Feeling lucky tonight? For this week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting I decided to paint a vintage beer I grew up loving. This was the first beer I ever drank. Lucky Lager is not only a pretty tasty beverage, similar to beers nearly twice as expensive, but also has this vibe to it making me think, “If I drink this elixir I could win at gambling, I can dance better, or I might even get lucky tonight… If I play my cards right”.
General Brewing from San Francisco started brewing this American adjunct lager in 1934 with the intent to make a beer as well as the Germans on a large scale. Becoming the second most popular beer in America off and on during the 50’s and 60’s, its popularity dropped off in the seventies and the product name was sold to Labatt Brewing and Pabst, and is still sold today in parts of Canada. I’m hoping to find some when I go there next year. Although this is not a craft beer, I always thought it was very refreshing, and I loved the aesthetic of the label. This verbiage on the can sold me on the contents when I was young and impressionable, “This Traditional Lager Beer owes its distinctive character to the finest quality ingredients and purest brewing water. In addition, long aging in ice cold cellars makes Lucky a true Lager beer and is the reason Lucky has been a favorite since 1934.”
I hope you have fond memories of Lucky Lager like I do. Raise your cans, stubbies, or 40s high, and make a toast, “Cheers to getting Lucky!”
Well, this is the last Thirsty Thursday of 2017. Don’t worry, the series will continue for many years to come, or until my body rebels against my beer drinking habit. This week’s beer painting is of Lush IPA, a great new offering from Fremont Brewing in Seattle, Washington. And in case you are aware of another Seattle, Washington in this Universe, Fremont Brewing specifies that it’s the one on Earth. I like to drink at the brewery, but if you get bored and want a place to drink slightly obscured from public view, I would suggest going under the Fremont Bridge. You might have to battle this huge troll that lives there. I would suggest a paper bag to be discreet in case the troll decides to rat you out to the police. Lush IPA is one of my favorites, more fruity than most IPAs with tropical notes. This is one of the new styles of IPA that has been making the world notice how great American crafted beers can be. If you can get your hands on a can of this particular beer, I recommend giving it a try… you won’t be disappointed!
Cheers to hidden gems, whether they be trolls under a bridge, or fresh cans of delicious IPA!