The event of the year is here — the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival takes place today and tomorrow! Today’s Year of Beer painting is of my favorite barley wine that is available on draft at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. I bought several bottles when this beer was released last year and as far as I know, these bottles are no longer available for sale. This rich Belgian style barley wine is the celebratory beer commemorating the 3000th batch of beer brewed at MSBC since it’s beginning in 1995. This makes MSBC not only one of the best Alaska breweries, but also the oldest Anchorage brewery. If you go to one other beer stop
during AK Beer Week, stop in to the Loft at MSBC to see my colorful beer-themed artwork on display this month only, while you sip a glass of 3000.
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.
Year of Beer 01.17, 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.
Everybody knows how much I like beer but here is one of my faves. It is a truly tasty ale, not too strong, but high in flavor and mojo! Twilight Ale from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. This is one of their summer specials and is a seasonal product. I like it because it is perfect for sipping in the midnight sun where twilight is extended for several hours. I painted this beer outside on my friend Dicker’s deck, on the corner of 3rd and A street downstairs from where I used to live. We were very sad to see his old grill bite the dust, so I painted this beer in front of the old grill to commemorate it. It has been there for some really good memories, after 3 years of some of the best salmon in all the world I figured it was the least I could do. So here is a toast to the midnight sun and well cooked salmon on the barbie! Salute!