Monthly Archives: January 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 21

Well, now that AK Beer Week has been over for two days, I’ve been having a hard time shifting gears back to real life in Anchorage in January.  Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing Co. makes the transition a bit easier.  It is one of my favorite Colorado brews, because it is a clean Reinheitsgebot American lager that rocks after a long work session!  Normally when tasting a brewery’s beer for the first time, I go for the lightest, simplest option like pilsner, kolsch, or golden ale.  These simple brews will tell me a lot about a brewery because they require certain brewing standards.  If you get diacetyl in a lager you know not to trust the brewery’s dark beer, IPA, or barley wine because there is a high chance that the whole brewery could be infected.  Shift Lager may not be a Euro Pils, but it is one of the best American Lagers made in the USA!

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

Year of Beer 01.21, Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.21, Shift Pale Lager from New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 20

Happy MLK DAY!

Today’s Year of Beer is Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co.  Hypothermia is always a concern when living in Alaska, that is why we consistently drink heavy winter warmers all winter long.  Alaskans do this to reduce the anxiety of knowing we are one step away from freezing to death.  That is why this American Double IPA measures 8.5% ABV and 70 IBUs.  It will definitely provide that warm glow you need to get through the month of January in the nation’s darkest, coldest state.

This is the poem that’s on the Hopothermia packaging. Can you tell of which poem by which northern poet this is a parody?  Hint, his initials are R. S., and the poem is about his friend Sam.

“There are strange brews made where glaciers cascade
By the brewers who know no bounds.
For they stuff in the hops ’til the temperature drops
And then call for a few more rounds.
In Alaska, it seems, every brewer dreams
of a bold Double IPA.
Hopothermia’s the beer, in the Last Frontier
That will keep the wild wolves at bay.”

You can purchase the original painting or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

Year of Beer 01.20, Hopothermia Double IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.20, Hopothermia Double IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 19

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Spaten Optimator, chillin’ in the streets of Deutschland.  On my first trip to Germany I went to Münich (München) with only weeks until my 21st birthday.  I was enjoying drinking legally overseas, my first introduction to bars and a pub crawl.  I pretty much only drank dunkles (dark) bier because I thought helles (light) or pils was boring.  On my second trip my wife and I went to a small town in the middle of Germany to visit her family in a town called Seesen.  I couldn’t find any good beer because I was shopping at the local grocery market, but then we discovered the drink (getränke) shops.  The drink shops in Germany stock beers that are really popular across the country, or available within about 100 kilometers of the store.  All the empty bottles are returned to the brewery for refilling.  Germany has an extensive brewing history, but unlike the U.S., most beer there is crafted in Reinheitsgebot tradition, so it’s almost impossible to find hop-forward ale there, however you will find a perfect pils after perfect pils.

Ein Prosit!  Ich Liebe Bier!

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

Year of Beer 01.19, Spaten Optimator from Germany. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.19, Spaten Optimator from Germany. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 18

Today is day 9 of AK Beer Week!  Last night my wife and I poured for Coronado Brewing Co. and Full Sail Brewing at the first session of the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, and after the festivities we hopped on a bus to the after party at Cafe Amsterdam where Alaskan Brewing presented Ken and Shauna Pajak a painting that AK Brewing commissioned from me as a thank you present to the Pajak’s for hosting the event for ten years.

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of another notable Alaska brew – Darth Deliruim from Broken Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, AK.  I hope Luke gets to drink that tasty pint, however, if he does, I know it will be over for the Rebel Alliance because even with the Emperor meeting his demise, this dark ale is sure to convert Luke to the dark side!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 17

The event of the year is here — the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival takes place today and tomorrow!  Today’s Year of Beer painting is of my favorite barley wine that is available on draft at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  I bought several bottles when this beer was released last year and as far as I know, these bottles are no longer available for sale.  This rich Belgian style barley wine is the celebratory beer commemorating the 3000th batch of beer brewed at MSBC since it’s beginning in 1995.  This makes MSBC not only one of the best Alaska breweries, but also the oldest Anchorage brewery.  If you go to one other beer stop

during AK Beer Week, stop in to the Loft at MSBC to see my colorful beer-themed artwork on display this month only, while you sip a glass of 3000.

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

Year of Beer 01.17, 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.17, 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 16

If you are here in Alaska for AK Beer Week and the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, then the Snow Goose Restaurant, and the Sleeping Lady Brewing Company should be on the forefront of your mind today because that is the venue for my favorite Great Northern Brewers Club event.  This is a club-member only event, so if you’re not a member, you can join at the door for $30.  Not only will you get into tonight’s event where you can mingle with brewers from all over the country and sample their special brews, but you’ll also be able to attend monthly meetings, and take advantage of 10% discounts at Arctic Brewing Supply, La Bodega Store, and a couple other businesses.  The beer pictured in today’s Year of Beer painting is the Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co.  Good job Greg Mills, lead brewer, your ”Fish On” IPA is “Spot On”!  By the way, you can get your growlers filled at this brewery for $5 on Wednesdays and Fridays!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.16, Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.16, Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 15

AK Beer Week is in full swing, so today’s painting is of IPA from the state’s largest brewery, Alaskan Brewing Co. located in Juneau.  The beer is pictured on a classic long board with a red stripe on Cannon Beach in Yakutat in front of Mount Saint Elias.  Yakutat is a surfing destination in Alaska where surfers catch “Icy Waves”.

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.15, IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.15, IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 14

On the fifth day of AK Beer Week, and the 14th day of Year of Beer, I painted Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska.  The canned stout is pictured on the Chulitna River with majestic Denali in the background.  This stout is the real Alaska deal, as bold as the Great Land, and as fresh as the snow falling from the sky as I write this blog post.  Not to be underestimated this beer comes in at 6.5%, so it will keep you warm during winter in Alaska.  I love looking at Denali in Talkeetna while sitting on the river sipping a stout!

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

Year of Beer 01.14, Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.14, Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 13

On the fourth day of AK Beer Week and the 13th day of Year of Beer paintings, I painted a steel growler from La Bodega’s growler bar full of Kassik’s Moose Point Porter.  La Bodega is my favorite growler filling station and bottle shop in Anchorage, and now there is a La Bodega store in Girdwood!  The steel growler with an easy-capper swing arm is great!  When I brush and sterilize it with cleanser that I buy at Arctic Brewing Supply, I can fill that growler and keep it unopened for weeks, and the beer will stay perfectly good.

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

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik's Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik’s Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 12

Day 12 of Year of Beer and day 3 of AK Beer Week!  Today’s Alaska brew is Anchorage Brewing Company’s Galaxy White IPA.  This beer is in a world of its own.  Brettanomyces, from Belgium, is a weird strain of yeast, and yes it is present in this specific beer.  This yeast strain has a sour flavor that you will notice in most, if not all, of Anchorage Brewing Company’s brews.  I was running across downtown on Friday, and I smelled fresh wort brewing (unfermented beer), and, although I think it was coming from the Sleeping Lady Brewing Co., it could easily have been from Glacier Brewhouse, or Anchorage Brewing.  It occurred to me that we are lucky to have three craft breweries in downtown Anchorage.  I feel privileged to live in such a cool town.  I looked at the label on this bottle and I thought of a story that could be told in a painting about Alaskan life where you can put a beer outside to chill, while the northern lights dance about.  

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

Year of Beer 01.12, Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.12, Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.