About the Beer: Ahhhhh pumpkins… The seasonal berry (yes, a berry) that everybody goes crazy about this time a year. You will find pumpkin spice in your lattes, desserts, whiskey, and of course beer. But the folks at Big Rig Brewery actually spiced and roasted local pumpkins to give Tales from the Patch its rich flavour. This beer will warm you up as you prepare for the hordes of trick or treaters anxiously awaiting at your door.
Tales From The Patch is a chocolate-hued pumpkin porter that uses real pumpkins the brew team picked from Miller’s Farm in Manotick, ON. “We came back to the brewery and spiced and baked them, then put the roasted pumpkin right into the brew,” Lon Ladell, Big Rig Brewery brewmaster, explains. Vanilla beans and creamy milk sugar were also added to create a rich, smooth porter that mimics the fresh, cozy nature of the fall season.
About the Beer: Ahhh LSD! The drug that has expanded minds, made folks freak out, see the pink elephant, and inspired a generation of hippies to eventually turn into our parents and never do it again. Well now there is a beer called LSD. It will not make you trip out like our aforementioned chemical friend but it will refresh you nonetheless.
I saw the beer and wanted it for a psychedelic playlist instantly. It could have tasted like an LSD hangover and I would still have chosen the beer for the post. Thankfully it was really good! Psychedelic rock inspired many of our musicians today. I mean… The BEATLES!! They made music to be paired with LSD. You could say it’s motivated my own pairing adventure.
Commercial description: A nice fruity hop dominated by grapefruit. This beer is perfect after a battle with your lawn mower or to simply beat the heat. // Une belle présence de houblon fruité dominé par le pamplemousse. Elle est excellente après une dure session de tondeuse à gazon ou tout simplement pour combattre la chaleur.
This is the type of song you might not want to listen to on actual lysergic acid diethylamide, but if you must, just clench your teeth through the fluctuations of synth at the start and dive head in at the two-minute mark. #OTTband
Psychedelic Soul! This song starts off religious and then howls out words that would have given social media an “OMG I can’t believe he said that” day. Dare I say this song is NSFW? A sign of the times… The song was meant to serve as a warning regarding the state of race relations and the thunderstorm brewing in America’s inner cities.
Another Soul piece ready to take you higher and dance! This song was B-Side that turned into a massive hit for them. My father would always do the “boom lacka lacka” part to me randomly. I didn’t like it at the time but now it’s a fond memory.
Psychedelic-influenced rock in a blues-rock style. They are credited in some circles to have influenced Heavy Metal. What do you think? Black Sabbath? Very possible! Jim Morrison called Blue Cheer the single most powerful band he’d ever seen.
Pairing: A White Pepper Saison with a “Spicy” playlist. Spice in the title, lyrics, band name or something that will spice up the boudoir.
About the Beer: “Siduri is a character in the Epic of Gilgamesh. She is an “alewife,” a wise female divinity associated with fermentation (specifically beer and wine).” (Source Wikipedia)
I’ve been eyeing this sultry Siduri for the better part of two seasons. She was sitting there, in my basement, calling out my name. After pondering why I hear voices in my head, I decided to drink her in. Her spice of life was asking me to be content with the simple pleasures of life. A dichotomy that was hard to fathom. “How could that be?” I asked back. “You are so beautiful (packaging) and delicious (taste of the beer). There is nothing simple about you…” She then said, “Shut the f$%# up Daniel and make the damn playlist already!”
The commercial description goes as follows:
This extra-strong saison beer has been spiced with white peppercorns and aged in red-grape icewine barrels. The pepper character is definitely present but doesn’t overwhelm this delicate creation; earthy undertones come out in the finish.
Contest of the week
I asked the wonderful Jodi of Ottawa’s favorite spice store, Cardamom and Cloves, to make a “Spicy” gift basket for our contest. The winner had to choose a local band or song that would fit the “Spicy” theme. The winner announced later in the playlist!
This is the winning song in this week’s local artist contest. Wow! The sweetest of spice. Thank you Mean Dorris (of the Ottawa band The Haig) for the suggestion. For that, you win the Cardamom and Cloves spice gift.
White pepper is used as an ingredient in the beer. But pepper is only used in the title of this song. They do sing about cinnamon though. In researching this playlist, I found that so many good songs mention cinnamon. Anybody know why? Below are two of my favorites.
They are mad about saffron and so am I. Did you know it takes 80,000 flowers to produce a pound of saffron, with a cost in the range of 600 to 2,000 dollars a pound? This makes saffron the most expensive spice in the world. Also, from Cleopatra’s time to this day, it’s said that the aroma lingering on the skin after a hot saffron bath is enough to make any lover go mad with desire. The word saffron derives from Arabic: Za’feran and da asfar, meaning yellow.
Pairing: Pink Fuzz with songs that have a Fuzz (distorted) sound.
About the Beer: Made in Hintonburg, this beer is the first one I tried from Beyond the Pale when they first opened. I was instantly impressed and knew they’d be successful. Subtle in hops yet has that grapefruit flavour that you would expect from a very hoppy beer. For a 6% beer, it feels like a light 4%. It stands up to a chilly winter as well as a hot summer. Have it delivered by Brew Donkey or go see them directly. I bought a 32 oz growler from their brewery and was instantly inspired for the playlist by a song from Low.
The commercial description goes as follows:
Not your Bavarian grandfather’s wheat beer. We use grapefruit zest and pulp at different points in the process to insert the character of the fruit into the beer, and hops are carefully selected to emphasize the citrus notes. But don’t expect this to taste like the first course of Sunday breakfast; the fruit flavour is subtle, and the bitter quality of the grapefruit is balanced nicely by a bit of sweetness in the finish.