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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 361

The featured beer painting for today is of Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska! The brewers at Midnight Sun are on fire!   This is, hands down, the best IPA I have consumed this year! The Vermont crew can put their cans of Heady Topper in a cooler and keep it for themselves (like they do anyway), Devil Dancer comes close from Founders, and Stone Brewing’s Ruination is a good warm up for drinking this hoppy brew. The 120 Minute IPA is similar to this glorious triple IPA that is part of the 7 Deadly Sins beer series, but it’s not available fresh on the West Coast. I don’t know what to pair with this beer, but I am sure it would be good with Alaskan King crab. We were going to try it with some TastyKakes from Philadelphia, but were stuffed with homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon by the time we thought about opening up a box.

This beer claims to have 200 IBUs, which is like saying, “I am going to boil this water at 400 degrees.” Your tongue can only really tell if there are about 80-100 IBUs, and then your palate should peter out. I know there are super human palates out there, like some people can hear the same frequencies of pitch that dogs hear. For the rest of us saying this beer has double the hops of humans’ tasting capacity is actually slightly absurd. Like Lagunitas saying there are 102 IBUs in Hop Stoopid. Although, even that absurdly hopped beer falls short to the freshness that Gluttony provides here in Anchorage! I had this one at the brewery, and at home in the bottle, and I can tell you that here in Anchorage, a fresher, hoppier IPA can not be found! I don’t know why IPA should be consumed as close to the brewery as possible, considering it was designed originally to travel, but hey, even Captain Cook knew fresher was better, that’s why he brewed on board his ships, keeping scurvy at bay by dry hopping his boat’s ale with Alaskan Spruce tips. I digress, however! I am sure I have alienated the entire IPA consuming community by now. Take what I say with a grain of brewing salts. I know you can get a fresher beer brewed at your local brewery than from anywhere else! That’s also why Gluttony is so good! MSBC has their water chemistry on lockdown!

Cheers to MSBC! My hometown super-duper powerhouse of a brewery! Putting out world-class beers from my hometown Anchorage, Alaska!!!

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Beer Painting of Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.27. Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 357

The featured beers in this painting are from the über amazing, selected, reserve casks put down by brewmaster Kevin Burton and lead brewer Drew Weber of Anchorage’s hottest downtown location for beer, the Glacier Brewhouse. These special offerings were on tap during the annual Twelve Days of Barleywine. I was hoping to go to all twelve, but fell much short, only attending five. Each day there are three-four offerings, and my wife and I sampled the entire flight for five days, so I feel I got a very good taste of all the different options. There is a hardy group of beer lovers at the local brew club, known as the Great Northern Brewing Club, that attends all twelve days. On the first day you can get a punch card. If you get every day punched you earn a sweet T-shirt that is the envy of the small group of beer nerds living in the Anchorage area. I missed the third day, because I was invited to a very special beer party in Anchorage where I saw a couple of guys wearing last year’s shirt. Upon inquiring whether they had attended all the days as of yet, some said yes. I asked how they manage to do that, and they said they go right after work at around 3:45 in the afternoon. I guess I could do that if I didn’t have so much work in the studio during the Year of Beer Paintings. Basically, this year has been so much fun, I haven’t been able to do it all, and if you know me, you know I try!

The Big Woody Barleywine ranged in age from 2008 to 2014. The sweet barleywine that is 9-11+ percent in ABV (based on vintage) takes on different flavors depending on the aging barrels. The first day’s 2008 offering was quite nice, and the Honig wine barrels made it sweeter than normal. Another heavy hitter aged in barrels is the Eis Bock, a strong ale frozen to eliminate extra water. It tastes amazing, sweet and woody, but darker and roastier than the Big Woody Barleywine. Russian Imperial Stout is another fine selection from the 12 DOBW. Robust and sweet, this beer is more balanced by its dark grains than the other two. I really liked the RIS that was aged in Buffalo Trace Whiskey barrels. Three varieties of RIS were the rotating cask offerings. Interesting how the cask conditioning mellowed the flavor, and increased the foam, as well as took away a little of the high alcohol heat. I am sure many people from out of state would consider a trip to Alaska just for beer tasting, but summer is the time to visit. I know that if a brewery were offering food this good with beers this amazing, and existed in a beer hotspot in the Lower 48, there would be a line out the door every day during the 12 DOBW, and people at the back of the line would miss out!

Great job, Glacier Brewhouse! We all appreciate the effort you put into making the 12 DOBW happen every year! Cheers to fun times in the darkest part of the year! The last day was on Solstice. Get your airfare together for next year.

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Craft Beer Painting of 12 Days of Barleywine by Glacier Brewhouse Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.23. Flight of Barleywine during the 12 Days of Barleywine by Glacier Brewhouse. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 355

Happy Solstice! I am always more excited about winter solstice, because now we’ll start gaining light, which is a big deal in Alaska. I don’t understand why summer solstice is a bigger celebration; to me it’s a sad day when we start losing daylight. At 11 AM here in Anchorage, Alaska, I am just beginning to see full daylight outside. A nice little dusting of snow on the ground graced our beautiful solstice morning. It will start to get dark at 3:45 and will be dark as night by 4:30, so we’ll get a nice solid 5 hours of daylight today. Not bad when you compare that to Barrow, the most northern town in Alaska, where it has been night for well over 30 days now. On the 20th of November the sun set, and will not rise until the 23rd of January! So I’m glad to have five whole hours of sun today!

The featured beer painting is of Anchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour Imperial Stout aged in whisky barrels! I opened this bottle yesterday at an ugly Christmas sweater party, and it was a big hit. Possibly, the best commercial beer available at the party among good homebrewed stouts including the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which was very palatable, and a homebrewed Russian Imperial Stout. The homebrewed RIS was about 15% ABV, while the Darkest Hour is a mere 13%, although the Darkest Hour won the darkest flavor! I am sure this beer will cellar very well, and I am hoping I get a chance to buy a few more bottles before it is all sold out. It pours like black engine oil, with a dark brown foam, and has rich dark grain flavor that will make you involuntarily go, “Mmmmm!” There must be a ton of dark grain in this beer, but the sourness of it is completely destroyed by the mighty Saccharomyces and the aging process in different kinds of whisky barrels.

Cheers to the diabolical dark genius of Gabe Fletcher at Anchorage Brewing! I can’t wait to visit the new brewery!

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Beer Painting of darkest hour imperial stout by anchorage brewing co year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.21. Darkest House Imperial Stout by Anchorage Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 354

Winter Solstice is upon us – today and tomorrow are the longest nights of the year! The featured beer painting for today is a timely choice, Hibernator Smoked Double Bock by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Nothing is as fitting as a beer called Hibernator for the longest night of the year. In fact, thinking about it makes me feel like heading back to bed right now! Sleeping in during the holiday break in Alaska is probably the best feeling, right there with staying up until it gets dark on Summer solstice on the longest day of the year. This beer is one of eight in the Alaskana Series from MSBC. Every beer that has been released so far in the series has been impressive! This one is sweet and smoky, and definitely a winter warmer at 7.4% ABV. If you finish a whole 22 ounce bottle on your own, you better go find a den for a long, restful sleep, like the bear in this painting, who is sleeping in a roomy ice cave.

Cheers to Hibernator, the beer named after the bliss of sleeping during the heart of winter. ZzZzZzZz…

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Beer painting of hibernator double bock by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.20. Hibernator Smoked Double Bock by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.