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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #105. December 29, 2016.

Happy LAST Thirsty Thursday!  I started releasing a new beer painting every week on Thirsty Thursdays in 2015, starting the day after I completed the Year of Beer Paintings, a series of 365 oil paintings of different beers, including at least one from every state!  After two years of Thirsty Thursday paintings, I’m ready to move on to different projects.  Stay tuned to this blog to see new paintings, and to read about my life and work as an artist in Alaska.

Only a few days until 2017!  I hope you have good beers ready to drink when the ball drops on Saturday night.  I have been saving a few special Midnight Sun Brewing beers, and look forward to popping them open on the big night.  We are in our log cabin in McCarthy, Alaska, so we will be trekking down to the cool spot known as Tony Zak’s to hang with the local crazy crew.  I heard that it can get pretty wild, and go late into the next morning.

This week’s painting is another shout out to Midnight Sun Brewing, because I’m getting ready for my art show at the brewery’s Loft on First Firkin Friday.  I’ll be kicking it off on January 6 at 5 PM by tapping a firkin of Sockeye Red IPA cast conditioned with cold brew.  I hope to see you there, if you’ll be in Anchorage.

I painted this painting to show the sun coming through the woods.  Although the sunlight looks lovely, you should guard your beer from it, and pour it in an opaque glass.  I use stainless steel pint cups when I’m not indoors.

Cheers to beers!  May your New Year be better than ever!

The original oil painting sold.  Limited-edition, signed art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #105 by Scott Clendaniel. Scott Clendaniel. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #105. Scott Clendaniel. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 362

The featured beer painting for today is of Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. World famous for the Shiner Bock Beer, this is a special brewery, making finely crafted beer in the heart of Texas. I think its Ruby Redbird Summer seasonal is my favorite, and this is the first time I’ve tried the Holiday Cheer. It’s a very interesting winter seasonal. When most people think of winter brews, they expect Bock and Double Bock beers – rich, dark lagers that the Germans have traditionally served for generations. Ironically, Bock is the style that Spoetzl puts out as its flagship offering, so its winter seasonal had to be something with a bit more. Officially, this beer is a dunkelweizen, or dark wheat ale, with pecans and peaches (as well as natural flavoring), which seems fitting for Texas. In Alaska the flagship seasonal is brewed with Spruce tips, and I’m sure if Alaska had anything like fruit, or nuts growing in the winter, we would add it to beer as well.

Seasonal beers are always my favorite, because they are unique, and are only available for a limited time. I think many beer seekers are driven by the same motives. Of course, everyone loves great beer that is available year-round, like Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, or Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter. Consistency seems to be a huge desirable trait in a flagship beer, but seasonal beers allow breweries to flex their creative muscles. I always eagerly await the release of Celebration ale every year, and when Jubelale comes out, I am as happy as a 12 year old in a candy shop. It wouldn’t be the same, though, if I could buy these types of beer all year long. It would no longer be special, like living in Hawaii all year long, instead of visiting for two weeks.

Cheers to Spoetzl’s Shiner Holiday Cheer! A beer that is sure to bring you happiness on the holiday! I hope Spoetzl keeps up the good work, and never stops making finely crafted ales and lagers!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Craft Beer oil painting of shiner holiday cheer spoetzl brewery year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.28. Shiner Holiday Cheer by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 210

The featured beer painting of the day is of Gigantic IPA by Gigantic Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. When I grabbed this one off the shelf I was impressed with the cool graphic design of the label. I spent several years in the Portland area during my college years, and there was no sign of this beer at that time because the brewery opened in 2012. I wasn’t into beer painting back then, nor had I developed a taste for IPA yet. I was stuck in the land of Alaskan Amber and Guinness trying to convince my friends to quit drinking Coors Light, eventhough it did enhance our beer pong game (due to the high water content). I have now come around to IPAs, and I must say I loved the Gigantic IPA! Great art, great beer! What more do you need in a 22 oz bottle?

This beer has Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops, making it a hop bomb for sure. I sipped it all day long, finishing it about five hours after opening the bottle. It was good ‘til the last drop, and I am glad I paced myself and shared with my wife, as it comes in at 7.3%. Floral and citrusy, and not much in the grain bill. Seems to be mostly pale and Munich malts. I love complex grain recipes, but this one is about the hops, and what a hoptacular beer it is! Good work Gigantic, you deserve a beer!

Gigantic cheers to IPA from Portland, Oregon! A place that is so cool, it is hard to stand out in a crowd of leaders! Lead the way to your brewing success, Gigantic Brewing Co!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Gigantic IPA Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.29. Gigantic IPA by Gigantic Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 160

Wow, 160 days already!  This year is flying by!  Maybe because I am always in the studio having a blast making beer art!  Today’s beer painting is Roughneck Stout by Kassik’s Brewery in Kenai, Alaska.  This beer is brewed in honor of all the oil industry workers who work hard so that we get enough petroleum products to run all of our lives.

Alaska’s economy can be described as a three legged stool, according to UAA economist Scott Goldsmith.  One leg is oil and gas, the second leg is military and government, and the third one is the rest of the industries combined, including mining, timber, fishing, tourism, etc.  Our economy would be very vulnerable without petroleum exploration — a three-legged stool won’t stand with two legs.

So Kassik’s is right to commemorate the hard working people who are holding up our economy.  I think the next beer should be named the Bureaucrat Barleywine, for all the government officials holding up the other leg of our economy.  No doubt, Alaska is a strange place, but to me it is home!  I am loving this beer brewed on the Kenai Peninsula!  This is a pretty strong stout at 7.2%.  I sampled it last night, and the first impression was smoked grains, probably 500L roasted barley.  Ironically, the Kenai has been getting a lot of press from that forest fire from two weeks ago, which sent smoke all over the state.  The smoke flavor of this beer, like the forest fire, was contained then faded to just righteous dark chocolate, even a little sour grains.  I am thinking chocolate malt and black patent malt.  Not highly hopped like Victory’s Storm King, but an easy swilling beer.  No wonder this one was dedicated to the Roughnecks, they will need a great beer like this one to forget how hard their last stint at work was!

Cheers to Kassik’s for another world-class brew!  Cheers to all the Roughnecks supporting Alaska’s economy!  And cheers to stout, one of my favorite styles of beer!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Roughneck Stout by Kassik's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.09. Roughneck Stout by Kassik’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 152

The daily beer painting is of Atwater Brewery’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale.  I love dark beer with chocolate flavor.  Yep, hand it over!  Atwater Brewery is from Detroit, Michigan.  Patrick Johnson from Bath, Michigan sent me this beer, which was bottled in January 2014.  Patrick and I “met” on reddit.com, and I rely on people sending me beer that I can’t buy in Alaska to make the Year of Beer Paintings a well-rounded series.  I knew that Michigan had some great beer, but Patrick’s beer mail contained bottles of some of the best beers I have ever had.  I have been on a bit of a Michigan kick for beer anyway. This beer is wickedly good, tastes like a chocolate truffle, has rich foam and smells like a chocolate factory.  After taking my first sip, I started looking around for the Oompa Loompas. Detroit – Rock City!  Must be a hell of a town!  I am hoping that the financial crisis is over and the city gets back on its feet.  If this beer is an example of where Detroit is going, then I am sure the city is about to experience a renaissance.  I look forward to visiting, touring breweries and catching a Tigers game some day. Cheers to another brewery that I may not have discovered had I not started this project! Cheers to another great beer I never tasted before!  And cheers to Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale by Atwater Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.01. Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale by Atwater Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 145

The daily beer painting is of Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Company.  I brought this beer all the way home from Hawaii, and I figured I better drink it sooner rather than later.  For some odd reason this beer tasted better here in the Alaskan Boreal forest than on the side of Mauna Loa volcano.  Maybe this was directly related to running a chainsaw for two hours prior to drinking this one.

The Big Swell IPA is brewed in Hawaii from grain and hops that are shipped to the island, fresh Hawaiian spring water, and packaged in cans that are manufactured on the island.  So this is the real Hawaiian deal, and pretty fresh too.  I hope if you are lucky enough to go to the island of Maui (or any of the islands), pick up a case of these, because good beer in Hawaii is hard to find and the freshness isn’t guaranteed.  Prevent mainland mentality when living on the island – eat island beef, island fish, island fruit, island vegetables, and of course, island beer.  Keep it local to the island, and keep your cost low and value high!

Bold, hoppy beer in Hawaii makes me happy!  Great work Maui Brewing Co!  I appreciate your awesome, fresh island beer!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.25. Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 144

The daily beer painting is of Curmudgeon Old Ale from Founders Brewing Company.  If there is one statement I could make about this beer, I would say, it is smooth!  A nice old ale brewed with molasses and aged in oak casks, this beer is a bit on the strong side coming in at 9.8% ABV.  The flavor is a bit fruity with oak being one of the strongest characteristics; it finishes with bold whiskey-like booziness.

Keep your eyes out for the lighthouse when you are drinking this, because if you have a few, you might get lost!  The good news is that with the old curmudgeon himself manning the light, the likelihood of a completely lost cause is diminished.  I love the marketing on this one; what a great name for a beer that is such an easy sipper, but strong in taste!  I just imagine the lighthouse attendant swigging one of these after a long night of keeping watch over the water.

Founders, I am so happy I found out about you!  Please start distributing to Alaska! We have many good breweries, but great beer is always well received here!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Curmudgeon Old Ale by Founders Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.24. Curmudgeon Old Ale by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.