Grab your Rondy pin, don your winter boots, put on that crazy fox-face fur hat that has been sitting in your closet all year, because it’s time to RONDY! That means a carnival on 3rd Avenue, directly across the street from my studio, a craft fair in the hallways here, dog races in front of the building both weekends, and the annual running of the reindeer. Not to mention other odd events in the immediate area like snowshoe softball (may have to be studded shoes softball this year due to lack of snow), and the outhouse races!
The annual Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co. is fabulous this year! Brewed with Motueka hops and aged in fouders with Hibiscus and Brettanamyces. The brew is a lovely rose color right now, but I bet that will fade with aging. I am sure the traditional Saison flavor will increase if you cellar it, and the pink will possibly drop out into a sediment layer. It is a tart, refreshing, floral brew right now. I absolutely love it! The Motueka Hops blend with the Hibiscus to produce a refreshing flavor that won’t shut down your Rondy groove, because the beer is only 6% ABV.
The studio will be open from 11 AM – 6 PM all weekend, starting on Friday. Come check out the view of the ferris wheel out my window, and peruse the large selection of prints, paintings and art cards. If it’s not too busy, I can make a print of any painting that’s at my Etsy Shop. I am also offering a free poster with any $20 purchase. 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4.
Cheers to another fabulous Rondy Brew!
When I started the Thirsty Thursday beer paintings project, I forgot that Thanksgiving would be one of the days I would get to release a painting. Unlike last year, when I released a new beer painting every day, this year I hardly had to post on a holiday, and I kind of miss it! This week’s painting is of Peak 3 Pale Ale from Resolution Brewing. I have an art show hanging on the walls of the taproom, so I painted live there last Saturday during a decent snowstorm. This pale ale is named for a local recreational spot, which I believe is about the closest place I know where to make turns in the freshest snow close to Anchorage. Resolution Brewing is Anchorage’s smallest operating brewery. The brewers have to keep a robust brewing schedule, working with a 3 BBL system. Hard work pays off, and this small oasis is proving to be a new hot meeting spot in the up and coming neighborhood of Mountain View. The brewery is Belgian-style, but as batches are so “micro,” I think they are willing to take a stab at whatever they decide to be the flavor of the week. The brewers at this tiny facility are artfully brewing unique beers. Some of the other lovely beers I have tasted at Resolution are Tent City dry-hopped Belgian ale, Black Cup Coffee Porter, Madam sour beer blended with cherries, Lost Anchor IPA, and First Chair Amber Saison. Step up to the bar at Resolution, sometime in the near future, where you are sure to see someone you know, or make a new friend before you leave.
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.
Holy Grail of beer? Dom Perignon? Tom Dalldorf is a bit on the dramatic side when describing this unique Belgian Double IPA by Anchorage Brewing Company. He wrote the verbiage on the bottle. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the beer. It’s great, and I don’t doubt the 96 rating on Beer Advocate. Actually, I think it deserves a higher score, but calling it the Holy Grail may be a bit of a hyperbole. This beer is unique, and not what you would expect from a regular 9% IPA. First off, it has Brettanomyces added, and second, it was aged in Chardonnay barrels, imparting a unique flavor that very few breweries come close to. There is a reason it is 10 bucks, or more for a bottle of this caliber. It takes extra effort, and triple fermentation to brew something this special. I can totally see an aging monk thinking about this beer continually, going to the cold storage room to check on the barrel, just making sure it is safe. Why is this monk so bitter? 100 IBUs from Citra and Apollo hops would cause many people to make the bitter beer face, but not as bitter as if you were chaste as well. Imagine a lifetime of chastity, at least certain monks can enjoy the fermented juice of the barley. Think of the cold storage room and the entry by the special abbey key leading to a very special place where warmth is only provided by consuming the brew within. Don’t be bitter, give this brew a try. Its unique, delicious flavor will have you wishing you bought a case!
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.
This week’s beer-themed painting is of my homebrewed Saison chillin’ in the snow on top of Flattop Mountain. After a vigorous hike to the summit we drank the beer while enjoying the view and then had a good time sliding down the snow on our way down. I chose to paint homebrew this week because May 7th is the day that National Homebrew Day was announced before Congress in 1988. Last Saturday the Great Northern Brewers Club put on an event known as Brew-a-thon where home brewers of Anchorage showed up to brew together. It is a national event that kicks off with a nationwide toast at noon CDT, 9AM here in Anchorage! I teamed up with newly retired Rick Levinson to brew a California Common Beer (like Anchor Steam Beer) we are calling the Steamy Retirement. I have been home-brewing for ages and consistently putting out homebrews for ten years now, but I recently upgraded my system from a less than five-gallon setup, to a ten-plus-gallon, all-grain, two-kettle brewery. I enjoy every aspect of the brewing process, except for cleaning fermenters, which is the most boring, although extremely important part of the job. In brewing, cleanliness is next to godliness! I have filled every fermenter I own with beer from the new system. Cheers to Arctic Brewing Supply for having every piece of gear a home-brewer could ever need, and all the ingredients to make world-class beer! I hope your homebrew tastes fresher and more delicious than any commercial beer! If you brew with the GNBC, you are on your way!
The original oil painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.
The featured beer painting of the day is of Fairweather IPA by Broken Tooth Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. A local favorite, this IPA has been causing trouble in Spenard for well over a decade. Named after a nearly un-climbable peak in the Alaska Mountain Range, Broken Tooth supplies beer for Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, and Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria. This brewery has been growing as fast as Anchorage’s hip population can swill down the brew.
The Fairweather IPA is a 6.2 % ABV India Pale Ale that tastes like pine and citrus, with a nice malt backbone. It is available on draft at both the Bear Tooth, and Moose’s Tooth venues, as well as at certain stores in cans. The Bear Tooth is located on Spenard Road, across the street from a lively bar known as The World Famous Chilkoot Charlie’s. “Koot’s” is a rustic Alaskan bar with quite the late night scene, and an equally tough reputation. The windmill in the painting stands in Koot’s parking lot, and is the iconic feature of the Spenard skyline. I have always liked Spenard, a section of town full of intriguing Alaskans who seem to like to walk around and visit the local watering holes. I could probably make a fortune just taking visitors on a Spenard walking tour, because it is such a unique Alaskan cultural experience.
Cheers to Broken Tooth Brewing! May the flavor of the Alaska Range be encompassed in your beers!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.
Can you believe this weather?! Went out to the Chester Creek Trail today and stayed close to home, I enjoyed the shady bank of the creek and thought about how many times I crossed that bridge all winter long! This was a repainted support and I am glad that this painting turned out better. I am still working on the beer paintings, I will start photographing them and putting them up on a new page in about a week. Stay tuned for more exciting plein air paintings, tomorrow I head out with the plein air painters of Anchorage! Hope it is a good turnout…