Finally, the little ski town of Girdwood has a brewery! My prayers have been answered by Girdwood Brewing Company! Beer and skiing go together like bread and butter, and now, at the end of a day on the slopes, we can stop for pints of fresh brew. Last week I visited the tasting room for the first time. I sampled 3 of the 4 options, and all were solid. The coffee stout with K-Bay Coffee from Homer, Hippie Speedball, was noteworthy, as was the East-Coast-style IPA, No Woman No Cryo. I chose to paint the IPA because it showed off the printing on the glassware better. This place has some serious Girdwood-Alyeska ski culture as well as the yeasty variety. The walls have some cool skis on them, the menu board is made up of old skis and there’s a ski fence forming outside, as well. They even have an old red ski-lift chair hanging from the ceiling. For a brand new brewery, this place is going strong already. The only thing missing is food, but occasionally a food truck stops by. Cheers to local breweries! Be sure to visit this place next time you’re in Girdwood.
This painting will be on display, and available for sale at my art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. during the month of June. The art show kicks off on First Firkin Friday, June 2, 5-8PM. I’ll be tapping a firkin of Panty Peeler cask-conditioned with pineapple at 5PM. Hope to see you there!
When I started the Thirsty Thursday beer paintings project, I forgot that Thanksgiving would be one of the days I would get to release a painting. Unlike last year, when I released a new beer painting every day, this year I hardly had to post on a holiday, and I kind of miss it! This week’s painting is of Peak 3 Pale Ale from Resolution Brewing. I have an art show hanging on the walls of the taproom, so I painted live there last Saturday during a decent snowstorm. This pale ale is named for a local recreational spot, which I believe is about the closest place I know where to make turns in the freshest snow close to Anchorage. Resolution Brewing is Anchorage’s smallest operating brewery. The brewers have to keep a robust brewing schedule, working with a 3 BBL system. Hard work pays off, and this small oasis is proving to be a new hot meeting spot in the up and coming neighborhood of Mountain View. The brewery is Belgian-style, but as batches are so “micro,” I think they are willing to take a stab at whatever they decide to be the flavor of the week. The brewers at this tiny facility are artfully brewing unique beers. Some of the other lovely beers I have tasted at Resolution are Tent City dry-hopped Belgian ale, Black Cup Coffee Porter, Madam sour beer blended with cherries, Lost Anchor IPA, and First Chair Amber Saison. Step up to the bar at Resolution, sometime in the near future, where you are sure to see someone you know, or make a new friend before you leave.
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at myEtsy shop.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #48 by Scott Clendaniel. November 26, 2015. Peak 3 Pale Ale by Resolution Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.