A new, “modern” Pilsner is available from our local favorite brewery Midnight Sun Brewing Company — a brew known as Wolf Pack! I think it may be one of the best pilsners available in the city.It’s been my libation of choice lately when I go to Crush Wine Bistro to check on my current art show there, which will be up for the month of October. MSBC is known for brewing bold, big beers, but this one is a bit more on the normal side.Still a very hop forward version of Pilsner, but only 5% ABV, and compared to an IPA, not a hop bomb. More balanced, yet still hop forward.This beer is true to Pilsner style with more hops on the bittering end, and less in the aroma. It drinks like an aggressive Czech, or dry-hopped German Pils. Beers that come to mind when drinking it are Bitburger, Budvar, Pilsner Urquell, and one of my all-time favorite pilsners Berliner Pilsner. So now when I get a hankering for the Euro flavor, but don’t want to travel halfway around the world, I’ll save the airfare and just buy a 12 pack (coming soon) of the Wolf Pack Modern Pilsner.
Midnight Sun has a beer for just about anyone, and if you are a pilsner fan, this is a good example of a not boring version of this classic style. Thanks MSBC for not only making huge beers like Termination Dust (I’m a fan), but making great classic session-able styles as well!You can actually drink this beer at the brewery and still drive home safely.
Today’s Year of Beer is Hopothermia from Alaskan Brewing Co. Hypothermia is always a concern when living in Alaska, that is why we consistently drink heavy winter warmers all winter long. Alaskans do this to reduce the anxiety of knowing we are one step away from freezing to death. That is why this American Double IPA measures 8.5% ABV and 70 IBUs. It will definitely provide that warm glow you need to get through the month of January in the nation’s darkest, coldest state.
This is the poem that’s on the Hopothermia packaging. Can you tell of which poem by which northern poet this is a parody? Hint, his initials are R. S., and the poem is about his friend Sam.
“There are strange brews made where glaciers cascade
By the brewers who know no bounds.
For they stuff in the hops ’til the temperature drops
And then call for a few more rounds.
In Alaska, it seems, every brewer dreams
of a bold Double IPA.
Hopothermia’s the beer, in the Last Frontier
That will keep the wild wolves at bay.”
You can purchase the original painting or a limited-edition print at myEtsy shop.
Year of Beer 01.20, Hopothermia Double IPA from Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.
AK Beer Week is in full swing, so today’s painting is of IPA from the state’s largest brewery, Alaskan Brewing Co. located in Juneau. The beer is pictured on a classic long board with a red stripe on Cannon Beach in Yakutat in front of Mount Saint Elias. Yakutat is a surfing destination in Alaska where surfers catch “Icy Waves”.
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.