The featured beer painting of the day is of Barley Legal Ale from Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. So, as you probably know, I am attempting to reach a goal of making a painting of a beer from every state in the USA during the Year of Beer Paintings. Unfortunately, there are about 30 states that do not distribute to Alaska. So, we sent an e-mail to our subscribers with a list of the missing states, and Dr. Fermento, the local beer reviewer/writer published it in his weekly e-mail, Da Rant. Keith, a beer enthusiast in Anchorage, read Dr. Fermento’s e-mail and contacted me through my Facebook page, to graciously offer to share three bottles, including this one from Mississippi. Turned out that he lives only four blocks from us, so he invited us to a barbeque and a beer tasting. We had a great time – complete strangers who met to sample great beer. I invited Keith to sample some brews from my cellar when I get back to Anchorage.
When Keith pulled out this SPB brew, I was amazed. The Barley Legal is a limited edition barley wine that is aged in rye and bourbon whiskey barrels. Only 900 bottles were released of this batch, and this bottle is 866/900. This was a perfect barley wine – rich, dark and fruity, with the taste of malt and rye. A perfect compliment to the smoked, grilled chicken we ate. The bottle is screen-printed with a work of art that looks like it was hand painted, and then hand dipped with a wax-sealed cap. The lady in a barrel made me think of sitting in a wood barrel hot tub. The beer made me think of decadence like that as well, so I put the hot tub in the background.
Cheers to unique beers! SPB, this beer is a great, handmade artisan project! Thank you, Keith, for sharing it with me for my project!