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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 241

The featured beer painting for today is the product of the collaborative genius between Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, known as the Calabaza Boreal. This sour Belgian ale was brewed at both brewery locations: Anchorage, Alaska, and Dexter, Michigan. The bottle from Anchorage is screen-printed with a horned god holding a pumpkin, looking straight forward, and the bottle from Jolly Pumpkin has a paper label with the horned god in profile. Gabe Fletcher traveled south to visit the Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan and brewed up this batch of Calabaza with Ron Jeffries. Later, Ron visited Anchorage Brewing Company, toting a keg of Oro de Calabaza to ensure a taste of the Jolly Pumpkin in this unique collaborative beer.

Brewed with fresh grapefruit peel and juice, as well as peppercorns, and fermented in large oak barrels, this beer has a taste that lingers in the back of your mind. It is sour with funk, flavors of hay, pepper, and grapefruit, charged by the smell and taste in a way that stimulates fine conversation. The two brews are different but not terribly so; more grapefruit and hay from the Anchorage Brewing batch, and slightly more pepper flavor in the Jolly Pumpkin batch. A great looking, unique tasting ale, made by two fantastic sour-forward breweries!

Cheers to collaboration!

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Beer Painting of Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.29. Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 240

The featured beer painting of the day is of Pipeline Stout from the Broken Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. There is a pizza joint called Moose’s Tooth, and a theatre pub called Bear Tooth in Anchorage that are both owned by the same people that started Broken Tooth Brewing. The three establishments are named after three peaks in the Alaska Mountain Range. Moose’s Tooth pizza pub was started in 1995 by a couple of mountain climbers who didn’t have any restaurant experience. It was a huge success, and is always packed with up to an hour-long wait for a table some nights. A few years later the Bear Tooth opened, which was a revamped old second-running movie theater. You can enjoy a full meal with a pint of craft beer while watching a movie there. The brewery has grown alongside the two restaurants, making a pretty sweet entertainment group. Moose’s Tooth has huge outdoor concerts, bringing in big name bands like String Cheese Incident, Cake, and Keller Williams. The pizza is tasty, the beer is good, but it is the combination of all of the above that makes the Broken Tooth magical.

Pipeline Stout is a classic brew from Broken Tooth Brewing Company, and I saddled up to the busy bar at Moose’s Tooth bar to order one. It came out as expected, jet black with espresso-colored foam. The flavor is spot on, just like a nice, easy drinking stout should be. Dark grains, low hop aroma and bitterness. The flavors of caramel and dark chocolate make up the main flavor profile of this brew. I love a good dark beer, and this stout is a great example of what and Alaska Stout should be!

Cheers to a nearly 20-year success story! Good work bro’s at Broken Tooth, you put on one hell of a good show!

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Beer Painting of pipeline stout by broken tooth brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.28. Pipeline Stout by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 216

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This beer is a tasty, original sin in a bottle. The brewers at Midnight Sun were playing with some wicked ingredients and brewed up this evil batch of beer. Originally brewed on 06.06.2006 they claim that they captured Beelzebub in bottle. Hence, the name Fallen Angel. I personally don’t think you will be damned for drinking this beer, but it is damn good. Although it appears angelical, it is actually devastatingly strong, the sin is in the 8%. It tastes just like the big, bold beers of Belgium with notes of fruit and a little bit of the Anchorage terroir. This is the second time I have painted this beer. In 2011 I painted a 18” x 24” version, and my friend Will, who was a beerista at the MSBC Loft, bought it, because it’s his favorite beer. I did a whole series of MSBC beers that year, and I was invited to the brewery for a photo shoot for visual reference. I got to try and photograph anything I wanted, and floated home on a cloud. It was hard to believe I was working that day, but I do remember Will telling me that I had to paint the Fallen Angel. He told me that hard-core bikers, the Hell’s Angels types, seem to think it is perfect. This one does have a cult following starting right in the brewery with Will! He rides pedal bikes, not Harley Davidsons, but he is still tough as nails!

Cheers to the crew at MSBC! This beer is one wicked brew, and I hope you continue to make it! Belgian Golden Ale is good and not very easy to find fresh in Alaska so grab a bottle and horde it if you can!

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Beer Painting of Fallen Angel Belgian Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.04. Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 208

The featured beer painting of the day is of Thank You Hefeweizen by Anchorage Brewing Company. I have never gotten a better thank you “note” than this bottle of beer from my new brother-in-law, Kevin, for making all the beer for his and my sister’s wedding. The Thank You beer was brewed by Gabe Fletcher, founder of Anchorage Brewing Company, as a thank you to Gary Klopfer, the owner of the Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Company, for renting Gabe the space for his new brewery. Gabe is now building a new building for his brewery in Anchorage! I can’t think of a bigger thank you than a dedication of a beer like this!

This German style Hefeweizen is one of Gary’s favorite styles of beer, but Gabe put his own twist on it by fermenting it in oak foudres (huge upright barrels) with German yeast and Brettanomyces. I don’t think Gabe will ever make a beer without Brettanomyces as his foudres are made from oak and naturally crawling with the little critters. It is an interesting smell and flavor that Brett brings to a beer, and I would have to say that I have never had a German hefe with this particular smell or taste. It reminds me of a saison style of beer. When I was traveling in Germany I stopped at many breweries, and the really old ones had enormous barrels that were obviously retired to be replaced with steel fermenters and kegs. I bet that the original hefe that 300 or so years ago tasted just like the Thank You beer does. I think it would be great if Gabe brewed this one as a regular offering but changed the name to Tank You, because the foudres play such an important role in the flavor profile. I feel this one is a winner with its historical flavor profile.

Cheers to Gary, Gabe, Kevin, and Gloria! Thank you for being so awesome! Oh, and Gary, your painting of the copper brew vessels is ready to hang in your pub!

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

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Beer Painting of Thank you German Hefeweizen by Anchorage Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.27. Thank You German Hefeweizen by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 203

It’s Christmas in July!  The featured beer painting of the day is of CoHoHo Imperial IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  MSBC likes fish-themed IPAs.  Sockeye Red is the flagship beer of Midnight Sun and was the first beer the brewery released in cans. CoHoHo is the winter seasonal.  The Coho salmon, or silver salmon come in right about this time of year until August.  If you add an extra “ho” to Coho, it becomes a catchphrase for an amazing beer.

CoHoHo has a complex flavor and aroma.  It is not too bitter, but has enough hops to bite your tongue.  The juniper berries are overwhelmed by the sugar and hops in the brew but add to the aroma and blend well with the overall product.  As I mentioned yesterday, I miss winter, and whenever I drink a CoHoHo, I remember the X-mas of 2006 when I had a 5-gallon keg of this beer and 5 gallons of the Grand Cru from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. on draft in my fridge at home.  Both beers drink easily, but both have a mad kick to them.  Anyway, to say the least, a few goblets were accidentally smashed into my new hardwood flooring by my friends.  Good Times!   Let the CoHoHo flow and see what happens.  If you haven’t cellared a few of these, pick them up in November and save them until next July!  This IPA actually cellars just fine, bringing out more of a robust malt and slight cheesy flavor of the dissipating hops.

Have a great X-mas in July!  Only 156 shopping days left until the big day in December!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of CoHoHo Imperial IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.22. CoHoHo Imperial IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 198

The featured beer painting of the day is of Arctic Saison by Grassroots Brewing Co.  This is batch number two, and is a collaboration between Hill Farmstead Brewery and Anchorage Brewing Co.  It was brewed here in Anchorage in the copper kettles of the Sleeping Lady Brewing Company, then pumped downstairs for fermenting in Anchorage Brewing’s giant oak fermenters.  I don’t know what Hill Farmstead has for fermenters, but from the photos I have seen it looks like the brewery uses steel and then ages in oaken casks.  So, batch number one, which was made at Hill Farmstead in Vermont has a different flavor.  Batch number two decidedly has Anchorage Brewing’s yeast profile, full of Brett, and is delicious I might add!

Tart and bready with a Brettanomyces character, this beer was like sipping lemonade on a horse.  I could see how some may not find it utterly delicious, but to me it was superb.  If you are not into sour beer, maybe you should save your money.  Although, chances are that you have a different beer in front of you anyway, because I don’t think there are that many bottles of batch number two available.

I volunteered at the Culmination Beer Festival, here in Anchorage, Alaska this year.  Although I was pouring for Jolly Pumpkin, I was also asked to pour the Arctic Saison off and on due to other volunteers needing breaks.  I also got a chance to taste Saison number one at the event, and I thought it was great, and a bit different on the yeast.  Don’t underestimate the affect yeast will have on a beer recipe.

Cheers to collaborative beer!  Now I get a chance to see the reaction of two beer communities to this particular painting, I hope you like the painting as much as l like drinking this beer!

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Beer Painting of Arctic Saison by Grassroots Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.17. Arctic Saison by Grassroots Brewing. 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 184

I hope you are getting jazzed about the Fourth of July!  Everybody out dip-netting at Kasilof was getting psyched up!  Oh man, I survived the icy cold river, the slippery dangerous mud under my boots, the current, and even the beer drinking!  Between Maria and I, we hauled in 20 Sockeyes!  It started getting really crowded yesterday evening as everyone was getting there for the Fourth.

Today’s beer painting is of Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company, depicted on the beach in Kasilof!  I painted this one right on the beach during a break from fishing.  I don’t smoke tobacco, but I smelled some while fishing… second-hand.  The majority of the smoke was coming from beach fires!  Seems that driftwood burns a little smokier than dried firewood, so I noticed it even more.

The Second Hand Smoke is a beer made from the second runnings of Bar Fly Imperial Stout.  It tastes way smokier than Bar Fly, probably because it wasn’t aged in oak barrels.  It is also lacking the syrup-like thickness and is more what you would expect from a big bold beer.  This beer is no joke at 8.4%.  Bitter and peaty with a nice malt body that swirls through as you savor the flavor.  If I had never heard of Bar Fly I would probably go nuts over this beer, its little brother.  Sure is good, especially if you like a smoked beer!

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!  Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and this year I will be smoking my fish on Independence Day!  Today is the last day of my art show at MSBC!  Head in and have lunch at the Loft, this is the last time you may see this group of paintings.

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Beer Painting of second hand smoke by midnight sun brewing year of beer

Year of Beer 07.03. Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 172

Solstice!  I always wonder why people celebrate summer Solstice, since we’re now going to lose daylight.  Not a pretty prospect for us Alaskans.  Equinox is the time for serious mourning, and that happens right at Oktoberfest.

The beer choice for today is Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company!  And it’s perfectly timed as I gave Maria, my wife and Business Manager, a whole case of this fine brew for her birthday!  A smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, this beer is the pride of Midnight Sun Brewing Company right now.  The smoked grains, black grains, and massive amounts of grains overall are perfect for making an inky-black, ridiculously flavorful brew.  One that will have your taste buds singing, or at least singed from flavor overload.

So, if you can’t drink anything with severe potency, you might as well give up now as this beer will make you feel unworthy.  So strong and so good!  Thank you brew team from MSBC!  Once again you have crafted a fantastic product that blows away normal beer!  If I were you, I would rush to MSBC and buy one of the few remaining bottles of Bar Fly, because not only is it a cut above normal beer, I think it is one of the best beers coming out of the brewery right now!  It wasn’t quick in the making either.  Um… for my next firkin I want Bar Fly with…. hmmm actually put it on nitro and we can do something else for the firkin.

Cheers MSBC!  I love Bar Fly!  The flyest beer of the year!  Keep brewing strong bold beer and I will keep hanging beer portraits on your walls!

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Beer Painting of Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer

Year of Beer 06.21. Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 166

The Hefewiezen by King Street Brewing Company here in Anchorage, Alaska is a spot on Hefe! Great job, boys!  Your beer is rocking the house!  I have drank beers from around the world, and you nailed a great Bavarian-style Hefeweizen!  I love your brewery, and think you are a great asset to our community.  I mailed a King Street IPA to a friend in Philly and he tasted it along with other noteworthy IPAs and said he liked it very much!

The banana yeast flavor and slight Bavarian-style hops are the perfect combination to make for a delicious summer Hefeweizen.  This beer is hazy and yellow, but you can’t see that when it’s in the can.  Also, a great way to transport this precious product, in the can!  Thank you King Street Brewing for making such a delicious brew!

Cheers to King Street Brewing — not only King of the perfect IPA, but King of the Hefe as well!

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Beer Painting of Hefeweizen by King Street Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.15. Hefeweizen by King Street Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.