123/1708) Bar Volo: IPA by Burdock Brewery of Ontario: **; a 6.7% American IPA brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops; citrusy nose; dry, earthy citrus flavours with a bitter finish;
This was consumed in the afterglow of Brian Wilson's performance at Massey Hall. He is touring to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" LP. This was the album that, legend has it, prodded Paul McCartney to begin to formulate the idea of the Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper" album.
It was a exhilarating and a depressing night at the same time. The music was wonderful and while Brian Wilson has lost the upper register this was ably supplied by Matt Jardine, the son of original Beach Boy Al Jardine who was also there. The sight of Brian Wilson walking on and off stage, in a gait somewhere between lumbering and shuffling was sobering. He sat nearly motionless behind a keyboard that may or may not have been a prop. In the end the music won out. With a genius like Brian Wilson it couldn't have worked out any other way.