Two of my favorite things are progressive rock music and craft beer. I was delighted to see Brewery Vivant’s tribute to one of the best progressive rock albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Tart Side of the Moon, a dark farmhouse ale, was brilliantly planned (I’m sure) to be released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the album. Well done Brewery Vivant!
The label artwork is fantastic, using the instantly recognizable prism imagery developed by Hipgnosis with a beer-related twist—the prism is substituted for a chalice-style beer glass. The chalice is divided into four parts, with each part showing what appears to be the four ingredients of the beer: Hops, barley, water, and yeast. The label also has a description of the beer and a listing of complimentary foods. I was really hoping for a listing of complimentary progressive rock albums other than Dark Side of the Moon, but alas we will all have to come up with our own list. Here’s a partial list of mine: The Yes Album (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Leftoverture (Kansas), Seconds Out (Genesis), Brain Salad Surgery (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer), and I Robot (Alan Parsons Project).
In wonderful Brewery Vivant fashion, Tart Side of the Moon is full of flavor and has a distinct sour/tartness. The beer is high in alcohol and pours a perfect dark color. This craft beer is a delight to all of the senses. I'm told it is available only in limited quantities, so if you are lucky enough to live in Michigan be sure to grab a 4-pack if you can.