Last night I unveiled the first installment of the Year of Beer paintings at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Six beer paintings found new homes, which is a very good start to the month-long art show. Thank you to everyone who came to the art opening!
Nothing like Monk’s Blood for breakfast! The beer painting of the day is of Monk’s Blood Belgian-Style Dark Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery from San Francisco, California. I had to drink this one in the morning because that’s when I had time to paint it. I only drank 8 ounces, and saved the rest for my wife, who waited until after the art opening to savor it. Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and figs, this beer is flavorful to say the least. The flavor is both fruity and floral, and the bready Belgian yeast, along with spice, is a nice finish. I hardly noticed the dark grains; they are more for appearance than flavor. Monk’s Blood is a beautiful beer, with rich mahogany color. When poured into a tulip glass, it looks (and tastes) like it belongs on the streets of Brussels.
Monks historically have brewed strong ales to help during the lean season of lent. Often living for the entire 40 days on nothing but beer and cheese, and other preserved foods. 21 Amendment Brewery founders Nico Freccia and Shaun Sullivan traveled to Belgium in search of the perfect dark strong ale recipe. When they returned to California from the hop fields of west Flanders they brewed up the Monk’s Blood. It was obviously a successful journey because the beer is very good! I painted the Grace Cathedral window in the background, because, although this beer is inspired by Belgium, it came from San Francisco.
Another great one from 21st Amendment! Cheers to the brewery, and to ending Prohibition so we can enjoy great beer like this one!