It's been an odd year, I found myself listening to more pop music than ever before. I've always been a guy to shit on the Biebers & Britneys of the world. It seems that the other genres I've always loved: hiphop, punk, alternative, electronic, indie-rock, soul, pretty much everything, has all kind-of mashed its way into pop music over the years. In 2015 it hit a peak of integration.
For a year that I've paid more attention to beer than music, the hard part was choosing the 20 best albums. The fun part was pairing the perfect beer to drink to really match the mood of each of them.
Warning: I don't recommend you making a play list and finishing each one of these beers by the end of each song. There are some heavy hitting ABV brews in this list...lets live to drink another day.
20. Beach Slang - The Things We Do to Find People That Feel Like Us. A little beach atmosphere in the winter, stay in side, crack this album, drink SanTan's Mr. Pineapple wheat ale.
I Break Guitars
19. Towkio - .Wav Theory with Brooklyn Sorachi Ace saison/farmhouse ale. Album and beer are both pocket rockets (aces) to bust out on poker nights.
18. Lamb of God - VII Sturm und Drang & Jester King Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout. Dry, super roasty, destroyers of all things unpleasant around you.
17. Internet - Ego Death Internet makes mood music, girl on girl mood music. Try pairing with Naughty Girl Stout from Right Brain and invite that friend over that your lady is always mentioning looks pretty...just a joke! Unless you think you can actually pull it off...
16. Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone combined with Cedar Creek Elliot's Phoned Home. Both the album and the beer play off of a phone theme, and an eerie extraterrestrial vibe that Erykah, Andre 3000, and E.T. all share.
Hello feat Andre 300
15. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell along side Rainier. In 2004 a bear drank 36 cans of Rainier he found at a campsite. He didn't touch a single can of the Busch beer that was there... For obvious reason even a bear can tell.
Should Have Known Better
14. Bomba Estereo - Amanecer while sipping The Bruery Or Xata. Combine sounds and flavors of the south. No not that south, souther than that. Keep going until they start serving plantains and arepas.
13. Jamie XX - In Colour while entertaining your taste buds with Deschutes Back Butte XXVII. Maybe this is Jamie the 20th, maybe Deschutes is saying seven beers kissed twice. Probably I'm just reaching in all contexts, but this is a damn good beer and one of the best electronic albums out.
12. Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful covered in a pour of Sixpoint Resin double IPA. Resin tastes like weed smells. Bronson likely does as well.
Baby Blue feat Chance the Rapper
11. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-love vibing with Boulevard Love Child No. 5 wild ale. When you have multi-love, you get numerous love children, its just science. No doubt babies have been made after drinking Love Child No. 5 and while listening to Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Ur Life One Night
10. Clutch - Psychic Warfare with ammunition from BrewDog I Hardcare You double IPA. There's no messing around here. This is music for serious metal heads, and beer for those that can handle seriously high IBU (80).
9. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late. I got energy, got a lot of energy, Kona Pipeline Porter brewed with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii, provides some energy for you to bust out your best hotline bling dance moves.
8. Amy Soundtrack complimented by Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. At 18% ABV 120 minute is a beast in a glass. I love me some Amy Winehouse, she was one of a kind. Let's cheers to her the way she would have wanted, with a ridiculously highly alcoholic beverage.
Back to Black
7. Adele -25 with a champagne beer for a classy lady with an impeccable voice. A toast "to class" with Goudenband Liefmans, Flanders Oud Bruin style.
6. Skrillex-Diplo - Jack U featuring Justin Blabaer by Evil Twin's berliner weissbier. Skrillex & Diplo helped rejuvenate Bieber's career and find him a broader audience. The comedy central roast definitely helped too. Evil Twin pays tribute to the mockery of, probably the most famous singer on the planet, with this delicious berliner weissbier. Yeah, you're pretty punny Evil Twin.
Where Are U Now?
5. Drenge - Self Titled jammin' with Scary Jesus Rockstar pale ale by Dark Horse. A band and a beer that are both fiercely underrated. These are for those looking to really go hard. Scary Jesus Rockstar has the flavor punches of an IPA but crushes like a pale ale. Its what most sessions wish they were. Drenge is that hard hitting rock band that you worried didn't exist any more.
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly trickin' Pimp My Sleigh from Fat Heads. This Belgium, strong dark, shouts 'Tis the season for sleigh rides and serious pimpin'. Bang Kendrick in the back of your ride, that'll get those reindeer moving.
3. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness with quenching sub-woofer Bass Drop Imperial Stout by Tiny Rebel (Wales). Its all about that bass, no treble, and no going light when it comes to a good imperial stout. You know what they say, the blacker the beery the sweeter the juice. This beer is so good I can't feel my face.
2. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf in the lab with Breaking Bud IPA by Knee Deep brewing. Currently my favorite hiphop artist, Chance the Rapper, teamed up with his brother and a whole squad of talented musicians & emcees to do a little experimentation. Knee Deep took one of the best TV shows of the last decade and did a little experimenting of their own. 9 out of 10 mixologists find both the album and the beer to be 100% dope.
Warm Enough feat J. Cole & Noname Gypsy
1. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color enhance your rhythm with Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder brewing co. This was a tough pick for the #1 spot but I've seen Alabama Shakes live and there hasn't been anything like them since James Brown, The Shakes, and Boulder's Shake, Chocolate Porter, are both equally clutch on the dance floor, as they are curled up on the couch with some Netflix.
Don't Wanna Fight No More