Thirsty Thursday is here again, and this week I painted this comical painting inspired by the late great Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz’s painting End of the Hunt. It seemed fitting considering that Monday was National Homebrew Day. The polar ice is melting and this polar bear is not helping the problem by brewing and making a bunch of steam, causing a colossal meltdown. This bruin might be floating out to sea on an iceberg, but the good news is that he will have plenty of beer assuming his wort ferments correctly despite the cold weather. This must be an iced lager, I am imagining an eisbock. This painting also references my local homebrew shop Arctic Brewing Supply. The Logo for ABS is a polar bear stirring a big kettle. The name of this piece is Bruin Brewing. The fun just doesn’t stop around here at the Real Art is Better painting studio. Cheers to this Arctic Bruin! I hope the ice holds out until his lager is done fermenting, it would be a shame if this guy’s wort were to slip into the Arctic Ocean!
Ist das nicht ein Schnickelfritz! Ja das ist ein Schnickelfritz, oh du schöne Schnickelfritz!
“Is this not a Schnickelfritz, yes this is a Schnickelfritz, oh you pretty Schnickelfritz!”
The Schnickelfritz is so German you just might find yourself singing this ditty auf Deutsch (in German) after drinking this tasty heffe. Schnickelfritz is slang for a German misbehaving child, but is also a weissbier, a beer brewed with wheat in St. Louis, MO, at the Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. This beer is becoming very popular in the area, so popular that guys like me in Alaska are getting to try it! Thanks John Rice for driving this one all the way to McCarthy! I was thinking I could put a Schnitzelbank (a traditional German tool for log peeling) in the background, but I told Maria about it and she said that was way too obscure of a reference. So I did more research and found out that this beer, as well as many other Urban Chestnut beers, are served at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. I think the reason it would be so good at the stadium is the 360 pop top that lets you really smell the aromatics of the beer. No plastic cup, thank you!
Florian Kuplent, brewer and startup founder of Urban Chestnut, started the brewery with David Wolfe in 2011. Florian was born in Germany and spent many years brewing traditional german beers before coming to America where he worked at an East coast brewery and spent some time honing his skills making craft beer for the giant Anheuser Busch. Basically, Kuplent worked all over the world with some experience in Germany, England, Belgium, and America! No wonder the Schnickelfritz Weissbier is so world class! It was brewed with world renowned experience! Prost (cheers) to Schnickelfritz, a truly German-American beer!
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!