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Ignition Music Garage will offer special beers for sale during Record Store Day 2015

I can’t think of two things that go better together than music and beer, and since this Saturday, April 18, is Record Store Day, specifically vinyl records.

Goshen is extremely lucky to not only have some great local beer hangouts, but also a locally owned record store that doubles as a live music venue — Ignition Music Garage.

During past Record Store Days, Steve Martin, owner of Ignition Music, has hosted an event that attracted customers to be first in line and race to get the most valuable releases. Doors opened at 8 a.m. and a frenzy took place for about 45 minutes. After that, the initial shopping crowd dispersed and left the store for what would be the rest of a pretty normal Saturday afternoon.

This year, with over $8,000 worth of inventory for this one day, Steve is taking a different approach. He told me that he has decided, “To make the day more of a celebration of the culture we have created around Ignition Music Garage and to draw a crowd larger than normal by having special activities that last all day.”

According to the Record Store Day website,“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.”

Here’s a schedule of the day’s events:

  • 9:45 a.m.: Tickets are handed out in the order of those in line. Members first.
  • 10 a.m.:Doors open preview – customers sent to special section 5 at a time.
  • 10 a.m.: to 1 p.m.: Globe In Store Remote – Jason Samuel playing RSD records for the first time on air.
  • 11:30 a.m.: 3 p.m. Hot dogs, beer and chicken (tokens given out based on purchases)
  • 1 to 5 p.m.: Live music
  • 1 p.m.: First door prize drawing ($25 gift certificate)
  • 2 p.m.: Second door prize drawing (Ignition shirt)
  • 3 p.m.:Third door prize drawing (Grado headphones)
  • 4 p.m.: Fourth door prize drawing (Audio Technica AT-LP 60 turntable)
  • 5 p.m.: Final Door prize ( Audio Technica AT-LP 120 turntable)

There will be five live performances by musicians throughout the day as well.

Now to the beer part of the day.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales is no stranger to combining beer and music, so it is no surprise that they are the official brewery for Record Store Day. Owner/Brewer Sam Calagione, like many brewers, has a love for music, and talks about this in a youtube video.

They have brewed beers such as Bitches Brew (imperial stout, 9 percent ABV, IBUs 38), a tribute to the Miles Davis album of the same name, Hellhound on my Ale (imperial IPA, 10 percent ABV, IBUs 58)  in tribute to blues musician Robert Johnson, and of course American Beauty (imperial pale ale, 9 percent ABV, IBUs 55) in tribute to the Grateful Dead.  Bottles of Bitches Brew can still be found on the shelves at select Michiana bottle shops.

The new Goshen Brewing Company is the official brewery for Ignition Music Garage, and they will have a couple of brand new beers available at Record Store Day including a Kolsch style and a coffee brown ale with Ethiopian beans roasted by Goshen’s own DIY Coffee and Ale Supply. This will be one of the first opportunities for the public to enjoy Goshen Brew Co beers.

During the day, Ignition Music will have bottles of Dogfish Head 60  minute IPA (6.0 percent ABV, IBUs 60) and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (7.2 percent ABV, IBUs 50) available for sale.  Nelson’s executive chef Roger Rymer will be grilling up wings and rib tips beginning at 11:30.

Record Store Day at Ignition Music Garage will go until 8 p.m., however, you can head over to the Constant Spring for one other special Record Store Day release – Upland Vinyl Tap Rye (rye pale ale, 5.5 percent ABV, IBUs 36). This is a special beer brewed just for this day and 10 percent of all profits of the beer will go toward supporting local arts and music in the community.  

This unique brew is composed above the foundation of a classic American Pale Ale, with Pale and Munich malts providing the bass and notes of biscuit, honey, and spicy rye malt filling in the harmony. Topped off with the lyrical melody of citrus and pine from a blend of four American hop varieties, Vinyl Tap is music to your mouth. 

Also on tap at the Spring will be Upland Coast Buster (imperial IPA, 8.5 percent ABV, IBUs 65) and possibly another Dogfish Head beer.

Can you remember the first vinyl album that you bought? I can, it was the Clash Combat Rock in 1982.

Remember songs like “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”  Although I haven’t purchased any vinyl since last year’s Record Store Day when I purchased The Grateful Dead Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, Calif. on 4/18/70, I did just purchase the newest release on CD from The Steel Wheels – Leave Some Things Behind at Ignition Music Garage.

And, yes, records do get played on a regular basis in our home.

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