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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #99, November 17, 2016, Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

ūüé∂¬†Take one down, pass it around! ¬†99 Thirsty Thursday beer paintings posted to my FB wall! ūüé∂

Can you believe team Real Art is Better (Maria and myself) have released a beer painting for the last 99 Thursdays in a row without missing one?!  Not as impressive as when we released a different painting every day in 2014, but still noteworthy.  We almost missed a week during our last trip to our log cabin in McCarthy, when on a Thursday morning we awoke to an Internet outage.  Luckily the connection was restored around noon, so we posted as normal.   

Anyway, I released Bourbon County Brand stout last week, so how about a little barrel-aged goodness from an independent brewery, although the 3rd largest in production in the country — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co! ¬†The beer I’m talking about is the Narwhal 2015 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout! ¬†I bought the bottle that’s in this painting as soon as I finished painting it, and brought it back to Anchorage in my luggage. ¬†I have to admit I haven’t cracked this special bottle open yet, but I did taste this beer at last year’s Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival. ¬†I have drank every beer that I’ve blogged about here. ¬†The beer is jet black, smooth and silky, yet as robust as a Narwhal’s horn. ¬†The flavor is amazing. ¬†This beer is a spectacular treat and probably as hard to find as a Narwhal in the wild. ¬†

I painted this on my trip to California in the brewery’s restaurant in Chico. ¬†I chose a table on stage that has¬†a view of the East Brewhouse. ¬†With the Narwhal in the foreground, I knew this was a recipe for a successful painting. ¬†I felt confident that the German copper kettles would shine when depicted in my usual style, painted on birch plywood that’s coated with gold paint. ¬†

Sierra Nevada has to be one of my favorite large craft breweries. ¬†It’s hard not to love a brewery that puts so much effort into crafting such delicious, sustainable brews. ¬†The roofs are lined with solar panels and there’s childcare available onsite. ¬†The hops are fresh and the kettles are copper. ¬†I’ve heard people complaining about the size of Sierra Nevada, but hey, it started out small, with the first brew kettles built out of old dairy equipment. ¬†We can thank Sierra Nevada for practically inventing American Pale Ale, now a world-renowned beer style. ¬†I mean, both Wyeast and Whitelabs have yeast strains from Sierra Nevada labeled as the American Ale yeast. ¬†Sierra Nevada’s Chico brewery is far from anywhere, but it is worth the pilgrimage, not only to buy rare bottles of Narwhal, but I got to drink my first Celebration IPA of the season at the source! ¬†

Like in the final entry in my Year of Beer Series (Celebration IPA), I propose a toast to Sierra Nevada and to finely crafted beers worldwide!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #99 by Scott Clendaniel. November 17, 2016. Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #99 by Scott Clendaniel. November 17, 2016. Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.