High Five! from BLIND ATLAS
Hailing from Denver and disparate points around the U.K., BLIND ATLAS came together in the bohemian suburbs of south Manchester, united by a shared preoccupation with drinking, failed relationships, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, BLIND ATLAS concocts a new take on American alternative country and classic British rock ‘n’ roll, taking inspiration from The Rolling Stones, Townes Van Zandt, Calexico, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and of course, their favorite pints of beer featured in this week's High Five!:
1. Wild Swan Ale
(Cameron Baxter - Vocals & Bass)
I had a quick pint of this lightly colored, unique tasting beer at our local pub after a rehearsal; it was the best beer I had ever tasted. Sadly though, I've never been able to find Wild Swan again. If anyone knows its whereabouts, please contact us!
2. Sierra Nevada
(Ross Thompson - Vocals, Harmonica & Guitars)
I like this beer because it simply tastes awesome. I know this is not a very adventurous choice, but then again, why venture away from perfection when Sierra Nevada is in fact, perfect? This is an American classic that tastes great with any meal.
3. Mulled Cider
(Pete Garner - Guitar, Banjo, Hammond & Lapsteel)
I'll usually have stouts and porters in the winter and then swap over to cider with a lot of ice in the summer. Hot Mulled cider is great in the winter, as well as on cool summer nights. There's always a cider van parked at UK festivals, which is where you'll find me. I don’t favor any brand of mulled cider in particular, mainly because I can always make it myself using a recipe found online.
4. Goose Island India Pale Ale
(Christian Jacobs - Vocals, Drums, Percussion & Keys)
I’m addicted to Earl Grey tea, to the point where the guys are always ribbing me about carrying my tea flask around everywhere. When I discovered this Chicago beer, I was surprised to find that it actually has an Earl Grey aftertaste. Goose Island IPA has a pronounced hop flavor with a distinct lemon character. It’s hard to get ahold of this beer over in England, so I have to buy it in crates to get my fix.
5. Alhambra Reserva 1925
(Adam Jones - Vocals, Guitar & Lap Steel)
Alhambra Reserva 1925 is a kick ass beer, my favorite in fact. It's not a quaffing beer because it is pretty strong tasting, but it's the sort of beer that has a lovely flavor that really comes through even when it's ice cold. A lot of lagers are pretty ropey and are designed to be consumed at a frigid temperature, because they have no flavor to them. To be fair, all of the Alhambra beers are really nice, but this one is extra special. Plus, I like Granada, Spain, where Alhambra comes from.
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This week's High Five is brought to you by: BLIND ATLAS with Lauren Mercury Roberts
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