The featured beer painting of the day is of Thank You Hefeweizen by Anchorage Brewing Company. I have never gotten a better thank you “note” than this bottle of beer from my new brother-in-law, Kevin, for making all the beer for his and my sister’s wedding. The Thank You beer was brewed by Gabe Fletcher, founder of Anchorage Brewing Company, as a thank you to Gary Klopfer, the owner of the Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Company, for renting Gabe the space for his new brewery. Gabe is now building a new building for his brewery in Anchorage! I can’t think of a bigger thank you than a dedication of a beer like this!
This German style Hefeweizen is one of Gary’s favorite styles of beer, but Gabe put his own twist on it by fermenting it in oak foudres (huge upright barrels) with German yeast and Brettanomyces. I don’t think Gabe will ever make a beer without Brettanomyces as his foudres are made from oak and naturally crawling with the little critters. It is an interesting smell and flavor that Brett brings to a beer, and I would have to say that I have never had a German hefe with this particular smell or taste. It reminds me of a saison style of beer. When I was traveling in Germany I stopped at many breweries, and the really old ones had enormous barrels that were obviously retired to be replaced with steel fermenters and kegs. I bet that the original hefe that 300 or so years ago tasted just like the Thank You beer does. I think it would be great if Gabe brewed this one as a regular offering but changed the name to Tank You, because the foudres play such an important role in the flavor profile. I feel this one is a winner with its historical flavor profile.
Cheers to Gary, Gabe, Kevin, and Gloria! Thank you for being so awesome! Oh, and Gary, your painting of the copper brew vessels is ready to hang in your pub!