I am back on my McCarthy homestead, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and a thick Spruce forest. For this week’s Thirsty Thursday entry, I painted a Year of Beer style beer painting of a Founders Brewing Company brew called Backwoods Bastard. Since I am in the backwoods of Alaska, it seemed fitting for this to be the inaugural painting for the kickoff to my summer of painting in my bug tent in the woods. I love how this guy has a double-bitted axe in his hands, not a chainsaw. I love my chainsaw, but I’m a huge fan of the axe. Although a double-bitted axe has twice the cutting power between sharpening, it is a dangerous thing, so I opt for a single-bitted axe, even if I have to sharpen it more. Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish-style ale aged in bourbon barrels. It is a big, bold beer with flavors of whisky and vanilla and a hint of fruit. It rates high in the craft beer community, and I think if you can get your hands on one, I would buy it and drink it deep in the woods. This backwoods bastard wants to be far from civilization! Cheers to getting away from it all! Be sure your axe is sharp and you swing true!
In honor of day two of AK Beer Week, today’s Year of Beer painting is of Morning Wood IPA from Kassik’s Brewery in Nikiski, Alaska. The beer is shown in front of a huge pile of firewood and a wood-stove to get you warmed up in the morning.
The first time I ever set foot in the Kassik’s Brew Stop was the year it opened. I was lost in Kenai, Alaska trying to meet up with friends to go dip-netting for the first time. I drove my old truck all the way to Kenai, found the brewery, went in, and called my friends, who told me they were waiting for me at the Kenai River Brewing Company, about 20 miles away. I was tapped out of cash (surprise, surprise, driving a full size truck around on an artist’s budget) and couldn’t buy any beer. I was extra tortured because I received several free tasters and the beer was sooo good. When I finally did meet my friends I could only tell them how good this brewery was! I was almost skunked (dipnet fishing is harder than it looks), and then I drove all the way home with no beer and only one salmon, which I could have bought for less than the cost of the trip at the grocery store! Cheers to Kassik’s and great Alaska beer!