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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 359

Merry Christmas! I hope the best beers were in your stocking this morning, and if not, then I hope you got plenty of cash to go buy what you want! It’s finally snowing here in Anchorage, and what great timing! Our family is coming over for brunch and a White Elephant gift exchange, and I’m excited to host this year.

The featured beer painting for the day is Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery from the faraway land of Michigan! I bought this bottle of Scottish ale at a bottle shop in Philly, and brought it home to Alaska. I found this beer to be a refreshing change from the standard cinnamon and clove beer that is normally bottled for this specific holiday. It was great to have a simple kind of beer that just pairs well with basically everything. I think that is why Bell’s brewed up this particular style as its Christmas seasonal, because everybody has different traditions and a simple, lightly hopped, slightly malty beer will pair with anything! As I sip on my butter-infused coffee, I can only think about how lucky I am to be in my warm cozy home, while I look out the window at a snow blizzard swirling around in the early morning wintery light. The snowflakes are stacking up, and I am eagerly awaiting a ski day at the local mountain sometime soon! I hope you get a chance to sample the simple pleasures in life like watching snow fall from a snug window view, or sampling a delicious beer from a faraway land. Bell’s Christmas Ale seems exotic, like Michiganites drinking a Cohoho Imperial IPA from MSBC!

Cheers to a unique Christmas! I may never have a project like this again that allows me to reflect on each and every day to a group of great readers! Cheers to Bell’s Brewery for supplying the content of this blog entry! And Cheers to drinking great beers, with great friends and loved family members!

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Craft Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Bell's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.25. Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 186

The beer painting of the day is of Kalamazoo Stout by Bell’s Brewery pictured in Kalamazoo!  I tasted this one on the lawn of my parent’s front yard as I smoked 20 lbs of the finest Kasilof Sockeye Red Salmon you can find.  The smoked salmon takes about five to eight hours to finish.  So I painted on the lawn and intermittently refreshed the wood chips in the smokers.  I sampled some of the smaller pieces of smoked fish as I was sipping on this one.  Nothing makes a beer taste better than salty snacks, and I was in heaven.  I loved this beer!  It was nice and full-bodied, not a huge stout at 6%, but a tasty one.  The brewers’ licorice is a nice touch — not overpowering, but an obvious addition and a welcomed one in my mind!

I have to admit I have never been to Kalamazoo, but I am getting more and more inclined to show up.  Not only because Bell’s is a destination in itself, but also because Kalamazoo looks like a nice place to be.

Cheers to Kalamazoo Stout and cheers to delicious flavored beers!  I hope I get to drink Kalamazoo Stout in Kalamazoo!

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Beer Painting of Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Clendaniel

Year of Beer 07.05. Kalamazoo Stout by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 153

The daily beer painting is of Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery in Michigan.  Thanks, Patrick, for sending me this one!  I love how Bell’s just calls this one an ale, and doesn’t specify in the name what type of ale it is.  Seriously, what is an IPA, but a hop-forward ale anyways?  Why do we have to always refer to anything hoppy as an India Pale Ale, why not call it Hoppy Ale?  Especially brews like black IPA.  How can a black beer also be an India pale ale.  Furthermore, there is no way the beers made here in America with American yeast, American hops and American grains, should be considered an English style beer.  Just a little bit of a rant on beer marketing, because I love what Bell’s has done with the Two Hearted, named after an Upper Peninsula river famous for its fishing.  Fishing and beer, of course they go together!

Lets talk about the brew itself.  Now, here is a complex IPA, if I ever tasted one.  The scent is all hop flowers, with flavors of apricot and grapefruit followed by a nice malt body and a solid bitter finish.  This is one awesome IPA you should not miss if you are a hop-head!  It’s a bit on the strong side at 7% ABV, so don’t drive the fishing boat if you have had several of these brews when out on the lake.

Cheers to another super tasty beer from Michigan!  Great work Bell’s brewers!  I love every beer I have tasted from your amazing, world-class brewery!

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

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Beer Painting of Two Hearted Ale by Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.02. Two Hearted Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 132

The daily beer painting is of Oberon Ale by Bell’s Brewery!  I wish I had the 5-liter mini keg of this beer sitting in front of me right now.  This highly hopped summer wheat ale is what Bell’s Brewery is all about!  Its proprietary yeast mixed with wheat malts and complex spicy hops makes this a fruity beer, with a smooth mouth feel. I had always believed Oberon to be an IPA, but I guess summer ale is a more appropriate name for this hop forward wheat ale.

It’s hard to get Michigan brews here in Alaska, even though there are many Michiganians living in Anchorage.  I’m always impressed when I get a sampling of Bell’s beer here, so if any of you are holding out on a special beer from far away that you think is equally great and should be included in the Year of Beer series, mail it to me and I will paint it and send you the number one print at no charge.

I painted this one in its home in the Mackinaw Forest sitting tall within the dense trees.  I think the orange label and the fruitiness of this beer pairs nicely with the green crispness of the forest.

To Oberon Ale!  A great beer only available half the year and to half the country… darn!  Here’s a request from Alaska, I am hoping Bell’s will distribute up here sometime soon!

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

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Beer painting of oberon ale by bell's brewery in kalamazoo michigan year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.12. Oberon Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.