The featured beer painting of the day is of Scape Goat Pale Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, Montana. It’s a pretty great, easy-drinking English-style pale ale. Sometimes you don’t want a malt bomb, sometimes you don’t want a hop bomb. Sometimes you are just thirsty for a great craft brew that will leave you ready to climb to the top of a mountain. I imagined the Scape Goat climbing high into the icy mountains of Montana in search of a fresh cold beer when I painted this one. Atop the highest peak in the area, the lone goat finds his holy grail — a Pale Ale in a can. Do goats like beer? Horses and cows do, so I would guess, yes.
This beer is crisp and clean, made with the finest pale and crystal malts, Kent Golding, and Crystal hops. The malt body is smooth and the hop edge is narrow, but decidedly apparent. This beer would pair well with anything, and drinking it outdoors in a mountain setting would be best. As I was sipping it at a BBQ, some of the other options were barley wine, double IPA and strong Belgian saison. I mentioned to my new beer-drinking friends that the last time I drank barley wine was near the top of a cliff, and after a few sips I climbed up the rocky scree to the top. Well, maybe I should consider having pale ale instead, for such endeavors. It might increase my chance of survival.
Cheers to the Scape Goat! Remember when scaling icy cliffs to always have a way out!