WORDS OF THE WEEK
Despite the countless honey browns and honey wheats, we've gone out of the box on a beer for "Honeymoon." This brewery's beers pair perfectly with lyrics, as their offerings all have names derived from quotes. Wise Man's Thousand Chords Grisette was the ideal compliment while watching Bombadil's live show. And, according to the brewery's website, "the Grisette was originally designed as a thirst-quencher for miners in Belgium and France" (in other words, those who "dig a hole into the ground"). Enjoy, as you "pound the earth in outrage."
Left Hand's Introvert IPA has a "relaxed pace" that matches the song's tempo. The lyrics of "Moving to the Left" celebrate shyness: "You can cover up / You can hide / You feel again."
Bell's Pooltime Ale is the perfect compliment to a summer of swimming. Heed Wainwright's cautionary tale, you self-destructive fool.
When we found a Phish-inspired Double IPA called Picture of Nectar, we were certain we would select it to pair with these incredible lyrics. Then, we came across another IPA: one called Julius by Tree House Brewing Company. From their website: "Bursting with pungent American hops, Julius - our flagship American IPA - is a bright, juicy beer filled with flavors and aromas of mango, peach, passionfruit, and a melange of citrus juice. A soft, pillowy mouthfeel and rounded bitterness ensure Julius will never tire the palate - a true joy to drink!"
Smithwicks and Smith Hill. It seems like a no-brainer. The beer's name aside, its origin is akin to the Irish instrumentation added to the acoustic "Smith Hill 2018." Plus, the castle tower on the label is how we've always pictured the tiny room in the song. Smithwicks could easily be the libation the narrator considers toasting with when he says: "I could drink myself to death tonight / Or I could stand and give a toast / To those who made it out alive / It's you I'll miss the most."
Draycott Piano Man Blues. We couldn't find a more literal beer to accompany what we've long heralded as the best line in music. This offering comes from across the pond in Erewash Valley, Derbyshire, UK. Draycott Brewing Company lives by the mantra, "Life's short. Drink good beer!" After all, it's better than drinking bad beer.
Drink with friends. Or strangers. It's better than drinking alone.
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