This week’s Thirsty Thursday painting is of Yukon Gold English Pale Ale, brewed by Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse, Canada. I remember my first and only visit to Whitehorse about 12 years ago when I was driving the Alaska Highway. I stopped in Whitehorse for a bowl of chowder and a brew, and bought a 12-pack to-go, because I still had a few nights left on the road before reaching Alaska. I remember Whitehorse as a nice Northern city with all the amenities an outpost in the middle of Yukon Territory should have. I mean, what more do you need than a brewery and a Wal-mart. The beer is as good as gold, especially as the next closest brewery is in another country. Good luck finding any other gold than the beer though. I painted this bottle in front of the Venus Mine, where about 22 minerals, including silver and gold, were mined in the early 1900s. Cheers to a great Northern brewery! Thanks to my friend Julie for buying this beer for me on her way up to Alaska last summer!
The beer painting of the day is of Trois Pistoles, an Abbey style strong Belgian dark ale from Unibroue! This beer is a great one, and comes in a really fun bottle due to the caged cork. Nothing starts a party like popping a champagne cork. This beer tastes like liquid love. It’s dark, spicy, aromatic, and has a fruity quality that finishes with a flavor that reminds me of an aged wine.
When I was painting this one, I was taken with both the name and the logo. I love the winged horse that is flying over the church of the Quebec town Trois Pistoles (three coins), a 300 year old town. As the legend goes, a bishop was building a church out of local stones and had conjured a ”good devil,” a winged black horse to carry the stones to the building site. When the last stone was about to be placed, a monk removed the bridle, and the beast disappeared forever, leaving the church with one missing stone. If you go to the site today you can see the missing stone.
I love this brewery because it makes a great product, has fun labels, and the 22 oz bottles always sport champagne corks. To Quebec, and its fabulous brewery Unibroue!