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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #114. Wit Beer by Cynosure Brewing Co.

Cynosure Brewing is one of the newer breweries in Anchorage.  If you haven’t been there yet, go check it out.  Cynosure is a term that originally denoted the constellation Ursa Minor, or the star Polaris that it contains.  I enjoyed a spontaneous live painting session there yesterday.  The owners, Clark and Cynthia, have been working really hard putting this beautiful brewery together right in the middle of Anchorage.  Clark used to be the head brewer at Broken Tooth Brewing, and does all the brewing himself.  Last night there were ten beers on tap!  Although a couple of Clark’s Belgian beers have high original gravities, the majority of the brews are sessionable and won’t put you to bed after one glass.  I grabbed a glass of the Wit (pictured in this painting), which has always been a favorite style of mine, and this one is true to style, one of the best Alaskan brewed witbiers.  Be sure to sample as many of these beers as you can.  A few I found noteworthy were the Schwartzbier, or black lager, the Clouds (a dry hopped lager), and the cherry sour.  You won’t find a hop-bomb IPA at this brewery.
When we go out to Kincaid park, we like to stop here on the way home, as it is directly en route. Not only conveniently located to visit after biking, or skiing, it also has the right kind of beer for Après-ski.  Every time I go to this place I feel extremely welcomed.  This is a true hometown brewery, built with heartfelt attention to detail.  I hope you get in before it becomes too busy and, God-forbid you have to wait in a long line for the very affordable ($5 glasses and $12 growlers) delicious offerings available.
Cheers to Cynosure!  A family owned brewery that makes you feel like you belong.

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #114. Wit Beer by Cynosure Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #114. Wit Beer by Cynosure Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 215

The featured beer painting of the day is of Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Company. This barley wine is easy to drink at only 9%, which is pretty traditional for English style, and is a very good example of what an oaked English barley wine should be! I hiked five miles up to the Jumbo Mine from the mining town of Kennicott in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, chilled the bottle in a pile of snow, and savored the contents at the top while enjoying a spectacular view! King Street, could you can this beverage in 8 oz cans? The can would look great with the same graphic as the bottle, and would make it easier to enjoy the barley wine on Alaska adventures. I love the rampant lion — a symbol of wealth, strength and power!

This beer is delicious! I didn’t know what to expect, but since King Street has been putting out such great quality beers, I knew it was going to be good. Sweet and malty, this beer brings up thoughts of plums and raisins, but with a nice toasty oak flavor. I have loved barley wine since the first drop hit my tongue, but quickly learned that I should consume it with caution. Overconsumption, which is easy to do with a beer as tasty as this one, can lead to a bit of a slow next day. I shared this bottle with my wife, and then we climbed up to a ridge for even better views. Going up was no problem, but coming down is always a bit tricky when sliding on loose rocks. Good thing I had barley wine for an energy beverage, and I handled it just fine. Alaska, you are my favorite state, and the beer made here is wonderful! I love living in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park whenever I get a chance to stay out here! Can’t wait to get my cabin finished so I can be drinking King Street English barley wine on New Year’s Eve out here!

Cheers to Nobility, I never felt more kingly than when looking at the spires of rock formations here in the Wrangells, while drinking one of the best beers King Street has to offer!

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Beer Painting of Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.03. Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 197

The featured beer painting of the day is of King Street Brewing Company’s Irish Gael Export Stout.  I was on the fence about putting this beer in the series for three reasons: first, I had never had it; second, I have already painted several King Street beers; and lastly, to my knowledge, this beer is only available in Alaska.  That being said, I had a plan for this one — the label inspired me to put this sailing ship as the setting for this beer.

Once I cracked open the bottle, the stout validated my choice.  Aged in barrels, it is one wicked stout — dark and perfectly balanced.  The crew at King Street is using great recipes to make spot-on beers!  I first met the founders of King Street at the Great Northern Brewers Club of Anchorage, Alaska.  They got up and spoke about the brewery they wanted to open.  Shane Kingry and Dana Walukiewicz were both serious home brewers that took their home brewing commitment to a new level, and built the King Street Brewery from scratch in their spare time.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Shane still works full time at AT&T as an IT specialist, and Dana is working a full time job as CFO for the Bethel Native Corporation!  Although both of these guys are working fulltime jobs, they still have enough time to manage this amazing brewery, putting out the cleanest, most consistent beer in Anchorage.  David Short, another home brewer turned pro, is their full-time employee and head brewer!  He has been winning contests and kicking butt as a home brewer as long as I have been attending the club, and is a great addition to the King Street team!  I just sent a bottle of this Export Stout along with the Nobility Barleywine to my buddy Rich in Pennsylvania.  I hope he’ll share, even though the bottles are only 11.2 oz.

King Street is only a few blocks from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  One of my favorite things to do is to go to MSBC and pick out a strong beer, maybe grabbing a 6 oz serving of barleywine, or some other ridiculous imperial beer.  After I chill there for an hour, sipping the strong beer, I head over to King Street, and make a pub crawl out of it, drinking a pint of pilsner or something equally refreshing.

Cheers to beers!  King Street is rapidly becoming the King of Anchorage beers.  If you guys can ramp up production, I am sure your product will meet the best of the best!

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Beer Painting of Irish Gael Export Stout by King Street Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.16. Irish Gael Export Stout by King Street Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 128

How did I get my hands on Alaska’s Most Wanted 2013 Brewtality Espresso Black Lager?  It was a lucky grab at La Bodega.  This beer was originally Jeremiah Boone’s brainchild when he was brewing at Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  Now he works with Gabe Fletcher over at Anchorage Brewing Company, making tasty treats like A Deal with the Devil, and the Beer Geek Breakfast by Mikkeller (contract brewed at Anchorage Brewing).  Brewtality is a big, bold beer.  Bottled in a 22 oz, the brew is jet-black and screaming with flavor, coming in at 9.4% ABV.  This beer was originally in the Crew Brew Series of 2009.  I think this version of Brewtality is pretty darn tootin’ good, even though Jeremiah didn’t have any part in this particular batch.  What do you think Mr. Boone?  Is it up to par?

MSBC is my favorite brewery because it has both great beer and a great pub called the Loft, where I have my two biggest art shows of the year, and one is coming up next month!  I will be showing the first 150 Year of Beer paintings, minus the ones that have found homes already.  Several of them are of MSBC brews, not only because MSBC RoCKs, but also because it is hosting the show.  I was talking with Davy, the sous brewer, who handles all the firkins (pins, actually, but let’s not split hairs), and we were scheming a way to have two of the little casks available on First Firkin Friday in June, due to the high volume of patrons that month.  Davy is celebrating becoming a father with a special beer he brewed for his first-born daughter, Ivy June.  I wanted an Alaska-themed firkin, so I suggested Monks Mistress conditioned with blueberries.  I also thought it would be really fun to tap both at the same time!

Cheers to Jeremiah’s amazing creation, Brewtality.  This beer will grow hair, not only on your chest, but on your face as well.  If you sip on this beer regularly, you will become an Alaskan!

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Beer painting of brewtality espresso black lager by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.08. Brewtality Espresso Black Lager by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.