The featured beer painting of the day is of India Pale Ale by BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Brewed since 1995, Bridgeport IPA is as cool as Sockeye Red, or Lagunitas IPA (both started the same year). This beer was ahead of the hop revolution, leading by five full years. Remember the Super Bowl commercials fighting back? “Avoid bitter beer face!” Showing a big beer dork swilling a flavorful beer and his mouth going inverted due to the actual hop content. True, it takes a while to develop a palate for IPAs, but in my mind, it is worth the battle. Once you love the hop flavor, most other beers are slightly ruined, just because they lack flavor. I would rather have a proper sour beer (kind of a new flavor in the popular brewing world) than drink a slew of boring pilsners. I always tell new home brewers that if they make a 5-gallon batch of beer and don’t like it, because they missed their mark, to get over it. By the time a homebrewer consumes all five gallons, he/she will develop a taste for the flavor of the particular funky brew in question. So what if your Belgian wit tastes like a Flemish sour? So what if your Dopplebock has an English brown caramel flavor? Of course you won’t win any awards, but the beer is inherently good. In the words of Charlie Papazian, the author of the Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “Don’t worry, have a homebrew!”
The BridgePort Brewing Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! Cheers to their beer! Thirty years is a long time, and these guys are so cool, they are going to be the family brewery in Portland for a long time. Sometimes at Costco I have bought a case of this stuff for around $23 dollars here in Alaska! That is less than a dollar a beer, you can’t even buy PBR most of the time in Alaska for that! A great product, at a great price! The beer is a nice, citrusy IPA with the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Also, a sessionable brew at 5.5 percent, this is not the gut bomb like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Deliciously refreshing, I would drink this one after a hard day of chainsawing. I wish it was available in cans. The bottles are refreshing and beautiful, but hard to pack on a backcountry adventure.
Cheers to 30 Years! This flagship brew is worthy of immortalization in oil paint!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.