Happy Autumn Equinox Ladies and Gentlemen!
Well, Equinox isn’t until tomorrow at 1:02PM PST, so I am celebrating a bit early. Why celebrate the end of summer? I guess I am just feeling lucky to have survived the summer craze. Now I have made it to the “chill” time of year when everyone goes home at 9PM and the beer lines are manageable.
I decided to start doing Thirsty Thursday beer painting releases again. So follow along every week to see a new beer-themed painting and blog post.
I made this beer painting to honor Bleeding Heart Brewery’s flagship beer — the Beet IPA. That’s right, this is not a Rosé wine, this is an IPA brewed with water, malt, hops, BEETS, and yeast. I know, I thought it was very strange at first, and that’s why I had to order it. The beets add an earthy and slightly sweet flavor to the hoppy brew. Now I order this beer every time. I have visited this Palmer, Alaska brewery three times and it makes me wish I lived in Palmer. The irony of this brewery is the brewers are using a system not much larger than my home brewery, and yet, they seem to make enough product to stay in business and to sell commercially. Often times brewing a batch twice to fill one of their tiny fermenters. The price is a bit steep for a new start up brewery, but I have yet to try a brew from these artisanal brewing artists that wasn’t worth the $6 – $10 per 12 oz serving. I love the farm setting, and the avant-garde beers are cutting edge. This is a true farmhouse brewery complete with chickens and cows. The beer garden is as fun to drink beer in as any I have ever visited. Often there’s a food truck offering delicious grub that pairs perfectly with the brew. If you are an Alaskan, or traveling in Alaska, and you don’t make a pilgrimage to Bleeding Heart, conveniently located behind the Alaska State Fairgrounds, you are making a big mistake.
Cheers to Bleeding Heart, a brewery that will “make it” from sheer tenacity, with great products, a wonderful setting, and fabulous personality. A hidden gem waiting to explode. I would invest now if I were you! This brewery is a solid addition to the craft beer community of Alaska.
The original oil painting sold, but 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #106. Beet IPA by Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer, Alaska. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.