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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 357

The featured beers in this painting are from the über amazing, selected, reserve casks put down by brewmaster Kevin Burton and lead brewer Drew Weber of Anchorage’s hottest downtown location for beer, the Glacier Brewhouse. These special offerings were on tap during the annual Twelve Days of Barleywine. I was hoping to go to all twelve, but fell much short, only attending five. Each day there are three-four offerings, and my wife and I sampled the entire flight for five days, so I feel I got a very good taste of all the different options. There is a hardy group of beer lovers at the local brew club, known as the Great Northern Brewing Club, that attends all twelve days. On the first day you can get a punch card. If you get every day punched you earn a sweet T-shirt that is the envy of the small group of beer nerds living in the Anchorage area. I missed the third day, because I was invited to a very special beer party in Anchorage where I saw a couple of guys wearing last year’s shirt. Upon inquiring whether they had attended all the days as of yet, some said yes. I asked how they manage to do that, and they said they go right after work at around 3:45 in the afternoon. I guess I could do that if I didn’t have so much work in the studio during the Year of Beer Paintings. Basically, this year has been so much fun, I haven’t been able to do it all, and if you know me, you know I try!

The Big Woody Barleywine ranged in age from 2008 to 2014. The sweet barleywine that is 9-11+ percent in ABV (based on vintage) takes on different flavors depending on the aging barrels. The first day’s 2008 offering was quite nice, and the Honig wine barrels made it sweeter than normal. Another heavy hitter aged in barrels is the Eis Bock, a strong ale frozen to eliminate extra water. It tastes amazing, sweet and woody, but darker and roastier than the Big Woody Barleywine. Russian Imperial Stout is another fine selection from the 12 DOBW. Robust and sweet, this beer is more balanced by its dark grains than the other two. I really liked the RIS that was aged in Buffalo Trace Whiskey barrels. Three varieties of RIS were the rotating cask offerings. Interesting how the cask conditioning mellowed the flavor, and increased the foam, as well as took away a little of the high alcohol heat. I am sure many people from out of state would consider a trip to Alaska just for beer tasting, but summer is the time to visit. I know that if a brewery were offering food this good with beers this amazing, and existed in a beer hotspot in the Lower 48, there would be a line out the door every day during the 12 DOBW, and people at the back of the line would miss out!

Great job, Glacier Brewhouse! We all appreciate the effort you put into making the 12 DOBW happen every year! Cheers to fun times in the darkest part of the year! The last day was on Solstice. Get your airfare together for next year.

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Craft Beer Painting of 12 Days of Barleywine by Glacier Brewhouse Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.23. Flight of Barleywine during the 12 Days of Barleywine by Glacier Brewhouse. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 356

The featured beer painting for today is of Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon. At 7.2% ABV, and 50 IBUs, this beer packs a serious wallop. Give your winter blues a spanking with a few of these winter warmers, and you will be singing holiday carols all the way to the horse barn. Alt ale is made with ale yeast, but fermented at colder lagering temperatures, producing a beer that is decidedly crisper. I enjoyed this bottle of Sleigh’r outside in a snowstorm while ice-skating, which felt like a very wintery thing to do on winter Solstice. Since I drank it right out of the bottle, I wasn’t able to see the color of the beer, but it tasted like a dark lager for sure, with hints of spices, molasses, and holiday cheer.

I have been yearning to make a proper lagered beer, but alas, I do not have the space to do so. I argued to my wife that when I brought the second refrigerator home that I would lager some beer in there, but now I know that I need to buy a modulator for the fridge that will keep it slightly warmer. If I do that, it would render the freezer useless, and the extra freezer space was the main reason my wife let me get a beer fridge. So, I will have to buy beers like Sleigh’r, or the Ninkasi Prismatic Lager series: Pravda, Lux, or Venn instead. Good thing I have space in my fridge for beer storage.

Cheers to the beer that’s rockin’ Santa’s sleigh! May your winter be forever warmed by delicious seasonal ales like Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r!

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Beer Painting of Ninkasi sleighr year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.22. Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 353

The featured beer painting is of Blonde Fatale Ale by Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville, IA. Iowa, in the heartland of America, is not an easy place to get a beer from for an Alaskan. Luckily, this beer artist has connections, and I was able to get two Iowa beers for this project (see day 290)! Thanks, Ann, for bringing this bottle to Alaska! Knoxville, Iowa, a small town of not more than 8,000 residents used to be a coal-mining town, and a small railroad stop along the way of a railroad that was in service starting in 1875. Hard work like coal mining deserves a good beer at the end of the day. Peace Tree’s Blonde Fatale Ale tastes just like a strong Belgian blonde ale should. The last one I had as authentic was directly from Belgium. The color of this beer is golden straw. It tastes smooth, with hints of spicy Belgian yeast and slight fruit complexity. A traditional Belgian aroma wafts from the bottle, and its strong alcohol content of 8.5% is masked by its mild flavor. Overall, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, this beer could easily take you by surprise, especially if it were a hot day and the beer was stored on ice.

Cheers to the Blond Fatale, may she touch your heart and leave you lighthearted. I hope the whole state of Iowa loves this beer, and keeps the brewery constantly busy! Remember if you brew it…they will come!

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Beer painting of blond fatale ale by peace tree brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.19. Blonde Fatale Ale by Peace Tree Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 352

If it smells like funk, it must be… Prairie Cherry Funk. Jim Lamb brought this bottle home for me in his luggage all the way from Oklahoma. There’s good beer in Oklahoma! So far, both of the Prairie Artisan Ales offerings I was able to get my hands on have been fabulous! The other one was Prairie Hop (day 330). This bottle has such a fun label! I love the little cherry-headed people working out. The funk in this beer refers to the sour note, which compliments the cherry very nicely. There must be some serious variation among the bottles, because I just finished reading this review on the Beer Advocate website, posted on Monday, “A very slightly, funky version of Maraschino cherry juice. Finishes clean and dry. It’s ok, but lacking in flavor (funkiness or tart).” I was really surprised, because the bottle I opened was as sour as a baking cherry. It burped all over the table as I raced for a glass to contain the pink foam lurching from the bottle. That’s the reason it shows the cherries working out, the longer it stays sealed, the longer the funky critters are doing the heavy lifting. I am glad this bottle made it home to my kitchen, and didn’t explode along the way. I wonder if the bicycle ride home from Café Amsterdam aided in the bottle conditioning. It was cold, frozen, icy and bumpy from snow during the short 2-mile ride. I loved the great wild American taste in this beer, like a real Kriek lambic, with a different funk that happens in the middle of the USA, and not on the Western side of Europe. My wife consumed this beer closer to its source at a pub in Portland, Maine, and gave me a sip. She claims the funk was less pronounced in the kegged beer we had there over a month ago.

Cheers to Oklahoma beer! I love what you are doing, Prairie Brewing, and I look forward to the day I get to sample your beers in Oklahoma!

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Beer Painting of Prairie Cherry funk year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.18. Cherry Funk Sour Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 351

Put on your Yamaka, it’s time for Chanukah! In honor of the Jewish Festival of Lights, I painted the He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, NY. I wish I could have painted the Chanukah Beer, which is a dark ale, but I couldn’t find a bottle in Anchorage. Chanukah is a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the miracle of lamp oil lasting for seven days longer than normal. The big holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which happen after a holy month known as the Month of Elul, celebrating a time of thanksgiving, self-introspection, and charity. At the end of the month is the beginning of ten days of repentance, and represents the birth of Adam and Eve as well as recognition of humanity’s original sin. Then Jewish people celebrate Yom Kippur. The holiday starts with 24 hours of fasting from food and drink, followed by a huge Seder the following night called a Yom Tov, or simply celebration day! This is the day when a big party is thrown, and people drink and eat! So when you think about Jewish holidays, remember that Chanukah is not the biggest one, but has been glorified by Hallmark and the modern American culture to sell more products during the Solstice season.

Let’s talk beer. The Messiah Ale is a very tasty beer! The first beer I brewed with my brewing kit in 2006 was a batch of Nut Brown Ale. Malt driven, but balanced by slight hop additions, this beer requires additions of specialty malts darkening the beer to its beautiful brown hue, and is easy to brew. The Messiah Ale delivers the perfect American style brown ale flavor, a little fruit flavor of raisin and plum, but complimented by the roasted smoky grain. Sure, a peppermint ice cream beer may have more glitz than the old fashioned brown ale, but both have their place. Look to the roots of good beer, and you will find many great brown ales!

L’Chaim, Messiah Ale! A great beer for great times! I hope you enjoy one during the Festival of Lights.

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Beer Painting of He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.17. He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 350. Hop Ranch IPA by Victory Brewing Co.

Have a little Victory Hop Ranch! I have three bottles left (thanks for sending them my way, Rich), and I hope to share this hoppy ale with fellow Alaskans. This beer is uniquely different than the classic West Coast style IPA, and Alaska IPA. So what does Hop Ranch taste like? Just imagine a hop cone wearing boxing gloves, and punching your palate on the first sip. It will make your eyes roll back inside your head. This beer is a hop bomb for sure, with tons of IBUs. The website video lets you know all kinds of information about how the brewers arrived at the colossal beer known as Hop Ranch. It was originally released during Philly Beer Week as the Liberty Bell Ringer, and then they tweaked it slightly, adding extra fermentables to the mash, making it a slightly stronger beer.

The fellow in the video mentions pineapple and mango, exotic fruits and citrus as parts of the flavor and aroma profile of the Azacca and Mosaic hops that are steeped in this beer. Is it just me? Am I the only one who gets a little savory hint from the spicy hops that tastes a bit like green onions? I noticed a touch of the same flavor recently in the Enjoy By 12.26.2014 from Stone Brewing Co., and in the last few cans of Heady Topper I had during my trip to Vermont. Maybe it is the yeast that brings out the spicy flavor, because I know that Stone’s Enjoy By was probably not using the same hop bill. Maybe it is just my own palate developing as I taste so many different IPAs during this year. I wish I had a couple of bottles of DirtWolf to compare to the Hop Ranch right about now.

Three cheers for Victory! Love the Beer! Great job on everything you brew! Can’t wait to open my next bottle of Victory!

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Year of Beer 12.16. Hop Ranch Imperial IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 12.16. Hop Ranch Imperial IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 348

The featured beer painting for the day is of Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been a fan of Great Lakes since the first sip of Lake Erie Monster IPA, which is the beer for day 183. The Christmas Ale lived up to my high expectations of any beer from this brewery. This beer is brewed with cinnamon, ginger and honey, but if you drink a cold one, you may have a hard time tasting those flavors. As the beer warmed up, the cinnamon came out in full force, followed by sweet honey, and mild ginger flavors. I wonder if they brew with fresh ginger, because they would need a ton of it for such a large batch. I brew a honey ginger beer called the Drippy Hippy (the recipe is posted on day 276), and I use four ounces of root for a five-gallon batch. I have added cinnamon to the DH before, and I think it got a little too spicy. Subtle, is what I would say about this beer’s flavor. Kind of hard to find right away, but it is there, and with a 7.5% ABV, I think subtlety is good. The directions on the bottle do state that the beer is best served at 55 degrees F, and I think my beer fridge is set to about 40 degrees, so I’m glad I took my time sipping this gem. Thank you Paul, for sending me this bottle!

Cheers to Christmas beers! This is my favorite beer season!

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Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Great lakes brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.14. Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 345

The featured beer painting for today is of DOA (Dead on Arrival) IPA brewed and bottled by Cerveceria Mexicana in Tecate, Mexico. I know I should have painted this beer for Day of the Dead on November 1st, but I missed that chance. I decided to paint it anyway, because the label is really cool, and I like this IPA. Yesterday I reached my goal of drinking and painting a beer from all 50 states and DC, so why not paint a beer from Mexico today? I sampled this amazingly well-crafted IPA at La Bodega Fest on November 1st. It was imported by Worldwide Beverage Imports in Los Angeles straight to Alaska, and the hops were still fresh and fruity, with a great aroma. I saw a bunch of bad reviews on Beer Advocate, but I decide for myself what is good, and I like this one. I bet the bros who complained about it being metallic and malty must have had an older batch, and those who said it was soapy must have drank bottles that were left too long out in the sun. The reviews before August 2014 are pretty solid, but then after September 2014 they go downhill. Did a bad batch leak out into America? The bottle I bought at La Bodega here in Anchorage was excellent!

The Day of the Dead is a national holiday in Mexico, which, ironically, lasts for three days from Oct 31 – Nov 2.  The festival is held to remember family members and friends who passed away – a good day to pour one out for your homies. The label with the skeleton riding a motorcycle is the right symbol for the holiday, and the “Hop on or Die” verbiage on the bottle is a perfect catch phrase for symbolizing the changing palates of beer drinkers in America. I hope you get a chance to have a fresh DOA IPA, and log on to BA and give this beer a good rating, so it ranks higher than Shock Top.

Cheers to Mexico’s DOA IPA – a delicious Mexico IPA that won’t quit ‘till the last drop. Hope you drink a fresh and cold one!

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DOA IPA by cerveceria mexicana year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.11. DOA (Dead on Arrival) IPA by Cerveceria Mexicana. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 344

The featured beer painting for the day is of Back Forty Beer Company’s Naked Pig Pale Ale. If you read yesterday’s blog post, and guessed Alabama, then you know that as of today, I have painted at least one beer from all 50 states, and DC. Alabama is a long way from Anchorage, Alaska. There is a reason people say it’s in the Deep South, and Alaska is the Far North. I was lucky enough to get to try not only the Naked Pig, but also the Truck Stop Honey Ale. I liked both of these well-crafted beers. The Naked Pig is a very nice, easy-drinking, pale ale with a good blend of flavor, and a perfect balance of grain and hops. Brewed with five additions of Warrior and Cascade hops, Munich and American malts, this is a very nice beer to enjoy with a proper dinner.

I want to send out a huge thanks to John Rice for sending this beer all the way to Alaska! I was really excited to receive the last missing bottle. This project has been a whirlwind of excitement! I have been so lucky to enjoy such a large variety of beers, not only from every state, but also from countries all over the world! Alabama is a milestone for me, and I look forward to the day I am drinking a Naked Pig Pale Ale in Gadsden, Alabama!

Cheers to the Back Forty Beer Company! I bet you never thought your beer would end up all the way in Alaska. I hope your brewery is a huge success, just like the flavor of the Naked Pig!

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Beer Painting of Naked Pig Pale Ale by Back Forty Beer Co year of beer painting scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.10. Naked Pig Pale Ale by Back Forty Beer Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 341

The featured beer painting of the day is of Lower De Boom Barleywine Style Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery. Finally, somebody put a barleywine in a can. Now I can enjoy this beverage of the kings on my outdoor adventures. This is a huge beer in a small can. Unlike most barleywines I’ve had, this one was not aged in an oak barrel, but packs a surprising load of flavor. I could taste citrusy hops, and figs in this one, and with 92 IBUs this beer will hit you right in the face with its hop bitterness. Overall, it tasted like delicious candy. I think there should be an oak spiral in every can, then you could age these cans on oak as long as you prefer.

The name of this barleywine immediately made me think of sailing, and then I thought about the slang meaning of the phrase “Lower de Boom,” which makes complete sense, because each can packs a wallop at 11.5%, and can easily knock you out. That’s why I painted the brawlers on a sailboat deck right under the boom. Word on the Internet is that this beer was actually named after Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General in the mid 1800s, but de Boom is also the name of the alley right next to the brewery.

Cheers to Lower de Boom, and to drinking barleywine from a small can! Grab a can of this stuff and Lower De Boom on life.

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Beer painting of lower de boom barleywine by 21st amendment brewery year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.07. Lower De Boom Barleywine by 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.