With the Grain: Summer Ale & Marissa Nadler

I don’t mean to brag….actually, yeah, I do…but, I have some great blogger friends who have agreed to contribute a piece to CFM’s new beer and music pairing feature entitled “With the Grain.” The plan is to run this feature for as long as there is beer, music and willing writers with the intention to deliver a brief regional and international impression of what is making earbuds sing and tastebuds dance.

Our first piece comes from “With the Grain” main contributor, Jessica, who is also writer and editor of the ever so “audiotastic” New Music CollaborativeJess, who is from Boston, MA, isn’t just a music blogger, but a beer aficionado too. And, as you will read below, she combines her two loves to create the perfect pairing for the latter days of summer…

I remember thinking “Cheers to summer” as I snapped this picture on the official first day of the season, and that’s exactly what Brooklyn Brewery‘s Summer Ale and “The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You” are, a salute to the sunnier side. However, there is a bit of heft to both.

The summer ale is a bit different from your typical pilsner or kölch style summer beer because it’s based off of a traditional english style known as a Light Dinner Ale. It’s smooth and refreshing with a crisp citrusy aroma and bit of a bready taste from the malts giving it a medium body. It’s a mellow summer sipper, not a beer that will blow you away, but a welcome change of pace for a patio beer.

Complimentary to the Summer Ale is Marissa Nadler’s song full of poetic sunny imagery, “the sun will turn my hands to gold / more than any alchemist”, but it’s a bit too heavy, mellow, and sad to fit in with the easy-going summer jams. Her voice effortlessly glides over guitars the way you often see dragonflies skimming over the water at the lake. Summer songs come and go, but this one has staying power and I’ll be coming back to it.

Two quick months later and the summer beers are about to be replaced by pumpkin and oktoberfest beers, which means I’m almost ready to put away the summer songs too. But the Summer Ale and “The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You” are apt transition pieces to the autumn as we imbibe the last of the summer sun.

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“The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You”


2 thoughts on “With the Grain: Summer Ale & Marissa Nadler

  1. Pingback: With the Grain: J. Tillman and a Yuengling Black and Tan « Common Folk Music

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