Writer’s Note: My name is Bill Roseberry, better known as Billdo to thatmetalstation.com listeners, a recurring co-host on the Metal Mike Show. I’m a 42-year-old professional journalist in southern Illinois, right outside of St. Louis, Mo. and two of my passions besides writing are music and craft beer. My love of music can date back to my dad playing Queen, Beatles and Rolling Stones albums when I could barely walk and me dancing to the beat. I still vividly remember buying my Van Halen “1984” cassette tape with my allowance when it released and wearing it out. My love of music has grown exponentially since then. My love for creative and unique brews came much later, but hopefully, this column shows me as an aficionado for both — this is beer & metal.
My latest beer comes from the St. Louis market, brewed with 100 percent Tasmanian hops from Australia and showcases, with great genius, the sweet flavors of citrus and pineapple melded with the classic bitterness of an IPA (India Pale Ale).
It’s one of my favorites.
In my opinion, Schlafly’s Tasmanian IPA is a juggernaut on the market. Beer Advocate must agree with me; it gives the beer an outstanding rating of 4.25 out of 5.
It’s a beer I look forward to and savor every time I get my hands on one.
That’s because, unfortunately, it’s a seasonal beer and only available during the fall months.
The mesh of fruit and hops kicks you in the teeth with flavor and grittiness at 7.2 percent alcohol by volume, so when thinking of a song to pair it with I had to do some brainstorming. The classic awesomeness of the Tasmanian IPA and the fact it uses unique hops from Australia made me choose an Australian classic to perk up my ears with my tastebuds — AC/DC’s “Sin City” from 1978’s “Powerage.”
I described Tasmanian IPA as gritty, classic, flavorful and awesome. Is there a better way to describe AC/DC?
The fifth track off of “Powerage,” “Sin City” is a great choice for this beer because, if you’re a lover of IPAs, this one goes down so smooth you might commit a few sins after a few of them.
Besides the brilliance of the beer, you’ve got the shredding guitar of Angus Young, the bass grooves of Cliff Williams (on his first AC/DC album) and the gravelly tones of the late great Bon Scott on vocals. Phil Rudd provides rhythm on drums, and of course it wouldn’t be AC/DC without mentioning the riff master on rhythm guitar, Malcolm Young.
The slow rhythmic start to “Sin City” explodes into heavy drumming and eventually a monster Angus solo that will make it hard to drink your beer while you’re playing air guitar.
When it all comes together, “Sin City” fellates your ears, while Tasmanian IPA tantalizes your tastebuds to steer you toward beer and metal euphoria.
“Powerage” was the fifth album released by AC/DC in Australia and their fourth internationally. It’s an all-encompassing album with some great tracks, just like Schlafly is a powerhouse brewery with plenty to offer.
Fortunately, Schlafly has a pretty strong distribution. According to www.seekabrew.com, Schlafly has full distribution in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C. They also offer limited distribution in Illinois, Mississippi, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington.
Check out Schlafly at www.schlafly.com, grab one of their many beers, notably Tasmanian IPA, and listen to “Powerage” and rock out to the Aussie legends who took rockabilly and blues, then cranked them up and made hard rock their bitch.