Happy Thirsty Thursday, beer and art lovers! This week’s new beer painting is of Luponic Distortion Revolution IPA No. 007 by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA. I have been enjoying this hop revolving revolution IPA with Southern Hemisphere hops from Australia. At 5.9% ABV with a fierce hop aroma, and flavor, I can hardly notice any of yesteryear’s hop bitterness. This is truly a new form of IPA, one that hardly resembles anything that ever came out of England. I wonder if the Brits would have called a beer that was hoppy and strong going to Australia, an Australian Pale Ale. Brings new meaning to the acronym APA. I have been waiting to paint this beer, and I thought I would showcase the Australia element by having a kangaroo drinking it. I figured this character is thirsty, so I gave her a couple extras in her pouch for reserve. Anyway, if you haven’t been enjoying the hop showcase that Luponic Distortion is offering, get down to your local beer shop and pick up a can, or 12 of this luscious nectar. Luponic is right, these hops are working! Cheers to the Distortion!
If you walked into a speakeasy during Prohibition and asked for a “Blind Pig”, you may have received a beer. I should have painted the pig drinking from a blank Mason jar, as that is the way beer would have been served during those times. A pint jar was known as a pig, and a blank one was known as a “Blind Pig.” Ironically, the first time I drank Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Company was not in California, but in Philadelphia at Monk’s Cafe. I ordered it thinking that it was probably the best thing on the extensive menu, called the Beer Bible, and I was not let down. I drank it again at the Russian River brew pub in Santa Rosa, and came back the next day, nearly emptying my bank account, and making a generous addition to my beer cellar. All I have left is a couple bottles of the barrel sour ales now. Looks like I will have to make another trip to Santa Rosa to refill my private stock. If you do get your hands on this treasured ale, don’t hoard it, but drink it. IPA is best fresh! So share and enjoy! Don’t let your cool pet pig get ahold of it. Once they have gotten the taste, they will never be satiated! Cheers to the “Blind Pig” — the best pig for drinking!
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Moose Drool Brown Ale is probably the most famous beer that is brewed at Big Sky Brewing Company, not to be confused with the less popular and not as tasty Moosehead Lager made in Canada. I have been having fun lately painting Alaskan animals who got a hold of some adult beverages. I am pretty sure a moose would love to drink a Moose Drool! In 2008 a moose wandered to downtown Anchorage and ate so many fermented Mountain-ash berries that he became a bit intoxicated, and proceeded to get tangled up in some Christmas lights, and dragging them as he walked around downtown. As you can imagine, this created a lot of excitement among the locals, and Buzzwinkle became a famous moose! Midnight Sun Brewing even released a special beer in honor of this silly moose called Buzzwinkle Sour Wheat Ale, with a label created by cartoonist Chad Carpenter. So, I’m pretty sure a moose would enjoy a tasty craft beer.
Heres’ a shameless plug: my art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. comes down tonight, so if you get a chance to get in there today, take a look, grab a beer, an art print, or snag a brand new original painting!
Cheers to the WILD life of Alaska! May your beer stay safe away from the hoofs, paws, or claws of a thirsty beast when you are out adventuring with beer!