Category Archives: Beer Paintings

Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Company

During the Year of Beer Paintings (2014), I posted Pacifico Clara as the beer painting of the day for Cinco De Mayo.  Oy, happy 5th of May!  Pacifico got me thinking of surfing.  As I sat with an Icy Bay IPA in my hands, I realized I hadn’t painted it in the can.  I also realized that Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. has become a go-to beverage for me when I want a reasonably priced IPA.  I was going to buy a half rack of PBR, but when I saw for 3 bucks more I could bring home the green cans, I just couldn’t buy PBR.  Not to mention that Icy Bay IPA is definitely tastier than PBR (even-though I do have a soft spot for the hipster red, white and blue can).

For an Alaskan beach party Icy Bay IPA from Juneau, Alaska is a perfect choice, just watch your intake as a 6.2% IPA is not that sessionable.  Consider having your beer after riding the waves, as nothing is a worse buzz kill than getting the US Coast Guard to save you.  Keep your head as clear as the crisp refreshing taste of this IPA when you are rocking the icy waves on your longboard!  Cheers to an Alaskan May 5th!  Get out and celebrate the end of winter, by hitting the beach with a cooler full!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10", by Scott Clendaniel

Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″, by Scott Clendaniel

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2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing Co.

2×4 is a great DIPA that will knock your hat in the creek with a 2×4.  I’m glad Melvin Brewing canned this strong beer.  Easier to pack on adventures that way, and more bang for your buck!  It has so much hop bitterness and floral aroma, you’ll feel more manly after drinking it.  There’s even National 2×4 Day, which I missed, because I didn’t know about it, but apparently it happened on 2.4.2017.  Oh well, next year.  I see that one bar in Alaska is supposed to have this beer on 2×4 Day, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, of course.  Better put it on my calendar.  This beer from Wyoming is one I was lucky enough to try when I drove across the country last fall with my buddy Sam.  We bought beer from four different distribution areas, and Melvin was one I was lucky enough to procure while stopping briefly in Colorado.  Brewed near Jackson Hole, this beer is making me feel like I want to plan a ski trip to Wyoming!  Maybe I will head there next year!  Cheers to strong bold DIPAs, this one is tremendous!

This original oil painting, and 24 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

2x4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

2×4 DIPA by Melvin Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Big Dipa Double IPA by Denali Brewing Company

Up here in the Great Land, everything is big.  Alaska is the biggest in the Union by a considerable margin.  We joke that Texans better not make us mad, or we’ll divide Alaska in half, and make Texas the third largest State.  One thing we love here in Alaska is big IPAs.  There is a big craft brewery named after the biggest mountain on the continent, Denali Brewing Co.  They just came out with a beer called the Big DIPA, which references our state flag and depicts Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper on the can.  A Double IPA is often referred to as a DIPA, hence the Big DIPA name.  The beer is full of hop flavor, and I recommend picking up a six-pack, but remember that this beer is not session-able, unless you’re a 350lb logger.  Cheers to Alaska, and Denali’s Dig DIPA!  May the stars guide your beer purchase tonight!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Big Dipa Double IPA by Denali Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Big Dipa Double IPA by Denali Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

 

Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co.

Hello beer hunters, connoisseurs, and hop-heads.  I am glad to release a new beer painting that I finished just a week ago.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on an über fresh can of Lines Imperial IPA, a collaboration between California’s Monkish Brewing and our famous local favorite Anchorage Brewing.  This beer is delicious!  At first it was very mellow, but as it warmed up, a floral and citrusy hop flavor became very evident, yet not overpowering.  I was able to bend the ear of Gabe Fletcher while sipping on this delectable brew.  He divulged that this was a zero IBU IPA dry hopped with lupulin powder, the secret ingredient in this fine beer.  This batch of lupulin powder was a blend of Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops that had been flash frozen to extract the most potent part of the hop, the Alpha acids.  I was surprised he was selling it for 10 bucks a can, but when you consider how far a schlep to LA is from Anchorage, and how long I would have to stand in line to get this beer down there, then it’s a steal of a deal.

The name Lines has two meanings to me.  One is evident from the label, since the powder reminded the brewers of another kind of powered substance, but the second meaning may be a reference to the fact that every time Monkish releases a new canned offering, beer nerds line up for hours to get it.  I stepped up to the bar as soon as I walked into Anchorage Brewing and Gabe himself poured me the beer strait from the can.  On a side note, that’s when I found out that the tall tulip glasses at Anchorage Brewing hold 14 oz when filled to the rim.  I was surprised that only 2 oz remained in my cool shiny can.

I am fond of the shiny cans.  So far I have not been let down by one.  Every time I have bought or tasted one, it has been worth the price…  They always seem to be somewhere around $4 a can for offsite consumption.  So at a bar in Alaska 10 bucks is a deal.  Breweries use these cans for very small releases, because they can just slap a sticker on them, and don’t have to order thousands of pre-printed cans.  Word is that Gabe plans to brew this again, and will can it when his new canning line is operational, so more people will get a chance to try this tasty brew!

Cheers to Lines, but not the kind I have to stand in!

This original oil painting, and 30 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. Oil on panel. 8"x10".

Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. Oil on panel. 8″x10″.

 

Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Company

If you walked into a speakeasy during Prohibition and asked for a “Blind Pig”, you may have received a beer.  I should have painted the pig drinking from a blank Mason jar, as that is the way beer would have been served during those times.  A pint jar was known as a pig, and a blank one was known as a “Blind Pig.”  Ironically, the first time I drank Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Company was not in California, but in Philadelphia at Monk’s Cafe.  I ordered it thinking that it was probably the best thing on the extensive menu, called the Beer Bible, and I was not let down.  I drank it again at the Russian River brew pub in Santa Rosa, and came back the next day, nearly emptying my bank account, and making a generous addition to my beer cellar.  All I have left is a couple bottles of the barrel sour ales now.  Looks like I will have to make another trip to Santa Rosa to refill my private stock.  If you do get your hands on this treasured ale, don’t hoard it, but drink it.  IPA is best fresh!  So share and enjoy!  Don’t let your cool pet pig get ahold of it.  Once they have gotten the taste, they will never be satiated!   Cheers to the “Blind Pig” — the best pig for drinking!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 14"x11", oil on panel.

Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 14″x11″, oil on panel.

Honeymoon Hefe by Kenai River Brewing Company

Kenai River Brewing has bottled another beer, and it’s a great session-able brew.  I’m glad it’s not another IPA.  Don’t get me wrong, I love big, bold beers and session IPAs, but it’s nice to get a good beer that is highly drinkable that is a little bit different.  With 45% wheat malt, the Honeymoon Hefe Ale is a true marriage between flavor and refreshment.  This fine fermented beverage would be great out on the river and even late at night around the campfire.  Not only is it delicious, the yellow can perfectly compliments the cool blue of the Kenai River, won’t get lost easily, and the cans are easy to pack out. 

I included a pair of Rufous Hummingbirds in the painting to emphasize the honeymoon part of the name of this beer.  This mated pair is completely in love with each other, and this beer.  As long as we’re talking about honey and birds, I also had to include Fireweed, one of Alaska’s truly amazing flowers, and of course Alaska’s official State flower, the Forget-Me-Not.  So grab a sixer of this tasty beer, and head out to the Kenai to really have a good time recreating!  This beer is a perfect accompaniment to the Alaska outdoors.

Cheers to drinking the best beers in the Last Frontier!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Honeymoon Hefe by Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna, Alaska. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Honeymoon Hefe by Kenai River Brewing Company in Soldotna, Alaska. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Down to Earth Session IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery

What happens when you send a reluctant chimp into space and then let him return to Earth?  The answer is one happy monkey chillin’ at the beach sipping on session-able IPAs.  21st Amendment Brewery has been making a great session ale for years, but when I stepped into its San Francisco pub and saw that the Bitter American has returned to Earth, I couldn’t believe my eyes, nor the delicious taste on my tongue.  I have a love for simians of all kinds: apes, monkeys, chimps.  There is something primal about watching the animal that we are most closely related to.  I feel that humans often reject the instincts that our tree-swinging cousins embody.  The simple joys in life are what makes life worth living.  Having a cold brew, or three on the beach is one of those things that I simply do not want to skip.  A nice cool dip in the Pacific Ocean followed by a refreshing sip brings you Down to Earth in a way that this monkey finds simply refreshing!  I hope you enjoy this painting and have a cold one for me in the heat of the sun!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Down to Earth Session IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10", by Scott Clendaniel.

Down to Earth Session IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″, by Scott Clendaniel.