It’s a great day to be writing about beer paintings, chilling on the beach at the mouth of the Kasilof River on the world-famous Kenai Peninsula, having just completed the morning session of dip-netting, a unique form of fishing. Yes, Alaskans have completely taken all the sport out of fish harvesting, and we simply pull the fish out of the water with a large net. On this beautiful morning, my wife and I yanked 13 fish out of the river (bringing our total to 17 fish for this trip), all pretty good-sized Sockeye Reds!
Speaking of sea creatures, let’s talk about this beer painting! It’s of the Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Ohio! I believe this is the first beer from Ohio I have ever tasted. Thanks Rich for sending it to me all the way via Pennsylvania! Let me tell you, Great Lakes Brewing knows how to brew a great Imperial IPA. I am not sure what the hop bill is, and it tastes a little different than, say, Stone Ruination IPA. I am expecting some special hop from the Midwest to be the reason for that. All I can say is that last night when I cracked this bad-boy open after several hours of standing in the river hoping for fish, it knocked my hat in the creek! This may be one of the most delicious beers I have ever consumed!
Cheers to the Monster! I gotta paint a beer for tomorrow, and then I am crawling back to the river, hopefully after an hour-long nap, since we finished dip-netting yesterday at 10:30 PM and started this morning at 4:00 AM! If the Monster gets me it’s because I wouldn’t relinquish the beer or the fish!