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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #122. AK Beer Week.

It’s AK BeEr WeEk!  Brave the cold, revere the beer!  Tonight is my favorite night of AK Beer Week, the Great Northern Brewing Club‘s industry party.  I just dropped off a keg of my home brewed Sunkissed Grapefruit IPA to the 49th State Brewing Company, the hosts of tonight’s shindig.  If you live in Alaska, and love beer, you should join the GNBC. When you join, you get 10% off ingredients at Arctic Brewing Supply, and 10% off at La Bodega, along with other benefits.  Membership is only $30 a year per household.  GNBC parties are hands down some of the best gatherings a beer lover could ever imagine!

Beer week is a great addition to Alaska’s dark, cold January. Thanks to Barb Miller, the instigator, and organizer!  Some of the best events are the many beer dinners around town, and special beer offerings at breweries throughout the State.  The full list of events is at AKBeerWeek.com.

It all culminates in the epic weekend event, the Great Alaska Beer and Barlywine Festival, which is one of the best beer fests in the nation with more barleywine than you can drink (no that is not a challenge, it is a fact!).  I recommend the connoisseur session on Saturday afternoon, as the glass is better (real glass) and the barley wine offerings are more plentiful.  The Saturday afternoon session presents the marching bagpipe band, and the  barleywine and winter warmer contest winners are announced.  Overall, a great week to visit Alaska!  Fortunately, the airlines haven’t figured this out, so you can get some of the cheapest rates to Alaska at this time.

So why is there a rubber chicken in this painting?  Well, there’s a guy named Phil, who has been coming to Anchorage for the GABBF for decades, and he always brings a rubber chicken, and takes photos of people holding his chicken (not choking it).  If you are willing to pose for the photo, he rewards you with a bead necklace that has three chickens on it.  So, the rubber chicken has become the mascot of AK Beer Week.

Cheers to AK Beer Week, when Alaska’s craft beer takes the forefront, where it belongs!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #122. Rubber Chicken of AK Beer Week. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #122. Rubber Chicken of AK Beer Week. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 18

Today is day 9 of AK Beer Week!  Last night my wife and I poured for Coronado Brewing Co. and Full Sail Brewing at the first session of the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, and after the festivities we hopped on a bus to the after party at Cafe Amsterdam where Alaskan Brewing presented Ken and Shauna Pajak a painting that AK Brewing commissioned from me as a thank you present to the Pajak’s for hosting the event for ten years.

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of another notable Alaska brew – Darth Deliruim from Broken Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, AK.  I hope Luke gets to drink that tasty pint, however, if he does, I know it will be over for the Rebel Alliance because even with the Emperor meeting his demise, this dark ale is sure to convert Luke to the dark side!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 16

If you are here in Alaska for AK Beer Week and the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, then the Snow Goose Restaurant, and the Sleeping Lady Brewing Company should be on the forefront of your mind today because that is the venue for my favorite Great Northern Brewers Club event.  This is a club-member only event, so if you’re not a member, you can join at the door for $30.  Not only will you get into tonight’s event where you can mingle with brewers from all over the country and sample their special brews, but you’ll also be able to attend monthly meetings, and take advantage of 10% discounts at Arctic Brewing Supply, La Bodega Store, and a couple other businesses.  The beer pictured in today’s Year of Beer painting is the Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co.  Good job Greg Mills, lead brewer, your ”Fish On” IPA is “Spot On”!  By the way, you can get your growlers filled at this brewery for $5 on Wednesdays and Fridays!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.16, Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.16, Fish On IPA from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 14

On the fifth day of AK Beer Week, and the 14th day of Year of Beer, I painted Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska.  The canned stout is pictured on the Chulitna River with majestic Denali in the background.  This stout is the real Alaska deal, as bold as the Great Land, and as fresh as the snow falling from the sky as I write this blog post.  Not to be underestimated this beer comes in at 6.5%, so it will keep you warm during winter in Alaska.  I love looking at Denali in Talkeetna while sitting on the river sipping a stout!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.14, Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.14, Chuli Stout from Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 13

On the fourth day of AK Beer Week and the 13th day of Year of Beer paintings, I painted a steel growler from La Bodega’s growler bar full of Kassik’s Moose Point Porter.  La Bodega is my favorite growler filling station and bottle shop in Anchorage, and now there is a La Bodega store in Girdwood!  The steel growler with an easy-capper swing arm is great!  When I brush and sterilize it with cleanser that I buy at Arctic Brewing Supply, I can fill that growler and keep it unopened for weeks, and the beer will stay perfectly good.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik's Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik’s Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 12

Day 12 of Year of Beer and day 3 of AK Beer Week!  Today’s Alaska brew is Anchorage Brewing Company’s Galaxy White IPA.  This beer is in a world of its own.  Brettanomyces, from Belgium, is a weird strain of yeast, and yes it is present in this specific beer.  This yeast strain has a sour flavor that you will notice in most, if not all, of Anchorage Brewing Company’s brews.  I was running across downtown on Friday, and I smelled fresh wort brewing (unfermented beer), and, although I think it was coming from the Sleeping Lady Brewing Co., it could easily have been from Glacier Brewhouse, or Anchorage Brewing.  It occurred to me that we are lucky to have three craft breweries in downtown Anchorage.  I feel privileged to live in such a cool town.  I looked at the label on this bottle and I thought of a story that could be told in a painting about Alaskan life where you can put a beer outside to chill, while the northern lights dance about.  

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.12, Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.12, Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 11

In honor of day two of AK Beer Week, today’s Year of Beer painting is of Morning Wood IPA from Kassik’s Brewery in Nikiski, Alaska.  The beer is shown in front of a huge pile of firewood and a wood-stove to get you warmed up in the morning.

The first time I ever set foot in the Kassik’s Brew Stop was the year it opened.  I was lost in Kenai, Alaska trying to meet up with friends to go dip-netting for the first time.  I drove my old truck all the way to Kenai, found the brewery, went in, and called my friends, who told me they were waiting for me at the Kenai River Brewing Company, about 20 miles away.  I was tapped out of cash (surprise, surprise, driving a full size truck around on an artist’s budget) and couldn’t buy any beer.  I was extra tortured because I received several free tasters and the beer was sooo good.  When I finally did meet my friends I could only tell them how good this brewery was!  I was almost skunked (dipnet fishing is harder than it looks), and then I drove all the way home with no beer and only one salmon, which I could have bought for less than the cost of the trip at the grocery store!  Cheers to Kassik’s and great Alaska beer!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.11, Morning Wood IPA from Kassik's Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.11, Morning Wood IPA from Kassik’s Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.