What is so special about the Cyprus Citrus IPA by Hula Hops Brewing that made me decide to immortalize this bottle in oil paint? First, it was brewed in Cyprus! Second, I drank it in Alaska! Nothing like a special hand-delivery from the eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks Sergios! More surprising was how delicious this bottle-conditioned IPA was, considering its long journey. Obviously, dry-hopped with Citra hops, this beer would give an IPA such as Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed a run for its money. I think you can only get this beer in Nicosia. It just warms my heart that IPA, an American-style beer, (really you can argue that IPA is from England, but just go there and try to find a good example of the brew) is being emulated in other countries. I am glad that pilsners and American lager are taking a small hit in the world of what people are drinking. Not just in the hip continental US, but in a country far from American cultural influences. It was a pleasure to sip on this beer, and I am glad I had the chance. Now Cyprus is on my radar, and when I looked at it on a map, I thought about the possibility of visiting the island. If I ever make it there, I’ll bring my paint kit, as I do on every trip, so I can capture the beauty and culture of the Mediterranean.
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.