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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #132. Spruce IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co.

What is the official Alaska State tree?  The Sitka Spruce, which is also the source of the critical ingredient in Alaskan Brewing Company’s Spruce IPA, a beer brewed with Spruce tips.  This IPA is a must-drink!  I know New England IPAs are all the rage.  “Have a milkshake,” people are saying.  “Try this coffee-infused IPA, it has never been better.”  I will, and have tried all these varieties.  The flavor Alaskan Brewing put out in its Spruce IPA is unique.  IPA is rapidly becoming the largest style with the most variations.

“I made this weird beer, it has a lot of hops in it, but I don’t know what to call it.”

“Dude, it has lots of hops, call it an IPA.”

This seems to be the most common solution to these unique beers and I can’t really say the hop-forward Spruce IPA is any different, but it is different, and that is the problem.  What do you do with these avant-garde beer styles that do not fit any of the specific BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) style guidelines?  Craft beer is evolving too rapidly for the BJCP to keep up.  The answer is easy, just drink the tasty beverage and quit complaining about the name.

Cheers to Alaskan Brewing Spruce IPA, a great ale that brings a smile to my lips!

The original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop Real Art Is Better.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #132. Spruce IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #132. Spruce IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 202

The featured beer painting of the day is of 2012 Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company.  I painted this beer for an Alaskan musher who lives near Denali National Park, Mark Moderow.  He asked me to put his favorite beer in front of his cabin way up north.  It is pictured here in front of his cabin/lodge on the edge of the hot tub, not a bad way to end a day.  This is representational of what it would look like in the winter solstice.  I miss winter.  Summer is awesome, but so harried and crazy.  The midnight sun is a powerful thing and makes everyone a little nuts up here.  Winter is one of my favorite times in Alaska, because people lower their expectations about the intensity of the social/work scene.  I eagerly await the beginning of another long and restful winter!

This Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer, flavored with cherries and vanilla beans, making this beer nothing like the traditional style of Baltic Porter, which was brewed for export out of England in the 1700’s.  It was brewed stronger than a regular porter, Alaskan Brewing got that right, but it was often wrought with imperfections, masked by the high content of dark roasted grain.  Adding stale beer to the robust, dank strong ale was a way to deal with beer that was shipped overseas.  This beer was not black like the Baltic Porter is normally, but is a dark brown.  This one is rich and enveloping, with a dark tan foam.  It smells boozy and fruity, and the French oak barrels soften the harsh characteristics of so much malt.

I love Alaskan Brewing Company’s Pilot Series, and I am glad Mark ordered and sent me this beer!  Thanks Mark and Alaskan Brewing!  Mush on, and “mash” on, respectively!  Cheers!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.21. Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 156

The daily beer painting is of Summer Kölsch-Style Ale by Alaskan Brewing Company.  Alaskan summer is finally here!  Spring was like a fart in the wind — over in a blink of an eye.  Notice that Alaskan Brewing makes Winter and Summer ales but not Fall or Spring, because these seasons are truncated here.  A Kölsch is a perfect summer-time beer anywhere, but it is good on a rare hot day here in Alaska!

The Orca, more of a giant dolphin than a whale, is a very interesting sea beast, and represented here on the iconic label for Alaskan’s Summer.  Considered an Apex Predator, there is nothing in the sea that hunts the Orca.  Must be nice to be at the top of the food chain.  Orcas are in every ocean around the world and eat a variety of different prey ranging from fish, to marine mammals, including other species of whales.  The Orca comes to Alaska from about May 5 to June 5, so they are about to head out.  They live and travel in large social groups called pods.  The adult male Orca can grow upwards of 20 feet long and weigh as much as 11,000 lbs!  The Orca can average 75 miles per day during migration time, and can swim up to 35 miles per hour in short bursts!

This Orca is depicted in front of Margery Glacier!  The cruise ships pull into Glacier Bay National Park, and wreak havoc on the sea-life by making a ridiculous spinning circle just so both sides of the ship can see the calving glacier.  All day long.  Which was once beautiful glacial blue-green water, turns ruddy brown-gray as the silt layer is dredged into the entire ecosystem!  How can this be good for our National Park?

This beer pours out a straw gold color, crisp and cold.  It has the refreshing nature of a light bodied brew.  Noble hops and top-fermenting ale yeast create a perfect summer sipper. Alaskan Brewing has really stepped it up a notch since it started producing the Rough Draft Series, but it has also changed many of the recipes for the flagship lines.  Everything has been clean and delicious, even though it travels all the way from Juneau.

Cheers to another Alaskan Summer!  Relax, don’t worry, let’s have another Alaskan Summer! Please!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Father's Day Beer Painting of Alaskan Summer Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.05. Summer Kölsch-Style Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.