Taste of Newport 2012 – Blondie / Devo

The Taste of Newport is the annual three-day food, wine and music festival put on by the Chamber of Commerce in Newport Beach, CA. You may notice, like I did, that they don’t mention “beer” in the description of the event, and in years past there was good reason. Last year I asked on Twitter if they would have any craft beer at the event, the response was, “We’ll have Shocktop”.

I was hoping to see Newport Beach Brewing Company at the event, but the local brewery wasn’t there. I was pleasantly surprised to see Golden Road and Bootlegger’s Brewery on the list this year. While they aren’t Newport Beach locals, they are Southern California folks. Golden Road is from LA, and Bootlegger’s is from Fullerton. Bootlegger’s recently won “People’s Choice” at the OC Brew Ha Ha event, so I started off with a Old World Hefeweizen.

The food and beer is great, but the real reason I go to Taste of Newport every year is the musical entertainment. In years past they’ve had folks like Sugar Ray, Foreigner, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Barenaked Ladies. This year there were two headliners on Saturday night, Blondie and Devo. I took a handful of beer soaked blurry photos of the bands for your enjoyment. Continue reading

Hop Head Red – The Girl U Want

Every now and then I like to pair my craft beer with music. I know most folks are pairing beer with food, and that’s fantastic. But I’m not a certified cicerone yet, so I will stick to music for now. I’m a fan of redheads… and red IPAs too. So for this pairing, I suggest Hop Head Red, The Girl U Want!

The Beer

Green Flash Brewing – Hop Head Red

Red India Pale Ale – 7% ABV – 70 IBU

Green Flash- Hop Head RedResinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious
hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops. Welcome to the world of Red IPA.

The Music

Devo – Girl U Want – (ukulele version)

Try them together and see if you agree.

Cheers to craft beer!

Beer Soaked Erik