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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #55, January 14, 2016, Deal with the Devil Barley Wine by Anchorage Brewing Co.

For this week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting, I decided to immortalize the Deal with the Devil Barley Wine by Anchorage Brewing Company.  In 2015 Gabe Fletcher opened his new brewing facility in South Anchorage after slaving away in the underbelly of the now defunct Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. for over five years.  He worked like a crazed monk building up his amazing collection of awesome brews.  After years of hard labor, and slowly building up his forest of foudres, Gabe unveiled his new building in South Anchorage last year.  Due to the unknown events and delays that happen when a new building is in construction, Gabe didn’t find time to brew his signature brew, the Deal with the Devil Barley Wine.  Here we are again at the time of year when everyone pops open their favorite barley wine from the cellar the week before the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival.  Luckily, Gabe thought ahead a few years ago when he laid down the original batch.  One solo whiskey barrel was saved from the original batch of DWD, and he left it there for three whole years.  So last Sunday Gabe released 200 bottles from this lone single barrel.

Here’s the history of the Deal with the Devil batches that have been brewed so far.  First batch I will call Batch O (for original), which won first place at The Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival (GABBF) in 2013, and was not bottled.  The next year, Batch #1 won third place at GABBF in 2014 and was released in champagne-corked bottles.  Finally, Batch #2 was a larger release and came out in bottles with a black bottle cap.  Gabe brewed Batch #2 night and day for two weeks at Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. while Greg Mills (Sleeping Lady’s Head Brewer) was in an ultra-marathon ski-race in the Wrangell Mountains.  Since they were sharing the brew kettles, this was a clutch, to get a longer brew session to make enough DWD!  I remember going in there and just breathing the aroma from the kettles.  It was amazing!  So when we talk about which beer is in the latest limited release, it is actually batch O, the original batch, the one that won first place in 2013, but it was aged longer in a different barrel, whiskey not cognac!  The bottles are labeled Batch #2 though, which is a little confusing.  Who knows how many barrels of DWD are out there.  My wife spotted one at the brewery that is aging with Brett, but we don’t know which batch that is.  In any case, that should be interesting.

When I heard there was going to be a limited release of only 200 bottles, one $50 bottle per person, I knew the Alaskan beer nerds would not hesitate to get there early.  Sure enough, there was a contingency of barleywine buffs staking their claim on this liquid gold, some die-hards even got there four hours early.  Luckily it was a warmer-than usual January day (thanks to climate change… about 36 degrees).  Bringing in camp chairs and tables, they set up a game of cards and had propane heaters going.  I got there 45 minutes early and was about the 100th person in line.  There were still plenty of bottles left for people behind me!  Unfortunately we didn’t get in the moment the line started moving.  About 45 more minutes until we made it to the front to buy the bottles.  I also bought a $12 glass of Batch O (labeled at the brewery as Batch #1) that Gabe just happened to find for this event.  That was a good deal for 10 ounces, considering the bottle I had just bought had 22 oz for $50!  $1.20 per oz, verses $2.27 per oz. That’s nearly half off!  The glass I had was fabulous.  The live band was loud and jazzy, and Delicious Dave was making sandwiches.  Overall, a well thought-out and well-executed event.  A unique line for a special release of an exquisite barley wine! Cheers to Gabe Fletcher and his family!  

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #55 by Scott Clendaniel. January 14, 2016. The Deal with the Devil Barley Wine by Anchorage Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #55 by Scott Clendaniel. January 14, 2016. The Deal with the Devil Barley Wine by Anchorage Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

 

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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 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!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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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 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!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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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″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 106

The beer painting of the day is Between the Staves, a collaboration brew by Anchorage Brewing Company and Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver, Colorado.  Gabe Fletcher teamed up with Chad Yakobson to produce this wild American ale. This beer is so uniquely sour I can only think of green pineapple flavor mixed with a Belgian geuze.  I had the opportunity to hear both brewers speak about their brewing process, cool ships and the Brettanomyces living in the wooden slats of their fermenters and aging casks.  I found this brew to be really refreshing and I would drink it all the time, however if you are not into sour flavors and unique yeast flavor, you could turn over a new leaf, and develop a palette for this tart brew.

To collaboration brews, and to the brewers who are true artists and masters of their craft!  I applaud their avant-garde beer, and wish them success beyond their wildest (yeast) dreams!

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

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Beer Painting of Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co and Crooked Staves Brewery Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.16. Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co. and Crooked Staves Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 45

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!  I hope you have a bottle of Love Buzz from Anchorage Brewing Co. in your fridge saved for tonight!  This spicy saison is worth every penny you shell out to bring the right brew home to your sweetheart (it’s probably cheaper and healthier than that heart-shaped box full of embalmed chocolate).  The packaging is beautiful and your celebration will start the instant you hear the sweet pop of the cork!  Pepper spice and fruity Brettanomyces will strike your palette, and it finishes with the essence of roses.  I like the screen-printing of the rose on the bottle.  Totally a Valentine’s beer if I ever smelled one!

May your sweetheart share your love for fine ales and beer, may your glass be full and your mind enhanced, may your decisions be prudent and your actions modest, may your love be long, and your life full and fruitful!  Catch a Love Buzz!

The original painting sold. You can buy a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 02.14. Love Buzz by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.14. Love Buzz by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 30

Today’s Year of Beer painting is A Deal With the Devil barleywine by Anchorage Brewing Company.  This wicked brew has been creating quite a stir this year as it did last year.  Only 28 cases were released in Alaska, so La Bodega only sold one bottle per person at $30+ a bottle.  Recently, a bottle sold for $100 on Craigslist, as it is no longer available at any store in Anchorage.  I guess you can only sell your soul once a year?  I didn’t realize that my soul was only worth $30.  I tasted this barleywine at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barleywine festival.  I was frankly surprised that it took third place in the barleywine competition.  Oak aged in Cognac barrels, it is a cut above any other barley wine you will try this year, or next year, or even five years from now, which is when I will pop mine open.  Sure is smooth for a 17% alc/vol brew!  Making a toast to A Deal with the Devil goes against my Christian upbringing, but what the hell.  To A Deal With the Devil, the best barley wine I tried in 2014!  I sampled a lot of them!

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

Year of Beer 01.30 A Deal with the Devil by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.30 A Deal with the Devil by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.