Year of Beer Paintings – Day 279

The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s Oatmeal Stout brewed in Juneau, Alaska. Alaskan Stout was released as a rough draft series in 1998 and rapidly became a local favorite. Historically, oatmeal was added to stout beer to give it more healthy nutrients, and it was considered a healthy beverage. When people think of dark beer they expect it to be bitter. Well, if you are trying to stay true to the English style, stout is a dark ale, while porter is a dark bitter. So, a stout should be sweeter than a porter. An oatmeal stout has more un-fermentable grain, so it retains the grain sweetness, and the grain brings its nutritional content higher, resulting in a great beverage for hardworking Alaskans. When I finish working on the cabin for the day I totally want a beer. I am thirsty and hungry at the same time, and an Alaskan Stout seems like a good idea after a hard day of building with logs. It is a true treat, chocolate and malt, with creamy, tan foam that washes down smooth even with a tart carbonation.

Here’s to Alaskan! Cabins, bears, salmon, berries, mountains, ocean, eagles, colossal rivers, glaciers, and stout beers! I hope everybody gets a chance to see the sublime land we Alaskans like to call home!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer painting of oatmeal stout by alaskan brewing alaska cabin northern lights year of beer scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.06. Oatmeal Stout by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.



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