Finally, the little ski town of Girdwood has a brewery! My prayers have been answered by Girdwood Brewing Company! Beer and skiing go together like bread and butter, and now, at the end of a day on the slopes, we can stop for pints of fresh brew. Last week I visited the tasting room for the first time. I sampled 3 of the 4 options, and all were solid. The coffee stout with K-Bay Coffee from Homer, Hippie Speedball, was noteworthy, as was the East-Coast-style IPA, No Woman No Cryo. I chose to paint the IPA because it showed off the printing on the glassware better. This place has some serious Girdwood-Alyeska ski culture as well as the yeasty variety. The walls have some cool skis on them, the menu board is made up of old skis and there’s a ski fence forming outside, as well. They even have an old red ski-lift chair hanging from the ceiling. For a brand new brewery, this place is going strong already. The only thing missing is food, but occasionally a food truck stops by. Cheers to local breweries! Be sure to visit this place next time you’re in Girdwood.
This painting will be on display, and available for sale at my art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. during the month of June. The art show kicks off on First Firkin Friday, June 2, 5-8PM. I’ll be tapping a firkin of Panty Peeler cask-conditioned with pineapple at 5PM. Hope to see you there!
When Sam, Jerry and I were road tripping across the USA, on the way to Sam’s son’s wedding, we stopped briefly at an amazing beer store in St. Louis, MO. I loaded up with a case of unique beers including a six-pack of Incarnation IPA by 4 Hands Brewing Co. This beer was fresh and loaded with Mosaic hop goodness! I had a hard time keeping one for Maria to try, but I was successful in getting it home to Alaska despite its delicious nature. Since the beer is dry hopped with Mosaic, I made a hop mosaic for the backdrop of this composition. There are about three types of hops I like the most for a great IPA: Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra. I think that if you have one, or a combination of the three you have a recipe for success! Incarnation IPA is not the only great beer from St. Louis. The town is known for beer (ahem, Budweiser). I feel lucky to have gotten to sample some great St. Louis offerings despite the fact that I am in a completely different distribution zone. Cheers to the Incarnation IPA, may your beer be enlightening!
During the Year of Beer Paintings (2014), I posted Pacifico Clara as the beer painting of the day for Cinco De Mayo. Oy, happy 5th of May! Pacifico got me thinking of surfing. As I sat with an Icy Bay IPA in my hands, I realized I hadn’t painted it in the can. I also realized that Icy Bay IPA by Alaskan Brewing Co. has become a go-to beverage for me when I want a reasonably priced IPA. I was going to buy a half rack of PBR, but when I saw for 3 bucks more I could bring home the green cans, I just couldn’t buy PBR. Not to mention that Icy Bay IPA is definitely tastier than PBR (even-though I do have a soft spot for the hipster red, white and blue can).
For an Alaskan beach party Icy Bay IPA from Juneau, Alaska is a perfect choice, just watch your intake as a 6.2% IPA is not that sessionable. Consider having your beer after riding the waves, as nothing is a worse buzz kill than getting the US Coast Guard to save you. Keep your head as clear as the crisp refreshing taste of this IPA when you are rocking the icy waves on your longboard! Cheers to an Alaskan May 5th! Get out and celebrate the end of winter, by hitting the beach with a cooler full!
2×4 is a great DIPA that will knock your hat in the creek with a 2×4. I’m glad Melvin Brewing canned this strong beer. Easier to pack on adventures that way, and more bang for your buck! It has so much hop bitterness and floral aroma, you’ll feel more manly after drinking it. There’s even National 2×4 Day, which I missed, because I didn’t know about it, but apparently it happened on 2.4.2017. Oh well, next year. I see that one bar in Alaska is supposed to have this beer on 2×4 Day, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, of course. Better put it on my calendar. This beer from Wyoming is one I was lucky enough to try when I drove across the country last fall with my buddy Sam. We bought beer from four different distribution areas, and Melvin was one I was lucky enough to procure while stopping briefly in Colorado. Brewed near Jackson Hole, this beer is making me feel like I want to plan a ski trip to Wyoming! Maybe I will head there next year! Cheers to strong bold DIPAs, this one is tremendous!
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!
The painting for this week’s Thirsty Thursday is of a beer known as the Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing in San Diego. The brewery started distributing to Alaska just a couple weeks ago, and Alaskan craft beer enthusiasts welcomed the beer with open arms and wallets.
Germans have been flavoring their beer with lemonade and lemon-lime sodas for many decades, making a product called radler bier (cyclist beer), or a shandy.Leave it to the West Coast Americans to make a beer that tastes like candy but hits hard with a 7% kick and serious hop character.The lesson is learned, don’t feed this one to your wine-cooler swilling friends. It sounds like they will like it, but save this one for yourself, you alpha-loving hophead.Grapefruit and beer sounds like a terrible, mad dog beverage invented to get 16 year old high-schoolers drunk, but it’s actually a match made in heaven. The twangy bitter-sweetness of the citrus fruit pairs perfectly with the 70 IBUs of Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA. As Ballast Point’s marketing department declares, “Grapefruit is a winter fruit, but Grapefruit Sculpin tastes like summer!” Cheers to innovative craft breweries! Hoppy American Craft Beer week!
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition fine art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #73 by Scott Clendaniel. May 19, 2016. Grapefruit Sculpin by Ballast Point Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
I am back on my McCarthy homestead, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and a thick Spruce forest. For this week’s Thirsty Thursday entry, I painted a Year of Beer style beer painting of a Founders Brewing Company brew called Backwoods Bastard. Since I am in the backwoods of Alaska, it seemed fitting for this to be the inaugural painting for the kickoff to my summer of painting in my bug tent in the woods. I love how this guy has a double-bitted axe in his hands, not a chainsaw. I love my chainsaw, but I’m a huge fan of the axe. Although a double-bitted axe has twice the cutting power between sharpening, it is a dangerous thing, so I opt for a single-bitted axe, even if I have to sharpen it more. Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish-style ale aged in bourbon barrels. It is a big, bold beer with flavors of whisky and vanilla and a hint of fruit. It rates high in the craft beer community, and I think if you can get your hands on one, I would buy it and drink it deep in the woods. This backwoods bastard wants to be far from civilization! Cheers to getting away from it all! Be sure your axe is sharp and you swing true!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72 by Scott Clendaniel. May 12, 2016. Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels by Founders Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.