Many of us are stuck at home as we do our best to flatten the curve. While we’re finding different ways to keep busy, sometimes a good brew and some solid tunes are most appropriate. To enjoy the best of both, Chicago-style, try some of these music-and-beer matches made in heaven on your next Happy Hour Zoom call.
Noble Beast (Andrew Bird) + Apex Predator (Off Color Brewing)
Take the mid-afternoon sunshine of shimmering strings and plucked countermelodies with the dark glissandos and haunting whistles on Bird’s 2009 album, pair them with the fruity- but-biting Apex Predator, and you’ve got an entire ecosystem of sound and taste.
Crybaby EP (Beach Bunny) + Masquerade Tears (Temperance Brewing)
No need to cry when you’ve got Beach Bunny’s pastel brand of melancholy-affirming pop to go with this fruity milkshake double IPA from Temperance Brewing— a solid reminder that sometimes, more is more.
Coloring Book (Chance the Rapper) + Coloring Books & Puppies (Forbidden Root Brewery)
This pairing might seem a little on-the-nose, but who’s to say the bold aural experience of this gospel-influenced pop/hip-hop album from Chance the Rapper isn’t just the right thing to go with the prickly peppercorn of Forbidden Root’s Nordic wheat ale?
American Beauty/American Psycho (Fall Out Boy) + Freedom of Press (Revolution Brewing)
Lightlessness is Nothing New (Maps & Atlases) + Penumbra (Empirical Brewery)
Pith (Melkbelly) + Cushy Blood Orange (Old Irving Brewing)
Need something sharp and bold to go with this crunchy, alternative release? Old Irving’s fruited sour Cushy Blood Orange can add the perfect high sharp note to Melkbelly’s savage bass lines and in-your-face drumming.
Telefone (Noname) + Good Listeners (Off Color Brewing)
Are you listening? Because Noname has something to say in this debut, and if you’re not paying attention, you might miss some of the incredible details in it— so settle in for an intense listening session with the intensely fruity Good Listeners, Off Color Brewing’s collab with Rowley Farmhouse Ales.
Horses (Patti Smith) + Ghost Ride (Revolution Brewing)
Grand Illusion (Styx) + Passing Haze (Ballast Point Brewing Co.)
Gish (Smashing Pumpkins) + Ancient Magick (Old Irving Brewing)