It was a lot of work and there were a lot of late nights when we were building out the brewery which took us about 5 months (and we think that’s some kind of record!). Fortunately, we had a lot of great beer and music to keep us going. These are the albums that got us off our butts when all we wanted to do was head home to bed.
Arcade Fire, Funeral
If they made a drug that was just the first 8 measures of Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) distilled into a pill I’d be an addict (and it isn’t even the best track on the record!). I’d take it whenever I was a little flat and I’d be up and moving again. Go listen to it right now. Tell me that it doesn’t just make you want to start walking somewhere. It became Pavlovian at some point and thoughts of what work we had to get done that night were secondary to the more pressing matter of when we’d start spinning Funeral again.
Mark Farina, Mushroom Jazz
This is one of our partner’s go-to anytime/anyplace music. It’s a bit of a running joke around the brewery because the style is so distinctive and he is playing it all the damn time. There are good odds that one of the volumes is playing right now in the office. Pretty sure it’s been banished from the back, though. If I have to hear the “just might be in Chicago” clip from Volume 4 one more time… I kid though, it’s chill and puts you in the right place to get the job done.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
I’ve always wanted to use ‘eponymous’ in a sentence. Much more poetic than ‘self-titled’. So here goes: this eponymous propulsive production is just a perfect working album. One of those makes-the-day-go-by records. Also, we’re big folk festers (also, kudos to The Needle for finding a home for Shakey Graves on a blustery Thursday this year!) so seeing them a year later on the hill was pretty fantastic.
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
I won’t get into the whole ‘is rock dead’ story as there’s clearly a lot going on in the indie, Americana/Canadiana & the, like, nouveau dad rock realms. But we are undeniably in the midst of a hip hop golden age. And Kendrick is (obviously) a musical genius at the apex of it—and this is simply a classic. (But then again I might be biased as I saw him in concert a couple weeks ago and my almost-2-year-old daughter’s favourite song is Humble). Anyway, we listened to this album a lot building the brewery.
Huge thanks to Kirk Zembal of Blindman Brewing for putting this awesome blog post together!
As seen in the poster above, enjoy our first cask night with Blindman Brewing featuring a New England style Pale Ale. We tap the cask at 5:15pm before the Happy Hour performance. Added bonus: This cask tapping is right before our first Nerd Nite of the fall season! For our October addition, Kirk and Shane of Blindman will be speaking about all the things that can go wrong in brewing. See you nerds there!