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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.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #10, March 5, 2015

This week I decided to make an abstract painting of a pint using the stylistic lines and forms that would be common in a Kandinsky painting. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Russia in 1866 and died in France at the ripe old age of 78. He studied law and economics at the University of Moscow, but is ultimately credited with the first completely non-objective, abstract modern art. Ironically, this beer painting is objective. Kandinsky started painting when he was 30, and studied art in Germany. He returned to Russia in 1914, when World War I broke out, but didn’t jive with Communist Moscow’s approach to art, and moved back to Germany in 1921. He taught at the Bauhaus, an avant-garde school of art and design, until the Nazis shut it down. So he moved to France in 1933 where he lived for the rest of his life, and produced his best paintings. This beer painting was inspired by composition VIII, painted in 1923 when Kandinsky was a professor at the Bauhaus. I call this painting Pint Composition. I find the paintings by Kandinsky to be both inspirational and beautiful, and I hope you enjoy my beer-themed version. I wonder if Kandinsky drank beer at the Hofbräuhaus when he lived in Munich.

The original oil painting sold.  You can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Kandinsky beer painting pint by scott clendaniel thirsty thursday beer painting

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #10 by Scott Clendaniel. March 5th, 2015. Pint Composition. 6″x12″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6, February 5, 2015

I hope you can guess which artist I am emulating in this painting. I was hesitant to attempt this piece due to the differences in styles that he and I utilize. My palette is different – I don’t include black, instead using dark purples, reds and blues to shadow dark objects. I also use more texture, making high levels of detail a bit more difficult, however I tried to raise the bar on this one due to popular demand.

In case I have left you in the dark, the artist I am emulating is Salvador Dali (1904-1989). His Catalan name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol.  Quite a mouthful. I’m glad to report that this painter didn’t die tragically early in life, like so many famous artists. Dali, the most famous Surrealist artist, known for his exacting, but strange and unique paintings, also created many other forms of artwork including sculptures, films, and photography. He was also known to collaborate with many notable artists.

The symbolism in a Dali painting is important. Each item in the painting is included for a reason. The melting pocket watches that are morphing into clocks represent time. Since these clocks are melting, they are without time, representing eternity. In this beer-themed painting, the melting clocks are saying that it’s always beer-thirty somewhere. The crutch symbolizes human weaknesses, but also superhuman abilities brought on by art and intelligence (and beer). The elephant with the long spindly legs (look closely inside the cutout of the pint) represents human frailty. The elephants are shackled to earth by gravity, yet they are reaching for more than what is available. So Dali gave them elongated legs forever stretching to the sky, but still connected to the earth. The egg represents luck, fertility, love and hope.

I have entitled this painting The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. I included the symbols that I found in Dali paintings to fit with what is subconsciously happening when I think about a pint of beer. I hope you enjoy this piece, and come back next week for another Thirsty Thursday Project entry.

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

Beer Pint Art Oil Painting Surrealism Salvador Dali Style Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #6 by Scott Clendaniel. February 5th, 2015. The Supernatural Pint of Everlasting Effervescence. 18″x24″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 358

Merry Christmas Eve! The featured beer painting for the day is of Samichlaus Helles by the Castle Brewery in Eggenberg, Austria. This beer may look like a normal Helles beer, but it is not. It is actually a big barleywine-type of malt liquor at 14% ABV. Brewed in a castle in Austria, this beer is extra special, because it is brewed only once a year on December 6th, and then aged for 10 months before bottling. I hope your local bottle shop has this offering, because this is a rare release, and may not make it everywhere, because of its limited nature. It’s been a tradition to brew this beer since 1321, but it was halted periodically including a period starting in 1986, but was reinstated in 2007. I first drank this beer in 2007 when I was painting my first big beer paintings series called 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. Now, seven years later, this beer tastes much better than I remember. I have had many more barleywines, strong ales and lagers since then, or maybe this was a better vintage year. I don’t know, but I feel this was an exceedingly good batch. A great dessert beer, and a perfect pairing with snack cakes. I just got a case of Tastykakes from Philly as a Christmas gift from my buddy Rich, and the Samichlaus matched perfectly. Crack open a 12 oz bottle, but share it with at least one other person, otherwise you will feel your head spin.

Cheers to Christmas, and seasonal brews! The Samichlaus is a very good brew for the holiday season! Wish I could go to Eggenberg to see the castle where this beer is brewed. From all the images I saw on the Internet, I surmise that peacocks roam the castle grounds. Better go in the winter season, so I can go skiing in the Austrian Alps too!

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

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Beer Painting of Samichlaus Helles by Castle Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.24. Samichlaus Helles by Castle Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 338

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. This is one of my favorite breweries of all time, and this beer was one of the tastiest that I sampled at the brewery. We get a few Ommegang offerings here in Anchorage, but not special ones like this dry-hopped pale ale, which came home with me in my luggage. This Belgian pale ale is pretty hoppy, but is not quite a Belgian IPA. There are only a few beers that compare to this one, and I think the brewery that bought Ommegang, Duvel Brewery, took a few notes on hops when visiting Cooperstown, because the Duvel Tripel Hop has a similar flavor and aroma. The Ommegang campus is on an old hop farm that was destroyed during the east coast hop blight in the early 1900s. Now there is just a small hop farm at Ommegang that is used primarily for research. Hopefully, the east coast hop industry will grow to the same level as in the good old days. Here’s “hop”ing that it all comes together. I had such a great experience when I was at Ommegang. There was great food, and I felt like I was in a special beer paradise. This beer is delicious, so buy yourself a four-pack, if you get a chance.

Cheers to the Hop House! May Ommegang’s hop yard rise again like a phoenix regaining its strength. I hope for the best for this amazing Belgian-style American brewery!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or request a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of hop house pale ale by brewery ommegang year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.04. Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 335

Here we go, the last month of the Year of Beer Paintings! Only 30 more paintings to go. Thank you to all of you who have been following along. Don’t worry, next year I will post a new beer painting each week on Thirsty Thursday.

The featured beer painting for today is of Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, New Hampshire. A couple weeks ago, we were driving from Vermont to Maine, and drove through Hooksett, NH on the way. One of my customers reminded me that White Birch Brewing is in New Hampshire, and since I painted Hooksett Ale on day 221, I had to stop at the brewery to taste the beer fresh at the source. I was very pleased with the quality of beer at White Birch Brewing, and bought this bottle of Blueberry Berliner Weisse because it sounded good, and was not available on draft at the tasting room. My wife and I had decided to stop buying bottles to take home, because we were worried about getting them all to Alaska safely, but we broke that promise when we bought this bottle. This beer is a German style sour wheat ale fermented with blueberries. I should have waited a year to open this one to let the sour flavors build, but I couldn’t wait, and I wasn’t let down. This beer was perfectly delicious, and worthy of the space in our luggage. It was aged with real blueberries, and the berry flavor was very evident. The beer is sour at first followed by distinct blueberry flavor. Only a small batch was brewed and hand bottled of this delicious brew, so if you see it, grab a few bottles.

Cheers to the Berliner Weisse, or as Napoleon’s troops called it, “Champagne of the North”! This is a spectacular sour ale with fruit to boot! I highly recommend this small brewery in New Hampshire!

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

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Beer Painting of Blueberry Berliner Weisse by white birch brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.01. Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 321

The featured beer painting of the day is of Arthur Farmhouse Saison by Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, Vermont. This beer is a world-class saison! Tart, spicy, and peppery with a bit of Brett to make it just funky enough. This beer is unique and amazing, and is a perfect dinner saison, one that you would be proud to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner. At 6% ABV, it isn’t too strong, nor too weak. Light yellow in appearance with a nice heady foam that dissipates very slowly.

Prior to my visit, I called the brewery, and Shaun Hill answered the phone. I asked if I could paint live in the tasting room and he said that he wouldn’t mind if I painted outside. I thought it was too cold to paint outside, and replied that I’d prefer to work inside. Little did I know, that there are no tables at this unique and crowded brewery. I was surprised when I arrived after such an amazing experience at Brewery Ommegang, an orderly establishment that was very welcoming, to find a line almost out the door at Hill Farmstead that was looping around a barn-like tasting room. We arrived about ten minutes after opening, and asked if there was a special release today, but one of the regulars replied that, “It’s always like this.” There were two lines: one for growler fills and tastings, and one for bottles. I slipped into the much shorter bottle line and bought this bottle of Arthur, but was told not to consume it on premise, which is understandable. So I asked if I could see what the beer looks like when poured into a glass so I could paint it, but was told that I needed special permission, which I felt I had, but I didn’t press the issue. My wife decided to wait in line for tasters while I worked outside, and asked me in a low voice, “Are you sure you want to paint here?” I replied that this was my only opportunity to paint at this world-class brewery, and reminded her that I have painted in worse conditions in Alaska. She just looked at me like I was crazy, as I took my bottle of Arthur outside into the 28-degree weather.

It was snowing outside, so I decided I could paint under the roofed keg storage facility, and attempted to bust a painting out as quickly as possible. My fingers were half frozen before I got halfway through the painting. The mild gusts of wind kept blowing away all my paper towels that I use for wiping brushes, into the field. So, several times, I had to set down the painting and scurry after them feeling like a complete idiot for even attempting to paint in this circumstance. I completed the painting and went back inside nearly an hour and half later, and was surprised to see that Maria had advanced only halfway through the line. At least she got far enough to order some tasters. So she handed me her glass over the cattle rope, and I eagerly accepted it. Thirty minutes later, Maria had tasted all four offerings, but she was still far from the front of the line, so she stepped out, and we bought a bottle of Sue, an oaked pale ale, and left.

Standing in line for beer that is distributed in small quantities was a common theme during our visit to Vermont. All the good beer was a limited release, available only at a certain place, at a specific time. I think a better solution would be printing an expiration date on the bottles and cans, so people know how fresh the product is, instead of controlling the releases so tightly. Hill Farmstead definitely needs to change the process in the tasting room. Get rid of the cattle line, get some tables, and hire at least one more person to serve tasters and fill growlers. I am lucky to live in Anchorage where I can buy Midnight Sun Brewing and Anchorage Brewing beer without standing in line, and any time I feel like drinking it. I feel sorry for Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead fans, having to try so hard to get their favorite beer.

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

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Beer Painting of Arthur Rustic Farmhouse Saison by Hill Farmstead Year of Beer Paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.17. Arthur Rustic Farmhouse Saison by Hill Farmstead Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.