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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete!

Well, today is day 4 of my semi-Sober October.  Normally I just roll through life drinking as much beer as I feel like without getting horrendously drunk.  I find I am successful at not driving under the influence and also not making a fool of myself most of the time.  My doctor said for my weight and stature I should not be consuming more that 14 regular, 5% ABV, 12oz beers per week, which is 2 per day.  I think I average about 3 per day, just because most of the beer I drink comes in pints, or has a higher ABV and, well, I am Alaska’s Beer Artist.  So I feel a cutback is necessary to allow my liver to regenerate, and I found from past experience that October is a good month for sobriety.  Technically you can still experience Oktoberfest, since it starts at the end of September, and then there are no real beer holidays until Halloween which is on the 31, so by then you are ready to go.  It really isn’t that hard this time around.  I guess I’m not that addicted to alcohol.  As I stated before, I am going semi-sober this October.  The 14 beers are cut to 4.  The intent is not to drink during weekdays, without binging on weekends.  The end goal is to have superb health throughout my life and enjoy beer until I am ancient…right.

So this Thirsty Thursday beer painting brings an important lesson.  Mario and Luigi toasting Oktoberfest beers.  I call this painting Course Complete.  My Mario performance has been enhanced without the beer.  I am playing better, getting farther and beating more bosses when I drink sparkling water instead of IPA, my favorite beverage.  Who would have guessed?  Not surprisingly this makes gameplay more fun.  So if you have to take a break, whether self-imposed as in my case, or for whatever reason, and you find yourself wondering what to do if you have to take an alcohol break, consider playing video games.  I’m sure your gameplay will be enhanced.

So I propose a toast to Mario Brothers (yes, I am raising my cup of green tea)!  The Japanese game about Italian plumbers eating magic mushrooms, and tasting pretty flowers.  Cheers!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete! 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel. Maria and Luigi drinking beer.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #153. Course Complete! 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #92, September 29, 2016, Summit Hop Necessity IPA by Levante Brewing Co.

Today’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of Summit Hop Necessity IPA by Levante Brewing Company of West Chester, Pennsylvania.  I painted this live at the brewery.  Levante (La•vant•tay) is a relatively new brewery, having just completed its first year producing craft beer.  Finely crafted beer it is, too.  The brewery’s tagline is “Elevate your Craft,” which these guys are doing.  Sounds like they are expanding their craft as well.  I heard from an inside source that the place is growing and may be getting a bottling/canning line.  But that is mere speculation.  Growth for Levante is eminent, however, just where it is going, I don’t know.

Getting to Levante in West Chester was easy, I just hopped in my buddy’s car at Tired Hands in Ardmore, and he drove me there via McKenzie Brewhouse.  Getting back to Mt. Airy via SEFTA before my hosts went to bed on a work night was a bit more trying.  I started my journey at Side Bar in West Chester at 7:00 PM.  I considered having a meal as I had been tasting beer all day, but felt full of good cereal grains, and opted to just hammer home.  According to Google Maps I could do it in just about two hours.  It is only about 40 miles.  Unfortunately, the way SEFTA works doesn’t make it easy to go from one neighborhood to another.  It is set up to get you in and out of the City Center.  Busses require exact change.  Trolleys have to be payed in advance. On the regional line, the big trains, you pay the attendant.  I learned all of this by blundering along.  I got on the first bus, and even though it said there was only one stop from West Chester to 69th Street station, it was more like 49 stops.  Little to say, I sounded like an idiot when I asked if we were there yet after only one stop.  The bus driver informed me 69th Street was the end of the line.  An hour later I was figuring out that the icon on Google Maps that looked like a bus was actually a small train called a Trolley.  It is a good thing it came every 10 minutes, because I missed the first one.  The Trolley from 69th Street to 30th Street in City Center was a little bit sketchy.  The gangsta-looking dudes riding the train looked at me with respect cause of my huge beard.  I was thankful for my beard the whole time, actually.  Since I missed the first trolley, my regional train wasn’t coming for 40 minutes.  I realized I wouldn’t get to Mt. Airy until 10PM.  Oops, kind of late on a work night for my hosts.  I booked it from the station to the house in Mt. Airy and arrived just in time to have a delicious bowl of frozen bananas!  Would not have been good to set off the alarm had I gotten there just a few minutes later!  So the word is that public transportation is good in Philadelphia, but West Chester is a long ride away from Mt. Airy! 

Elevate Your Craft, and expand your horizons!  Take a train home, because it’s the small adventures in life that make it great!  

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #92 by Scott Clendaniel. September 29, 2016. Summit Hop Necessity IPA by Levante Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #92 by Scott Clendaniel. September 29, 2016. Summit Hop Necessity IPA by Levante Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91, September 22, 2016, High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co.

It’s Thirsty Thursday again, and I am on a little beer trip across the nation!  Just arrived to California through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Purchased beer from some amazing stores across the nation along the way.  I would have liked to stop at a few breweries, but this was a beer transport and purchase mission.  The two fellows I was with, and I made strategic strikes at different retail establishments in various local distribution zones.  We made an efficient trip across the country in four days.

Before the drive, I spent four days in Philadelphia, a city that loves beer.  I visited the Tired Hands Brewing Fermentaria and painted this piece live right there.  How fitting that at the end of a road trip I get to release a painting of a beer called The High Road, considering we drove through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado, a mere 11,115 feet above sea level.  The High Road DIPA from Tired Hands is a delightful beer.  I drank one last night after our crew drove 900 miles from Grand Junction, CO to Paso Robles, CA.  It was warmer than most would suggest for the serving temperature, but I think it may have been the best beer I have ever consumed, probably due to the thirst that driving for 13 hours creates.  I was slightly chilled, as it was about 55 degrees outside and windy, and I was dressed for Las Vegas heat.  Our road trip is over today, and we safely delivered several cases of terrific beer to Monterey for the wedding party.  One of the driver’s sons is tying the knot in Pebble Beach this weekend.

Right when I finished painting live at Tired Hands Brewing Company's Fermentaria in Philadelphia, PA.

Right when I finished painting live at Tired Hands Brewing Company’s Fermentaria in Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you Tired Hands Brewing Company for making such a delectable beer, which perfectly commemorates this trip.  What a long trip it has been!  Now I get to enjoy the beach for a couple days, before flying back to Anchorage, where I hear it is storming.  Hoping that all the beer I bought along the way will make it to Alaska safely in my luggage.  I’ll need it for future beer paintings.

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91 by Scott Clendaniel. September 22, 2016. High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91 by Scott Clendaniel. September 22, 2016. High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #81, July 14, 2016, Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout by Three Floyds Brewing Co.

May the Dark Side of the Force be with you, Dark Lord Vader.  This may not be your father’s beer, and hopefully Darth Vader isn’t you father, either.  In my imagination Darth Vader would be swilling down a Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout by 3 Floyds Brewing Co. right after he cut his son Luke Skywalker’s hand off, and told him “I am your Father.”  Dark Lord Day is in April, and is the only day that you can buy this indescribable Russian Imperial Stout.  Understandably, people line up at the brewery for hours to buy their limited amount of bottles of this decadent black big brew.  Leading up to one hell of a music festival with a load of bands and a DJ serving up sick music all day long.  I was lucky enough to get to try this beer at Culmination Beer Fest here in Anchorage.  Here’s a picture of Gabe Fletcher serving it up in 2012.

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Brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar, this beer is ridiculous.  I wonder why it’s not barrel aged.  I got to sample the 2012 version with the red wax.  Looks like Darth Vader is also drinking the 2012, or it could be the 2004.  Since he has the entire imperial fleet at his command, he would probably have whatever vintage he wanted.  I also thought the red wax was appropriate as it matches his light saber.

Cheers to 3 Floyds, brewing up a whale of a brew with the Dark Lord, and may the Force be with you!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #81 by Scott Clendaniel. June 14, 2016. Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #81 by Scott Clendaniel. July 14, 2016. Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80, July 7, 2016, Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

A huge Kodiak Brown bear just grabbed a hold of my last 22 oz bottle of Midnight Sun Brewing Company’s Kodiak Brown Ale!  OmG!  I think he is going to drink it in one gulp!  Excuse me while I sprint in the other direction.  I know you are not supposed to run from a bear, but maybe he will be savoring the flavor of the beer long enough for me to outrun my fellow campers. 

Mark Staples started brewing Kodiak Brown back when he was home-brewing, before he and Barb Miller started Midnight Sun Brewing Company back in 1995.  It is a staple for the brewery, and is always available in 22 oz bottles and in 12 oz cans here in Alaska.  A good value at the Loft with a 12 oz serving for only 3 dollars, which means you can buy a round for six friends and still only chew up one 20 dollar bill.  The 12 oz cans make a great packing beer for rafting, fishing, biking, backpacking, or any outdoor adventure, because dark beer tastes great warm, straight from the can, or after being chilled in a creek.  I propose a toast to the grizz in all of us!  Drink a Kodiak Brown like you mean it!  Cheers to the long days and short nights of July!  Thanks MSBC!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80 by Scott Clendaniel. July 7, 2016.  Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80 by Scott Clendaniel. July 7, 2016.
Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #79, June 30, 2016, Moose Drool Brown Ale by Big Sky Brewing Co.

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!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #79 by Scott Clendaniel. June 30, 2016. Moose Drool Brown Ale by Big Sky Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #79 by Scott Clendaniel. June 30, 2016. Moose Drool Brown Ale by Big Sky Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76, June 9, 2016, Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Co.

This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of the super popular American pale ale called Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana.  Brewed in homage to comic books with a label designed by Marvel illustrator Tim Steely and Zimmer Designs, this beer is one of the most sought-after pale ales available in the United States.  The character on the label is a combination of Spider Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor into one Zombie Lord who obviously rocks the dust out of zombies.  I first tried this beer last summer when I was driving from Michigan to Chicago via Indiana.  After a very short detour, I arrived at 3 Floyds, and couldn’t stop drinking this sublime nectar.  The brewery was also selling this beer by the case, and people were walking out carrying two cases at a time, having paid a higher than average price for a pale ale.  If the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, forget the chainsaw, board up your windows and crack open some of the Z-Dust because the zombies will eventually get you anyway, and you might as well have a nice buzz going when they eat your brains.  Comic nerds are stereotypically not heavy drinkers, but when they do drink beer, they go for quality.  Zombie Dust is the quality that will quench your thirst, plus it’s got a super sick label that will inspire your imagination.  I thought of Night of the Living Dead, as well as Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead series, so I referenced those two flicks in the background.  Hell, this beer is so good some people might give their left hand for a case of it!

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase one of 52 limited-edition prints, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76 by Scott Clendaniel. June 9, 2016. Zombie Dust Pale Ale by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76 by Scott Clendaniel. June 9, 2016. Zombie Dust Pale Ale by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Cheers to the Zombie Dust! Sometimes making a beer that is over the top pays off!