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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 329

The featured beer painting for the day is of Jai Alai India Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida. Jai Alai, a.k.a. the “Merry Game” is a sport that was invented in Spain, and is a very popular quirky game. Players throw and catch hard balls with wicker mitts called xisteras at up to 188 mph, bouncing them off walls. Sounds like quite an exciting sport indeed. I was calling this beer the j•eye uh• lie, however I was quickly told that it is pronounced h•eye uh•lie. The Sunshine State is not known for Jai Alai, but Tampa used to have a court, called a fronton. I’m not sure what happened to the fronton, but Cigar City brewed this beer in memory of the Merry Game. This Florida brewery sure knows how to make a mean IPA. This beer boasts a balance of sweet malt and citrusy hops, with a floral aroma, making this IPA absurdly delicious. I received two of these cans, and I’m always grateful for Cigar City brews since the brewery doesn’t distribute to Alaska. I painted the xistera, the ball and the helmets that are necessary for this sport in the background to show how dangerous and fast the sport actually is. I doubt you could find a better-tasting IPA for consuming right after a heated Jai Alai match!

Cheers to Jai Alai IPA – a fantastic brew from a class act brewery! Keep up the great work, Cigar City! I hope to make it your way for some southern beer tasting in the next few years!

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

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Beer Painting of Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.25. Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 151

Last day of May, and I have to head back to Anchorage tomorrow.  I am hoping my beer fridge is still running smoothly.  I can’t believe the last two weeks have gone by so fast.

The daily beer painting is of a collaborative project by Cigar City Brewing Company from Florida, and Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company, called the Lips of Faith Series.  This brew is made with Anaheim and Marash chilies.  Okay, so I admit I didn’t know this was a chili beer when I purchased the bottle.  I have to remember to always read the fine print, because, although I claim to love all beer, chili beer has never been my preferred option.  However, I do love Cigar City’s beer, but it’s another brewery that doesn’t distribute to Alaska.  I also really enjoy New Belgium beer, and because it does distribute here I was able to pick up this beer at La Bodega in Anchorage a few weeks back.

When reading the label, I learned that this beer was aged on cedar, similar to the Humidor IPA by Cigar City – a truly amazing beer.  Either the chilies overwhelmed the cedar, or the flavor mix wasn’t quite right, because I tasted chilies mixed with an earthy flavor in this one.  I guess I should read Beer Advocate’s reviews before I purchase beers, as this one only received a BA score of 79.  Basically, anything under an 80 isn’t going to be a great example of that particular style (thanks, Rich, for that tip).  Cigar City, please start distributing to Alaska.  We love your beer here!  I sampled a couple great examples at the first Culmination Beer Festival.

Big risks on a project like chilies in a pale ale may not be as well received as chocolate nibs in stout.  I guess chilies in beer are not for everyone.  Have to go for beer in chili I think.

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

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Beer Painting of Lips of Faith Series Ale by Cigar City and New Belgium Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.31. Lips of Faith Series Ale by Cigar City Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.