The featured beer painting of the day is of Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. The Nitro can, introduced by Guinness in 1979 was a breakthrough in beer delivery. I remember my first Guinness well. I was incredibly excited to be drinking a dark beer, and thought it was extremely strong and uniquely palatable. I was right about the palatable part, but Guinness is only 4.2%, and contains only 210 calories per pint-size can. So, it is actually in the same class as a light beer, and a good choice if you want to avoid intoxication.
The Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale has the same type of foam that the Guinness widget can produces, however, at 8% ABV, it is a decidedly strong ale. This is a very malty beer that strangely seems just right. I think the nitro widget attached to the bottom of the can makes for a very perfect beer. It’s all in the foam, and the nitro reduces the stickiness of the Scotch-style ale. The foam caresses your lips with every sip, kind of like a beer kiss. It had a nice flavor and aroma, so if you have a choice between the regular Old Chub and the Old Chub Nitro, go for the nitro. I painted a nitrogen molecule in the background to emphasize the nitro.
Cheers to coloRADo, USA! A great place for beer and for fun in the mountains!