Monthly Archives: June 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 171

The beer painting of the day is of HopBack Amber Ale by Tröegs Brewing Company.  Would I even call this an Amber?  It is so hoppy, I think it should almost be called a red IPA (Joe Sixpack is rolling his eyes right now if he’s reading this).  Malty, yet robust with hop flavor!

I love the  HopBack Machine, pictured in the background of this painting right behind the pint of beer.  Perhaps this thing makes the beer at Tröegs special!  Nugget Nectar and all the other IPAs must utilize the HopBack, right?  This beer was so awesome, as I pulled it out after a great day of beer painting and drank it with friends from Philly.  They totally appreciated this beer from their home state.  All in all, a great beer drinking session was had, a painting was picked up and taken to it’s home, and new beers were placed in the beer fridge — an Alaskan Brewing Co. Baltic Porter from 2012, and a Cigar City Humidor IPA!  What a great beer tasting gathering!

Tröegs, your brewery is very fine and your beer truly crafted!  The HopBack machine is working well!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of HopBack Amber Ale by Tröegs Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.20. HopBack Amber Ale by Tröegs Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 170

The beer painting today is of Ithaca Beer Company’s Flower Power IPA!  This beer has been getting a lot of press, and I can see why!  The scent that erupted from the bottle made me think of Mario powering up on a flower (doodlety doodlety doodlety), and of Austin Powers swingin’ in the 60s in his groovy pad in London.  The flavor was all hop flowers and ended on a bitter note that brought me back for more.  The actual appearance of the beer is just perfect!  Bold and gold!  A combination made, well… in Ithaca NY!  And I can’t wait to go there!

My wife, Maria, who is also my Business Manager booked two tickets to Philadelphia for November 4th.  We’ll be flying back from Boston on the 20th.  I am very excited to be heading to the North East of this country to taste beer for sixteen days!!!  NY, MA, DE, and PA are definitely on my radar!  I’ll start contacting breweries soon about painting live in their tap rooms.

Cheers to great beers!  Flower Power is one world class East Coast style IPA!  Delicious smell, taste and appearance!  A+, gold-star work!

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Beer Painting of Flower Power IPA by Ithaca Beer Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.19. Flower Power IPA by Ithaca Beer Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 169

Today’s beer painting is of Hemp Ale by Humboldt Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California! This beer is brewed with roasted hemp seeds, but I didn’t taste anything but delicious, fresh brown ale.  The rich malt flavor is enhanced by light American hops.  This beer actually reminds me of drinking a German bock, or maybe Moose Drool Brown Ale!  This is the first beer I have ever had by Humboldt Brewing, and I thought it was very tasty.  Surprisingly, the hemp seeds don’t even affect the overall flavor of the beer, maybe because Cannabis is directly related to the hop vine.  I like the hippy vibe that this beer exudes.

Great job, Humboldt Brewing!  I will have to find more of your brews, because your Brown didn’t make me frown.  Keep it up!

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Beer Painting of Hemp Ale by Humboldt Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.18. Hemp Ale by Humboldt Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 168

The beer painting of the day is of Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmon, Colorado!  Kickin’ it at 6.5% and in nearly a 20 oz can, this beer is engineered for a backwoods party!  Colorado style love in a can?  I can feel it.  I’m also a fan of the unique appearance of this beer!  The stovepipe is in the house, and believe me, when I actually put the stovepipe in the cabin that I am building here in McCarthy, Alaska, I’m gonna drink one of these to celebrate!

Dale’s Pale Ale — a good straight drinking American Pale Ale brewed in the Rockies for my drinking pleasure here in the Wrangells!  This is not a hop bomb and definitely not going to make your tongue curl due to extreme hoppinness.  It’s more of a regular drinking man’s beer.  A beer you take on your backpacking trip, a beer that you could drink for lunch with anything, a nearly perfect beer for any occasion.  Dale’s Pale Ale is easy to drink, that is for sure!

Cheers to Oskar Blues, to beer brewing in Colorado, and to drinking beer here in McCarthy, enjoying every bit!

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Beer Painting of Dale's Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.17. Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 167

The beer painting of the day is of Double-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri.  This Double American IPA is an 8.5% ABV bitter beer that is full of hoptastic flavor.  You are right, Boulevard Brewing, this beer travels well — all the way to McCarthy, Alaska for my drinking pleasure!

This beer pours with a huge off-white head, a little amber, but mostly bold gold.  It tastes like a pine tree mixed with lemon peel, but then ends with a sweet malt flavor that just makes your tongue salivate for more.  Too bad I only picked up one of these from my favorite beer store, La Bodega, in Anchorage.  Then I drove all the way to McCarthy in a school bus with my soon-to-be brother-in-law.  When I pulled it out of the root cellar, it was ice cold, but it warmed up right away as it was a warm evening, even though we had mixed rain with sunshine all day.  I had pulled out six stumps, so I was thirsty for beer!

Thank you, Boulevard Brewing for making a beer that made it all the way to my driveway-building project in Alaska!

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Beer Painting of Double-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.16. Double-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 166

The Hefewiezen by King Street Brewing Company here in Anchorage, Alaska is a spot on Hefe! Great job, boys!  Your beer is rocking the house!  I have drank beers from around the world, and you nailed a great Bavarian-style Hefeweizen!  I love your brewery, and think you are a great asset to our community.  I mailed a King Street IPA to a friend in Philly and he tasted it along with other noteworthy IPAs and said he liked it very much!

The banana yeast flavor and slight Bavarian-style hops are the perfect combination to make for a delicious summer Hefeweizen.  This beer is hazy and yellow, but you can’t see that when it’s in the can.  Also, a great way to transport this precious product, in the can!  Thank you King Street Brewing for making such a delicious brew!

Cheers to King Street Brewing — not only King of the perfect IPA, but King of the Hefe as well!

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Beer Painting of Hefeweizen by King Street Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.15. Hefeweizen by King Street Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 165

The beer painting of the day is of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon.  Twilight is a session ale that is lightly hopped with Amarillo hops, and brewed with choice American malts.  This is not an adjunct beer, but a straight up American Pale Ale.  Clocking in at 5% ABV, it drinks like a standard American beer.  The picture on the label suggests drinking this beer late at night.  I have done this from time to time and it has been a pleasant experience.  I like session ales mainly because they are refreshing and hydrating, which allows me to enjoy more of them in one sitting without feeling the effects of alcohol as much.

This beer is flavorful without being overwhelming.  A perfect late night I’ll-have-another-even-though-I-probably-should-go-to-bed beer.  The hops are mellow but noticeable and don’t overwhelm the palette.  I would say that this is a very balanced beer.  I tasted it on the side of a mountain earlier today, and as I write this, I wish I was back up there drinking another one while sitting on the rocks of a glacial creek.  Sadly, I only brought one with me, which wasn’t a bad thing as I had to ride down a rocky path home.

Cheers to summer adventure beers!

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Beer Painting of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.14. Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 164

Today’s beer painting is of Reissdorf Kölsch from the Privat Brauerie Heinrich Reissdorf. Amazing beer!  I am sitting in my outdoor studio in McCarthy, sipping on this beer with two good friends and all of us are amazed at this delicious crisp German Kölsch.  “What a good beer!” one of them said as he swilled it down.  “Good beer!” said the other.  I was really thirsty this late afternoon as we had just hauled 20 five-gallon jugs of water all the way from the spring to my lot.  I think the hot weather (probably 80 degrees F in Alaska), and the cold beer after manual labor made this a very, very enjoyable beer.

I love the German pilsner, but a Kölsch has even more breadiness.  The yeast flavor is a bit different, more chunky.  Many German beers are very similar with vary subtle differences.  I love German beer from my last bicycle trip in 2011.  I rode across the country of Germany as part of it and tasted many amazing beers.  I wish I had gone to Köln!  I was getting annoyed at big cities and decided to skip it.  Next time I go, I will totally bring a folding bike and hop trains and stay in cities!  And I will go to Köln and drink the Reissdorf Kölsch!

Prost zum gut Bier!  Reissdorf Kölsch!  Hanging with the best beers out there!

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Beer Painting of Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Year of Beer 06.13. Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 163

The beer painting of the day is of Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan.  Wow, is all I can say!  I know that we have fantastic beer here in Alaska, but Michigan is definitely a destination I have in mind for the near future.  Bell’s Brewery is a place you only hear about here in Alaska and I can only imagine a place that makes a colossal beer like Hopslam.  Those little feet sticking out of the massive hop on the label are mine right now.

My favorite part of this brew was not the amazing amount of hops, but the awesome choice in adjunct sugar — honey, one of my favorite fermentables.  I noticed it right away.  One of the beers I brew is the Drippy Hippy, a flavorful gingered honey ale.  I have also made several batches of mead, and want to raise bees in the future during the Alaskan summers.  I love honey in beer.  A braggat is a combination of honeywine and ale, and whenever you brew one you can brag-gat about it.

Cheers to the Hopslam… dunk!  I hope you start distributing worldwide, Bell’s Brewery, as your beer is world class!

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Beer Painting of Hopslam ale by bell's brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 06.12. Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 162

Today’s beer is from England.  The one and only Newcastle Brown Ale by Tadcaster Brewery.  Imported in this 18.6 fl oz bottle.  This classic import beer is one that many people turn to for good beer.  I would say it is crafted for sure, one of those European (that’s right, Americans think England is Europe) beers that Americans buy because it is more expensive than the regular domestics, and has more flavor as well.  To me, this beer tastes like English beer, a little weak, a little too dark, a little funky, and a little too sweet.

I almost painted it in Hawaii, but ran out of panels.  I included it in my original beer paintings series called 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, and it sold before I had a chance to display it, so I know people out there love this beer!  It has this flavor of, well, skunk, because of the clear glass allowing light contamination.  Then roasted grains, and a bit of alcohol.  Other than that I taste some kind of English hop variety, but only a faint hint.  One of my goals is to represent beers from around the world in this series, and although this particular Newcastle is from Tadcaster, the label still shows the iconic Newcastle Bridge over the Tyne River.  So I put it in front of the Tyne just to show its history.  I am sure 25 years ago this was a major score of a good beer!

Cheers to Newcastle!  The one and only!  One of the good beers that I first tasted that started me on my way to loving craft beer!

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Beer Painting of New Castle Brown Ale Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.11. Newcastle Brown Ale by Tadcaster Brewery . Oil on panel, 8″x10″.