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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #156. Damnation Ale by Russian River Brewing Co.

It’s that time of year when people go nuts, wear strange clothing, dress their dogs as goldfish and hit the streets to beg for candy while threatening to vandalize their neighbor’s property.  Also known as Halloween.  I chose Russian River Brewing’s Damnation Ale for this week’s beer painting release for obvious reasons.  Damnation is a damn good version of a Belgian golden strong ale.  Rocking in at 7.75% ABV, it is aptly named.  I know many barleywines are much stronger, but you can easily taste the booze in them.  This beer will get you when you don’t realize it, good thing it comes in a 375 ml bottle.  This is pretty much a great example of the style.  With esters of fruit and pear and peppery overtones, Damnation is a poster child for Belgian golden strong ale.  Yet it is made right here in the USA.  Sadly, I am completely out of my Russian River stash of bottles that we brought back from our trip to CA two summers ago.  I was just thinking it’s time for another trip there.  I painted a wildfire in the background of this painting as that is the closest thing to hell I can think of.  I give solid respect to all of our forest firefighters,  you are doing one hell of a job.  I can’t think of a more physical and mentally challenging career.

Cheers to the Damnation, one damn good brew!  Great job, Russian River Brewing, you are one of the best breweries out there!

Only one original oil painting, and a limited number of prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #156. Damnation Ale by Russian River Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #156. Damnation Ale by Russian River Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Supplication Ale by Russian River Brewing Co.

sup·pli·ca·tion
noun
The action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
Also, a ridiculously tasty malt beverage brewed by the masters of fermentation at Russian River Brewing Co.  I was just in California last weekend for my cousin’s wedding, and you bet we all went to RR.  I took down my art show at Midnight Sun Brewing at 7 pm on Thursday, boarded a flight to San Jose at midnight and was picked up by my sister and her husband at 8 AM at the airport.  So I got some low quality sleep on the plane.  We then drove for two hours north to Santa Rosa to pick up a case of elusive RR beer, as well as have lunch.  I was going to go to Lagunitas Brewing, but it doesn’t open until 2PM, and we had a strict timeline as we had to go to the rehearsal dinner by 6PM.  So we made a little stop at Grav South Brew Co. — a newly opened brewery only 7 miles south of RR.  Worth checking out, by the way.
Russian River is the brewery that makes a staple IPA known as Pliny the Elder.  I had a 3 oz sample of it as well as a 3 oz sample of the Supplication.  Everything tastes better right at the brewery.  I left Maria in charge of building us a RR case to take back to Alaska, and she bought mostly the corked wild yeast beers ending with the -ation in the name.  Temptation, Supplication, Consecration and Sanctification.  Two of each, as well as 2 bottles of Blind Pig IPA and 2 Plinys.  Gotta get those benchmark IPAs to make sure the best local Alaska ones are up to snuff (turns out they are doing a pretty good job).
Let’s talk Supplication.  A 7% Brown Ale aged in Pinot barrels with cherries!  This beer has Brettanomyces and will make you say, “What!” after taking the first sip.  It has a remarkable flavor, and is aptly named, because after you have had your first sip you will be begging for more.  Ironically, Supplication is loaded with Brett, but winemakers fear the aggressive yeast strain and RR Brewing is right in the heart of Sonoma wine country.  RR doesn’t give a @&%#, and they do what they want.  Good thing, because this libation is legit!  I will supplicate myself to procure more.  I wish I had more than two bottles in my possession, but at $12 a bottle for 375 ml it’s probably enough.  I also have those other great options.
Cheers to Supplication!  A beer so good it is worth missing some sleep over!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Supplication Ale by Russian River Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Supplication Ale by Russian River Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 226

Another day, another beer painting.  This one is at the top of the pinnacle — ACME California IPA by North Coast Brewing Company.  I really like North Coast Brewing; every type of beer I’ve had from there has been delicious, so when I saw that this IPA was from North Coast, I had to nab it.

This beer was good, fresh and juicy.  Not a hop bomb, but a balanced joy of an IPA to drink.  I think it would be good for people who normally steer away from IPA, as a trainer IPA.  Dry is the word.  I am looking for not too much bittering, or flavoring hops.  This beer was all smell.  You can taste the aroma in the beer; it is fresh and floral .

So I painted this Anvil of a beer on the edge of the roadrunner’s cliff.  I feel the poor coyote deserves a beer after having 50 lbs of wrought iron dropped on his head.  I hope it doesn’t break on the way down.  I have a thing for anvils, and I hope some day I get to start a small blacksmith foundry for making hand wrought iron tools and parts.  The heart of the blacksmithy is the foundry and the anvil.  You can’t work on iron without a proper anvil.  But I need to graduate from my log building status first, then I have to build a sauna, a proper studio, a dome oven, a guest cabin, and then maybe I will get onto the blacksmithy.  I’ll be fifty by then, but fifty is the new thirty anyway.

Cheers to ACME IPA from North Coast Brewing Co!  I know this brewery is top of the form.  Nailing the freshest tastiest brews time after time!  Oh, and by the way, the Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout painting is still available (one of my paintings I’m most proud of).  I always think of the Tetris song when I look at it.

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Beer Painting of ACME California IPA by North Coast Brewing Anvil Year of Beer Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 08.14. ACME California IPA by North Coast Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 223

It’s Beer Camp time!  Okay, so for those of you in-the-know, you must be as excited as I am when I see the Beer Camp mix-pack from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in stores.  In the past, Sierra Nevada has held a home-brewer video challenge and the winners got to attend Beer Camp in Chico, California where they brewed their favorite recipes with the Sierra Nevada brewmasters.  This year Sierra Nevada opened a new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina and I guess they wanted to take a road trip between the two breweries.  Instead of hosting home-brewers, SN invited their favorite breweries to collaborate at the closest SN headquarters (Chico, or Mills River) to brew up a collaboration Beer Camp beer.  The program was to make the beer, and then host the longest road-trip beer fest ever hosted by an American brewery.  They didn’t come to Alaska (grump!) but Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse just hosted a tasting event last week.  I unfortunately missed it as I was at the Alaska Sailing Club enjoying Beer Camp beer in a boat.  I bought two packs, so I still have a few left.

The featured beer painting of the day is of Beer Camp Myron’s Walk – a collaboration by Sierra Nevada and Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine.  I chose this particular Beer Camp beer because it talks about the Appalachian Trail right on the bottle, and because I haven’t found a Maine beer here in Alaska as of yet.  Myron Avery, the name sake of this beer, was the founder of the Appalachian Trail (AT).  The AT spans the entire East coast, and it takes most of a year to walk the whole thing.  This is a great concept for a beer’s name, and although I know they say these are a one-time only release, this one would be a good one to re-release.  The beer is a Belgian-style pale hopped up in true SN style with whole cone Citra and Mosaic hops.  I don’t think there are many Belgian beers that actually have this much hop content.  At 38 IBUs, I think they might be a little underscoring this one, or maybe it is the coriander playing off the bold American hops that perfectly compliment each other, creating a piney, citrusy flavor.  Then Allagash’s proprietary Belgian-style yeast was addded, which I might add is bready and delicious, making a great beer that I wish was a permanent offering available here in Alaska!

Cheers to Beer Camp!  I have represented all but three of these collaboration breweries so far this year.  All of these have been delicious!  Nothing like drinking Beer Camp at a campsite!  Whether that is on the lake, near the ocean, or in the mountains!

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Beer Painting of Beer Camp Myron's Walk by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co. Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.11. Beer Camp Myron’s Walk by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 213

The featured beer painting for the day is of Maximus India Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company. I was wondering why Lagunitas has two different strong IPAs in its lineup: Hop Stoopid and now Maximus. The percentage may be similar, but when you look at the IBU rating, it becomes clear that Maximus is a different animal with nearly half the IBU rating of Hop Stoopid. The verbiage on the bottle is kind of strange, because I expected to see notes on the hop, or grain bill, but instead, I read a mysterious message about what I imagine to be a private eye slipping out of his office and walking to a seedy pub and ordering this beer. I had a hard time relating to that while I am here in McCarthy, Alaska. Hardly anybody hangs out in offices with their names etched on the door here. And there is certainly no need for a private eye. You could just ask the town gossip if you wanted to know something about anyone.

I have a different story in mind, about Magnus Maximus who earned his seat of power by wielding this sword to victory. The sword of power was the sword of kings and was lost in history for nearly 700 years until another mysterious man received it from the lady of the lake. This man was Merlin the Magician. Merlin sank it into a stone until his pupil Arthur could pull it forth uniting England under one king, creating the golden age of Arthurian legend. Now if I were Arthur, I would want a beer fit for a king, and I think I would want it to be an IPA. I would like to believe that this beer is what would be served at the round table. This was a kingly beverage. I shared this one with my wife and then we sampled a couple of other IPAs that I won’t mention, because they paled in comparison to Maximus and tasted watery in comparison. This is a truly amazing IPA!

Three cheers for Lagunitas! Hooray for the malt! Hooray for the hops! And hooray for the brewers who make Maximus! A kingly beer for sure!

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Beer Painting of Maximus IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.01. Maximus IPA by Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 201

The featured beer painting of the day is of West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego.  This beer was very good!  I opened it at a family barbeque, while we were discussing the possibility of having a family reunion on the Oregon coast.  I am in love with the west coast.  My wife and I bike-toured on our tandem bicycle from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border in 2009.  You would think at the end of a 2,000-mile bike tour there would be some big finale, but sadly, no.  After asking a stranger to take a photo of us looking triumphant at the border, we had to wait for over an hour at a McDonalds parking lot to be picked up by my mother-in-law, while sipping on a six-pack of luke-warm Tecate.  However, the trip was epic, and I would never have traded a day.

Being a hop-head, I’ve had many IPAs in my day.  This one is a great example of an excellent IPA.  I don’t know the hop bill, but I drank it right after an Inversion IPA and I noticed that the West Coast IPA tasted fresher, and was strong, yet very palatable on the hops.  The aroma was fantastic.

Cheers to drinking great beers on the Pacific Coast!  Give West Coast IPA a try, it’s about time you saw a sunset from the beach anyway!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.20. West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 195

The featured beer painting of the day is of Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Imperial Stout Sea Monster.  I had a monster of a day completing the timber framing for the second level of my cabin, and driving for the first time on my new driveway to the cabin!  No more carrying building supplies to the worksite!  Yeah!  Now I’m drinking a monster of a beer, Sea Monster, that is.  And delicious it is too!  Full of flavor: vanilla, chocolate, and roasted grain.  This beer is as good as any one of the imperial stouts I have been consuming all week!  A decadent week it has been, but also very productive and rewarding.

I head back to Anchorage tomorrow morning, a short 310-mile commute from McCarthy.  When I get home a ton of work must be done, and my sister is getting married!  We’ll have houseguests, and I’ll be pouring ten gallons of my homebrew at the reception!  Stay tuned for another homebrew painting, Kevin and Glo.  This one will be of the Drippy Hippy — a fabulous ginger-honey ale!  What could be better than sending two lovebirds on a spicy honeymoon!

Thanks Ballast Point for making a perfect monster of a stout!  Cheers to the Sea Monster!  Don’t let it swallow your submarine!

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Beer Painting of Sea Monster Imperial Stout by Ballast Point Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.14. Sea Monster Imperial Stout by Ballast Point Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 191

The featured beer painting of the day is of The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale, a blended ale aged in bourbon and brandy barrels, brewed by Port Brewing Company in San Marcos, CA.  The beer is a mixture of the Serpent’s Stout aged in bourbon barrels and the Angel’s Share aged in brandy barrels.  This beer truly is a battle between good and evil!  It is a phenomenal American strong ale!  The cork on this one popped all the way to the ceiling — must have been the angels taking their share.  I did my part here back on earth sipping on this delectable brew!  No serpents here though, just a deliverance-type of setting.  Where is the banjo?

I loved, loved, loved, this beer!  My wife said, “It’s amazing!”  When I first tasted the 2 oz serving at the Culmination Beer Festival I knew it was good, but had already tasted so many dynamic beers, including Deal With The Devil by Anchorage Brewing Co!  Having it here in McCarthy where PBR is considered normal beer and Alaskan White a “very good beer,” this beer was a colossal oak-aged winner hands down!  I know the Serpent’s Stout must be blacker than sin, but what color is the Angel’s Share?  I wish I had some of it, but I am imagining a deep dark-roasted-grain tan.  So I guess this is actually a Black and Tan.  Well, if it is, it is the best one I ever had!

Cheers to the Deliverance Ale, let the “sin” hold you where you want to be, or let the angels help you ascend into heaven!  This beer is both bold and worth its weight in gold!  Non-denominational, but at 12.5 percent, it dominates.  Share accordingly.

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Beer Painting of the Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.10. The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 185

Happy Fourth!  It’s time to think about our forefathers and how hard they worked to quit paying their taxes!  Alaskans are as patriotic as any other people from anywhere in the USA.  We are also not a group to turn down another party!  My brother for example is running in a crazy race up the side of a mountain in Seward, Alaska today with hundreds of other people.  Why?  Because it’s the Fourth of July.  At my cabin home in McCarthy, Alaska (population ~ 50 during the winter) the McCarthy Lodge puts on a wicked Fourth of July parade and celebration lasting late into the night!  Events include the egg toss, pie-eating contest, pepper-eating contest, or maybe you want to test your manhood on the monkey log!  The fun is at an apex on the Fourth of July.  What am I doing this Fourth?  Well, I am smoking fish in Anchorage that I processed all day yesterday, then going to a BBQ.

Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company is depicted in this Fourth of July beer painting.  A nice summer refresher, Anchor claims this is an IPA, and maybe for 1975, the year this beer came out, it was.  Anchor states that this was the first IPA to be commercially brewed in America.  Naturally carbonated, this was a fizzy one for sure, threatening to spill out of my pint glass!  This is a single hop creation, Cascade all the way!  Even for the dry hopping, which is why they call this an IPA.  I would say it’s more of an American Pale Ale, which can often be dry hopped without being called an IPA.  I tasted a slight metallic flavor in this one.  I wish Anchor (and all breweries for that matter) would print the brewed-on date on bottles.

Cheers to craft beer!  Anchor Brewing has been crafting for much longer than other West Coast breweries!  Here’s to American brewing tradition!  Happy Fourth of July!

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Beer Painting of Liberty Ale by Anchor Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.04. Liberty Ale by Anchor Brewing Co. 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″.