We spent New Year’s Eve in Talkeetna, Alaska — a real trip in the woods. We were lucky enough to be invited to this lovely cabin that our friends built. They brought a bottle of Trip in the Woods Cocoa Coconut Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (as well as several other amazing brews) for a New Year’s Eve toast. Thanks, it was delicious! What with snow machines, a laser light show, stovetop nachos, and about two dozen mortar shells, the celebration was literally a blast! Naturally, I brought my painting kit with me, and since all we could see out the cabin windows was snow-covered trees, I decided that a painting of Trip in the Woods would be the perfect way to commemorate the trip. What a way to end the year! Cheers to 2018!
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.