I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the Cribs now but it’s over twenty-five I’m pretty sure. This weekend they played what they have described as their ‘best ever’ gig in Leeds’ Millennium Square, so let’s dive into the beer fridge and have a look at which brews perfectly compliment their six albums.
Their debut album needs a mix of homegrown rawness and New York cool which is why I’ve picked Merrie City Atlantic Hop, brewed by HB Clarks of Wakefield, this was their first foray into craft beer and mixed the now ubiquitous Amarillo American hop with the British Bramling Cross for a crisp pale ale.
The New Fellas
I doubt anyone could argue that TNF is a lager album, and so I’ve gone for an old school lager – Red Stripe. This was actually what I was drinking at Millennium Square on Friday but it was also on tap at the Brudenell during Cribsmas and became a key sponsor of both Camden Crawl and The Great Escape which the Cribs have appeared at.
Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
A bit older, a bit wiser, a bit more sophisticated, let’s have a Belgian but let’s not forget that we’re still a bit parochial and singing about kitchen sink dramas and get one from the supermarket. My pick for this album is Leffe blonde, it’s subtle, it’s classic, but it kicks you in the ass at 6.6% if you’re not careful.
Ignore The Ignorant
After our palate cleanser let’s go back to something more edgy and with a Manchester influence, seeing as we’re now in the era of Johnny Marr. Blackjack Brewery’s Aces High American Pale Ale has an aggressive citrusy punch and is a grower.
In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
Back to basics and back to West Yorkshire and the Ossett Brewery. Ryan has described this lbum as ‘dense and dark’ so let’s go with Ossett’s Treacle Stout. It’s dark, and it’s dense, but the hops lend it a slight citrusy floral hit which matches the album cover.
For All My Sisters
I think it’s only right that we go with a female brewer, step up Jenn Merrick of Beavertown and their Black Betty Black IPA. It’s both familiar and a bit different, with an influence of the Pacific North West in the hops. Ultimately it’s IPA, but not as you know it, just as FAMS is both recognisably the Cribs, and staring off into a different direction.