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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co.

So I finally found out the history behind the iconic windmill on Spenard Rd.  Originally it was erected on east Fireweed in 1961, and was used as an advertisement for a liquor store called the Kut Rate Kid.  Owned by Byron Gillam until the 1980’s, the liquor store was a financial success.  Gillam would sell cases of directly imported beer for a small 2 cents per case profit, eliminating wholesalers and picking up sales of ice wine and liquor all at regular inflated Alaskan prices.  Gillam passed away, and the business sold.  The windmill then represented a pizza business that moved in, owned by a man named Mafia Mike.  Due to the economic downturn in the 1980’s, the windmill had to be moved from Mafia Mike’s pizza place, so it was given to Chilkoot Charlie’s to put in the parking lot there.  “Koots” is a crazy place, and inebriated clientele there threatened the structure by climbing it.  Consequently, the structure is now surrounded by a 6 foot fence with barbed wire at the top to prevent lawsuits and unexpected damage.
Chugach Session Cream Ale is a brainchild of Broken Tooth Brewing, a conglomerate of the  Moose’s Tooth Pizza restaurant group, including Bear Tooth Theatre Pub located about a block from the windmill.  Cream Ale is a traditional American style of ale, similar to American lager in flavor and drinkability.  It seemed like an obvious choice to put in the foreground for this composition.
Cheers to Spenard!  One of Anchorage’s most historic, diverse, fun and interesting districts.

This original oil painting, and limited-edition, signed prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 9"x18", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #115. Chugach Session Cream Ale by Broken Tooth Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 9″x18″, oil on panel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 18

Today is day 9 of AK Beer Week!  Last night my wife and I poured for Coronado Brewing Co. and Full Sail Brewing at the first session of the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, and after the festivities we hopped on a bus to the after party at Cafe Amsterdam where Alaskan Brewing presented Ken and Shauna Pajak a painting that AK Brewing commissioned from me as a thank you present to the Pajak’s for hosting the event for ten years.

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of another notable Alaska brew – Darth Deliruim from Broken Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, AK.  I hope Luke gets to drink that tasty pint, however, if he does, I know it will be over for the Rebel Alliance because even with the Emperor meeting his demise, this dark ale is sure to convert Luke to the dark side!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.18, Darth Delirium by Broken Tooth Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.