The Beers for the Bands at Untapped Fest

click to enlarge Beers as people and people as beers. - COURTESY
Beers as people and people as beers.

Metric is just a cider. It's clear. I say that in a matter of fact tone, not a they're-Canadian-and–therefore-somehow-a-little-wussy-and-ciders-are-wussy sort of way. Some of the toughest, hard rockin-est s.o.b.s I play badminton with drink cider. As to which cider, in the Canadian spirit of fairness (can you tell I know nothing about Canada?) I threw a dart at a bullseye of ciders and landed on Austin Eastciders' Texas Honey Cider — the radical possibilities of chance, something Canadians know all a-boat.

GZA Maybe it's the scene in Coffee and Cigarettes where GZA and RZA are being waited on by Bill Murray and ask for caffeine-free herbal tea, but I just can't imagine GZA chugging through tall boys like its Rush Week. However, I can see him taking delicate, calculated sips from a Vital IPA from Victory, y'know, to aid in digestion.

Ellis Redon (to be read in a Christian Bale as Batman voice, but not as Batman) I'm trying to recall what I last saw Ellis Redon drinking, but it escapes me, (blame it on the G'Knight). His music is vast and metallic, like dusk in a scrapyard — pixies playing in the kindled underbrush of a slashed and burned rainforest. I want to make out and cry, cry and make out. It's ... got ... to ... be ... Lafitte's Reserve from Busted Sandal Brewing Company. I didn't look for the alcohol content because I didn't want to know. As a strong, dark ale it has body and flavor. As far as how sloppy we will get, it's a mystery between the dark and me.

This is totally Nina Diaz. - COURTESY
This is totally Nina Diaz.

Nina Diaz without dropping tired clichés of the hometown beer for the hometown girl, I must say that if Nina Diaz's music is a particular beer, to me, it's Freetail's TexiCali Brown Ale because she's one of the few musicians in the city that has made it outside of the state due to her skill, talent and craft. Her solo work has a bright blend of Mexican, Texan and Californian influences; a Freetail beer, in particular, because it's one on the exhaustive list of beers offered at Untapped that I am familiar with, much like her catalog.

King Pelican As San Antonio's premier band that makes you want to head out to Port A and catch a weakling of a wave on your boogie board 'til you develop a rash on your belly and head to Shorty's to be nursed back to a state of sublime inebriation, I feel compelled to select Kona's Longboard Lager.

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