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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #127. Kriek Ale at Cascade Brewing Barrel House.

Last week when I was in Portland, Oregon, I was lucky enough to be granted permission to paint live at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House.  A few years ago I was introduced to Cascade barrel-aged sour beer at my friend Sam’s birthday dinner in Philadelphia, and I was impressed from my first sip.  Sam is an avid collector of fine beers, so I was able to try not only the Kriek, but the Pêche Fumé, the Elderberry, the Blueberry, and the Cassis, among others.  Yes, the tasting was that remarkable!  Cascade offers a perfect blend between fruit, oak and fermented barley that is simply exquisite!  I chose to paint the Kriek in the taproom, because it is probably the most famous of the Cascade offerings.  I have painted live at breweries many times, and my experience at Cascade exceeded expectations!  The beertender made sure I tasted the most notable beers on the extensive menu.  The staff was amazing, and the beers… well they speak for themselves!  If you haven’t been to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, you must make a pilgrimage to this beer Mecca, home of the best American sour beer!
Cheers to inventive and creative breweries!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #127. Kriek painted live at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #127. Kriek painted live at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #123, and Homebrew Recipe for Good to the Last Drop Coffee Stout.

AK Beer Week is over, and I am thinking we need to have an Alaska Homebrew Week!  Drinking homebrew is a great way to enjoy some of the rarest, smallest, most tasty batches of beer in the word.  I brew beer, and I feel it is pretty good, but then I taste some of my homebrew club members’ offerings and I am blown away!  I am like, “You made this?!  WOW!  It is so good!”  I often learn new tips and tricks to improve my own homebrew in the process.  One of my favorite ways to share homebrew is after a bike ride.  I’ll bring a few bottles and give all my riding friends a little sample of my most recent creation.  This beer depicted in this painting of us riding our fat bikes is a coffee stout.  I started calling it “Good to the Last Drop”.  It turned out great, which is why I shared it with my friends.  Sometimes I will get a questionable brew, and I will simply drink it at home, and normally it is better than your average crappy domestic beer.  When I brewed this coffee stout, I was attempting to clone a version of Stone Brewing’s Americano Stout, a 9% coffee-infused brew.  Mine turned out a bit weaker at 7.5%, but the coffee which I procured from K-Bay roasters just shined through.  The secret to my stouts is the specialty malt from Weyermann, a malting company from Bamberg, Germany.  I will give you the recipe for a 5 gallon batch of GTTLD Coffee Stout at the bottom of this blog post.

 

But first, a bit about fat biking!  We just got seven inches of new snow, which to some is good news!  Skiers and fat-bikers are glowing about this recent weather change.  All beer week it was icy and getting a little dingy around the city.  The snow helps reflect the light and also cleaned up the whole city.  Driving is a disaster, but fat-biking is a joy!  On ice, studded skinny tires are faster and more efficient, although a little more squirrelly.  When there is snow on top of ice skinny tires are a dangerous proposition.  You need the stability of the fat tire (with studs) to ensure a safe ride.  On a fat bike it’s fun plowing through snowbanks and ripping around corners.  Not to mention the fat-tire-only trails!  And what better way to end a session on Anchorage’s unique single tracks, than popping the top on a delicious homebrew?!

 

Good to the Last Drop Coffee Stout Recipe
by Scott Clendaniel
5 gallons Anchorage Water (similar to Munich, Germany)
1056 American Ale yeast
12 lbs Maris Otter (or 7lbs malt extract)
1 lb Weyermann Bamberg type 3 malt (you can use Chocolate malt if you can’t get the imported grain)
1 lb Weyermann Bamberg type 4 malt (you can use Black Patent malt if you can’t get the imported grain)
1 oz Willamette hops (or you can substitute in any noble hop)
3/4 lbs La Amistead single source K-bay Coffee coarsely ground.

 

So I mash all the grains at 150 degrees for 75 minutes (or you can mini mash the dark grains for 30 minutes if using malt extract)
Boil 90 minutes, after 30 minutes add 1/2 oz Willamette hops
After 85 minutes add the other 1/2 oz Willamette hops
Cool to 65 degrees, pitch yeast, and ferment for a week, then rack to secondary
After the fermentation is complete add the coffee direct to secondary into the carboy
Wait four more days, then cold crash for 24 hours to drop all sediment and coffee to the bottom
Bottle condition, or keg.  I prefer bottles as a 5 gallon keg of coffee stout is a bit much.
Cheers, and happy brewing and biking!

 

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #123. Earning Your Pint. By Scott Clendaniel. 18"x9", oil on panel. Fat Biking

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #123. Earning Your Pint. By Scott Clendaniel. 18″x9″, oil on panel.

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 #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.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales.

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!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co.

So I finally found out the history behind the iconic windmill on Spenard Rd.  Originally it was erected on east Fireweed in 1961, and was used as an advertisement for a liquor store called the Kut Rate Kid.  Owned by Byron Gillam until the 1980’s, the liquor store was a financial success.  Gillam would sell cases of directly imported beer for a small 2 cents per case profit, eliminating wholesalers and picking up sales of ice wine and liquor all at regular inflated Alaskan prices.  Gillam passed away, and the business sold.  The windmill then represented a pizza business that moved in, owned by a man named Mafia Mike.  Due to the economic downturn in the 1980’s, the windmill had to be moved from Mafia Mike’s pizza place, so it was given to Chilkoot Charlie’s to put in the parking lot there.  “Koots” is a crazy place, and inebriated clientele there threatened the structure by climbing it.  Consequently, the structure is now surrounded by a 6 foot fence with barbed wire at the top to prevent lawsuits and unexpected damage.
Chugach Session Cream Ale is a brainchild of Broken Tooth Brewing, a conglomerate of the  Moose’s Tooth Pizza restaurant group, including Bear Tooth Theatre Pub located about a block from the windmill.  Cream Ale is a traditional American style of ale, similar to American lager in flavor and drinkability.  It seemed like an obvious choice to put in the foreground for this composition.
Cheers to Spenard!  One of Anchorage’s most historic, diverse, fun and interesting districts.

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 9"x18", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 9″x18″, oil on panel.