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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 285

Way up north in Alaska, and still waiting for snow here at sea level in Anchorage. It will come soon, because the termination dust is on the mountains, and won’t be going anywhere until spring. I am eagerly awaiting a killer ski season this year, and I have a good feeling it is going to be a good snow year. “Termination dust” is the first snow of the season on top of the mountains, while it continues to rain at lower elevations, hence terminating the summer/fall season and entering into the lustrous winter stage of the year. I love winter, which is a good thing, since I live in a northern state.

This beer brewed by the team at Midnight Sun Brewing Company: Lee Ellis, Davey, Sean, Matt, Gavin, Chelsea, Nick and Kevin, is some of the best beer I have had from the brewery in five years. I think Termination Dust Belgian Barley Wine will age to be as good as the notorious 10th anniversary barley wine, M, that marked the 1000th batch of beer in 2005. A bottle of M can sell for over $1,200 between beer traders today. I was lucky enough to get a pretty hefty sample of that glorious beer when I showed my first beer paintings at MSBC in 2011. I think in a few years people will be trading Termination Dust for well over $300 a bottle, if not for way more, just because this barley wine aged in High West bourbon barrels is that good. Also, very good news is that the CoHoHo Imperial IPA is probably the best batch of CoHoHo I have had in five years. Not to mention the greatness in every bottle of Bar Fly Smoked Imperial Stout. The brew crew has worked out any kinks that come from switching up brew staff, and the beer is probably better than it has ever been before!

Cheers to MSBC, the world-class brewery putting out the best beers I have ever tasted, right in front of the Chugach Mountains! Bring on the Termination Dust! Alaska is ready for winter!

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Beer Painting of Termination Dust Belgian Barley Wine by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings by Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.12. Termination Dust Belgian Barley Wine by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 282

The featured beer painting of the day is of Denali Brewing Company’s Single Engine Red, which is an Irish-style red ale. Even the brewers in Talkeetna know that if you don’t get a chance to fly around Denali while you are here in Alaska, you are going to have to make another trip back. My wife, Maria, made four trips this summer, landing three times on the Ruth Glacier. She claims it is the highlight of the trips she guides during the summer here. I have not gotten to land on a glacier on Denali yet, although this summer I flew to St. Elias in a smaller private plane that was probably way more exciting. My friend, who pilots a juiced up Piper Cub, let me open the window to get better pictures, but said we don’t have the power to execute backcountry landings, more importantly the takeoffs. Flying around the big one would be a dream job for him. An old hand with the mountain, he says he is tired of walking up the mountain as a guide. I can understand why, as the success rate for making the summit is 50%. Flying seems like a way better option for me. I don’t like being stuck overnight, huddled in a tent on the side of glaciers. Warm, snug woodstoves and a big thermal mass of logs appeal to me. On our trip to St. Elias we only flew halfway around the pyramid pinnacle, as we didn’t want to enter Canadian airspace. So for the next trip you book to Alaska, really consider a flight seeing trip around the Great One in one of the little red planes pictured in this painting! When you make it back to Talkeetna, the Single Engine Red will taste incredible.

Cheers to the Single Engine Red, and to Alaskan pilots!

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Beer Painting of single engine red by denali brewing year of beer paintings by scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.09. Single Engine Red by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 279

The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s Oatmeal Stout brewed in Juneau, Alaska. Alaskan Stout was released as a rough draft series in 1998 and rapidly became a local favorite. Historically, oatmeal was added to stout beer to give it more healthy nutrients, and it was considered a healthy beverage. When people think of dark beer they expect it to be bitter. Well, if you are trying to stay true to the English style, stout is a dark ale, while porter is a dark bitter. So, a stout should be sweeter than a porter. An oatmeal stout has more un-fermentable grain, so it retains the grain sweetness, and the grain brings its nutritional content higher, resulting in a great beverage for hardworking Alaskans. When I finish working on the cabin for the day I totally want a beer. I am thirsty and hungry at the same time, and an Alaskan Stout seems like a good idea after a hard day of building with logs. It is a true treat, chocolate and malt, with creamy, tan foam that washes down smooth even with a tart carbonation.

Here’s to Alaskan! Cabins, bears, salmon, berries, mountains, ocean, eagles, colossal rivers, glaciers, and stout beers! I hope everybody gets a chance to see the sublime land we Alaskans like to call home!

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Beer painting of oatmeal stout by alaskan brewing alaska cabin northern lights year of beer scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.06. Oatmeal Stout by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 271

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. A local favorite, this IPA has been causing trouble in Spenard for well over a decade. Named after a nearly un-climbable peak in the Alaska Mountain Range, Broken Tooth supplies beer for Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, and Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria. This brewery has been growing as fast as Anchorage’s hip population can swill down the brew.

The Fairweather IPA is a 6.2 % ABV India Pale Ale that tastes like pine and citrus, with a nice malt backbone. It is available on draft at both the Bear Tooth, and Moose’s Tooth venues, as well as at certain stores in cans. The Bear Tooth is located on Spenard Road, across the street from a lively bar known as The World Famous Chilkoot Charlie’s. “Koot’s” is a rustic Alaskan bar with quite the late night scene, and an equally tough reputation. The windmill in the painting stands in Koot’s parking lot, and is the iconic feature of the Spenard skyline. I have always liked Spenard, a section of town full of intriguing Alaskans who seem to like to walk around and visit the local watering holes. I could probably make a fortune just taking visitors on a Spenard walking tour, because it is such a unique Alaskan cultural experience.

Cheers to Broken Tooth Brewing! May the flavor of the Alaska Range be encompassed in your beers!

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Beer Painting of Spenard Windmill and Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.28. Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 252

Dunnananut Dunnananut Dunnananut BERSERKER! Dunnananut Dunnananut Dunnananut BERSERKER! You know the German kid from Mall Rats who wanted to be a heavy metal rocker and loved this one English word. Oh, Jay and Silent Bob, who wouldn’t want to hang out with you? Right, Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska makes this outrageous beer called Berserker Imperial Stout brewed with maple syrup, molasses, and aged in oak bourbon barrels. It is part of a series known as Alaska’s Most Wanted, which might as well be the MSBC All-Stars. If you are lucky to get your hands on any beer classified as such, get it, then savor or cellar it!

Rich, dark caramel and roasted grains, sweet and sticky, this beer sticks to your ribs. Actually, would be a nice accompaniment to some BBQ ribs. This is the kind of beer Alaskans usually save for winter, or drink during cold, rainy summer days behind closed cabin doors. I miss the original label, though with the tomahawk axe. So I embellished my own throwing axe in the background to stay true to the berserker concept. Although, after having some of this beer I won’t be going berserk with any axes, it is strong at 12.7%. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch it on nitro at the Loft at MSBC.   But don’t buy the 12 oz glass, then try to drive home, that’s like drinking half a bottle of wine in one glass! Get your servings right. I feel anything over 9% should be consumed in 6 oz pours, or smaller! …. Berserker!

Cheers to going Berserk! I only got to go berserk a few times at MSBC, but every time has been unique and memorable! I hope you get a chance to try this ridiculous brew!

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Beer Painting of Berserker Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.09. Berserker Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 241

The featured beer painting for today is the product of the collaborative genius between Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, known as the Calabaza Boreal. This sour Belgian ale was brewed at both brewery locations: Anchorage, Alaska, and Dexter, Michigan. The bottle from Anchorage is screen-printed with a horned god holding a pumpkin, looking straight forward, and the bottle from Jolly Pumpkin has a paper label with the horned god in profile. Gabe Fletcher traveled south to visit the Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan and brewed up this batch of Calabaza with Ron Jeffries. Later, Ron visited Anchorage Brewing Company, toting a keg of Oro de Calabaza to ensure a taste of the Jolly Pumpkin in this unique collaborative beer.

Brewed with fresh grapefruit peel and juice, as well as peppercorns, and fermented in large oak barrels, this beer has a taste that lingers in the back of your mind. It is sour with funk, flavors of hay, pepper, and grapefruit, charged by the smell and taste in a way that stimulates fine conversation. The two brews are different but not terribly so; more grapefruit and hay from the Anchorage Brewing batch, and slightly more pepper flavor in the Jolly Pumpkin batch. A great looking, unique tasting ale, made by two fantastic sour-forward breweries!

Cheers to collaboration!

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Beer Painting of Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.29. Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 240

The featured beer painting of the day is of Pipeline Stout from the Broken Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. There is a pizza joint called Moose’s Tooth, and a theatre pub called Bear Tooth in Anchorage that are both owned by the same people that started Broken Tooth Brewing. The three establishments are named after three peaks in the Alaska Mountain Range. Moose’s Tooth pizza pub was started in 1995 by a couple of mountain climbers who didn’t have any restaurant experience. It was a huge success, and is always packed with up to an hour-long wait for a table some nights. A few years later the Bear Tooth opened, which was a revamped old second-running movie theater. You can enjoy a full meal with a pint of craft beer while watching a movie there. The brewery has grown alongside the two restaurants, making a pretty sweet entertainment group. Moose’s Tooth has huge outdoor concerts, bringing in big name bands like String Cheese Incident, Cake, and Keller Williams. The pizza is tasty, the beer is good, but it is the combination of all of the above that makes the Broken Tooth magical.

Pipeline Stout is a classic brew from Broken Tooth Brewing Company, and I saddled up to the busy bar at Moose’s Tooth bar to order one. It came out as expected, jet black with espresso-colored foam. The flavor is spot on, just like a nice, easy drinking stout should be. Dark grains, low hop aroma and bitterness. The flavors of caramel and dark chocolate make up the main flavor profile of this brew. I love a good dark beer, and this stout is a great example of what and Alaska Stout should be!

Cheers to a nearly 20-year success story! Good work bro’s at Broken Tooth, you put on one hell of a good show!

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Beer Painting of pipeline stout by broken tooth brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.28. Pipeline Stout by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 236

The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s White Wheat Ale. This beer was added to Alaskan’s lineup in 2009. This is not your traditional witbier, but more of an easy drinking, spiced, wheat ale. A local favorite in Alaska, and a staple at many Alaskan dinner parties, this beer pairs well with salmon grilled on a cedar plank. Witbier is one of my favorite styles of ale, it is really refreshing and totally qualifies as sessionable beer. I have a hard time remembering to sip this one, and at 5.3% you really can’t chug away as it if were a 3.2% beer.

Polar bears are becoming more and more endangered as climate change melts the polar icecap. I hope they don’t go the way of the Dodo. Who knows, maybe some crazy CO2 consuming equalization algae will spring up either naturally or be created by some amazing biologists to mitigate the greenhouse effect. Either way it goes for the Polar bear, it makes for a solid looking label. I am glad I was able to put the baby Polar bear in the back of this composition. I plan on writing a drawing book when the Year of Beer Paintings project is completed called How to Draw Alaskan Baby Animals. The first entry will be a baby polar bear, because I haven’t ever seen anything so cute!

Cheers to beers brewed in Alaska, great beer for the Greatland! Keep brewing up liquid gold in Juneau, Alaskan Brewing Co!

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Beer Painting of Alaskan White Beer Baby Polar Bear Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.24. White Wheat Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 225

The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s Imperial Red Ale.  While I was at the Alaska Sailing Club last weekend, hanging out around the campfire in Pirate Cove, someone suggested the Imperial Red as a good option for a future beer painting, so I decided to look into it.  When I saw the Imperial Red while shopping for beer at La Bodega, I grabbed a bottle based on that recommendation.  Since the label has a King crab on it, my wife suggested painting the crab fishing boat, the Time Bandit, in the background from the popular reality TV show, The Deadliest Catch, which is about Alaskan crab fishermen in Dutch Harbor, so I went with it.

The beer itself was really delicious, so the recommendation in Pirate Cove was a good one.  A little bit earthy, piney, hoppy, with a good malt backbone.  Although not an IPA, it slightly reminded me of the Sockeye Red IPA… with a bit of tree bark flavor.  I bet it would taste great with crab.  Look at these associations drummed up just from the label.  Humans are a very subjective animal.  It seems expectations make up nearly 90% of perception.  That being said, it was a solid product with a great package that produced an overall winner!

Cheers to Alaskan King crab!  Last time I had it was at my wife’s birthday dinner (yes, I did share).  Next time I will pop out a bottle of this, as I think it will be the perfect addition to the meal.  Great work, Alaskan Brewing Company!  Your Pilot Series is flying high!

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Beer Painting of Imperial Red Ale by Alaskan Brewing Time Bandit the Deadliest Catch Alaskan King Crab Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.13. Imperial Red Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 216

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This beer is a tasty, original sin in a bottle. The brewers at Midnight Sun were playing with some wicked ingredients and brewed up this evil batch of beer. Originally brewed on 06.06.2006 they claim that they captured Beelzebub in bottle. Hence, the name Fallen Angel. I personally don’t think you will be damned for drinking this beer, but it is damn good. Although it appears angelical, it is actually devastatingly strong, the sin is in the 8%. It tastes just like the big, bold beers of Belgium with notes of fruit and a little bit of the Anchorage terroir. This is the second time I have painted this beer. In 2011 I painted a 18” x 24” version, and my friend Will, who was a beerista at the MSBC Loft, bought it, because it’s his favorite beer. I did a whole series of MSBC beers that year, and I was invited to the brewery for a photo shoot for visual reference. I got to try and photograph anything I wanted, and floated home on a cloud. It was hard to believe I was working that day, but I do remember Will telling me that I had to paint the Fallen Angel. He told me that hard-core bikers, the Hell’s Angels types, seem to think it is perfect. This one does have a cult following starting right in the brewery with Will! He rides pedal bikes, not Harley Davidsons, but he is still tough as nails!

Cheers to the crew at MSBC! This beer is one wicked brew, and I hope you continue to make it! Belgian Golden Ale is good and not very easy to find fresh in Alaska so grab a bottle and horde it if you can!

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Beer Painting of Fallen Angel Belgian Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.04. Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.