The featured beer painting of the day is of Gone Fishin Mild Ale by Beer Valley Brewing Company of Ontario, Oregon. This beer is a low alcohol, low hop beer, so it’s perfect for just about anything. The style is an English dark, mild ale, which this brewery captured perfectly. I was in England in 2011, and found that most of the brews there are session ales. I had to try really hard to find a beer that was even comparable to an American IPA. So funny that the style of IPA is derived from an English tradition, but hardly anyone makes a true English IPA these days. Nobody is really drinking an IPA in England, everybody is drinking a beer comparable to this one. And by the pint! An English pint is notably larger than a regular pint here in ‘Merica. A British imperial pint is 20 oz, and you might actually get that much too, as the English don’t over-carbonate their beer!
This beer was caramel-malty smooth, refreshing, yet flavorful. Just like an easy drinking beer from England, you could swill down several of these, especially while fishing. When you are operating a boat floating down the Kenai River, you need to have your wits about you, and an American IPA at 8%, or so, is a bad idea, especially with all the hops involved. So steer clear of a hop bomb and drink a smooth, easy, almost thin beer like this one — the mild ale from Beer Valley!
Cheers to being Gone Fishin! I go dipnetting, the dude in this painting is fly fishin’, what’s your way? Spear fishin’ in Hawaii?