Here at NBB HQ (and lots of other places too) we love to listen to music and drink beer, at the same time. It's a wonderful pastime. If you follow our Instagram feed you have seen some posts sharing our love of beer and music. And if you want more, here's a inside line to the curator of those posts... And in this vein, today is a special day. I just received Mac DeMarco's "Salad Days" in the mail. I ordered it from Captured Tracks (Mr. DeMarco's label). I am very excited to listen to it, and drink beer at the same time.
The only issue that I foresee is beer choice. I have read the articles about it, and I have listened to parts of the album online, but tonight is the night, and I don't want to screw this up.
As you can see in the photo, I have narrowed my choices down to three beers: Summer Helles, Blue Paddle, and Trippel. Any of these three could work, probably, but maybe not. Let's go through them- The Helles is light and easy, similar to the melodic moods of Mac DeMarco's previous recordings, but does it have the punch? At 5.0%, maybe not. Next up, Blue Paddle. A favorite of mine, and has been, like, forever. Even lower of an ABV than the Helles though. Maybe the elevated bitterness (compared to the Helles) might make up for it, and the lit match aroma of Blue Paddle reminds me of "Ode to Viceroy" (from Mac Demarco's album "2"). But my dad loves Blue Paddle, and does not love Mac DeMarco, so I think I need to push here. That leaves Trippel. Smooth, but strong (7.8% ABV!). Crisp, with a touch of weirdness. Really, it should do perfect. And I look forward to the end of my work day so I can make it happen.
Thanks for reading and I recommend that you go out and pick up a six pack of Trippel and "Sald Days" and then enjoy both, at the same time.