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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #52, December 24, 2015

Lightly snowing here in Anchorage, Alaska today on Christmas Eve. Beautiful, but cold. This week’s beer painting honors David Crewdson, a volunteer beer expert, who occasionally runs the Midnight Sun Brewing brewery tour. He called me one day in the summer of 2013, and said he had a dynamite idea that he would only tell me in person, and invited me on a brewery tour.  I was in McCarthy when he called me, and since I was already planning to head back to Anchorage anyway, and MSBC is one of my favorite hang out spots, I told him I’d be there. After the tour, which I have done about six times at MSBC and countless times at other breweries, Crewdson presented his idea.  He said simply with his arms waving excitedly, “Here’s the idea… Paint mountains in the beer foam, and call it Toast to Our Mountains!” I thought it was brilliant, and he said he didn’t want anything in return, because what good is a great idea if you can’t implement it yourself? So I put the concept to the test, making five original oil paintings that all varied, but all had at least one pint with foamy mountains, or the Anchorage skyline.  I sold the last one just a few weeks ago.  So I felt it would make a great Thirsty Thursday entry and painted a sixth Toast to our Mountains painting.  The mountains in the background are the Chugach Mountains, which tower over Anchorage, and the one in the pint is Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, which I can see from my studio on sunny days, even though it’s 133 miles from Anchorage as the crow flies.

So I propose a Toast to our Mountains, and to David Crewdson — a man of honor, and integrity, with a fine mind!

P.S.  I noticed that this year has 53 Thursdays, so stay tuned next week for a bonus, and last, Thirsty Thursday beer painting of 2015!

The original painting, and limited edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.

Bald Eagle and Alaska Mountains Beer Painting by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #52 by Scott Clendaniel. December 24, 2015. Toast to Our Mountains. 12″x24″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #49, December 3, 2015

Happy 49th Thirsty Thursday from the 49th State! I painted this week’s beer painting live at Anchorage Brewing Company last night. If I said I am a fan of Anchorage Brewing Company, it would be the understatement of the Millennium; I am absolutely gaga over its delicious libations. This was the 12th brewery I have painted live at since I started doing it last year, when I was invited to paint at HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks. I have also painted at Dogfish Head (Delaware), Hill Farmstead (Vermont), Allagash (Maine), Bell’s (Michigan), Ommegang (New York), Yards (Pennsylvania), Tired Hands (PA), Spring House (PA), Midnight Sun (Anchorage), and Resolution (Anchorage). Click on each brewery’s name to see the painting from it. I like this painting of Anchorage Brewing, because it shows so much of the brewery, and, of course, both the beer and bottle in the same frame. Gabe Fletcher, the owner/operator of ABC, should be known as the Brettanomyces King, since so many of his lovely ales and beers are fermented and aged in Oak barrels. ABC starts with a lovely product and then makes it extra special with the aging process! The Mosaic Saison is a beer that has improved with age in the last few months since it’s release, and buying a bottle to be consumed at the brewery was fortuitous indeed, as this beer looks pretty too! When I saw the design for the label I knew it was only a matter of time until I painted this one!

Cheers to Anchorage, my hometown and home to Gabe Fletcher’s Anchorage Brewing Company! A place that can only be described as World Class!

The original painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

Mosaic Saison by Anchorage Brewing Beer Painting by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #49 by Scott Clendaniel. December 3, 2015. Mosaic Saison by Anchorage Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #31, July 30, 2015

Rainier Beer!  How does a Rainier Beer taste?  Like American adjunct lager, but it goes down smooth when you are in the mountains.  Lighter than Budweiser, or even Pabst Blue Ribbon, this West Coast classic beer is a mere 4.6%.  The iconic red R has been in use since the turn of the 1900s, and to this day frames an image of the mountain that people jokingly say was named after the beer.

I found this can at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum.  The President set it aside for me to treasure.  I said I would return it, but she said, “Oh, don’t worry about it.  We are drowning in these old bottles and cans.”  Along with the Rainier there is a German Budweiser bottle, a classic Pabst Export can, and some steel Budweiser cans.  We also found a capped bottle of Guinness that is still half full of a dark liquid.  We assume it’s beer, but don’t really want to find out.  I guess someone was saving it for later.  I was trying to find out what date this can is from, but I guess it could be as old as 1911, or as young as 1950, or so.  Not much activity in the area after that, until cans were aluminum and didn’t require a can opener.  Anyway, we thought this can has character, so I made a painting of it.  I hope you enjoy the mild flavor and choicest ingredients of this classy beer container.

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

beer painting of old rainier beer can

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #31 by Scott Clendaniel. July 30, 2015. Rainier Beer. 6″x12″, oil on panel.