Monthly Archives: January 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 31

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue.  Translated from French to mean “the end of the world”.  Unibroue, a Canadian brewery, makes delicious Belgian style beers that are fun to open on a special occasion due to the champagne cork!  I love to hear the sound of the cork popping out of the bottle.  They are also good for cellaring because they have high alcohol content.  I wouldn’t save this beer until the end of the world, because it would be a shame if it was left corked when the fire and brimstone sets in.  It needs to be kept in a dark place with even temperature though, or you could find that your delicious beer you were saving is past its prime.  I hate to make a toast to the end of the world, but I like to close my blog entries with a toast!  Here goes.  A toast to La Fin Du Monde, live every day like it is your last, drink up!

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Year of Beer 01.31 La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.31 La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 30

Today’s Year of Beer painting is A Deal With the Devil barleywine by Anchorage Brewing Company.  This wicked brew has been creating quite a stir this year as it did last year.  Only 28 cases were released in Alaska, so La Bodega only sold one bottle per person at $30+ a bottle.  Recently, a bottle sold for $100 on Craigslist, as it is no longer available at any store in Anchorage.  I guess you can only sell your soul once a year?  I didn’t realize that my soul was only worth $30.  I tasted this barleywine at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barleywine festival.  I was frankly surprised that it took third place in the barleywine competition.  Oak aged in Cognac barrels, it is a cut above any other barley wine you will try this year, or next year, or even five years from now, which is when I will pop mine open.  Sure is smooth for a 17% alc/vol brew!  Making a toast to A Deal with the Devil goes against my Christian upbringing, but what the hell.  To A Deal With the Devil, the best barley wine I tried in 2014!  I sampled a lot of them!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.30 A Deal with the Devil by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.30 A Deal with the Devil by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 29

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Lagunitas IPA, a fine version of a single IPA, meaning it ain’t Hop Stoopid.  I portrayed this beer sitting in a redwood forest nearby Petaluma, California, home of Lagunitas Brewing Company.  This beer is crisp clean and full of hop flavor and malt body.  I could drink this beer all day in a proper redwood forest, and I bet if you like IPA, you would too.  Although this beer feels small next to the grandeur of the redwood giants, it feels like a mighty large beverage when I am enjoying it at home here in Alaska.

Cheers to great beers!  Good job Lagunitas Brewing Co. for making an exemplar version of IPA!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited edition print at my Etsy Shop.

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Year of Beer 01.29 Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".
Year of Beer 01.29 Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 28

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Bitburger, Germany’s number one imported draft beer.  I like this pils because is has more flavor than some of the more balanced German pilsners.  It is what Miller Lite wishes it was.  If Miller would only drop all that corn and stay true to the Reinheitsgebot purity laws then it too could possibly be as good as Bitburger, well Miller would have to add a few more hops as well.  The brewery in Bitburg makes seven times as much brew as Sierra Nevada Brewing Company!  I drink this one when I am feeling nostalgic for German style pils, because it is an excellent example of this style.  There are only three others that I can remember that were as high on my list: Berliner Pils (not to be confused with the Berliner Weisse), Einbecker Pils, and Garley Pils.  Too bad you can’t buy any of them but Bitburger here in Alaska.

Ein prosit dem Reinheitsgebot alles Malzbier!

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Year of Beer 01.28 Bitburger. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.28 Bitburger. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 27

“If you’d been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter too.”
~21st Amendment Brewery.

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA.  It is the brewers’ tribute to “unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere.”  I love this craft brew not only because it has a space monkey on the label, but also because it tastes like a serious IPA without making me loopy in the brain.  I prefer craft brew in cans because the beer is safe from light and oxidation in a can, and the can is less likely to break than a bottle.

“To Infinity and beyond!”

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.27 Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.27 Bitter American from 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 26

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Murphy’s Stout in a draught can.  When you exit the train station in Edinburgh, Scotland (pronounced Eden•burr•oh), where this beer is brewed, you will see castles and cathedral rooflines in every direction.  We arrived at sunset, several hours late, because a train had caught on fire up the tracks on the way from London.  I really wanted to go to Scotland, as it is the base for my name, but also because I was looking for some vintage Scottish cashmere sweaters.  I did search every second hand store in town, giving me a pretty good idea of what Edinburgh is about.  No vintage sweaters were to be found despite our extensive search.  When we were leaving in a rainstorm by bicycles we explored the ancient Roman aqueducts, which amazingly flow over the top of freeways.  Bicycle touring in Scotland maybe was not the best idea, so after we crossed the island we booked it out of Scotland all the way back to Holland via conventional travel.  Drink a Murphy’s, one of the best Irish beers… brewed in Scotland!  Go figure.

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Year of Beer 01.26 Murphy's Stout. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.26 Murphy’s Stout. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 25

Forest Ranger, Park Ranger, Army Ranger or even Strider from Lord of the Rings would dig an IPA as tasty and portable as Ranger IPA in the can from New Belgium Brewing of Colorado.  This beer feels at home in a deciduous forest, or under the glow of an Aspen ring.  I have long loved New Belgium since I was a freshman in college at WSC in Gunnison.  I am so glad that last year the brewery started distributing in Anchorage, Alaska.

Here’s a toast to all the rangers out in the world making our parks, forests, and middle earth a better place!

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Year of Beer 01.25 Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".