During the Year of Beer Paintings (2014), I posted Pacifico Clara as the beer painting of the day for Cinco De Mayo. Oy, happy 5th of May! Pacifico got me thinking of surfing. As I sat with an Icy Bay IPA in my hands, I realized I hadn’t painted it in the can. I also realized that Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. has become a go-to beverage for me when I want a reasonably priced IPA. I was going to buy a half rack of PBR, but when I saw for 3 bucks more I could bring home the green cans, I just couldn’t buy PBR. Not to mention that Icy Bay IPA is definitely tastier than PBR (even-though I do have a soft spot for the hipster red, white and blue can).
For an Alaskan beach party Icy Bay IPA from Juneau, Alaska is a perfect choice, just watch your intake as a 6.2% IPA is not that sessionable. Consider having your beer after riding the waves, as nothing is a worse buzz kill than getting the US Coast Guard to save you. Keep your head as clear as the crisp refreshing taste of this IPA when you are rocking the icy waves on your longboard! Cheers to an Alaskan May 5th! Get out and celebrate the end of winter, by hitting the beach with a cooler full!
Hello sports fans! No sport is bigger in Alaska than Dog Mushing. In fact, it’s Alaska’s official state sport. And the Iditarod is the most famous dogsled race in the world. The Iditarod celebrates a historic relay in which 20 mushers and over 100 dogs rushed a much-needed batch of Diphtheria serum to Nome 92 years ago due to an outbreak. Aviation technology was not yet advanced enough, or widely used in Alaska at that time, so sled dogs were the most reliable and fastest delivery method. This year the route is starting in Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions in Rainy Pass. True to its name, it’s impassable on sleds due to lack of snow. According to the official Alaska State Balladeer, Hobo Jim, “It’s going to be an easy year.” He’s right, because starting in Fairbanks skips the most dangerous section of the trail, the Alaska Range. We have plenty of snow in Anchorage though, which will make the ceremonial start much better than the last two years when they dredged up some kind of blackened gray snow that was so dirty it looked like mashed up Oreo cookies.
I painted this husky pup holding the new Husky IPA from Alaskan Brewing Company in honor of this epic race. Hanging out in a snowbank, this dog is keeping his beer cold outside along the trail as his bigger brothers and sisters are hammering the Iditarod trail. Seriously though, beer lovers, keep your dogs away from your tasty adult beverages as you don’t want your dog sneaking your beer at every chance. It’s bad enough keeping a race husky well fed, don’t get them started drinking your craft beer too! Cheers to a safe trip down the old Iditarod trail for all 72 mushers! I hope you all finish and have a Husky IPA when you get to Nome!
What could be more Alaskan than AK Amber, a pair of well-loved Xtratuf rubber work boots, and the family dog? This Golden Retriever Poodle mix just joined my friends’ family and I have to say she is one of the cutest puppies I have ever seen. Watch out though, she is soon to grow into a big dog. Will she be an Iditarod dog? Probably not. Nobody other than John Suter mushes any other breed than Alaskan Huskies in the Last Great Race. But this pup is so cute, even if her team won the Red Lantern Award, which is given to the last team to finish the race, people would say how cute she is. Wow! Now that’s a name for a great beer, “The Red Lantern”. There’s a freebie for you, brewery marketing departments. Just remember I want to make the label design!
To Alaskan Brewing! Crafting great beer since 1986! Brewing this classic Alaskan style brew as the flagship beer and fueling the craft beer movement from “way up North!”
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.
Year of Beer 02.27. Amber by Alaskan Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.