Category Archives: Thirsty Thursday Series

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #154. Droid Brew Imperial Stout.

A long time ago, hopped with galaxy hops, far far from reality the story goes.
“Don’t drink this beer, it’s for droids only!  In fact, your chance of survival is 3,720 to 1.”  C3PO will let you know that the metal shavings in this oily alcoholic beverage make it completely unfit for human consumption.  “Brewed by Droids for Droids” should be listed on the can.  I guess the free droids who brew this concoction just don’t care about human health.  Leave it to the Empire not to require ingredients on beer cans.  It sure looks tantalizing in that amazing AstroMechDroid shaped can.  The appearance is right on with the jet black coloration, and the head just won’t dissipate for hours (must be due to the oil content).  If you don’t feel like burping up blood, followed by… you really don’t  want me to describe it, then you probably should not seek out this mechanical beverage.
R2 and Threepio were able to procure a can of this at the final galaxy wide celebration when Darth Vader and the Death Star were destroyed.  Saved for the day after, they enjoyed it right there in the Ewok Forest on the Endor moon.  I don’t know if Threepio celebrated his creator’s death, or mourned his loss.  I know Luke had a somber moment at the funeral pyre.
If you do get your hands on this elusive brew, don’t even think about drinking it.  Remember, it is for droids only!  Use it as a special present for your best droid, however it is well known that even the most loyal droids seek free will.  I would make sure their restraining bolts are present before serving.
Cheers to the behind-the-scenes Droids that make the galaxy an easier place.  Raise your glass high, or at least high enough to toast R2.  Just be sure you don’t actually partake in this beverage, or it will be your last.

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #154. Droid Brew Imperial Stout. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #154. Droid Brew Imperial Stout. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete!

Well, today is day 4 of my semi-Sober October.  Normally I just roll through life drinking as much beer as I feel like without getting horrendously drunk.  I find I am successful at not driving under the influence and also not making a fool of myself most of the time.  My doctor said for my weight and stature I should not be consuming more that 14 regular, 5% ABV, 12oz beers per week, which is 2 per day.  I think I average about 3 per day, just because most of the beer I drink comes in pints, or has a higher ABV and, well, I am Alaska’s Beer Artist.  So I feel a cutback is necessary to allow my liver to regenerate, and I found from past experience that October is a good month for sobriety.  Technically you can still experience Oktoberfest, since it starts at the end of September, and then there are no real beer holidays until Halloween which is on the 31, so by then you are ready to go.  It really isn’t that hard this time around.  I guess I’m not that addicted to alcohol.  As I stated before, I am going semi-sober this October.  The 14 beers are cut to 4.  The intent is not to drink during weekdays, without binging on weekends.  The end goal is to have superb health throughout my life and enjoy beer until I am ancient…right.

So this Thirsty Thursday beer painting brings an important lesson.  Mario and Luigi toasting Oktoberfest beers.  I call this painting Course Complete.  My Mario performance has been enhanced without the beer.  I am playing better, getting farther and beating more bosses when I drink sparkling water instead of IPA, my favorite beverage.  Who would have guessed?  Not surprisingly this makes gameplay more fun.  So if you have to take a break, whether self-imposed as in my case, or for whatever reason, and you find yourself wondering what to do if you have to take an alcohol break, consider playing video games.  I’m sure your gameplay will be enhanced.

So I propose a toast to Mario Brothers (yes, I am raising my cup of green tea)!  The Japanese game about Italian plumbers eating magic mushrooms, and tasting pretty flowers.  Cheers!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete! 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel. Maria and Luigi drinking beer.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete! 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #152. 907 Frontier-Style Lager by 49th State Brewing Co.

When you think of Oktoberfest, one of the things that probably comes to mind is a big stein full of beer, and you dream of one day going to Münich to drink one of those (or seven).  When we heard that 49th State Brewing Company was offering free steins with every liter of 907 Frontier-Style Lager ordered, Maria and I headed straight there after work.  Luckily our studio is only a couple blocks away.  We were slightly disappointed when we found out the steins were plastic, but they were still full of a liter of delicious AK-brewed lager for a mere $9.07.  This Continental style lager was not too bitter and had a really nice flavor.  It tasted different from the beers we were drinking in Germany, but I feel that was a good thing.  Not that Germany is producing bad beer,  it’s just so traditional.  After a couple pints it gets a bit boring.  The 907 lager is not too crazy either, not like some of the great NE IPAs that 49th State has been killing it with lately.  I probably wouldn’t order a whole liter of NE IPA though.  One pint at a time seems like a better way to dole out the hoppy stuff.  I  suggest if you like lager beer to give the 907 a try.

Prost to the spirit of Oktoberfest, where beer comes in a giant glass and your pretzel is a whole meal!  Thank you 49th State for remembering the tradition, and serving up beer in German sized portions!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #152. 907 Frontier-Style Lager by 49th State Brewing Co. 14"x11", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #152. 907 Frontier-Style Lager by 49th State Brewing Co. 14″x11″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #151. Beer Please!

When I was decorating my first dorm room, I bought a beer poster called Beers of the World.  It was inspirational to me on a number of levels, and probably has led directly to this painting I am calling Beer Please.  These two simple words can bring so much when you are out traveling the world.  Nothing brings a smile to your server’s face faster than asking for a beer in the native language.  I made this painting in honor of beer around the world, and getting it served to you.
Foreign language is a bit tricky for me.  I always just skirted by in my foreign language classes.  After this last trip overseas, I have sworn to renew my efforts at learning other languages, and am currently spending an hour a day on Russian language lessons while painting in the studio.  Normally I listen to books on tape with exciting plot-lines, and the switch has made painting more tedious.  I always feel better when I have finished the lesson and then I am rewarded when I resume listening to the stories.
I urge you to raise your pint and celebrate international beers.  Believe me, the beer tastes great out there in other countries, but nothing tastes as good as your local favorites!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.  Contact me if you’re interested in licensing this image.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #151. Beer Please. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #151. Beer Please. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #150. Midnight Still Imperial Stout by Holy Mountain Brewing Co.

Holy Mountain Brewing is a fresh new Seattle brewery that has been leading the Emerald City to new heights and flavors in the craft beer community.  Colin Lenfesty and Mike Murphy opened their doors in 2014 (the same year I was painting a new beer painting every day), and were overrun with beer enthusiasts so much that they ran out of clean glassware.  Holy Mountain is the new type of brewery with a barrel aging program and amazing fresh pale ales and traditional styles that are often overlooked in the local beer scene in Seattle.  Midnight Still is a great barrel aged imperial stout.  I was lucky enough to be stationed next to Holy Mountain’s table at the Culmination Beer Festival hosted by Gabe Fletcher at Anchorage Brewing Company, and had a taster, or two of this amazing stout.  The Bourbon notes are delightfully blended with the robust, dark, coconut, vanilla, raisiny, plum-like flavors and aromas that this black dank brew encompasses.  As far as barrel aged imperial stouts go, you really can’t do much better than this.  Midnight Still is a perfect example of what BAIS should be!  This beer is hard to get, and I feel lucky to get to try it.  I got to meet the cool dudes from Holy Mountain at Culmination, working at the table, serving up beers and giving me a break so I could go around and sample the other great brews.
Cheers to Midnight Still!  When you drink this, your night will be tranquil for sure!  A beverage for those late night quiet hours to be enjoyed silently and with sophistication.

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #150. Midnight Still by Holy Mountain Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #150. Midnight Still by Holy Mountain Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #149. Beer Pint in Russia.

If you read Maria’s blog post about our latest trip, you know that I recently flew to Kamchatka, over the Bering Strait to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.  Then on to Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Amsterdam, and various spots in Deutschland before catching a direct flight back from Frankfurt.  I really enjoyed Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.  The main town on the Kamchatka Peninsula is a really cool place in the world, and it’s only a short 4.5-hour flight from Anchorage.  The town is surrounded by large volcanoes, and the place really has a feel of Alaska to it, even though it’s on a different continent, and everything is in Russian in the Cyrillic alphabet.  The public transportation is both cheap and convenient with busses arriving every 10 minutes.

One of the things I love about Russia is the relaxed laws about the sale of alcoholic beverages.  Pазливное (razlivnoye), or draft beer is readily available all over Russia.  The draft beer place will fill you a to-go plastic bottle of пиво (pivo), or beer in English, or you can have them pour it into a glass for you to drink on premise.  That’s right, you can drink beer in public in Russia as if it’s a soft drink.  Since they fill the plastic bottle first, that eliminates short pours and also limits the waste that happens at a growler bar in the States.  I always cringe when I see a bartender just pouring beer foam down the drain.  There is a lot of beer that gets thrown away that way.  Is this why growlers are often $18?  In Russia every cafe, and store, even the mini markets have an alcohol section.  It’s way cheaper than here in the States, assuming you don’t buy some ungodly expensive imported something.  Russian beer is about $.50 to $1 per half liter, and there isn’t a deposit as Russians are not really into recycling.  The quality is somewhere between a decent Mexican lager and a rot gut malt liquor, depending what you order.  Some of the dark beers, or the unfiltered white beers are actually quite a bit better.  What you will not find readily available is any form of good IPA.  I didn’t see any of that anywhere on this trip aside from what was marketed as IPA by Amstel (which is actually brewed in St. Petersburg by Baltika, which also produces Heineken and Hoegaarden).  Russians also don’t seem to refrigerate stuff as often as I would expect.  Most of the beers are served warm,  and have some strange off flavor, which I think I have discerned as Diacetyl.  Getting the pivo properly chilled seems to improve most of these less than crisp lagers.  The one pictured here was purchased on draft at a local snack cafe near the beach in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.  It was cold and refreshing, and I didn’t notice anything off about it.  Maria and I shared a shawarma, some fries, and watched people at the beach and the town square.  There were two gentlemen who appeared to be renting two battery operated toy cars to parents and their kids.  The Russians are becoming quite the entrepreneurs.  The sun was setting and it was a nice evening.  We then walked back to our hotel and prepared to leave to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal the following morning.

Cheers to cold beer all over the world!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #149. Beer Pint in Russia. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #149. Beer Stein in Russia. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #148. Session EZ IPA by Full Sail Brewing Co.

Let’s take it EZ today with a bottle of Session EZ IPA by Full Sail Brewing Co. in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. I painted the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge, with Mt. Hood in this composition to put a local spin on this painting.  Brewed with Citra, Equinox, and Cascade hops, this unfiltered 4.8% ABV brew is just the ticket to avoid the afternoon brew coma.  A lazy day in the sun sipping IPA all day can lead to an early evening, unless you stick to low ABV sessionable versions of this highly hopped American style of beer.  IPA normally brings the buzz right to your brain, but when it has a lower ABV, it reminds me of a supped up version of light beer.  The taste is right, and the body is there thanks to the unfiltered process, but it just doesn’t goat-kick you to the head.  DIPA and imperial IPA still have their place, but if you want more than one or two, EZ IPA is your go to!  Have the conversation last a bit longer and the afternoon extend ’til twilight with this beverage.  Way to go Full Sail, you did it again!

I won’t be releasing new beer paintings for five weeks, because we’ll be traveling in Russia and Europe, and we’re not bringing oil paint, or a laptop.  But we will be sampling local beers whenever we find notable breweries and pubs, and we’ll post about our adventures on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.  Domestic shipping is free.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #148. Session EZ IPA by Full Sail Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #148. Session EZ IPA by Full Sail Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.