I have this theory. I suspect there will be a detailed article at some point. But in the meantime, I want to get everyone's opinion because I think this could be a fun topic. So, please, post some comments.
Some beer goes really well with certain types of music. For example, Spaten Oktoberfest goes really well with live polka music. On the other hand, it would be very very difficult to go to a Cracker concert at the High Noon Saloon (Nov. 8th at 8pm - $18 advance) and drink a Bigfoot Barleywine; though Shiner Beer might be appropriate.
So, what makes some beer better with some music? Have you noticed that a particular beer goes particularly well with a certain band?
In other words, is it possible to listen to Andrew WK and not drink a PBR? Is there something other than John Coltrane for a Paulaner Salvator? I'm not sure, yet, what makes these beers seem so suitable to this music. And I'm sure there are better matches out there. Maybe it has something to do with what the French might call "terroir." Maybe the fact that a beer and a band both come from the same general region is a factor; they both come from the same "place" so to speak. Though this can't be the full reason because often the places do not match up. Maybe it has to with the qualities of the beer that match the qualities of the music. In which case it is the most bizarre case of serendipity known to man.
What are your favorite bands and what do you drink when listening to them?
A few of mine to start the festivities (other than Cracker and Coltrane). I fully admit that there may be better matches out there. But with these bands I've actually had an "ah-ha" moment with these beers:
Early 70s Bob Dylan: New Glarus' Enigma
Devo: Bell's Oberon
A Tribe Called Quest: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Radiohead: Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier (I really don't understand this one at all)
Anyway. What say you?