This week’s beer-themed painting is of my homebrewed Saison chillin’ in the snow on top of Flattop Mountain. After a vigorous hike to the summit we drank the beer while enjoying the view and then had a good time sliding down the snow on our way down. I chose to paint homebrew this week because May 7th is the day that National Homebrew Day was announced before Congress in 1988. Last Saturday the Great Northern Brewers Club put on an event known as Brew-a-thon where home brewers of Anchorage showed up to brew together. It is a national event that kicks off with a nationwide toast at noon CDT, 9AM here in Anchorage! I teamed up with newly retired Rick Levinson to brew a California Common Beer (like Anchor Steam Beer) we are calling the Steamy Retirement. I have been home-brewing for ages and consistently putting out homebrews for ten years now, but I recently upgraded my system from a less than five-gallon setup, to a ten-plus-gallon, all-grain, two-kettle brewery. I enjoy every aspect of the brewing process, except for cleaning fermenters, which is the most boring, although extremely important part of the job. In brewing, cleanliness is next to godliness! I have filled every fermenter I own with beer from the new system. Cheers to Arctic Brewing Supply for having every piece of gear a home-brewer could ever need, and all the ingredients to make world-class beer! I hope your homebrew tastes fresher and more delicious than any commercial beer! If you brew with the GNBC, you are on your way!
Today’s Year of Beer is Total Domination India Pale Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon. This brewery was founded in 2006, and is named after the ancient Sumerian goddess of brewing. This IPA is one of the freshest, best IPAs I have tasted so far in the Year of Beer series. I like the Ninkasi green and black beer labels and I have yet to be let down by this IPA-forward brewery, being a hophead myself. The stone carving in the background of this image is actually an ancient Sumerian beer recipe. Sorry if my Cuneiform is incorrect as you attempt to clone the ancient recipe Ninkasi uses. Here is a hint for learning Cuneiform, the inverted triangle with dashes through it is the symbol for beer. To Ninkasi, may the goddess look favorably upon this Eugene brewery and everyone’s home-brewery as well! Good luck deciphering the recipe!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.
Today’s Year of Beer painting is of La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue. Translated from French to mean “the end of the world”. Unibroue, a Canadian brewery, makes delicious Belgian style beers that are fun to open on a special occasion due to the champagne cork! I love to hear the sound of the cork popping out of the bottle. They are also good for cellaring because they have high alcohol content. I wouldn’t save this beer until the end of the world, because it would be a shame if it was left corked when the fire and brimstone sets in. It needs to be kept in a dark place with even temperature though, or you could find that your delicious beer you were saving is past its prime. I hate to make a toast to the end of the world, but I like to close my blog entries with a toast! Here goes. A toast to La Fin Du Monde, live every day like it is your last, drink up!