As concerts start to ramp up again, so will the endless pairings of beer with music. This list is a short cheat sheet of the Top 50 to help you get started:
Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish – possibly hyperbole, but this track is a modern pop version of Stairway to Heaven. To truly feel alllll the feels she puts out in this build up hit, reach for a Founders Bottle Series #1: Nemisis. It will take the full five minutes of this song to appreciate the complexities of this beer. It may be bitter in the beginning, but as the track builds, so too will the flavor. Hop sharpness will morph into malt complexity, making you forget just how melancholy you may be at the beginning of the track.
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X – in the spirit of the hits of the 50s, this two minute long track is energy from start to finish. In other words, this is a pregame rally cry to drain your glass. Three Floyd’s Munsterfest, a classic Oktoberfest style lager, will let you go from zero to sixty in the mandated time frame. A clean, bready malt backbone with a touch of noble hops is appropriate in both a pint and das boot.
All My Favorite Songs by Weezer – oh, how I long for the days when Weezer were still a nerdy band. Honestly, if they released a song in the last twenty years, it is probably bland sing-a-long pop rubbish. My beer pairing: Toppling Goliath’s Soul Hunter. Why this Double IPA? Literally ANYTHING to help take your mind off this cookie cutter “rock” song. Choose which doesn’t sound tasty: passion fruit, mango, papaya, or Rivers Cuomo. Now guess which isn’t in this beer’s profile. You’re welcome.