The featured beer painting of the day is of Naked Elf by Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This Belgian-style strong ale is a version of the winter warmer, Mad Elf, which is brewed with honey and cherries, minus the honey and cherries. Dark gold in color, this beer is beautiful, and tastes great too! Rich malt fills your mouth with a sweet, yet slightly roasty flavor. The Belgian yeast is bready and delectable.
In July it must be hot at the North Pole for an elf. That’s why skinny-dipping in the ice lake, which melted due to climate change, is a perfect sport for the naked elf. Santa is gone on a road trip in his Winnebago with Rudolf and Ms. Claus and the elves are getting crazy. Santa won’t be gone for long, so grab this beer before it is sold out. Cellar a whole case, so you can compare it with the Mad Elf at X-mas time. According to Rich Morgan, who is a Mad Elf expert and the guy who mailed me this beer, the version with honey and cherries really takes it up a notch, but I was plenty content to sip on the Naked Elf in the middle of the Alaskan mountains during an intense rainstorm.
Cheers to the Tröegs brothers, and cheers to the Naked Elf! A great example of a Belgian style strong ale.
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.