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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.

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.

The original oil painting sold.  You can order a limited-edition print, or a custom oil painting 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!

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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!

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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.

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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″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 320

Wow, day 320! Only 45 more entries until I meet my goal, but don’t worry, I won’t quit painting beers in 2015. I plan on releasing a new beer painting on Thirsty Thursdays. I have to admit, the commitment has been huge, and I have also loved it every step of the way, but it will be nice to have more time to work on larger pieces.

The featured beer painting for the day is of the Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA by Flying Dog Brewery located in Frederick, Maryland. I remember living in Colorado in 1999 when this brewery was located in Denver, CO. I was surprised when I was tracking down a great MD brewery that Flying Dog was the beer to buy. Flying Dog started in 1990 in Aspen, Colorado by George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre. The brewery is named after Stranahan’s attempt at climbing K2 in 1983. This is a long story, which you can read on the brewery’s website http://flyingdogbrewery.com/about-us/the-flying-dog-story/ . Here’s the condensed version: after having to bail on their daredevil trip, they saw an amazing painting of a hunting dog, which looked like it was flying. The image stayed in Stranahan’s memory, and hence, became an important icon in his life. He also named his ranch after it. I should also mention that Stranahan is a PhD of Astrophysics, a photographer, a philanthropist, a rancher and a writer. He also started three schools. You can learn more at www.georgestranahan.com .

The artwork on Flying Dog labels may be familiar to you, because the artist, Ralph Steadman, illustrated Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson and Stranahan met on their nearby ranches in Colorado. Due to popular interest in beer and shooting, they struck up a long-term friendship. Thompson introduced the world-famous illustrator to Stranahan. I remember seeing Steadman’s posters and books when I was still drawing pictures of Ninja Turtles and Disney cartoon characters. The labels really pop, and make the beers feel extra special. I think the brewery’s success should be partially attributed to this amazing artist who created such unique characters for each beer.

This beer is very good, and I would highly recommend this spicy Belgian IPA. The hops are strong, and fresh, which is not surprising, since the brewery is situated on a hop farm. Choosing a Belgian yeast strain is very avant-garde, just like the beer name, and label design. This brewery used to distribute to Alaska, but that is, sadly, no longer the case.

Cheers to a great product, the Raging Bitch Belgian IPA! This beer has the whole package: great taste, awesome label, and interesting story!

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

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Beer Painting of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA by Flying Dog Brewery Year of Beer Paintings by Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.16. Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA by Flying Dog Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 314

The featured beer painting of the day is of Brawler Ale by Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known as the pugilist ale, the Brawler is a fairly authentic English mild at 4.2% ABV, a true session brew. The label on the bottle, which I didn’t have, considering I was painting a draft pint right at the source, depicts a revolution era boxer battling the devil. I am particularly fond of this malt-forward, delicately hopped beer, and what better place to consume it than at the brewery in Philly! I sampled several beers at the tasting room while I painted this one, including the Revolution series and the signature IPA. All were very tasty. The ales of the revolution are modeled after historic recipes by America’s founders: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. I don’t know of any other brewery that attempts to recreate these recipes. I have ties to the Brawler, as I painted it as a commission a few years back, and it was the first Philly beer I had ever consumed. That bottle was hand-delivered to Anchorage all the way from Philly. I like to taste what I paint, and won’t even put a painting in the Year of Beer Paintings series unless I have tried it, since I have to blog about it. The more I paint live in brewery tasting rooms, the more I’m starting to like it. The first time I ever did that was in Fairbanks, Alaska. People have been asking what my favorite beer is from the series, and I may have to say HooDoo IPA from Fairbanks. Mainly because it was the first time I painted beer live in a tasting room, and I was well received at the brewery. Yards reminded me of that occasion, so this may be my second favorite painting session. I felt in the zone as I listened to the buzz of a busy pub.

Cheers to the Pugilist Ale, I hope you don’t have to start a bar brawl before the beer is gone! Watch out because the devil doesn’t want to lose.

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

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beer painting of Brawler Ale by Yards Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.10. Brawler Ale by Yards Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 313

The featured beer painting of the day is of HopHands American Pale Ale by Tired Hands Brewing Company located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. I stopped there to paint live and to drink a few of the amazingly tasty beers. This small brewery only produces 1,000 barrels of beer a year! Constructing a new, larger brewery, Jean Broillet IV, owner and operator, is a busy man these days. I didn’t get a chance to meet him, probably because I was not sure of my schedule, and arrived unannounced.

I chose to paint HopHands at the brewery, because the beertender advised that it could be considered the flagship beer. This beer didn’t fail to deliver. Hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus hops, the resulting aroma brought to mind tropical fruit. The finish of the beer was a nice solid bitter pine. Overall, a fantastic beer, at a great place to grab a pint after work. The unique atmosphere of brick interior lit with candles made it difficult to work as the light was changing from daylight to dusk during a rainstorm, but I felt like I was in old Philadelphia back in the 1700s. I have only one regret from my visit to Tired Hands, and that is that I didn’t order bread and butter, which is considered a staple there. But we didn’t know that until people on Instagram and Facebook mentioned it after we left.

Cheers to HopHands, a unique beer brewed by unique people in a unique location. I hope you get a chance to visit this Philly brew stop. Be sure to order bread and butter.

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

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Beer Painting of HopHands American Pale Ale by Tired Hands Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.09. HopHands American Pale Ale by Tired Hands Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.