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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

We spent New Year’s Eve in Talkeetna, Alaska — a real trip in the woods.  We were lucky enough to be invited to this lovely cabin that our friends built.  They brought a bottle of Trip in the Woods Cocoa Coconut Narwhal Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (as well as several other amazing brews) for a New Year’s Eve toast.  Thanks, it was delicious!  What with snow machines, a laser light show, stovetop nachos, and about two dozen mortar shells, the celebration was literally a blast!  Naturally, I brought my painting kit with me, and since all we could see out the cabin windows was snow-covered trees, I decided that a painting of Trip in the Woods would be the perfect way to commemorate the trip. What a way to end the year!  Cheers to 2018!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #120. Trip in the Woods by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 365!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW! I did it! I painted 365 beer paintings in 2014! I am celebrating the end of the Year of Beer Paintings in Talkeetna with my closest friends! For the last painting I chose Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, because it is one of my favorite beers, and it is time for celebrating! I hope you enjoyed the project as much as I did! Thank you for sending and bringing me beers I couldn’t get in Alaska, for all your kind comments, for welcoming me to Philadelphia so warmly, and for following the project!!! I couldn’t have done it without you! Stay tuned in 2015 for new beer-themed oil paintings on Thirsty Thursdays.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

I have compiled some end-of-year stats. See below.

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

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Beer Painting of Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.31. Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

End of Year of Beer Paintings Stats!

I painted 365 oil paintings of different beers in 2014. The paintings are 8”x10”. I decided which beers to paint largely based on availability in Anchorage (where I live), and the places I traveled during the year (HI, PA, DE, NY, MA, VT, NH, ME, NJ).

One of my goals was to paint at least one beer from all 50 states and Washington, DC. I achieved that goal on December 10th. I drank every beer I painted in this series, and blogged about it.

90+ beers were mailed to me by breweries, friends, and supporters of the project.

11 beers were painted live at brewpubs

3 beers were my own homebrew

1 beer was fake


The top 10 states with the most beers painted:

Alaska (because that’s where I live) – 70

California – 44

Pennsylvania – 29

Oregon – 23

Michigan – 16

Colorado – 11

Washington – 10

New York – 9

Hawaii – 8

Texas – 7


I also painted beers from 16 different countries.

The top 5 countries with the most beers painted:

Belgium – 12

Germany – 10

Canada – 7

England – 4

Mexico – 4


The breweries with the most beers painted:

  1. Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage, Alaska – 22
  2. Alaskan Brewing Company – 15
  3. Deschutes Brewing Company – 9
  4. Tie between Victory Brewing and Stone Brewing – 8 each
  5. Sierra Nevada Brewing – 7


I posted the paintings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The paintings with the most likes on Instagram:

  1. Tie between Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing (CA) and 75 Minute Boil IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (DE) – 98
  2. Arthur Farmhouse Saison by Hill Farmstead Brewery (VT) – 93
  3. Double Dose IPA by Lawson’s Finest Liquids (VT) – 92
  4. Tie between Hell or High Watermelon by 21st Amendment Brewery (CA) and Smoked Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. – 86
  5. Delirium Nocturnum (Belgium) – 83

There’s no correlation between likes on Instagram and sales. After the original painting sells, I release 365 limited-edition, signed prints.

The best selling images so far are:

  1. Heady Topper Imperial IPA (VT)
  2. Twister Creek IPA by Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska
  3. Hop Devil by Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA
  4. Tie between IPA by Stone Brewing and Spotted Cow Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin
  5. Tie between Nugget Nectar Ale by Tröegs Brewing in Hershey, PA and Pliny the Elder IPA by Russian River Brewing.

This project kept me very busy, but it was one of the best years of my artist career!


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 364

Only one more entry left after today in the Year of Beer Paintings! Today’s featured beer painting is of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Ale by Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA. This is the 40th annual “Our Special Ale” produced by Anchor. The beer is never exactly the same and the label is always different. Every year there is a different tree on the label, although the intent is the same – joy and “celebration of the newness of life!” The tree on the label is a Sequoia this year. Anchor chose the Redwood for 2014 to represent the 150 years since Lincoln’s Yosemite Act – America’s first land grant, and one that marked the beginning of California’s State Parks. This makes me want to head back to Southern Oregon/Northern California just to hang out in the Redwoods. I would love to see the fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping a cold “Special Ale” strait from the bottle on the hillside! There is no city quite like San Francisco!

This is a nicely balanced beer. Light amber brown in appearance with a strong malt body and a nice piney aroma and flavor. I wouldn’t call it an IPA, but I would say it is a very refreshing ale, a good one that works well in many circumstances. It’s a bit stronger than a “light” beer coming in at a respectable 5.5% ABV just like drinking a full-bodied, dark American ale. Overall, a great offering from Anchor, and a must during this holiday season!

Cheers to an amazing 2014! Grab a six-pack of “Special Ale” and prepare a toast!

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

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Craft Beer Painting of Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2014 ale by Anchor Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.30. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Ale by Anchor Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 341

The featured beer painting of the day is of Lower De Boom Barleywine Style Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery. Finally, somebody put a barleywine in a can. Now I can enjoy this beverage of the kings on my outdoor adventures. This is a huge beer in a small can. Unlike most barleywines I’ve had, this one was not aged in an oak barrel, but packs a surprising load of flavor. I could taste citrusy hops, and figs in this one, and with 92 IBUs this beer will hit you right in the face with its hop bitterness. Overall, it tasted like delicious candy. I think there should be an oak spiral in every can, then you could age these cans on oak as long as you prefer.

The name of this barleywine immediately made me think of sailing, and then I thought about the slang meaning of the phrase “Lower de Boom,” which makes complete sense, because each can packs a wallop at 11.5%, and can easily knock you out. That’s why I painted the brawlers on a sailboat deck right under the boom. Word on the Internet is that this beer was actually named after Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General in the mid 1800s, but de Boom is also the name of the alley right next to the brewery.

Cheers to Lower de Boom, and to drinking barleywine from a small can! Grab a can of this stuff and Lower De Boom on life.

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Beer painting of lower de boom barleywine by 21st amendment brewery year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.07. Lower De Boom Barleywine by 21st Amendment Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 322

The featured beer painting of the day is of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, California. I loved San Diego when I was there five years ago at the end of our epic tandem bicycle tour down the West Coast. My wife and I rode 2,000+ plus miles together from Vancouver, BC, and I am glad we did. We use the same skill-set we developed on that ride to make the art business run smoothly. At the beginning of the ride we would trade off being driver and stoker. Turned out, I was a bad stoker, and we kept getting lost, since the person in the back was the navigator. Maria was a good driver, but I was not getting full leg extension in the back, so we went slower. We figured out our proper positions and rocketed down the road. Same thing for our art business, she takes care of marketing, sales, shipping and the business end. A good business needs both, a fine product and smart business sense. I had been struggling with the business end for several years before Maria took over as my Business Manager, and now I feel we are like a well-oiled machine.

The Sculpin is a great example of a West Coast IPA. Ironically, my friend Rich, gave me this can the night we arrived to Philadelphia two weeks ago, so this is a well-traveled can. But hey, Ballast Point doesn’t distribute to Alaska, so this was a good chance to nab a Sculpin. Although, Alaskans would be all over this one. This is my second painting of a Ballast Point brew. I liked the Sea Monster so much, that I decided to paint two beers from this brewery. I have been drinking East Coast IPAs for two weeks now, and this West Coast IPA was a refreshing change, because it was more fruity. Hopped five different times during the boil, this beer turns out as perfect as an IPA can be. The flavors of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, peach, and lemon make you feel like you just had a picnic at the beach. At 7% ABV this is no session ale, so watch out for the sting of the Sculpin, as it is a strong-biting IPA! Hope you are lucky enough to get your hands on a few of these, as it is worth the effort!

Cheers to the Sculpin! An excellent IPA, finely crafted in San Diego, California!

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Beer Painting of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.18. Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 315

The featured beer painting of the day is of Russian River Brewing Company’s Supplication – a wild American brown ale that is fairly hard to find, especially on tap at a small bar in Pennsylvania. Joe Sixpack, Philly’s beer writer, suggested meeting for a beer, and a live painting session at one of his favorite bars in Mt. Airy. I was surprised to see this beer on tap, and savored every bit of my 6 oz serving. Russian River beer is not found every day, so when I saw it on the menu, I knew it was the one I was going to paint. I met the owner of this tavern and he told me that his grandfather opened it in 1939. He is very humble about his establishment, and wants to keep the bar stools available for locals, so he doesn’t boast about the amazing selection he offers on tap. We joked that I shouldn’t even mention the name of his bar in my blog, but to just say that it’s next to the oldest Lutheran church in the country. Going to a bar with Philly’s beer writer definitely has advantages. Not only did I get to meet the owner who came over to talk to Joe, but he also called the bar ahead of time to ask if I could paint live there. The previous evening we attended a craft beer tasting event that Joe had invited me to at the Convention Center during one of the nation’s best craft fairs. He introduced five new breweries and their craft beer to the beer enthusiasts who attended the tasting event. Thanks Joe Sixpack for making it possible for me to experience the truly local beer scene in Philly!

Russian River Supplication is a great beer, and rates 100 on Beer Advocate. Brown in color with a nose full of cherries, flavors of Pinot Noir oak, Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, and Lactobaccillius. This beer is complex in flavor and aroma. I spent several minutes just smelling it before I even had my first sip. No surprise, but Maria and Joe both ordered the same beer. My journey of sour beer tasting continued that evening when I attended Sam Magdovitz’s beer-themed birthday celebration and beer tasting, which included sours from Anchorage Brewing Company and even two Cantillon bottles. There were several bottles from Cascade Brewing from Portland, Oregon including an apricot and an elderberry lambic, and three bottles of Eclipse imperial stout each aged in different casks. As I mentioned the next morning to Sam at breakfast, that was the most epic beer tasting of my life, as it should have been, considering it was his 60th birthday party!

Cheers to Russian River’s Supplication! A fantastic cherry sour brown that only the best bars would have on tap! Thanks Joe Sixpack for the great recommendation!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a different painting, and prints of this beer at my Etsy shop, RealArtIsBetter.

Beer Painting of supplication by Russian River Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.11. Supplication by Russian River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 307

The featured beer painting for the day is of Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout, a certified organic ale by Eel River Brewing Company, located in the heart of the Redwoods in Scotia, California. An amazing beer that is certified organic is a huge deal to me. I’m skeptical of pesticides and GMO food products, and try to eat only organic food, which is difficult to find most of the time, especially in Alaska. I even use organic grain in my homebrew. I know from first hand experience that using organic specialty grains, as well as organic yeast and hops, and ending up with a quality product like this stout is really a major coup.

My wife and I rode our tandem bike through Scotia during our epic tour down the west coast. We had been taking turns being driver and stoker daily, until the day we visited Scotia and then continued onto the Avenue of the Giants where Maria tried to swerve onto the road to avoid hitting a small Redwood log. At the same time I thought I heard a car behind us, so I tried to ditch right from the back of the bike. We slammed into the log, which swung upward into our drive train, smashing the front chain ring and breaking the chain. Luckily, the aluminum chain ring didn’t bust in half. I banged it back into shape with the same log that did the damage, and we fine-tuned it with a Leatherman – fairly delicate work as metal fatigue is a major obstacle when bending aluminum. We rode into the campground after dark, found our spot for the night, and decided that I was a horrible stoker, so from then on I was the driver. If I had known that Eel River Brewing was in Scotia, I would have pulled over immediately for food and beer, like we did every chance we got. Unfortunately, we only had a guidebook, which was full of useful information, but omitted the location of every brewery. Drat! We limped all the way into San Jose to my uncle’s house where we waited for two weeks for spare parts to fix the bike. The bike was repaired and we rode all the way to the Mexican border, stopping at Stone Brewing Bistro for a beer at the end of the ride.

Cheers to Eel River Brewing and to organic beer! I wish you guys the best, and if I had a real raven’s eye as I passed you by, I would have known where to go to get fresh beer and food!

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Beer Painting of Raven's Eye Stout by Eel River Brewing Year of Beer Paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.03. Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout by Eel River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 269

The featured beer painting of the day is of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. I liked this beer, it was very good, but did it require a paragraph on the back of the bottle describing why I am not worthy? Maybe, but probably not. I have already been schooled by Stone Brewing Company on beer drinking, and can handle anything Stone can dish out. I was actually surprised at the mild oak flavor, I was expecting a bigger punch. I routinely drink beers from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. like Bar Fly, Arctic Devil, and oaked Monks Mistress. Evidently, the amount of oak flavor that comes from barrel aging must exceed the chips added to this beer, because, although the beer is quite palatable and also very tasty, I could hardly taste oak over this already malt- and hop-forward ale. As a home brewer and beer connoisseur, I prefer the flavor of beer aged in a foudre. Especially if it was aged in a cave! Then, maybe, Stone could tell me that I’m not worthy of this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love all Stone beer, even the brews berated with the big marketing campaigns, but why make a big fuss over a beer that is probably best described within my beer circle as fairly normal?

Cheers to Oaked Arrogant Bastard! The beer that will make you feel worthy.

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Beer Painting of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Year of Beer Painting

Year of Beer 09.26. Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.