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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 304

Hoppy Halloween! The featured painting for the haunting occasion is Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or “the Damned” by Unibroue. The beer was named after a story about eight lumberjacks slaving away far from their home village during winter months longing to be back at their home village for the winter celebration. Their wish was granted by Beezlebub himself. All eight pledged their souls in order for the Devil to enchant their canoe to make it able to fly. Of course, there were a couple stipulations. One, they must leave the party after one night before dawn and return to their work in the morning. Two, they must not make the sign of the cross, or use the Lord’s name in defiance to the Devil. Legend has it that they made it home and partied all night at a wickedly sinful party, and all became very intoxicated. On the return flight the lead paddler was so drunken they were swaying all over the sky. A woodsman in the back of the boat was so frightened he made the symbol of the cross and the canoe instantly crashed. There were no survivors. At least these rough fellas had one good night of carousing before eternal damnation.

This beer is a Belgian-style strong dark ale with flavors of spicy yeast, coriander, cloves and a nice hop finish. A strong ale, but not too strong at 8%. This one won’t immediately make you find a place to snooze, like barleywine might, however if you were to drink it all night you might crash your flying canoe. My personal favorite thing about this beer is not only the label, but also the pop of the champagne cork. Hopefully, not a signal to bring out the devil, but a signal that the party has begun. I think this is a perfect Halloween treat, a beer that inspires the right kind of mood on this un-holiest of holidays.

Cheers to Unibroue for putting out such special brews! The Maudite is a perfect Halloween warmer for after taking the kids trick-or-treating. Drink it while they are counting their loot and drinking hot chocolate.

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

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Beer Painting of Maudite belgian ale by unibroue year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.31. Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 295

Wow! Only 70 days left in 2014! Only 60 until Solstice, which I am eager for, but don’t want to rush. I want to enjoy every day of the Year of Beer. I know the winter seasonals just hit the shelves, but I will wait to paint them at least until Halloween is over.

The featured beer painting of the day is of Red Racer IPA from Central City Brewing located in Surrey, BC, Canada. I know this beer is called Red Betty here in the States, but the same beer is distributed as Red Racer where it is brewed in Canada, so I went for the Canadian version. I know there are killer single-track mountain bike trails right there in British Columbia, so I put Betty’s bike parked on the trail. She is sipping on this cold one, or so my story goes. I love mountain biking, and I love beer, and I combined my two loves in this painting. This label makes me think of my beautiful red-haired wife who shares my love for biking and beer. That’s the trouble with paintings. I try to tell a story, but the interpretation is completely up to the viewer.

Beer is more concrete, and this one was a solid offering. An English-style IPA for sure, with a strong malt backbone. I am glad the brewers didn’t overdo the bittering hops. The aroma and flavor was piney, and reminded me of riding my bike in the spring right after the mud has dried up, and the new shoots are springing from the trees. This IPA is a very nice offering from BC, and I will make sure to drink more of this one when I roll through Canada, hopefully after a day of cycling, or hitting the slopes at a sweet Canadian ski mountain.

Cheers to the Red Racer IPA! A finely-crafted Canadian brew. I hope you get your hands on this can, because its flavor is uniquely BC.

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

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Beer Painting of Red Racer IPA by Central City Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.22. Red Racer IPA by Central City Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 268

I can’t believe that September is almost over! We are leaving McCarthy tomorrow to return to our small urban abode on the east side of downtown Anchorage. We finished the log work on the cabin, which brings the project to a close for the season. Next year we’ll put on the roof, install windows and doors, a wood stove, and seal the whole structure from the elements and bugs. We should be able to move in by this time next year, hopefully earlier. To celebrate meeting our log-building goal, we opened this bottle of Unibroue’s Éphémére. On top of the second level of the cabin, corralled by the new log walls, and using the scaffolding platform as a countertop bar, we popped the cork on this fine brew.

This beer was brewed in Chambly, Quebec, Canada. I have always liked every beer that this brewery creates. The Éphémére is a white ale brewed with apple juice, Coriander, Orange peel, and natural flavoring. The beer tasted a bit like cider, with a decided Green apple taste, but hints of citrus popped through as well. The pop of the cork really started the celebration, and the bubbly beer reminded us of champagne. Éphémére means something transitory, or short-lived, so this beer was the perfect choice to mark another epic, but fleeting Alaskan summer. I hope every summer is as great as this one has been, and I look forward to winter with eagerness!

Cheers to Unibroue! Every beer you make is worthy of special occasions.

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

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Beer Painting of Ephemere White Ale by Unibroue Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.25. Éphémére White Ale by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 224

The featured beer painting of the day is of Unibroue’s Don De Dieu — a triple wheat ale brewed with spices.  The Don De Dieu, or “Gift of God”, was a French sailing ship from 400 years ago that sailed the Atlantic to North America in exploration of this great continent.  Explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived on this ship to found Quebec in 1608.  Unibroue, which happens to be in Quebec, commemorates this fantastic feat of generations past with a fabulous corked, bottle conditioned ale that is hard to beat.  Making this painting was a dream due to an exciting day of truck shopping, interviewing with Indie Alaska, delivering paintings, meeting about a new commission, and even shopping at Costco in between everything else.  This one flowed off the easel in a half “art”tentive release of tension, and only my subconscious brain was actually focused on the work at hand.  I had a college professor who said his best work was created in this circumstance, although he was oil painting in a barn with many other students.  His studio-mate was too cheap to buy thinner and was using white gas as a brush cleaner and paint additive.  He was also chain smoking, so my prof’s thoughts were on the impending explosion as he watched the glowing end of the smog (cigarette) dangle ever closer to the open container of flammable material.  His professor walked by and complimented his work, and he looked up and realized it might be his best painting of the year.

This beer is like my professor’s painting, a really really good one.  I have always loved all the Unibroue products, and this one follows suite.  Fruity with scents of vanilla and fruitcake, flowers and honey.  It has a smooth complex flavor of nuts and fruit, bread-like yeast and hints of unfiltered sake.  I liked this beer, and sharing it with John Early from Indie Alaska and my wife after my interview was a highlight of my day.

Cheers to the big-old French boat, the Don De Dieu, and to the great beer with a great package, and a great taste!  Good work, Unibroue!

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

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Beer Painting of Don de Dieu by unibroue year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 08.12. Don De Dieu by Unibroue. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.