The featured beer painting is of Blonde Fatale Ale by Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, IA. Iowa, in the heartland of America, is not an easy place to get a beer from for an Alaskan. Luckily, this beer artist has connections, and I was able to get two Iowa beers for this project (see day 290)! Thanks, Ann, for bringing this bottle to Alaska! Knoxville, Iowa, a small town of not more than 8,000 residents used to be a coal-mining town, and a small railroad stop along the way of a railroad that was in service starting in 1875. Hard work like coal mining deserves a good beer at the end of the day. Peace Tree’s Blonde Fatale Ale tastes just like a strong Belgian blonde ale should. The last one I had as authentic was directly from Belgium. The color of this beer is golden straw. It tastes smooth, with hints of spicy Belgian yeast and slight fruit complexity. A traditional Belgian aroma wafts from the bottle, and its strong alcohol content of 8.5% is masked by its mild flavor. Overall, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, this beer could easily take you by surprise, especially if it were a hot day and the beer was stored on ice.
Cheers to the Blond Fatale, may she touch your heart and leave you lighthearted. I hope the whole state of Iowa loves this beer, and keeps the brewery constantly busy! Remember if you brew it…they will come!