Hello beer art lovers! It’s Thirsty Thursday yet again! How did the last week go by so fast? There is a sweet brewery in Eagle River, not far from Anchorage, called Odd Man Rush Brewing. The brewers there are making some pretty great beers like the coffee-infused red IPA, a new hazy IPA, as well as many other great new beers. You might ask what the name Odd Man Rush means. It is a hockey term referring to when one player is in the penalty box, which creates an odd number of players on the ice and the team with the “power play” (another hockey term referring to the team that has more players on the ice) has an opportunity to rush the goal. So there is a serious hockey theme going on at OMR Brewing. Combined with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia as well. Hockey sticks and cassette tapes along the walls create an ambiance that brings me right back to my youth. The huge scoreboard on the wall is very iconic to this brewery and sums up the aesthetic of the establishment. I painted their popular flagship brew the Enforcer IPA. I was amazed how the head on this American IPA held until I nearly finished the painting. That’s well over an hour! I would also like to mention how refreshing it was to not be drinking a NEIPA (New England IPA) for a change. There is nothing wrong with the NEIPA style, but a great West Coast IPA will always have its place in my heart. Enforcer is another hockey term, meaning a defenseman who dishes out the punishment, aggressively slamming the offense into the boards, and maybe even getting put in the penalty box for roughing. In my humble opinion, that’s a great name for this particular beer! If hockey is your game, you’ll feel right at home at this taproom. Put on the foil, these goons are making some great brews! Cheers to your victory on the ice and in the brewery!
Happy Thirsty Thursday, beer connoisseurs!
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.
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Happy MLK DAY!
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 my Etsy shop.
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”.