Year of Beer Paintings – Day 49

The daily Year of Beer painting is Hop Devil American IPA by Victory Brewing Company.  This full flavor IPA has traveled a long way from Pennsylvania to reach my tasting station here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I am very glad to receive a little taste of Philly way up north here in AK.  Alaska has great beer, but so does Philadelphia, probably way more.  There is something about drinking a beer from across the nation or even overseas that makes that brew feel exotic.  Maybe it’s that I have never been to Pennsylvania, but many of my friends and family members have, so I feel a kinship to these guys.  I wonder what the craft beer culture is like in PA?  Here in Alaska beer love is big, but the core crowd is a tightly knit group of homebrewers, professional brewers and beer collectors daring each other to make and taste bolder beers.  I’m looking forward to the monthly Great Northern Brewers Club meeting tonight.

I put the American flag in the background to symbolize victory!  As we all know Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 American colonies, so if you count them all, I put 13 stars and 13 stripes on this one to represent a little American history.  This beer pours out an amber gold and really gives many lesser IPAs a run for their money.  I think this brewery has a fairly large following here in Anchorage because this bottle seemed nice and fresh.  It helps to shop for it at La Bodega where many beer people go to buy their bottles.  Having permission to mix your own six-pack is very convenient for tasting many different beers.

To American craft brew!  A fine place to live and drink beer.  To American victory in 1783, without which we would have to drink Newcastle or Fuller’s beer!

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

Year of Beer 02.18. American IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.18. American IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

3 thoughts on “Year of Beer Paintings – Day 49

  1. Rich Morgan

    The craft beer culture in PA is phenomenal. Three breweries made it on the Ratebeer Top 100 Breweries in the world list:

    Troeg’s in Hershey
    Victory in Downingtown
    Tired Hands in Ardmore

    Philly Beer Week has grown into a 10 day collection of events held in Philadelphia and it’s suburbs.

    There are craft beer bars all over the place who take pride in offering the best beers to their customers. Bars can even update their draft list to a PhillyTapFinder app to let their followers know Victory Dirt Wolf has replaced Troeg’s Mad Elf.

    New breweries are opening each year in PA, NJ, and DE

    I’m fortunate to live about 20 minutes from Victory and 30 minutes from Tired Hands. Both places offer world class beer and awesome food.

    The scene is thriving. You should bring your art to Philly Beer Week. Probably sell out.


    1. realartisbetter Post author

      My wife and I are talking about doing a Beer Art Road Show (B.A.R.S.) maybe next year. We’re going to start planning it meticulously, contacting craft beer geeks all over the country. Would be awesome to attend every Beer Week, especially the one in Philly.

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