Monthly Archives: April 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 110

Hoppy Easter!  Today’s beer painting is of Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA (thanks Duncan, for sending me this one)!  One of the best IPAs I have ever consumed!  I just realized that I’ve included a lot of IPAs in this series, I must be on some sort of IPA kick.  Well, don’t worry, folks, I love all styles of beer.  This beer is a heavy hitter coming in at 9.4 percent!  I enjoyed this one with friends, and we swigged it down with gusto!  Stone Brewing says that this beer is engineered to expire by today, so drink ‘em if you got ‘em!  Good IPA should be consumed while it’s fresh!  If you save your treasured beer for too long, especially an IPA, it will possibly no longer be the hop bomb you wanted to release onto your palate!

Cheers to Stone Brewing Company’s dank IPAs!

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

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Beer Painting of Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA by Stone Brewing Co Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.20. Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 109

The beer painting of the day is Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA.  Way to go, John Maier, this IPA is nearly a perfect example of what a great drinking IPA should be!  Rogue’s farms grow seven different varieties of hops and John Maier, Rogue’s master brewer, selected all seven for this particular IPA.  Since they were all grown in the Willamette Valley, would they be considered Willamette hops (one of my favorite varieties)?  Rogue’s website says to pair this one with beef, or something spicy.

To Rogue Farms and their delicious, estate grown product!  A wonderful thought, and great product from amazing raw materials, crafted with precision!  Way to go Rogue!

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Beer painting of rogue farms 7 hops ipa year of beer

Year of Beer 04.19. Rogue Farms 7 Hops IPA. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 108

“It’s a job! And a hazardous one at that.  Benefits, you ask?  I hardly think so.  But the show must go on.  So it’s with bravado that the Rodeo Clown takes his place in the arena lights.  Whether or not he’s insane is not important right now.  It’s with grit and intensity that the Clown steps in the path of almost certain destruction.” – Karbach Brewing Company

It’s tough being a double IPA from Texas, but nothing a Rodeo Clown or two can’t handle!  Packing a wallop at 9.5%, this brew will totally kick your butt if you are not careful!  This beer is brewed with Amarillo, Citra, Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Hallertauer, Mittelfreuh, Zythos, German Magnum and Sapphir.  It is dry hopped with Citra, Sapphir, and East Kent Goldings.  Watch out for the clown getting down on the town!  When this beast breaks loose, hold onto your cowboy hats, ladies and gentlemen, cuz you are in for one heck of a ride!

To Rodeo Clowns!  Good luck and may the IPA be with you!

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Beer Painting of Rodeo Clown by Karbach Brewing Co in Houston Texas Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.18. Rodeo Clown by Karbach Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 107

The beer painting of the day is of Coldfoot Pilsner from Silver Gulch Brewing Company in Fox, Alaska, near Fairbanks.  This Czech style pilsner has been the best pilsner in Alaska for a long time.  This brewery has been making this beer before the IPA revolution began.  Even before American pils became chic as a normal craft brew style.  Brewing beer since 1998, this brewery is the Northern-most brewery in the United States.  The brewery’s tag line is, “Where the people are unusual, and the beer is unusually good.”  That completely describes the awesome beer vibe that Silver Gulch has created.  I have ridden across Europe tasting pilsners, and this one is not one to be missed.  I always have a great time visiting the brewery each time I cruise to Fairbanks for beer, and stop for a pint at the restaurant, which provides a great atmosphere for beer consumption! To Silver Gulch Brewing Company, the brewery in Fox, Alaska that rocks yer socks off!

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Beer Painting of coldfoot pilsner by silver gulch brewing in fox fairbanks alaska year of beer

Year of Beer 04.17. Coldfoot Pilsner by Silver Gulch Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 106

The beer painting of the day is Between the Staves, a collaboration brew by Anchorage Brewing Company and Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver, Colorado.  Gabe Fletcher teamed up with Chad Yakobson to produce this wild American ale. This beer is so uniquely sour I can only think of green pineapple flavor mixed with a Belgian geuze.  I had the opportunity to hear both brewers speak about their brewing process, cool ships and the Brettanomyces living in the wooden slats of their fermenters and aging casks.  I found this brew to be really refreshing and I would drink it all the time, however if you are not into sour flavors and unique yeast flavor, you could turn over a new leaf, and develop a palette for this tart brew.

To collaboration brews, and to the brewers who are true artists and masters of their craft!  I applaud their avant-garde beer, and wish them success beyond their wildest (yeast) dreams!

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

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Beer Painting of Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co and Crooked Staves Brewery Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.16. Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co. and Crooked Staves Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 105

Wow!  Ruthless Rye IPA!  Two of my faves in one bottle!  I love rye in a beer, and I love hops!  So this is a match made in heaven for me!  Plus, the brewers at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. do such a great job!  I have never had a bad beer from that brewery, other than a stale Pale Ale, which was due to improper, long storage, but even then it was still palatable.  Rye is a strong grain that grows in many places and has a unique flavor!  I wonder why there is not more beer brewed with this pungent grain?

The “ruthless” part?  Must be the IPA, the high alcohol content of 6.6, or maybe the stringent spicy characteristic the rye imparts to the beer.  I think Joe Sixpack may be on to something in his last rant about breweries just plugging IPA in a beer name.  Accuracy in advertising?  Ruthless marketing?  Whatever it is, this beer is great.

To the crew at Sierra Nevada!  Making hop-forward beers for decades!

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Beer painting of ruthless rye ipa by sierra nevada brewing chico california year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 04.15. Ruthless Rye IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 104

Today’s beer painting is of a Belgian ale known as Piraat by the Brouwerij Van Steenberge.  It is a strong Belgian pale ale that some have even called a Belgian IPA.  Although there are more hops in this beer than in the Duvel (a strong Belgian golden ale), it is hard to classify this one as a hop-forward beer when it has that underlying sweetness.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like this brew.  It has that fruity spicy yeast and a decided Belgian flavor, and yes, it is much hoppier than most Belgian beers.

This brewery is pretty cool, it makes several different brews that all have that Belgian yeast spicy flavor.  This is not the hoppiest version of Piraat, there is a triple hopped version as well.  Has the hop revolution finally hit Europe?  I would love to get my hands on a bottle of the triple-hopped, but haven’t seen it at La Bodega.  It feels right to write about a beer named after sea-going criminals while chillin’ on an island in what feels to me like a remote stronghold.

Yeehaarrgh!  To Piraat, a fine Belgian Ale, full of flavor, and it’s pretty strong too.  Enjoy this one in the salty air, and you will find it to be very pleasing!

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Beer painting of piraat ale belgian ale year of beer

Year of Beer 04.14. Piraat Ale by Brouwerij Van Steenberge. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 103

Watch out!  The Swam Ape made it to Alaska!  I had to bail to Hawaii, the monster was wreaking havoc on the whole place!  Beware, one taste of the Swamp Ape IPA, and you’ll know the Ape is real!  Florida breweries have not been on my radar, but recently, breweries like Florida Beer Company, and Cigar City Brewing have gotten my attention. I can’t really comment on the quality of this IPA because it didn’t get a fair chance.  After traveling all the way to Alaska in my friend’s luggage, I’m sure it suffered through conditions that compromised the flavor.  Although, IPA was originally designed to withstand higher temps!  I gulped it down with pride, and the 10% IPA brought on a beast of a buzz!  Watch out for Florida Beer as the Swamp Ape might be making its way to your state, and then you will be in for it! To Florida Beer Company with one heck of an IPA!  The intensity of the flavor and aroma will knock the socks off the regular domestic drinker’s feet!

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Beer painting swamp ape IPA by Florida Beer Company Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.13. Swamp Ape IPA by Florida Beer Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 102

The beer painting of the day is of Trois Pistoles, an Abbey style strong Belgian dark ale from Unibroue!  This beer is a great one, and comes in a really fun bottle due to the caged cork.  Nothing starts a party like popping a champagne cork.  This beer tastes like liquid love.  It’s dark, spicy, aromatic, and has a fruity quality that finishes with a flavor that reminds me of an aged wine.

When I was painting this one, I was taken with both the name and the logo.  I love the winged horse that is flying over the church of the Quebec town Trois Pistoles (three coins), a 300 year old town.  As the legend goes, a bishop was building a church out of local stones and had conjured a ”good devil,” a winged black horse to carry the stones to the building site.  When the last stone was about to be placed, a monk removed the bridle, and the beast disappeared forever, leaving the church with one missing stone.  If you go to the site today you can see the missing stone.

I love this brewery because it makes a great product, has fun labels, and the 22 oz bottles always sport champagne corks.  To Quebec, and its fabulous brewery Unibroue!

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Beer painting of trois pistoles by unibroue quebec canada Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.12. Trois Pistoles by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 101

Hold on to your seats, East coasters, the beer painting of the day is Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel by Victory Brewing Company.  This one is brewed with imported two-row malt and hops.  The spiciness is attributed to the yeast and grain, but also Coriander seed.  Watch out, this is a sipper at 9.5 percent.  Either drink out of small cups, or maybe consider cutting yourself off after a couple.  No hangover is worse than a strong ale overdose, so enjoy responsibly.  Moderation in all things, including moderation.

This beer is distributed to Alaska!  I can buy a whole case, if I felt so inclined, which I may do when I am done with this project as this is one of the better beers one can buy in Alaska that is not brewed here.

To the dudes back East, with the longest brewing history in the country!  Victory Brewing, you’re a winner in my book with a good strong Belgian- Style Tripel Ale!

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Beer Painting of Golden Monkey Belgian Style Triple by victory brewing pennsylvania year of beer

Year of Beer 04.11. Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.