Thirsty Thursdays: Peppermint Porter Collab by Beau’s & Big Rig
By Daniel Bordage
Beer: Peppermint Porter by Beau’s and Big Rig Brewery
Pairing: Yuletide mix
About the Beer: I had this beer on tap at Big Rig Brewery. I love that this peppermint porter isn’t overdoing it with the peppermint. I’ve had plenty of other peppermint-flavoured beer where I was better off sucking on a Christmas cane. I would say there are more chocolate notes with a little minty finish. I had two beers to make sure… Yup! Delicious!! You can find it at Beau’s brewery, or get it delivered by the BYOB program, Brew Donkey, and of course at Big Rig on tap.
The commercial description goes as follows:
Beau’s All Natural & Big Rig Brewery’s collaboration Peppermint Porter is a holiday treat! This is a dark ale with rich chocolate malt undertones that are echoed with the addition of cocoa nibs, and complemented with clean, cool peppermint in the finish. Matthew O’Hara of Beau’s and Lon Ladell of Big Rig designed the recipe together and brewed it up at Beau’s.
I could have spent three weeks on this playlist and not even touched the surface of all the Christmas songs out there. At first, I hated this time of year for music. But a bit of research, you will find amazing songs out there. With the help of my pals here at Ottawa Showbox, I was able to incorporate some great local music too. Here are some of my favorites, but even reviewing my list, I found a ton more. AHHHH!!
Julian Casablancas – “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”
I can’t help but think of the SNL version of this song. Suffawing suckatach this is synthfull!… Wait what what??? Found this!!!
Vaglab – “Do You Believe in Santa Claus?”
I do believe in this bass line. But yes, Santa is real. Everyone knows that! #OttBand
Milkmaid – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Probably the most non-traditional version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song ever. #OttBand
James Brown – “Soulful Christmas”
Do this song with headphones please. Drums on the left, horns on the right, sweet bass line right down the middle.
The Sadies – “Snow Squadron”
If anybody knows about snow in Canada and making a gig for the holidays, it’s the Sadies. This might not be a Christmas song. But it should be!!! At around 1:40 of this song, start surfing the snowy waves.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Fifteen feet of pure white snow”
Here’s another non-Christmas song that needs to be here. Nick Cave… wow…
Bandeeto Colin – “Mrs. Klaus”
Nothing but fuzzy guitars and singing about kissing Mrs. Klaus. Perfect! #OttBand
Low – “Silent Night”
Low has always been able to harmonize with the best of them. On “Silent Night,” they run a clinic on harmony.
The Acorn – “Sleepwalking”
Now the Acorn can rival Low in harmonies and also suffer Ottawa winters. Find this song on the great Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada #6 compilation found here.
Another one on the same collaboration is worth a good listen… “All I Want For Christmas is A Hoverboard.”
The Divide w/ Adrienne Curran – “Winter Wonderland”
A great collaboration just like our featured beer. I was never able to remember the words of this song. But it doesn’t stop me from pretending I do in the car. #OttBand
XXXMas – “Grandma’s Goose”
I grew up with a grandfather and uncle always changing Christmas songs and making them dirty. XXXMas has made a bunch of originals that keep up with the tradition. Check them out at House of TARG tonight (Dec. 23rd) for the XXXMAS 5th anniversary/album release show + Antique Christmas Party and #1Squarefoot THANK YOU. Showboxers will be there. #OttBand
Happy Fangs – “All I Want for Christmas is Halloween”
Halloween is my second Christmas after Beau’s Oktoberfest. Coming in third place… real Christmas.
The Lee Chapels – “Anarchy Xmas”
Some people hate the Holidays. The Lee Chapels rip through it nicely. #OttBand
The Vandals – “Oi! To The World”
The Vandals did an entire Xmas album that you should all check out. Classic!
The Kinks – “Father Christmas”
My House of TARG pic of the week. This song has to play there. I must be in attendance.
Promiscuous Protestah – “Christmas In The Suburbs”
The breakdown of this song makes it. Listen for it at 1:22… and the sleigh bells at 1:32. Greatness! #OttBand
Test Icicles – “Snowball”
Icicles and Snowballs? I know I want to throw some at my frienemies. Especially after I tried Costco on Dec 21st.
Jimi Hendrix – “Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne”
Merry Christmas EVERYBODY!!!!
Too many to pick but I leave you with this… Explosions in the sky – “Snow and Lights”
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The Centretown Recording Alliance Christmas Compilation
The Centretown Recording Alliance just released its Christmas song challenge compilation. The compilation features great originals and covers that range from very festive to songs that would make Scrooge and the Grinch proud . The only thing that might be better than the songs, are the excellent band names. Some of my favourites are, Misfit Toy Money, Chris Cringle and The Allbrights, The Steve Adequate Band and On Dancer, and the Baby Jesus Family Fun Times Band.
I asked Christopher Cook, member of the Centretown Recording Alliance, how this compilation came to be. “The Christmas compilation is a collection of songs recorded by a rag tag group of friends and friends of friends that we refer to as the Centretown Recording Alliance,” said Cook. “It’s the 7th in a string of recording challenges we’ve done where we record songs based on a theme or challenge. This one was pretty straightforward — a cover or original song about Christmas or the holiday season. The challenge is based mostly on the idea of solo/home recording but everyone approaches it with different levels of technology/experience/collaboration which makes for fun results.”
So who is this Centretown Recording Alliance? Who is this rag tag group of friends and friendly friends’ friends? The Centretown Recording Alliance, is a group of musicians from Centretown Ottawa who take part in regular recording projects as a means of challenging each others’ creativity and encouraging musical growth. The Alliance includes members from many established Ottawa bands. Generally most participants are from the Ottawa area, however there are several participants (satellite members) who’ve either left Ottawa and continue to participate or spend enough time in and around Ottawa that they are given official “Centretown status.” Cook added that, “Generally, we refer to the ‘spirit of Centretown’ so anyone who’s interested in supporting and encouraging creativity and developing the scene is free to participate.”
This is the 7th challenge overall, and the second Christmas one. It all started back in 2010 when a fellow by the name of Matt Wells, who used to be in the Centretown Cripplers with Christopher suggested the idea. “The general motivation being that we had a large group of friends, both people in bands and not, who had a lot of talent and interests outside of the more formal music groups they were involved in. Matt thought we should create something to challenge everyone’s creativity and output,” said Cook. They had 11 submissions in the original challenge and since then have done other album challenges and also single song theme challenges (Christmas, Canada Day, etc).
So take a listen to some fun tunes below and change up the same old mundane sound of Christmas. I also strongly encourage you to check out the rest of the challenges and other cool songs posted The Centretown Recording Alliance here.