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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 207

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop Crisis Imperial IPA by 21st Amendment Brewery. Watch out, this beer is strong! I remember when I tasted the first batch in January, 2009 at the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival. Correct me if I am wrong, but that beer was different than what we have in our hands today. It originally was a full 10% and was a wet hop IPA. Today’s Hop Crisis is aged on oak spirals, which has significantly changed the flavor from what I remember tasting five years ago. I like the oak addition, and I like the high IBU strong ale. It is a solid contender. I should age a couple cans to see if this IPA will do similar things that the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA did after five years.

Fruity, oaky, and highly hopped, this beer has a booziness that is covered by the intensity of the flavor. It is supposed to be a hop bomb, but I just don’t get that from the way it tastes, because it has so much malt and oak, and actually tastes very well balanced! I painted hops in the background because the name is about the hops. I hope Nico and Shaun have no problem breaking out of Alcatraz. I heard there are a number of monsters living there, so they better bring some Hop Crisis to help combat the creatures for a battle of monster IPA versus ghostly ghouls of the incarcerated! I bet Hop Crisis comes up on top and those bros will be surfing to victory on their ironing boards (you’ll need to read the text on the can to figure out what I’m talking about).

Cheers to another fine product from 21st Amendment! Good work guys! I love your beer!

The original oil painting sold, but limited-edition prints are available at my Etsy shop.

Beer Painting of hop crisis ipa by 21st amendment brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.26. Hop Crisis Imperial IPA by 21st Amendment Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 157

If you are in Anchorage, catch the first installment of my Year of Beer Paintings at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. during the month of June.  I hung the paintings yesterday, and that was the largest amount of beer paintings I have ever hung in one location!  I will kick off the art opening by tapping a firkin at 5 PM this evening.  Five gallons of cask conditioned Panty Peeler Tripel with 6 oz (that’s a lot for 5 gallons) of Rakau Hops from New Zealand.

The beer painting for today is of Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Petaluma, California.  “102 I.B.U 4 U” means this is one thoroughly hopped beer.  From hop extract to ridiculous amounts of dry hops, this one has it all, and as many varieties as the brew master could muster as well.  Lagunitas has not fallen short on this one, and it is true to its name.  You will absolutely feel Hop Stoopid by the time you finish a bomber.  The first time I snagged one of these was in Brookings, Oregon when my wife and I were about to cross the border into California on our tandem tour down the West Coast.  We drank it at the beach, and both immediately fell in love with this beer.

Lagunitas, you are a great brewery!  You deserve your spot as one of the best craft beer breweries in the nation!

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

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Beer Painting of Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.06. Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 148

The daily beer painting is of White Oak Ale by The Bruery in Orange County, California.  Fifty percent ale and fifty percent ale aged in bourbon barrels, this beer is unique and flavorful.  The large 25.4 oz bottle is shaped like a Pinot Noir bottle.  This beer is known as a wheat wine, which has a delicious, strong flavor of grains.  If there were a beer style called an imperial hefeweizen, this would be it.  At 11.5% alcohol, you should sip this beer like wine!

People have been aging beer in oak barrels since the dawn of beer, but only a few breweries do it today, most opting for a more modern style of fermenting in steel tanks.  The steel fermenters (used to ferment cheaper wines these days as well) allow the beer to ferment in a completely clean way, like in a glass carboy.  Traditionally, brewers had to ferment beer in oak barrels because that was all they had.  Fermenting beer in bourbon casks makes it pull a rich warm flavor right out of the oak into the beer.  Being a 50 /50 blended beer makes this one exceptionally smooth, as the oak is subdued, but still evident.  Vanilla and sharp fruit, followed by a light sense of oak makes this beer exceptionally pleasant to drink compared to other beers with the same potency.  I would have another of these if I had it.  This bottle was mailed to me from San Jose, California (thanks Josh)!

Cheers to The Bruery, a great brewery in So-Cal!  Who would have thought brewers would start stealing some wine glory in that part of the world to make grade A beer?  Keep it up!

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

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Beer Painting of White Oak by The Bruery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.28. White Oak Ale by The Bruery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 141

The daily beer painting is of Stone Brewing Company’s Imperial Russian Stout (2014 release).  If you have never had an imperial Russian stout, get down to the store, and if you are lucky enough to see Stone’s latest version, nab it now!  We were very pleased with our bottle last night, it was extremely delicious!  This is the kind of beer that cellars well, so consider buying a case and putting away a few bottles.

This beer style is like India Pale Ale (IPA) in that its formulation was invented by the English as an export product.  This one wasn’t going to India, but to the Russian courts in Moscow!  So if we call India Pale Ale an IPA, why don’t we call Imperial Russian Stout an IRS?

Whatever the name is, this beer was a delight to my taste buds.  Stone brewers are “arrogant bastard” for a reason; they really delivered on this one, as they do with many of their products.  Roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee and a light caramel flavor are predominate in the overall taste.  The smell is amazing, and you can totally sense the high alcohol content (11%) right away!  We went for a walk after this one, but I should have just gone to bed.  I had a nice time, but it was a bit dreamy.  Maybe, as my friend Rich Morgan would say, this is a “nighty night beer.”

Great work Stone!  I wish I could drink this beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, alas I just don’t have the liver for it!  Keep up the good work; you deserve to be smug about it!

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Beer Painting of Imperial Russian Stout by Stone Brewing Co. Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.21. Imperial Russian Stout by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.