favorite Song: Drop the Game
This is one of those EP’s and beers that I have to be in the right mood for, but as soon as I am, I can’t get enough of it. You could probably put a 6-pack in front of me right now with this EP on repeat and I couldn’t stop myself. The beer is unique enough that you might have to drink a couple to decide whether or not it’s your new special occasion brew, and Flume and Chet Faker’s Lockjaw collaboration has this same flavor. Both the beer and the EP take some getting used to, but eventually they’ll be your go to when you’re trying to impress a date with your cultured taste in music and craft beer.
Red Brick – Laughing Skull
EP: The Bread Brothers – The Bread Brothers
Favorite Song: Milk and Honey
I stumbled across both this EP and this brew shortly after my 21st, and both have quickly become go-to’s for me. There’s something about this beer that makes me think highly of myself that I can finally name a craft beer as a trusted brew. With a caramel mixed with bitter flavor that doesn’t overpower your senses, it’s the perfect drink to have at a hip, restaurant going for that hole-in-the-wall look. And The Bread Brothers gives me this same feel – like I can finally name a modern rock-in-roll band that doesn’t make my dad scoff because “It’s a cheap imitation.” Both up my badass reputation and don’t make others cringe when I mention them in casual conversation with the hipper class, and for that I’m eternally grateful.