CBS. No, I’m not talking about your favorite network television channel. This is an impressive maple syrup-bourbon-barrels-aged imperial stout that Founders Brewing Company concocted. This 11.7% beer is brewed with chocolate and coffee, and has a sweet flavor that is not overpowering, without the bitterness of dark grain and coffee. Founders is a brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, established in 1995, that really took off during the craft beer revolution. It has been staying current and even setting some of the trends in the craft beer industry. Founders Breakfast Stout is the standard coffee stout, while KBS is the imperial bourbon-barrel-aged version. When the Founders Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki procured some bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup, he knew it was just right to make a Canadian version of the KBS. Founders replaced the Kentucky from KBS and now we have Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS). Now that Founders distributes to Alaska, I had no trouble finding a bottle of this rare beer at my local bottle shop here in Anchorage.
I’ve been brewing up some pretty tasty coffee stout, and I recently bought some bourbon barrel aged maple syrup. I’m going to have to experiment with adding some to my coffee stout. I bet some of the barrel would carry through. Anytime I have had a maple bourbon barrel imperial stout, I have not regretted it. Although rare, this is probably my favorite style of stout ever.
Cheers to CBS and to Canadians for the lovely Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup! A worthy brew to say the least.
We spent New Year’s Eve in Talkeetna, Alaska — a real trip in the woods. We were lucky enough to be invited to this lovely cabin that our friends built. They brought a bottle of Trip in the Woods Cocoa Coconut Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (as well as several other amazing brews) for a New Year’s Eve toast. Thanks, it was delicious! What with snow machines, a laser light show, stovetop nachos, and about two dozen mortar shells, the celebration was literally a blast! Naturally, I brought my painting kit with me, and since all we could see out the cabin windows was snow-covered trees, I decided that a painting of Trip in the Woods would be the perfect way to commemorate the trip. What a way to end the year! Cheers to 2018!
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!
There is a darkest time of year, and for that time we need beer. Not a golden, effervescent, belly-filling swill of a brew, but a dark, dank, barrel-aged libation. As black as midnight on the longest night, and robust enough to warm even the weakest of souls. Add coffee to combat the instinctual hibernation that is inevitable at this time of year. You may find this in Java Cask Coffee Bourbon Stout, or Speedway Stout. If you are an Alaskan you should drink Anchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee. Happy Winter Solstice, the light begins to come back tomorrow!
Cheers to return of the light! Celebrate Solstice!
Every year the sunsets come earlier and earlier, the leaves turn golden and the air becomes crisp. The hectic schedule Alaskans experience all summer begins to slow down. Autumn, the fore-bearer to winter, is a time that all Alaskans start to prepare for the winter experience. In the animal kingdom it is referred to as hibernation. I might not sleep like a black bear, which forgo drinking and eating while hibernating. I just take it easy. Sleeping more, doing less. During the summer it’s a get-it-done-while-you-can attitude. There is road construction, fishing, building, and recreation that can take up to 20 hours of the day. People hardly stop to rest. In the winter we experience what Alaskans call “down time”. Time to hone the tools, do indoor projects, fix the fishing nets, eat, sleep, and well… sleep some more. The fall is what we call the shoulder season and we begin to slow down. The brewing geniuses at Denali Brewing Co. made a seasonal beer to honor this phenomenon called Slow Down Brown. It is a spiced brown ale that has a bit of a kick at 6.1% ABV. Sri Lankan spices and chocolate malt make this a precursor to a winter warmer. I last drank this around a campfire and it was the perfect complement to the dark skies and early snowfall this year. If you are an Alaskan, or just love things AK, I urge you to seek out a Slow Down Brown and to take it easier. It’s a good idea to rest up for the craziness that will ensue shortly after the spring equinox rolls around.
Whenever I get a chance to taste a brew from Prairie Artisan Ales, I take it! I picked up this lovely saison when I took a speedy road trip across the country with a good friend from Philadelphia. Although I was in Ohio when I purchased this bottle, I was stoked! I look forward to the day when I set up my painting kit at either the Prairie Ales taproom, or at the brewpub, and make a painting live! I have never been to Oklahoma, but when I do go I will be drinking Prairie artisan ales the whole time, and I plan on returning home with a suitcase full of this delectable brew! Cheers to the brewers that bring a smile to my face!
What happens when you send a reluctant chimp into space and then let him return to Earth? The answer is one happy monkey chillin’ at the beach sipping on session-able IPAs. 21st Amendment Brewery has been making a great session ale for years, but when I stepped into its San Francisco pub and saw that the Bitter American has returned to Earth, I couldn’t believe my eyes, nor the delicious taste on my tongue. I have a love for simians of all kinds: apes, monkeys, chimps. There is something primal about watching the animal that we are most closely related to. I feel that humans often reject the instincts that our tree-swinging cousins embody. The simple joys in life are what makes life worth living. Having a cold brew, or three on the beach is one of those things that I simply do not want to skip. A nice cool dip in the Pacific Ocean followed by a refreshing sip brings you Down to Earth in a way that this monkey finds simply refreshing! I hope you enjoy this painting and have a cold one for me in the heat of the sun!