Harmony (n.) - the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole
Synonyms include: cooperation, unity, compatibility, friendship, fellowship, symmetry
Given my degrees in Education and English, one could assume any “expertise” I may posses would probably be in one of the aforementioned fields. Yet, I know way more about who added background vocals to Frank Ocean’s Pink + White, who mixedSantana’s Gypsy Woman, or the cannabis strain used to help curate The Arcs’ Yours, Dreamily. Throw in the fact, I consume enough beer for a small town, I frequently catch myself drinking specific beer, while listening to a specific album/song, which creates a harmony between the two seemingly juxtaposed mediums.
Hence, the World’s most immature beer review ever in the history of life, where I pair the taste of beer, to my taste in music
Atlas Brew Works, located just off I-295 on West Virginia Avenue, is D.C.’s first and only 100% solar-powered brewery owned by lawyer, turned homebrewer, turned brewery CEO, Justin Cox.
Along with the environmental fun fact, there are also quite a few great beer selections at Atlas. One being, Town & Country, a red wine barrel-aged Belgian Strong Ale. Or as Atlas likes to describe it:
Developed in partnership with Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, VA, and aged exclusively in French oak barrels, which previously held their world-class Bordeaux varietals. Town and Country blends old-world tradition and new-world innovation in a beer which will surprise and delight the palate. Fruit notes are pronounced, a product of both the unique Belgian yeast used for fermentation and the barrels’ rich history. A strong tannic body and significant alcohol foundation provide a sturdy canvas for flourishes of oak, tobacco, grape, and grain.
Personally, these are the types of adjectives I want to read when describing my beer, because it meshes well with my iPod playlists. This beer screams Motown soul, mixed with a barrel full of bluegrass, and dash of techno, and a splash of mid-90’s hip hop. Town and Country’s 8.2% ABV gives me a vibe similar to Oddisee’s The Good Fight, however the fruity notes, once poured in a tulip, scream Mild High Club’s Timeline album.
This album is, well, funky. It’s a very diverse album if we’re just talking funk. Similar to Town and Country, it can be enjoyed during a sexy evening or as a laid-back chill-out enhancer. T&C is the best beer for the guy who says, “I own a tuxedo, but I’d rather play beer pong”. It’s a beer that can be enjoyed on either spectrum. Funky, creative, sexy, with a well-balanced flavor. Harmony at its finest.
Next time you’re at Atlas go get your sexy, over a quiet game of corn hole.
Until next time...peace, and only drink good beer.