Tag Archives: alaska beer painter

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 87

Today’s beer painting is of HooDoo Brewing Company’s IPA!  Be forewarned, this 7.2% IPA should be enjoyed responsibly.  I was responsible enough to leave my car at the hotel and make the 10 minute short walk over to the brewery.  When I arrived to the new Fairbanks hot-spot known as HooDoo, I was blown away with the cool outdoor ice bar that was about to melt in the above-30-degree weather, which was also a pleasant surprise!  A crowd of thirsty beer lovers was already crowding the tasting room!  I got situated, tasted all the on-draft offerings, and realized my favorite was the IPA, and got to work making this painting.  This was my first onsite beer painting in a brewery.  I have done photo-shoots at breweries before, but painting live was a first for me.

Fairbanks is so cool now that it has HooDoo right there in town.  Silver Gulch Brewing Company in Fox has been a favorite of mine since I first visited it over five years ago, but making a 20 mile round trip drive just for fresh beer seems like a bit of a schlep.  Nonetheless, after driving 350+ miles to Fairbanks, we checked into the hotel, and drive straight to Silver Gulch.  There is totally room for another brewery, or three in the Fairbanks area — a hub of a pretty large Alaska community.

HooDoo was founded by Bobby Wilken, a local Fairbanksian, who started home brewing in college in Montana.  He found his passion for craft beer, graduated with a business degree, left for Germany to study the art of brewing in München, traveled extensively in Europe honing his palette, and returned to Fairbanks to build HooDoo in 2011.

I enjoyed painting this beer as I was surrounded by its loyal consumers!  I also found it to be a spot on IPA, even though it is not very session-able.  Those pints felt large, too!  Seemed more like 20 oz than 16, but those engineers in Fairbanks always give a little wiggle room!  It is floral and delicious, more of a double than a single, which is my normal octane.  I was on overdrive as I finished this piece up and having a blast!

To HooDoo, you are fine hosts in our central Alaskan hub!  Bringing fine beer culture to a great Alaskan destination!  Cheers!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of HooDoo IPA Pint in Fairbanks Alaska Year of Beer

Year of Beer 03.28. IPA at HooDoo Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 73

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Samuel Adams Boston Lager!  This flagship beer has been gracing tables since 1984.  Although Samuel Adams is a huge brewery that crafts a fine beer, it is still not owned by Budweiser!  So feel guilt free when you step up to drink a Boston Lager. East coast brews have been on my mind, and I am hoping to get a chance to taste them first hand in their native land.  If my tax return doesn’t give me any big surprises, my wife and I will travel to Boston for the American Craft Beer Fest in late May, and to Philly to catch the first half of Philly Beer Week, doing some beer tasting all the way through the trip.  I have never been a beer tourist before, normally just tasting where I happen to be touring.  Now that I am officially a beer blogger I feel it would be a great step in progression of my project.  Alaska just doesn’t get the distribution that the East Coast does.  That is the way it has been traditionally done for hundreds of years though.  Getting a beer from over a hundred miles away in Germany is tough, unless it is a huge brewery.  Simply because it makes sense to have beer that is brewed close to home.  Getting it there before temperature changes affect the beer is important.  Also, beer from far away lacks the same demand as local brews, so it sits on shelves too long, making the product less vibrant and less flavorful!

To getting off subject, something that drinking a fine brew will make one do, and to Samuel Adams, which qualifies as good beer in my book, so why not ramble a bit!

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 03.14. Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.14. Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.