American Craft Beer Week: Iron Maiden, Now Paired w/ Burgers & Craft Beer
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
Iron Maiden, Now Paired w/ Burgers & Craft Beer
$30 for 4 sliders & 9 brews paired with “Piece of Mind” on 5/16.
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NY Burger Week’s throbbingly clogged heart is Alphabet City tag-team Idle Hands Bar & That Burger, where they’re serving up great beers and enough sliders to satiate even John Rhys Davies. Check out your options:
Iron Maiden Piece of Mind Beer Pairing Session ($30): Because someone had to, on May 16th Idle Hands’ hard-rocking proprietor is pairing 9 beers from Blue Point, Smuttynose & Victory to each track off the seminal ‘83 metal album to honor the 29th anniversary of its release, with matches like Hoptical Illusion to “Flight of Icarus” (the tantalizingly psychedelic label & heavy hops aroma evoke Icarus’ doomed desire to escape Crete) and Prima Pils with Star Island Single with “Still Life” (drummer Nicko Brain’s reverse-recorded message warns “Don't meddle wid t'ings yo don't understand”, like the mysterious ocean creatures occasionally spotted in the Atlantic off the eponymous island). You’ll also take down 4 specialty sliders paired to the songs, and an order of tots with a special craft beer-infused dipping sauce.
1 "Where Eagles Dare" - Blue Point No Apologies (Draft)
**Pairing notes: "The Blue Point No Apologies Double IPA is not for the faint of heart. Or tongue. Since our very first batch, we set out to craft a big ale that would pack a punch but still leave you coming back for more. Brewed only in small batches from the finest European malts and American hops, the huge, earthy dry hop aroma of No Apologies finishes with a pleasing caramel sweetness. " This makes it the perfect beer to be paired with Iron Maiden's tribute to the 1968 movie of the same name about a brave soldier named Major John Smith who must lead a crack commando unit to rescue a captured solider.
2. "Revelations" Smuttynose Big A IPA (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: At the beginning of this song, vocalist Bruce Dickinson quotes English writer G. K. Chesterton: "O God of Earth and Altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die, The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride." The thunder he speaks of is like the intense hops and malts used in the making of Smuttynose Big IPA and the pride that is taken away by drinking it would be your sobriety.
That Burger Pairing: The "Revelations" Burger: Sauteed Onions, Sauteed Jalepenos, American Cheese, Spicy Bourbon Ketchup
3. "Flight of Icarus" - Blue Point Hoptical Illusion (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: "Ancient Egyptians stuffed their pillows with fresh hops, believing the hop’s aroma brought on intense, vivid dreams. Hoptical Illusion tantalizes beer lovers’ taste-buds, while its colorful, psychedelic packaging is candy for the eyes." Much in the same way, the desire to escape from Crete tantalized Greek Mythology's Icarus, causing him to build wings made of wax to fly away. Unfortunately, despite warning, Icarus flew to close to the sun, the wings melted and he fell into the sea where he drowned. Take this as a warning, when drinking Hoptical Illusion, do not become to obsessed and "drown" in the beer.
That Burger Pairing: Flight of Tots with "Flight of Icarus". Includes an order of tots and 3 dipping sauces featuring beers.
4. "Die with Your Boots On" Smuttynose Robust Porter (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: "This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London." Much like a dedicated London "Porter," no one drinks without their boots on!
5. "The Trooper" - Victory Prima Pils (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: When Steve Harris of Iron Maiden wrote "The Trooper" he based in on Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem, "Charge of the Light Brigade," a tale of a failed charge of British Cavalry the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. The poem gave praise to the valor of the cavalry maintained in holding their orders much like the bracing herbal bite the hops used in Victory Prima Pils Pale Lager, which is made in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe.
That Burger Pairing: "The Trooper" Burger: Lettuce, Pickles, Mozzarella Cheese, BBQ Sauce and Mayo
6. "Still Life" Smuttynose Star Island Single (Draft)
**Pairing notes: "Visitors to Smuttynose Island, peering across the dark waters of Gosport Harbor towards the ragged rocks of neighboring Star Island, are sometimes startled by the fleeting sight of mysterious, alluring creatures swept up from the Atlantic’s cold, inky depths." Found at the beginning of this song, drummer Nicko Brain recorded a backwards message warning listeners; "Don't meddle wid t'ings yo don't understand," which in this case, refers to Mermaids!
7. "Quest for Fire" - Victory Golden Monkey (Draft)
**Pairing notes": This song is based on the 1981 film and 1911 book of the same name about a "prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source." Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the 5th millennium & arguably first came fire, then came beer.
That Burger Pairing: "Quest For Fire" Burger: Sauteed Onions, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese and Hot Sauce
8. "Sun and Steel" - Victory Summer Love Ale (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: "With the sublime, earthy familiarity of noble, American and German hops backed up by fresh and clean German malts, Summer Love Ale ends with a surprising burst of lemony refreshment from fistfuls of American whole flower hops. Love Summer, now." This beer is a tribute to the steel used to make the brew house and the inspiration of the summer sun to make the beer.
That Burger Pairing: "Sun and Steel" Burger: Lettuce, Raw Onion, Red Island Sauce and Blue Cheese
9. "To Tame a Land" - Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale (Bottles)
**Pairing notes: This song, penned as a tribute to the 1965 sci-fi novel "Dune" pairs perfectly with Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale, a dark amber colored beer, much like the sand on the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the "spice" melange which in the beer represents the spicy, floral characteristics of the hops.