Monthly Archives: September 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 273

The featured beer painting of the day is of Schwarzbier by The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery from Farmville, North Carolina. So far, this was the only North Carolina beer I could get my hands on (thanks Rich for mailing it). Today, craft beer is sweeping the nation, and you can get a beer that was made across the country at your local store. However, before Prohibition, people drank mostly local brews. Beer made close to home tastes fresh, and some of my favorite beers have been simple pale ales I have brewed in my own kitchen. This Schwarzbier actually reminded me of my dark ale homebrew that I make frequently. Now that wintertime is around the corner, I’m ready to start brewing again. Next summer I want to have enough homebrew to throw a party once the roof goes up on my cabin. I think a dark beer is in order for that shindig.

The Duck-Rabbit Schwartzbier is a black lager that is very palatable. Rich licorice, chocolate, and coffee flavors are offset by tartness of dark roasted grain. This beer comes in at a respectable 5.8%, and is not your average session ale. It has a lingering flavor that will keep you coming back for another sip. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. After talking with one of my favorite beer drinking buddies who consumes Obsidian Stout as his preferred brew, we came to the conclusion that dark beer tastes better in Alaska than yellow fizzy beers, which are meant to be consumed ice cold on hot days. Slightly warm dark beer is perfect when it’s cold outside, which is a common condition in Alaska.

Cheers to The Duck-Rabbit, may your beer be as versatile as the label on the bottle!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a Custom Beer Painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Beer Painting of Schwarzbier by the duck rabbit craft brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.30. Schwarzbier by The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 272

The featured beer painting of the day is of Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager from Red Stripe Beer Company in Latrobe, PA (the same place where Rolling Rock was brewed until 2006). When I bought this bottle, I thought it was brewed in Jamaica by Desnoes and Geddes Limited. I love the aesthetic of a Red Stripe Lager bottle in my hand, but my concern is how authentic this beer actually is. The screen-printed bottle felt a little small in my hands, and when I read the label to find out where it was produced, I found out that it was in Latrobe, PA. Only about seven years ago I remember having a bottle that was pint-sized, and the beer was brewed in Jamaica. What happened? Guinness purchased Desnoes and Geddes in 1993, and started brewing non-imported Jamaican-style lager in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania a few years ago. Now, the only actual Jamaican Lager is only available in Jamaica, Brazil, Canada and Europe. I did like the product in this squat 11.2 oz bottle, it was very drinkable and quenched my thirst. When I opened it, I smelled Rolling Rock beer, and that’s when I read the label closer, and saw Latrobe, PA right there. I guess my palate has been improving. Not only did I recognize that this beer was a domestic product, but I could tell which brewery contract-brewed it. That being said, I won’t discourage you from buying this beer, but keep in mind, it is like having a reggae party in Alaska. You might capture a little bit of the Jamaican spirit, but it won’t be the real deal until you actually hit the sand of Jamaica.

Cheers to Red Stripe, the beer that embodies the spirit of Jamaica! May your rhythm, soul, and people stay true to your culture!

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Beer Painting of Red Stripe Jamaican style lager year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.29. Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 271

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. A local favorite, this IPA has been causing trouble in Spenard for well over a decade. Named after a nearly un-climbable peak in the Alaska Mountain Range, Broken Tooth supplies beer for Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, and Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria. This brewery has been growing as fast as Anchorage’s hip population can swill down the brew.

The Fairweather IPA is a 6.2 % ABV India Pale Ale that tastes like pine and citrus, with a nice malt backbone. It is available on draft at both the Bear Tooth, and Moose’s Tooth venues, as well as at certain stores in cans. The Bear Tooth is located on Spenard Road, across the street from a lively bar known as The World Famous Chilkoot Charlie’s. “Koot’s” is a rustic Alaskan bar with quite the late night scene, and an equally tough reputation. The windmill in the painting stands in Koot’s parking lot, and is the iconic feature of the Spenard skyline. I have always liked Spenard, a section of town full of intriguing Alaskans who seem to like to walk around and visit the local watering holes. I could probably make a fortune just taking visitors on a Spenard walking tour, because it is such a unique Alaskan cultural experience.

Cheers to Broken Tooth Brewing! May the flavor of the Alaska Range be encompassed in your beers!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Spenard Windmill and Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.28. Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 270

The featured beer painting of the day is of Brunette Nut Brown Ale by Nebraska Brewing Company, located in La Vista, Nebraska. This English-style brown ale is brewed with six different malts and a perfect hop addition schedule. The malt and hop combination produces a nutty flavor that took me by surprise. I have had beer from most states in the country, but never from Nebraska. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the lady on the can was pretty attractive, and I already wanted to hold this beer in my hands just because the product design was alluring. I poured it into a shapely glass as I thought it complimented the whole concept of a sexy beer. I had to leave the background blank on this one, and paint it larger than life in order to show all the detail on the can. Oh yeah, I think this beer would be awesome if it came in huge cans like Fosters. Overall, the Brunette is a great session-able brew. I would give it a solid two thumbs up and recommend it to my friends. Too bad Nebraska Brewing does not distribute to Alaska. Thanks, Rich, for sending such a viable Year of Beer entry! I am so glad you are an important part of this project! Six weeks ‘till I get on a plane to the lower 48 states, and tour around breweries on the East coast! Time to start planning that trip. Too bad I can’t stop in Nebraska on this trip! “Uh, pilot, could you pull over? I want to stop for a beer.”

Cheers to Brunette Nut Brown Ale! A fantastic session ale with a perfect malt and hop balance that makes other English style brown ales crumble in comparison!

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Beer Painting of Brunette Nut Brown Ale by Nebraska Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.27. Brunette Nut Brown Ale by Nebraska Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 269

The featured beer painting of the day is of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. I liked this beer, it was very good, but did it require a paragraph on the back of the bottle describing why I am not worthy? Maybe, but probably not. I have already been schooled by Stone Brewing Company on beer drinking, and can handle anything Stone can dish out. I was actually surprised at the mild oak flavor, I was expecting a bigger punch. I routinely drink beers from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. like Bar Fly, Arctic Devil, and oaked Monks Mistress. Evidently, the amount of oak flavor that comes from barrel aging must exceed the chips added to this beer, because, although the beer is quite palatable and also very tasty, I could hardly taste oak over this already malt- and hop-forward ale. As a home brewer and beer connoisseur, I prefer the flavor of beer aged in a foudre. Especially if it was aged in a cave! Then, maybe, Stone could tell me that I’m not worthy of this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love all Stone beer, even the brews berated with the big marketing campaigns, but why make a big fuss over a beer that is probably best described within my beer circle as fairly normal?

Cheers to Oaked Arrogant Bastard! The beer that will make you feel worthy.

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Beer Painting of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Year of Beer Painting

Year of Beer 09.26. Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 268

I can’t believe that September is almost over! We are leaving McCarthy tomorrow to return to our small urban abode on the east side of downtown Anchorage. We finished the log work on the cabin, which brings the project to a close for the season. Next year we’ll put on the roof, install windows and doors, a wood stove, and seal the whole structure from the elements and bugs. We should be able to move in by this time next year, hopefully earlier. To celebrate meeting our log-building goal, we opened this bottle of Unibroue’s Éphémére. On top of the second level of the cabin, corralled by the new log walls, and using the scaffolding platform as a countertop bar, we popped the cork on this fine brew.

This beer was brewed in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. I have always liked every beer that this brewery creates. The Éphémére is a white ale brewed with apple juice, Coriander, Orange peel, and natural flavoring. The beer tasted a bit like cider, with a decided Green apple taste, but hints of citrus popped through as well. The pop of the cork really started the celebration, and the bubbly beer reminded us of champagne. Éphémére means something transitory, or short-lived, so this beer was the perfect choice to mark another epic, but fleeting Alaskan summer. I hope every summer is as great as this one has been, and I look forward to winter with eagerness!

Cheers to Unibroue! Every beer you make is worthy of special occasions.

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Beer Painting of Ephemere White Ale by Unibroue Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.25. Éphémére White Ale by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 267

The featured beer painting is Hipster Ale by Evil Twin Brewing located in Stratford, Connecticut. Evil Twin beer is brewed by ten different breweries around the world, and the Hipster Ale happens to be brewed by Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut. I live in Alaska, where people don’t really ride fixie bikes, or wear thick-rimmed glasses, or sport messenger bags. Up here we tote our beer around in backpacks, ride fat-tire bikes and get Lasik eye surgery. The few hipsters that do live in Alaska drink PBR, but if they could get a hold of Hipster Ale, I’m sure they would switch. The can design is cool, and the beer is delicious and packs a punch at 5.5% ABV.

Evil Twin and Two Roads Brewing, you made an excellent beer! The hops were citrusy, with a hint of apricot. My wife agreed whole-heartedly that this American Pale Ale is amazing. Great work! I love everything about this product from the can to the contents, the foam and the flavor. Even the slight haze to the golden fluid itself is appealing!

Cheers to the Hipster Ale! If I had an Evil Twin, I would hope he would stay home and brew up some wicked ales like this one!

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Beer Painting of hipster Ale by Evil Twin Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.24. Hipster Ale by Evil Twin Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.