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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 359

Merry Christmas! I hope the best beers were in your stocking this morning, and if not, then I hope you got plenty of cash to go buy what you want! It’s finally snowing here in Anchorage, and what great timing! Our family is coming over for brunch and a White Elephant gift exchange, and I’m excited to host this year.

The featured beer painting for the day is Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery from the faraway land of Michigan! I bought this bottle of Scottish ale at a bottle shop in Philly, and brought it home to Alaska. I found this beer to be a refreshing change from the standard cinnamon and clove beer that is normally bottled for this specific holiday. It was great to have a simple kind of beer that just pairs well with basically everything. I think that is why Bell’s brewed up this particular style as its Christmas seasonal, because everybody has different traditions and a simple, lightly hopped, slightly malty beer will pair with anything! As I sip on my butter-infused coffee, I can only think about how lucky I am to be in my warm cozy home, while I look out the window at a snow blizzard swirling around in the early morning wintery light. The snowflakes are stacking up, and I am eagerly awaiting a ski day at the local mountain sometime soon! I hope you get a chance to sample the simple pleasures in life like watching snow fall from a snug window view, or sampling a delicious beer from a faraway land. Bell’s Christmas Ale seems exotic, like Michiganites drinking a Cohoho Imperial IPA from MSBC!

Cheers to a unique Christmas! I may never have a project like this again that allows me to reflect on each and every day to a group of great readers! Cheers to Bell’s Brewery for supplying the content of this blog entry! And Cheers to drinking great beers, with great friends and loved family members!

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

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Craft Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Bell's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.25. Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 348

The featured beer painting for the day is of Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been a fan of Great Lakes since the first sip of Lake Erie Monster IPA, which is the beer for day 183. The Christmas Ale lived up to my high expectations of any beer from this brewery. This beer is brewed with cinnamon, ginger and honey, but if you drink a cold one, you may have a hard time tasting those flavors. As the beer warmed up, the cinnamon came out in full force, followed by sweet honey, and mild ginger flavors. I wonder if they brew with fresh ginger, because they would need a ton of it for such a large batch. I brew a honey ginger beer called the Drippy Hippy (the recipe is posted on day 276), and I use four ounces of root for a five-gallon batch. I have added cinnamon to the DH before, and I think it got a little too spicy. Subtle, is what I would say about this beer’s flavor. Kind of hard to find right away, but it is there, and with a 7.5% ABV, I think subtlety is good. The directions on the bottle do state that the beer is best served at 55 degrees F, and I think my beer fridge is set to about 40 degrees, so I’m glad I took my time sipping this gem. Thank you Paul, for sending me this bottle!

Cheers to Christmas beers! This is my favorite beer season!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Great lakes brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.14. Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.