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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #161. Beer in the Center of the Solar System.

Beer — a fermented grain beverage, brewed on the planet Terra (Earth).  Has a 5,000-year-old history of preserving grain, producing new and unique flavors, and establishing cultural identities across the blue and white planet.  A bold brew that brings flavor to the galaxy. 

Did you know that 10,000 light years from Earth there is a nebula of ethyl alcohol floating out in space?  It is huge!  About 10 gazillion liters of straight up booze.  It brings new meaning to the Universe, and at least makes me realize how insignificant and unimportant it was when I spilled that glass of beer last month.  It brings to mind the Futurama episode #52 called Godfellas, in which Bender is floating through outer space, and a tiny colony of miniature people brew beer on his chest.  It would have been easier to just stick a straw into the alcohol nebula. 

In this painting I put beer in the center of the Solar System, so this really gives new meaning to the phrase “Sip of Sunshine.”  I was looking to put beer as the center of universe, however the universe just doesn’t have a real iconographic center, and the beer would have just been floating like a nebula in the middle of, well, we don’t even really know what, we just have theories.  Even Universal Studios just has planet Earth for its classic logo.  I named this painting Beer is my Universe, because I wanted to show how beer-centric a person could be.  Sometimes I feel that my life is a bit too beer-centered, so this is a comedic painting pointing fun at that fact. Remember, it’s just beer, and if you don’t get a glass, the sun will still come up in the morning.  Beer is a luxury, while sunlight is required for life!   

Cheers to Terra!  As far as we know, it’s the only planet with BEER!

Only one original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #161.  "Beer is my Universe".  20"x16", oil on panel.  By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #161. “Beer is my Universe”. 20″x16″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #160. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co.

I remember the first time I ever drank an Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout on Thanksgiving Day in 2002 at my friend Morgan Brown parents’ house in Corvallis, Oregon.  They have this amazing property just outside of town with several acres, and a creek running right by their big farm house.  We drank a couple of Old Rasputin’s on a walk around the property, and I don’t think I had ever had an imperial stout before — I was only 22 years old.  Needless to say, the decadence of this beer blew my mind!  

Fast forward 16 years (no I am not bringing Old Rasputin to the table today), but last week I drank the 22 oz bottle pictured in this painting with Maria in McCarthy, Alaska.  I had a flashback when I was walking around the ten acres out there that took me right back to Corvallis.  A bit different weather, as I remember blue skies and yellow leaves in Oregon, while in McCarthy we had snow and freezing rain.  I also thought about what to include in the painting to show off the Russian qualities.  Rasputin was in favor with the Czar living in St. Petersburg, but he was victim of a nasty coup and was poisoned, shot and drowned. This reminded me of this iconic cathedral known as the Church of the Savior Built on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg.  Last year I went on a tour of this building, which is spectacular inside and out.  It has a ton of history: the square it is built upon is a historic site where Alexander II was blown up in his carriage in 1881.  His son commissioned this amazing cathedral designed by architect Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, and it was built from 1883-1907.  Completed by Nicholas II.  So when Gregori Rasputin was hanging out with Nicholas II in 1916 when he was murdered, this cathedral was probably an important spot for the religious mystic.  

Russia is a fun, but dangerous place.  Watch yourself when you are hanging out in St. Petersburg.  The same level of safety consciousness we are used to here in America just doesn’t exist in Russia.  For example, the Metro car doors slam shut with no warning, and could easily break your arm. Also when crossing the street use extreme caution as a crazed driver might just be driving on the sidewalk.  You just never know what might happen in Russia!  

Cheers to Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, keeping the memory of Rasputin alive.  As the label on the bottle says in Russian, “A bosom friend is not born suddenly.”

The original oil painting sold.  Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #160. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #160. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout by North Coast Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

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!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #125. Underdog Lager by Stable 12 Brewing Co.

This week’s beer painting is a tribute to the new Superbowl LII Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, the underdogs! And how fitting that Thirsty Thursday, the day I always release a new beer painting, happens to be on the same day as the victory parade!  I decided that Stable 12 Brewing Company’s Underdog Lager would be the perfect beer for this painting of the Eagles’ home stadium. The brewery initiated a campaign to get the players to drink this beer during the parade.  Although I’m from Alaska, I have many friends in Pennsylvania, and have enjoyed a couple trips there. So I could feel the “brotherly love” at our friend’s apartment we call the Upper Deck where we watched the game. Of the 23 odd people in attendance at our small gathering for the big game, there was nary a person rooting for the Patriots. Up here in Alaska we don’t have a football team of our own, and aside from the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, we don’t have any professional spectator sports. We support whomever we feel like, and this year we were in favor of the Eagles. Little to say, there was celebratory feeling at the Upper Deck when the Patriots let up the ball with just enough time for the Eagles to get one more touchdown solidifying their victory.   After the game we kept celebrating and then on Monday I made this painting of the Lincoln Financial Field in honor of the New NFL Champions. Cheers to The Eagles! They fly the highest!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Philadelphia Eagles football stadium and Underdog Lager by Stable 12 Brewing Co.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #125. Underdog Lager by Stable 12 Brewing Co.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #124. Porg Beer.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away!  PORG BEER!  Brewed the easy way (using the Force).  Dry-hopped with 100% fresh Porgs.  Low in calories, this Rebel friendly IPA is completely session-able.  Politically correct, this beer is brewed without any profits going to support the Empire.  Available at your local rebel recruiting station.  Obi Wan’s favorite brew to coerce new Jedis into becoming hooked on the Force.  Brewed with water harvested from local condensers on Tatooine, the choicest Porg feathers, and only the finest grains harvested on Naboo.  This fine Itapi Prime Ale (IPA) is a smooth concoction, one that will be sure to taste great at your next intergalactic gathering, or simply enjoy when your spaceship is parked at the spaceport.  Just make sure you check your blood alcohol content before departure, as nobody wants a PUI (piloting under the influence).  If caught by Imperial Authorities, you risk impound of your vessel and they could get you for bootlegging this illicit beverage.  And remember when you sit back to enjoy a lovely Porg Beer, may the Force be with you!

The original oil painting sold.  Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #124. Porg Beer. By Scott Clendaniel. 1"1x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #124. Porg Beer. By Scott Clendaniel. 1″1×14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #121. CBS by Founders Brewing Co.

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.

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #121. CBS stout beer by Founders Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #121. CBS by Founders Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #119. Lush IPA by Fremont Brewing.

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!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #119. Lush IPA by Fremont Brewing. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #119. Lush IPA by Fremont Brewing. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with Coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co.

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!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown by Denali Brewing Co.

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.
Cheers to taking it easy with a Slow Down Brown!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown Ale by Denali Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown Ale by Denali Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.