The Allman Brothers were formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1967 by Greg and Duane Allman. Their twin guitar-led approach came to define “Southern Rock”. The band were not an overnight success due to their first two albums not making much of an impact.
It was in 1971 that they released At Fillmore East which is now considered one of the finest live rock albums ever released. I have selected their version of the T Bone Walker song ‘Stormy Monday’ as an introduction to their work. The track is also available on various Allman compilation albums.
Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 but the band carried on until 1976. They have reformed a number of times before calling it a day in 2014.
With this quintessentially American band you need an American beer and I have chosen Shipyard American IPA to pair with this great band. When it says American IPA on the label you expect a big citrusy, hoppy taste and Shipyard does not disappoint. This ale pours a dark gold colour and has a good citrusy aroma. The taste is very West Coast with a distinct, slightly astringent grapefruit flavour coming through. I tried this beer with a curry and felt that it worked well with the clean sharp flavour of the beer contrasting with the spicy hotness of the meal. The beer is hopped with four West coast hops, Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.
Shipyard is actually a craft brewery based in Portland, Maine, USA but some of their beers are now brewed in the UK by Marston’s who are the UK’s biggest independent brewers. This kind of collaboration is likely to become more commonplace as US brewers seek to gain access to UK markets but are put off by exporting by high shipping costs. In turn, Shipyard now brew Marston’s Ringwood Old Thumper for sale in the USA. Shipyard, in common with most US craft breweries offer a wide selection of beers including Pumpkin, Wheat, Mango, Coffee Porter, Blueberry and stout. Personally, I would like to see some of these more exotic beers in the UK rather than just innumerable versions of IPA.