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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #29, July 16, 2015

The Skilak Lake is a popular destination on the Kenai Peninsula. If you go, don’t forget to bring the Skilak Scottish Ale from Kenai River Brewing Co. Skilak is one of the biggest lakes on the Kenai and is easily accessible from Soldotna and Anchorage. The fact that it’s a popular destination makes sense, because there are two campgrounds and square miles of beautiful crystal blue water to enjoy. The views are nice too.

Skilak Scottish Ale pours with a robust creamy head that is more than ample. The aroma is of licorice and smoke. This is a very malt-forward beer that finishes with a hint of piney hops. The taste is robust of licorice candy and caramel dark grain. It is sweet and satisfying. A nice dark amber beer with a hint of peat. The mouth feel is a bit boozy even at only 5.3% ABV, and this beer is creamy and smooth. Overall, highly recommended for drinking during out of town adventures, preferably by a lake.

Cheers to Kenai River Brewing, a great Alaska brewery producing unique brews! Keep up the good work!

The original oil painting sold.  You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

Beer oil painting of skilak scottish ale by kenai river brewing by scott clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #29 by Scott Clendaniel. July 16, 2015. Skilak Scottish Ale by Kenai River Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 184

I hope you are getting jazzed about the Fourth of July!  Everybody out dip-netting at Kasilof was getting psyched up!  Oh man, I survived the icy cold river, the slippery dangerous mud under my boots, the current, and even the beer drinking!  Between Maria and I, we hauled in 20 Sockeyes!  It started getting really crowded yesterday evening as everyone was getting there for the Fourth.

Today’s beer painting is of Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company, depicted on the beach in Kasilof!  I painted this one right on the beach during a break from fishing.  I don’t smoke tobacco, but I smelled some while fishing… second-hand.  The majority of the smoke was coming from beach fires!  Seems that driftwood burns a little smokier than dried firewood, so I noticed it even more.

The Second Hand Smoke is a beer made from the second runnings of Bar Fly Imperial Stout.  It tastes way smokier than Bar Fly, probably because it wasn’t aged in oak barrels.  It is also lacking the syrup-like thickness and is more what you would expect from a big bold beer.  This beer is no joke at 8.4%.  Bitter and peaty with a nice malt body that swirls through as you savor the flavor.  If I had never heard of Bar Fly I would probably go nuts over this beer, its little brother.  Sure is good, especially if you like a smoked beer!

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!  Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and this year I will be smoking my fish on Independence Day!  Today is the last day of my art show at MSBC!  Head in and have lunch at the Loft, this is the last time you may see this group of paintings.

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 second hand smoke by midnight sun brewing year of beer

Year of Beer 07.03. Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.