Monthly Archives: September 2014

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 263

The featured beer painting of the day is of Yuengling Traditional Lager! Yuengling is America’s oldest, continually operating brewery, operating since 1829, still making beer the old-fashioned way! I received two cans of this particularly nice product in the mail from Florida, of all places! Thank you, Alex! I was ecstatic! I have this love for American Lager and I really wanted to try the original Yuengling! I was not let down. Since I had two cans, I decided to try the beer first, to make sure it’s good enough to be included in the Year or Beer project, so I loaded it into my backpack and biked to a couple of parties. The first party was a salmon bake, and I drank porter there, then I made my way to the end-of-the-season party for the McCarthy Saloon where free beer was flowing. So I didn’t get to try the Yuengling until I returned home. I am glad I was prudent enough to unpack my bag right away, because the can was somehow punctured in my backpack and beer was rapidly evacuating the can! Beer was shooting everywhere, like a highly pumped Super Soaker! So I immediately cracked it open and poured the beer into a glass. I was impressed with its amber color. I had expected pale, straw golden from a classic lager, then I remembered that lagers weren’t that way until the pilsner craze took off in the 1870s. The beer was remarkably delicious, and the smell was very pleasant. In the morning I painted the Yuengling painting and was glad I still had one more can to open for the complete still life! Great, historic beer for sure!

Cheers to five generations of great brewers in the Yuengling family!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Yuengling traditional lager year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.20. Yuengling Traditional Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 262

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing Company located in Salt Lake City, Utah. I hate to sound ignorant, but I thought that Utah only had beer that was 3.2 percent. Not that I have a problem with 3.2% beer, but I always like to have another option as well. Hop Nosh IPA tanks in at a wicked 7.3%, so this is not your normal gas station beer, or wait, am I thinking of Colorado? Liquor laws… I just learned that if you bring beer, wine, or booze across the state border into Pennsylvania, you are technically a bootlegger, and you are breaking the law. Weird.

Hop Nosh is a very tasty IPA, with a healthy dosage of hops at 82 IBUs. Pine and citrus came to mind. It tasted fresh, and was very enjoyable to drink. My wife and I made pizza last night over at our neighbor’s cabin, and I brought this strange brew to enjoy, and share with our friends. We all thought it was cool to drink beer that is not available in Alaska, while we noshed on pizza. The Hop Nosh paired well with both pizzas: the first was a BBQ chicken and bacon with pepper jack cheese, and the other was veggie with homegrown broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. The cabin has solar power, and I noticed on the Hop Nosh label that this beer is brewed with wind and solar power, which is a big plus in my book.

Cheers to Hop Nosh, a great IPA from Utah! I bet it tastes great après-ski on a deck high in the mountains!

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Beer Painting of Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.19. Hop Nosh IPA by Uinta Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 261

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!

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Beer Painting of Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.18. Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 260

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fuller’s ESB Champion Ale brewed beside the Thames River at the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery of London, England. The ESB is Fuller’s most awarded ale, and I can see why. Compared to many English ales I have had, this one was one of the better ones. I also like Fuller’s London Porter, which is a robust example of a porter.

The ESB is a bit stronger than the normal English Ale. A mild, or regular bitter may come in at 4-4.5%, while this bad boy is 5.9%, almost the strength of most American IPAs. This beer has four English hops: Northdown, Target, Challenger, and Goldings. These fine hops make a nicely-balanced, English ale when combined with the rich English malt used in this fine product. The taste is fruity and refreshing, and I could sit in an English pub quaffing this delicious beer all night, eating chips and deep-fried fish. Overall, a solid world-class beer, and available at the lovely La Bodega Store in Anchorage!

Cheers to Fuller’s ESB, the Champion Ale! A great beer from the most culturally-charged Euro Isle town. I hope to be sipping an ESB at a fantastic local pub on my next trip to London!

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Beer Painting of Fuller's ESB london beer Year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.17. Fuller’s ESB by the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 259

The featured beer painting of the day is of 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick’s Brewing Company in Centralia, Washington. Raise your giant green foam finger high in the air to help support the home team. The fan deserves beer, and beer is what you get when you are at the CenturyLink Field stadium cheering on the Seattle Seahawks! Try having the 12th Man Pale Ale as you tailgate before the game, as this beer tastes great with a grilled hot dog. Engineered for success, this beer comes in at 4.5% ABV, which will keep you hydrated, and keep your cheering voice ready for supporting the champion team in the league.

Alaska doesn’t have a football team, and the Seahawks are the closest, so most people at last year’s Super Bowl party were the 12th Man. Feels good to be on the winning side, and I am glad I have been a Seahawks fan for as long as I can remember. My family stems out of Washington, so my loyalties are with the green and blue team!

This beer was delicious, nice and easy drinking, a righteous football beer. The silver can screams football, and I am sure Dick’s Brewing will be selling a lot of the 12th Man this season!

Cheers to the 12th Man! The fan that really can make the team! To Seattle, home of the greatest football team of 2014, and land of great beer too!

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

Year of Beer 09.16. 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick's Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 09.16. 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick’s Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 258

September is flying by!  Winter will be here before you know it, and I am excited about painting winter seasonal brews!  The featured beer painting of the day is Dreadnaught Imperial IPA by Three Floyds Brewing from Munster, Indiana.  The label says, “It’s not normal!”  That’s absolutely accurate.  I was sipping on a normal IPA, which is around 5.5%, then busted this beauty out, and it immediately took the muscle pain from cabin building right out of my legs and arms, and replaced the lactic acid strain with a feeling of absolute immobility.  I was locked in my camping chair in front of the campfire, unable to move.  The conversation just about stopped and then we crawled to bed, but I slept like a prince in a feather bed last while the rain hit the metal roof.

The beer poured a warm, golden color, and the foam laced about, lingering for several minutes.  The beer itself was like liquid candy with a hint of citrus, and was incredibly balanced for an IPA.  At 9.5% ABV, this IPA must have a boatload of hops to make it as balanced as it is.  I chose to paint the powerful HMS Dreadnaught ship in the background, which was a battle ship in the Royal Navy.

3 Cheers to 3 Floyds!  Looking forward to trying the other 3 Floyds beer I have!  Thank you, Stephen, for mailing them to me!

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Beer Painting of dreadnaught ipa by three floyds brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.15. Dreadnaught Imperial IPA by Three Floyds Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 257

The featured beer painting for the day is of Mississippi Mud Black & Tan by Mississippi Brewing Company in Utica, New York. A black and tan beer already mixed from Porter and Pilsner, and ready to go in your own moonshine-style jug. I remember the first time I had the Mississippi Mud. I was in college and we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. We bought nearly twenty bottles of different beers and were pouring them into small glasses for a beer tasting. This may have been the first time I had done this, each previous time it was more about the drinking than the beer tasting, but since we had many delicious beers we decided it would be cool to taste more than to swill. I have tried to live by that motto ever since, but sometimes it can be hard to swim upstream.

A black and tan is a mixed beer that normally comes in two layers, gold on top of black. I made around twenty black and tans last Saint Patrick’s Day before I actually achieved a perfect one, even with the special black and tan spoon. So the premixed black and tan is actually close to what you should expect if making your own at home. Although, with enough practice and patience you will be able to make a beer float on top of another. This beer reminded me of the first time I drank it, and my mind went back to Colorado, where I first had it. I am reminded of the dorms at Western State with brick walls, thin air, and the smell of pipe tobacco we enjoyed back then. This beer was earthy, but refreshing; a good beer for sure. I would suggest if you never have had Mississippi Mud, it is worth buying, especially because it comes in a cool jug. Pictured behind the beer is the desert called Mississippi Mud, another fine culinary treat! Marshmallow, caramel, brownie and nuts. What more would you want? Two fine Southern concepts enjoyed here in Alaska!

Cheers to Mississippi Mud! A fine brew with a taste of the South.

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Beer painting of mississippi black and tan year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.14. Mississippi Mud Black & Tan by Mississippi Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 256

The featured beer painting of the day is of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Company. Judging from the beers I’ve sampled from Michigan (Founders, Dark Horse, Atwater, Greenbush, Brewery Vivant, and Bell’s), I now know that the Great Lake State is home to great beer! My friend Rich sent me this bottle of Devil Dancer from Philly. Thanks again for the beer you’ve been sending my way! Rich told me to make this the last beer of the evening, which was excellent advice. This time of year we are getting close to a half and half split between darkness and light in Alaska. Since my studio/shack in McCarthy is on generator/battery power, I don’t have much light at night time, so I have been going to bed about an hour after dark. I opened this particular jewel of a beer right at dusk time, about 9 PM. I shared it with Maria, as a good man should share beer with his wife, especially one as tasty as this one. This triple IPA tasted like malty candy, the perfect balance between malt and hops — a delectable treat of a beer. This beer is dry-hopped with ten different hop varieties, and comes in at a hefty 112 IBUs, but the malt flavor is so strong, it balances out the hop bitterness, creating a floral sweetness. This beer was released in June, so it’s still fresh. Typically, you don’t want to cellar an IPA, but I think this one would age well, much like the 120-Minute IPA by Dogfish Head. Twelve percent ABV worked its magic, after a hard day of beer painting, stump removal, cabin building, and log peeling. I crawled into bed about half an hour later, after savoring every sip.

Cheers to the Devil Dancer! No, I have not seen the movie, Gilda Gray at her best, right?

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Beer Painting of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.13. Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 255

Can I get a little Funky Funky Buddha?! The brewery, that is. The featured beer painting of the day is of Iron & Barley Wine by Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. This is an English-style barley wine aged in oak Cabernet barrels. Every time I open a barley wine bottle, my wife, Maria, spends five minutes smelling the beer, and mentioning repeatedly how good it smells, and that we need to get our own barrel so we can ferment our own barley wine. I totally agree with this sentiment, although I actually need a greater amount of equipment to make a beer of this caliber. I may be able to make an 8, or 9-percent beer all-grain (I know I could make it as strong as we want with malt extract), but that would be a very expensive batch of beer. One of the great things about mashing a barley wine is the beer you can make from the second runnings.

This barleywine was really good! I’m glad, because I was worried about my friend Jay, who just moved to Florida, not getting any barley wine this Christmas, in which case I would have mailed him some from Alaska. I think I’ll send him some anyway, but it’s good to know that Florida has good barley wine. Thanks, Jay, for bringing me this bottle all the way to Alaska! This beer created an incredible aroma of oak, cherries, plums and vanilla. It smelled like the holidays to me. I always think of royalty and a king drinking beer like this from a huge golden chalice. Once you take your first sip, the flavor encompasses you! This beer is not for the yellow fizzy beer swillers, to enjoy barley wine you have to like big, bold beers. I could have cellared this one for a few years but I couldn’t help myself, and I was not let down. I am sure it will improve over the next five years, but it is amazing right now, as well.

Cheers to Funky Buddha Brewing! Great job on the Iron and Barley Wine! I found it mighty fine! Tastes great way up North!

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Beer Painting of iron and barley wine by funky buddha brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.12. Iron & Barley Wine by Funky Buddha Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 254

The featured beer painting of the day is of Das Naturtrübe Unfiltered Pils by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu. This beer is from Stuttgart, Germany. My question is, why do we call it Germany here in America when it is actually Deutschland? Same with most German cities: Munich is actually München, Cologne is Köln. Why do we try to confuse ourselves by misnaming places? At least Stuttgart is Stuttgart in English and German (Deutsch). Okay, back to the beer. Das Naturtrübe is a pretty easy-drinking, good craft beer. When I opened the bottle, I noticed the best aroma, full of citrus fruit and bread. The beer was slightly cloudy, and perfectly carbonated. It poured with a thick foam that didn’t dissipate too rapidly. I shared it with Maria (my wife and beer accomplice), so I only had a quarter of a liter. I love the swing arm bottle, which reminded me of opening a bottle of homebrew. The flavor was unmistakably of German pilsner, but on steroids. This is a full-flavored beer for sure, thicker than other German pilsners. I read a review about this beer saying it was a hefe. I don’t think so. I believe it was lagered like a pilsner should be. I also don’t think there is any wheat in the beer. I assume it was made like a traditional pilsner, using the 100-200 year-old recipe, or like the way a pilsner is made in a home brewery, without pasteurization, or carbonation tanks. This was made the natural way, which leaves it slightly hazy and loaded with more flavor!

Ein Prost! Nach dem Naturtrübe! Great beer from a great country! I hope to visit Stuttgart some time soon.

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Beer Painting of Das Naturtrube German pils year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.11. Das Naturtrübe Pils by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.