100 days remaining in the Year of Beer Paintings project! Equinox is upon us! I awoke at 3 AM to the sound of the changing of the seasons — hailstones and rain pounding the roof of my little cabin. The pattering on the metal roof was so loud, I could not fall back asleep for about an hour. Wind was howling, the rain was heavy, and the worst part is that now we get less than 12 hours of day light for six whole months! No better time to drink a beer, and to think about far away, warm places.
Today’s featured beer painting is of Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer, originating out of Bangalore, India, but brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York. The label made me want to migrate south for a while, as I imagined I was the Kingfisher humming bird. Surprisingly, I have seen two humming birds this year in McCarthy. They were way further north than their typical range. If I were a Hummingbird, I would skip nectar of flowers and go straight for the nectar of the gods — beer!
Kingfisher was a refreshing option for beer that I paired with Russian beet soup known as Borscht, and halibut tacos at a dinner party at a friend’s cabin. I thought that adding an Indian beer to the mix made the whole dinner very multicultural. The beer was somewhat malty and the grain, perhaps a type of two-row, tasted simple. The green glass gave it a sun-kissed flavor. This beer tastes much like a European Lager that was made south of Europe, kind of like Steinlager. It tasted great with the Alaskan-harvested vegetables and fish. Bright and grainy, slightly fruity, with a hint of skunk is how I would describe this type of beer from far away lands.
Cheers to the long traveling Kingfisher! Represented by the iconic Hummingbird! A great beer stemming from India!