It's no secret that booze and music pair well. Listening to Johnny Cash demands a shot of whiskey. When Snoop's "Gin and Juice" comes on the radio, you know what to reach for. And every time we see Celine Dion live, we always have a glass of rosé in hand.
While you're bound to see flocks of hipsters at this weekend's Outside Lands festival, there will be no PBR in sight in the beer garden. The festival's Beer Lands attraction was curated by Magnolia's Dave McLean, and will feature 30 brews from 15 craft breweries. Combine these quality beers with a wine garden and talented local food purveyors, and Outside Lands is sending a powerful message to the concert promotion industry: Good music pairs well with other good things.
Check out five of our recommendations from the Beer Lands tent, in no particular order:
The Bruery's Humulus APA with Brett
The Humulus series from Orange County's Bruery is a draft-only, hop-forward line of beers that rarely make an appearance in Northern California. This batch is a pale beer with a floral hop aroma and a notable earthiness from the addition of brettanomyces, a wild yeast used in many sour beers. This beer is aggressive and slightly rough around the edges, and should pair well with the ragged psychedelic stylings of the band Tame Impala.
Pacific Brewing Laboratory's Nautilus
This Belgian-style saison is brewed with coriander, bitter orange, crystallized ginger, and hibiscus flowers. The flowers impart a gorgeous pink hue and slight tartness to the beer. Study this unique brew while bathing in the otherworldly sounds of Sigur Rós.
A clean, hoppy beer with aromas of citrus and pine. If 72-degree weather makes you crave hops, this should be one of your first stops. This focused brew pairs well with the bright, fun tunes of Passion Pit.
Sierra Nevada Outside Lands Saison
Be the first to try this new brew, which was created especially for the festival. Expect a semi-dry beverage with fruity yeast aromas and a touch of spice. A beer from this classic brewery will pair nicely with the songs of the recently reunited veteran indie rockers of Grandaddy.
Magnolia's Kalifornia Kolsch
This German style of beer is fermented like an ale, but drinks like a lager. This crisp thirst-quencher has a light body and a subtle, grassy hop character. If Stevie Wonder sings "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," be sure to reach for this.