The featured beer painting of the day is of Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Company. This barley wine is easy to drink at only 9%, which is pretty traditional for English style, and is a very good example of what an oaked English barley wine should be! I hiked five miles up to the Jumbo Mine from the mining town of Kennicott in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, chilled the bottle in a pile of snow, and savored the contents at the top while enjoying a spectacular view! King Street, could you can this beverage in 8 oz cans? The can would look great with the same graphic as the bottle, and would make it easier to enjoy the barley wine on Alaska adventures. I love the rampant lion — a symbol of wealth, strength and power!
This beer is delicious! I didn’t know what to expect, but since King Street has been putting out such great quality beers, I knew it was going to be good. Sweet and malty, this beer brings up thoughts of plums and raisins, but with a nice toasty oak flavor. I have loved barley wine since the first drop hit my tongue, but quickly learned that I should consume it with caution. Overconsumption, which is easy to do with a beer as tasty as this one, can lead to a bit of a slow next day. I shared this bottle with my wife, and then we climbed up to a ridge for even better views. Going up was no problem, but coming down is always a bit tricky when sliding on loose rocks. Good thing I had barley wine for an energy beverage, and I handled it just fine. Alaska, you are my favorite state, and the beer made here is wonderful! I love living in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park whenever I get a chance to stay out here! Can’t wait to get my cabin finished so I can be drinking King Street English barley wine on New Year’s Eve out here!
Cheers to Nobility, I never felt more kingly than when looking at the spires of rock formations here in the Wrangells, while drinking one of the best beers King Street has to offer!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.
How did I get my hands on Alaska’s Most Wanted 2013 Brewtality Espresso Black Lager? It was a lucky grab at La Bodega. This beer was originally Jeremiah Boone’s brainchild when he was brewing at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Now he works with Gabe Fletcher over at Anchorage Brewing Company, making tasty treats like A Deal with the Devil, and the Beer Geek Breakfast by Mikkeller (contract brewed at Anchorage Brewing). Brewtality is a big, bold beer. Bottled in a 22 oz, the brew is jet-black and screaming with flavor, coming in at 9.4% ABV. This beer was originally in the Crew Brew Series of 2009. I think this version of Brewtality is pretty darn tootin’ good, even though Jeremiah didn’t have any part in this particular batch. What do you think Mr. Boone? Is it up to par?
MSBC is my favorite brewery because it has both great beer and a great pub called the Loft, where I have my two biggest art shows of the year, and one is coming up next month! I will be showing the first 150 Year of Beer paintings, minus the ones that have found homes already. Several of them are of MSBC brews, not only because MSBC RoCKs, but also because it is hosting the show. I was talking with Davy, the sous brewer, who handles all the firkins (pins, actually, but let’s not split hairs), and we were scheming a way to have two of the little casks available on First Firkin Friday in June, due to the high volume of patrons that month. Davy is celebrating becoming a father with a special beer he brewed for his first-born daughter, Ivy June. I wanted an Alaska-themed firkin, so I suggested Monks Mistress conditioned with blueberries. I also thought it would be really fun to tap both at the same time!
Cheers to Jeremiah’s amazing creation, Brewtality. This beer will grow hair, not only on your chest, but on your face as well. If you sip on this beer regularly, you will become an Alaskan!