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.
Today is the last Thirsty Thursday of the year! I hope you had a good time checking in on Thursdays. I won’t promise to post every week in 2016, but I’m not saying that I won’t. We do have some cool stuff planned, like our first Beer Art Road Show (BARS) that will happen in the Fall in California, where there is a plethora of world-class breweries to visit like Stone, Ballast Point, Russian River, Lost Abbey, and the list goes on. The last time I was in California was in 2009, and I had just completed the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall project. Now I am more aware of just how special California is for beer, whereas back in 2009 it was more known for wine.
So the last Thirsty Thursday beer painting for 2015 is of Sip of Sunshine IPA. This beer is so tasty! Lawson’s lives up to its name, it does make the “finest liquids”. I was surprised to read on the can that this beer is brewed by Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT. I wonder why it’s not brewed in Warren, Vermont, where LFL is located. Nevertheless, I feel lucky to get to try a fresh one all the way here in Anchorage, Alaska. A beer art fan in New Jersey mailed me this can. Although we get some seriously good IPAs here, none are 8% and served in a can. Bitter Monk by Anchorage Brewing is great, but at $10 for a 22 oz bottle, I only drink it occasionally. I wish the BARS tour was in Vermont in the near future, but since I was there in 2014, I guess I should go to Colorado first.
Cheers to the New Year, and stay tuned for more beer art in 2016!
Unfortunately, this painting is not available for sale, because Lawson’s Finest is the first brewery to send me a cease and desist notice for using an image of their beer in a painting. You can read about it in this blog post.
When you have a fresh new pint of beer in front of you, and you look down at the foam, have you ever seen shapes resembling something? Maybe if you were feeling extra artistic and had a moment that can only be described as the “aesthetic experience”. I always get that feeling when I stare into a pint. Like in a magic crystal ball, I see visions of the possible future, memories of past events, and sometimes inspiration strikes. So, for this week’s Thirsty Thursday painting I painted a version of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night as if I walked up to a pint and saw this sublime work of art in the foam. The painting is composed as if the viewer is looking directly down into the pint. Of course I have never hallucinated the Starry Night in a pint glass. Instead, it is a metaphor for my muse. I think this hyperbole appropriately states how important beer has been to me as an artist. Everybody knows enough about Van Gogh, so I spare you the history lecture. I recommend watching the Kirk Douglas movie Lust for Life, if you want to learn more about the famous artist.
Cheers to living life to its fullest!
The original painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.
Happy New Year! Pretty jazzed to be putting up the first Thirsty Thursday painting! I made this one bigger and less product-specific. I don’t know what is going to happen with the Thirsty Thursday paintings. There aren’t any specific rules that will apply as in the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall or in the Year of Beer Paintings series. This is an Andy Warhol inspired piece of art that I made after making a new batch of beer painting magnets for the art show that is beginning tomorrow at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. I will kick off the art show by tapping a firkin at 5 PM. Last call is at 8 PM. I started by making several colorful beer art magnets, and then I realized they looked cool next to each other just like a Warhol screen print. So, I thought, why not try a Warhol-like piece as a magnet? This painting is 11×14 inches. If you are disappointed that the Year of Beer Paintings is over, then I hope this Thirsty Thursday painting will cheer you up!
This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.
The featured beer painting of the day is of Gigantic IPA by Gigantic Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. When I grabbed this one off the shelf I was impressed with the cool graphic design of the label. I spent several years in the Portland area during my college years, and there was no sign of this beer at that time because the brewery opened in 2012. I wasn’t into beer painting back then, nor had I developed a taste for IPA yet. I was stuck in the land of Alaskan Amber and Guinness trying to convince my friends to quit drinking Coors Light, eventhough it did enhance our beer pong game (due to the high water content). I have now come around to IPAs, and I must say I loved the Gigantic IPA! Great art, great beer! What more do you need in a 22 oz bottle?
This beer has Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops, making it a hop bomb for sure. I sipped it all day long, finishing it about five hours after opening the bottle. It was good ‘til the last drop, and I am glad I paced myself and shared with my wife, as it comes in at 7.3%. Floral and citrusy, and not much in the grain bill. Seems to be mostly pale and Munich malts. I love complex grain recipes, but this one is about the hops, and what a hoptacular beer it is! Good work Gigantic, you deserve a beer!
Gigantic cheers to IPA from Portland, Oregon! A place that is so cool, it is hard to stand out in a crowd of leaders! Lead the way to your brewing success, Gigantic Brewing Co!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.
Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Stone Brewing Company’s Ruination IPA. This IPA is a more bitter, bigger brother of the regular Stone IPA, making it a special beer to say the least. I remember grabbing one at the store not knowing that from then on I would be changed forever in a non reversible reaction to the high IBU’s. Before I tasted this beer I thought I wasn’t really into IPA, but then I never looked at other beers the same. I was truly ruined. I didn’t know what had happened to me. So I read the back of the bottle, and in clear English I was informed that I was forever affected, permanently turned into a hop head, “ruined” on other beer forever. That is why the gargoyle proudly guards this beer, because if you finish it, and like what it has done to your palette, everything else will just be a pale ale in comparison.
To IPA and the ruination of palettes everywhere. Mmm mmm, grab me another!