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Yuengling Traditional Lager at Citizens Bank Park

When I was growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, my parents were saving every penny so they could help pay for all four of us to go to college.  We used to shop at thrift stores, and we played a lot of baseball.  My brother found this Phillies fan jacket and he instantly became a fan. I indirectly also became a fan, because he wore it all the time. 

During 2014, I worked my little tail off making a beer painting every day. This is when I went from being a beer fan to a straight-up beer nerd.  I had heard of Yuengling, the oldest brewery in America, but it doesn’t distribute to Alaska. I picked up a following in Pennsylvania during my Year of Beer project, and one of my followers mailed me a can.  I was impressed, since the beer was different than the regular pre-prohibition style lager I expected it to be.  During 2014 I made over 365 paintings, and some of them were more inspired than others.  I wish I had made this Yuengling painting at the Citizens Bank Park back then. 

In 2017, I took my second trip to Philly and I spent some time tasting beers there. My great friend Sam Magdowitz (a local Philadelphian) has season tickets to the Phillies, so I got to go to a game!  Thanks Sam!  He is a huge MLB fan, and has been to every ball park in the country! I was telling him about my history with the Phillies when we parked, and took the train on in.  This is Sam’s secret plan to avoid the traffic; park at a train station a ways out, and ride the train 10 minutes to the stadium.  Ba-da-boom, ba-da-bing, way less time stuck in traffic. I had been beer tasting all day with Rich Morgan that day, another great beer drinking friend whom I met during my Year of Beer, and I am glad I wasn’t behind the wheel.  I did make it until the game went into extra innings and was on my second wind when Sam suggested leaving early since he had to work in the morning.  It was after 10pm, so I was on board.  I watched the Phillies win back in his kitchen while sharing a bottle of Denali Brewing’s Louisville Slugger sour ale with Sam’s wonderful better half, Tamar.  Sam crashed out for the night. Great experience, thanks Sam and Tamar! 

Brad Lewis is a local Anchorage Phillies fan, originally from Philadelphia.  He brought me this can of Yuengling with the Phillies logo on it!  I was stoked to finally get another taste of this iconic brew and finally capture my experience with Sam at the stadium!  Cheers to a little help from our friends! Without so many great people in my life I would not have been able to put this painting together! Go Phillies! Drink a Yuengling, if you are lucky enough to get one!

This original oil painting, and signed prints are available at my Etsy shop.

Yuengling Traditional Lager at Citizens Bank Park, by Scott Clendaniel. 14″ x 11″, oil on panel.

Cultivating a New Yeast Culture for My Cherry Beer

A couple weeks ago my mother-in-law gave us a bag of organic cherries from Costco that she said were too sweet for her.  I thought, “Great! I will make a beer with them using some of the yeast I have been cultivating from a project I started well over three years ago.”  I have been a little too busy to brew on the regular schedule that I normally follow.  When I went to look at my yeast, I saw mold in it, and it smelled like old socks.  Three years of use is a very good run for a yeast culture. I think it might have happened because I had started using a smaller malt-extract-to-water ratio for feeding it. So, I started over again, making a new yeast culture, and I got to play with my yeast science equipment.  

After I collected the yeast in a baking pan from the air next to an open window in my condo in West Fairview in Anchorage, I put the starter into an Erlenmeyer flask.  Before, I had used a growler.  I brewed up a batch with the cherries after feeding the yeast for about two weeks.  It was frothing in the flask when I pitched it into the cherry beer wort I made.  When the flask was open, I also took a small sample out and viewed it with Maria’s new microscope (I gave it to her for her birthday, she requested it). It is now happily fermenting away in the corner of my second bedroom.  I only brewed a gallon, and used one pound of cherries.  The wort tasted great, so I have high hopes for the final product, but you never know when utilizing wild yeast.  There will only be 8, or 9 bottles total as the cherry puree and trub will absorb some liquid. I intend to brew another gallon batch this weekend but I will use lingonberries instead of cherries.  

Cheers out there!  I hope you find tasty beers to keep you fortified during the pandemic!  

The science station.
The new yeast culture viewed through the microscope. The big green blog is a hop particle.
The yeast culture in the flask, and a small batch of cherry wort ready to ferment in the green jug.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #13, March 26, 2015

This week’s beer painting for Thirsty Thursday is of Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. I neglected to include this great beer in last year’s Year of Beer Paintings series, because I painted many other great Deschutes beers, and was looking for more variety of breweries to increase the scope of the project. I chose to paint this beer this week because of the upcoming Merry Marmot Festival taking place this weekend at Arctic Valley – a ski area near Anchorage, Alaska. The festival marks the end of the ski season for this ski area, which is a bummer, because on a normal snow year we’d still have a couple weeks of great skiing left, but the lack of snow this year makes that impossible. Arctic Valley has two red chair lifts, which are Riblet brand, with the tailbone-smashing center pole. Hope your snow pants provide ample padding. Still, it’s the best option for getting to the top, the other one being a Poma t-bar. Although this beer is named for the red chair on Mt. Bachelor, I consider it to be a tribute to all red chairs out there. This North West Pale Ale has a nice hop aroma and flavor. Hardly a pale ale, full of Centennial and Cascade hops coming in with 60 IBUs, this beer is closer to an IPA. Overall, a great beer to enjoy ski après for its refreshing crisp flavor, and stunning complex malt body.

Cheers to downhill skiing, one of my favorite sports, and to Deschutes Brewing, one of my favorite NW breweries!

This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

Beer Art Oil Painting of Deschutes Brewing Red Chair NWPA by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #13 by Scott Clendaniel. March 26th, 2015. Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 302

The featured beer painting of the day is of HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale from Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. This beer is brewed in celebration of Bryce Canyon National Park, and specifically of the tall spires of stone known as HooDoos. I have traveled to Utah a few times and the last time I visited Zion National Park and saw some amazing rock formations. I wanted to make it to Bryce Canyon on that trip, but the snowstorm in early May put a kibosh on our camping plans. So, I still plan on seeing this area of Utah someday, and riding my mountain bike on the Slickrock Trail in Moab.

HooDoo ale tastes like a hybrid between a golden ale and a kölsch. It smelled and tasted like sweet honey, with a slight pepper finish from a light dosing of hops. Overall this beer is great and would be best consumed after a long day out in the hot Utah sun. I think being at 4,000-9,000 ft elevation would also help to make this beer taste a lot like liquid heaven. Hydration is key when you transition from sea level to altitude.

Cheers to HooDoos, the rock spires and the beer! Both from Utah and both amazing!

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Beer Painting of HooDoo kolsch by uinta brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.29. HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale by Uinta Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 301

Today’s featured beer painting is of Delirium Nocturnum brewed in Melle/Ghent, Belgium since 1654. This beer makes me think of Timothy Q. Mouse and Jumbo Jr. (a.k.a. Dumbo) when they first sample the sudsy brew that the circus folk were enjoying. The musical number comes to mind with the big bass drum booming, “Boom, boom, boom, pink elephants on parade, pink elephants on parade!” The pink, or white elephant has had a mystique, dating back several centuries in the country of Siam, now modern day Thailand. The white elephant is considered a sacred animal because it is so rare. Only the King could own them, unless he chose to gift one to someone with gratitude. The gift recipient could not use the white elephant to do traditional work, like putting up circus tents, or as a pack animal. So the elephant would become a huge burden. A white elephant is only to be used on parade, to symbolize wealth, prosperity, and to represent a just, powerful King. Hence, the white elephant gift exchange.

The Huyghe family brewery that has been brewing at the old brew site since 1906 has used the pink (white) elephant as the symbol for the Delirium line of brews. Delirium Nocturnum translates to nighttime madness, and represents what happens when you drink too much alcohol. The hallucinations that ensue from such overindulgence are represented by the elephant on the bottle. You know you have been drinking way too much if you have this type of problem from drinking. But since it has been a tradition, I won’t get into it. The real reason for drinking beer is flavor, not drunkenness. Beer tasting, guys, not chugging. I sampled this one at my buddy’s 34th birthday dinner last night, and I am happy to say I did not see any pink elephants, except the ones in the painting. I am foremost a beer taster and connoisseur, not a beer glutton. The beer itself is definitely Belgian, with notes of sweet caramel and cloves, and a bit of sour flavor. This beer is overall a perfect example of a Belgian dark strong ale.

Cheers to Delirium Nocturnum! If you buy a bottle of this, you better share it with a few others, or you might be like Jumbo Jr. seeing pink elephants on parade, with the actual delirium accompanying your visions.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Delirium Nocturnum by Huyghe brewery year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.28. Delirium Nocturnum by Huyghe Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 300!

The featured beer painting of the day is of Endless River Kolsch-Style Ale from Mother Earth Brewing of Kinston, North Carolina. I opened this beer for the first time for my dinner guests who own the local homebrew supply shop. Lisa is a beer perfectionist and makes some of the best brews I have ever had, and Kolsch and Pilsners are her favorite styles of beer. She gave this beer a very good review, and kept looking at the bottle so she could remember the name of it, and the brewery. I noticed right away how this version of kolsch is bright and clean tasting. Kolsch or Pils are styles that are a litmus test for a brewery. If a brewery has any off flavors in its brews, they will be obvious in the Kolsch and Pils. Not much to hide behind in this simple style of beer. Not only is this beer super tasty, but the label is really pleasant, and I can imagine being out on the river sipping on Endless River Kolsch.

The Mother Earth brewery has the coolest building in Kinston. They are as green as the name suggests. “Peace, Love and Beer” is their motto. They have a six-kilowatt solar system producing endless energy from the Southern sun. They even have recycled blue jeans as insulation and sound barrier built right into the retrofitted historic building. If you like Kolsch style beer, you will be a fan of this one. I certainly am.

Cheers to peace, love and beer! If you are at peace, and you love beer, you will find happiness, or hoppiness at least. Thanks Charlotte for sending me this delicious beer from the other corner of the country!

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Beer Painting of Endless River Kolsch by Mother Earth Brewing Year of Beer Paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.27. Endless River Kolsch-Style Ale by Mother Earth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 298

Trickster, or Treat? Both are pumpkin beers, but I went for seasonal T.R.E.A.T. The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment is the Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska. This is a big, bold pumpkin Porter at 7.8% ABV! My favorite part is the chocolate nibs, which differentiate this pumpkin beer from most others. Midnight Sun has been making this beer since 2005, so any kinks have been worked out. There are tons of flavors besides pumpkin: chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are all in the mix. This beer pours black, and looks sinister in a glass.

I’m glad Midnight Sun offers 6 oz servings at the Loft tasting room, because I can’t drink a full glass of some of those beers and still drive home safely. Alaska has strange laws about what a brewery can and cannot do. Mainly due to the difference between a full liquor license and a brewery license, a brewery can only serve 36 oz to one person on premise per visit, a person can take home 5 gallons, and the tasting room has to close at 8 PM. There are more restrictions too, such as no games like pool tables, or darts, no bar stools at the main bar, and no live music. You gotta pay for the full liquor license to enjoy stuff like that. So, I’m glad I can buy 6 oz servings, not only because most of the beers are strong, like T.R.E.A.T. and Termination Dust Barley Wine, but then you can have several different flavors without incurring the wrath of a hangover, or worse, a DUI. This Halloween consider drinking T.R.E.A.T., as it really is the grown-up version of a very fine reward for not being too tricky.

Cheers to the T.R.E.A.T! I appreciate what you do MSBC! Bring on Halloween! Hoooooowwwwwl!

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Beer Painting of TREAT Chocolate pumpkin porter by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.25. T.R.E.A.T. Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 297

The featured beer painting of the day is of Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Not Quite Pale Ale #9 from South Burlington, Vermont. What is the significance of the number nine? It is shrouded in mystery. The beer’s flavor is unusually interesting; a beer that will leave you asking more questions than it answers. When I first tasted this beer I exclaimed, “It tastes similar to Pyramid Apricot Ale!” I later found out, after much sleuthing, that this brewery is owned by the same investment group that purchased Pyramid Breweries, so there may be a connection between the flavor profile of the two beers. Yet another question to be answered. Here’s one more question, how do they put the flavor of apricot in their beer without calling it an apricot ale? So, you brewers up in Vermont, you secretive group, are you trying to fool fraternity boys into drinking Pyramid Apricot Ale? Is it a love potion? It sure seems like it might be some kind of special beer. I give it my approval, and would happily consume this beer in place of a traditional pale ale. Not quite so pale… but tastes like apricot. Oh, the Year of Beer, so many different beers, so many different flavors, it all starts to swirl together similar to the label on this beer. What a beer…

To the Not Quite Pale Ale from Vermont, a beer worth sampling just to ponder the questions that ensue.

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Beer Painting of Not Quite Pale Ale #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.24. Not Quite Pale Ale #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 296

The featured beer painting of the day is of Pilsner Urquell, the original Pilsner beer established in 1842. This fine golden lager is brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic, and is the source of inspiration for 9 out of 10 beers that are commercially available today. My friend Aaron Rathbone brought this bottle to Anchorage all the way from Prague! More heavily hopped than most Pilsners, the original bottom-fermented brew contains abundant helpings of Saaz and Noble hops. During the summer of 1842, 36 casks of beer were thrown out due to inconsistency and foul flavor in the bohemian town of Plzen. Josef Groll was hired to brew a new batch, and by October 5 the wort was already fermenting. The beer was ready by November 11, and the first Pilsner was tapped and served for the first feast of Saint Martin markets.

If you don’t like pilsner beer, I suggest giving it a second, third and maybe even a fourth try. It really starts to grow on you. The crispness of the malt and the yeast flavors that are created during the slow bottom fermentation produce a bread-like aroma that is unique to this style of brew. The Saaz and Noble hops balance out the sweetness to make a perfect beer. It is not a surprise to me that Pilsner beer took the whole world by surprise, changing the way people looked at beer. Almost every beer you will come into contact with, craft beer aside (although there are many great craft pilsners) will be a pale imitation of the real deal, Pilsner Urquell. Don’t buy the green bottles, though, unless you are in Plzen. It is now available here in the USA in light proof cans and dark brown bottles. Nothing makes this beer worse than light contamination. If you have never had a Pilsner Urquell before, I highly recommend sitting back and savoring one ASAP.

Na Zdravi! Cheers to your health, Pilsner Urquell, the brewery that changed the world’s beer scene! I hope you never quit making this quality product!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Pilsner Urquell Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.23. Pilsner Urquell. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 295

Wow! Only 70 days left in 2014! Only 60 until Solstice, which I am eager for, but don’t want to rush. I want to enjoy every day of the Year of Beer. I know the winter seasonals just hit the shelves, but I will wait to paint them at least until Halloween is over.

The featured beer painting of the day is of Red Racer IPA from Central City Brewing located in Surrey, BC, Canada. I know this beer is called Red Betty here in the States, but the same beer is distributed as Red Racer where it is brewed in Canada, so I went for the Canadian version. I know there are killer single-track mountain bike trails right there in British Columbia, so I put Betty’s bike parked on the trail. She is sipping on this cold one, or so my story goes. I love mountain biking, and I love beer, and I combined my two loves in this painting. This label makes me think of my beautiful red-haired wife who shares my love for biking and beer. That’s the trouble with paintings. I try to tell a story, but the interpretation is completely up to the viewer.

Beer is more concrete, and this one was a solid offering. An English-style IPA for sure, with a strong malt backbone. I am glad the brewers didn’t overdo the bittering hops. The aroma and flavor was piney, and reminded me of riding my bike in the spring right after the mud has dried up, and the new shoots are springing from the trees. This IPA is a very nice offering from BC, and I will make sure to drink more of this one when I roll through Canada, hopefully after a day of cycling, or hitting the slopes at a sweet Canadian ski mountain.

Cheers to the Red Racer IPA! A finely-crafted Canadian brew. I hope you get your hands on this can, because its flavor is uniquely BC.

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Beer Painting of Red Racer IPA by Central City Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.22. Red Racer IPA by Central City Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.