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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 261

The featured beer painting of the day is of Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. The Nitro can, introduced by Guinness in 1979 was a breakthrough in beer delivery. I remember my first Guinness well. I was incredibly excited to be drinking a dark beer, and thought it was extremely strong and uniquely palatable. I was right about the palatable part, but Guinness is only 4.2%, and contains only 210 calories per pint-size can. So, it is actually in the same class as a light beer, and a good choice if you want to avoid intoxication.

The Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale has the same type of foam that the Guinness widget can produces, however, at 8% ABV, it is a decidedly strong ale. This is a very malty beer that strangely seems just right. I think the nitro widget attached to the bottom of the can makes for a very perfect beer. It’s all in the foam, and the nitro reduces the stickiness of the Scotch-style ale. The foam caresses your lips with every sip, kind of like a beer kiss. It had a nice flavor and aroma, so if you have a choice between the regular Old Chub and the Old Chub Nitro, go for the nitro. I painted a nitrogen molecule in the background to emphasize the nitro.

Cheers to coloRADo, USA! A great place for beer and for fun in the mountains!

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Beer Painting of Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.18. Old Chub Nitro Scotch Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 178

Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale!  What a beer!  I love a great IPA in a can, and this is a great example.  I wish I knew about Oskar Blues when I lived in Colorado for a brief 10 months.  I was in Gunnison anyway, a town that need a brewery.  I heard there used to be a bar on campus (every university needs a brewpub on campus)!  What a great idea — the university could offer a four-year brewers degree and support the drinking habits of the students who are of age!

I have loved Deviant Dale’s IPA from the first sip I took about five years ago!  It is so good, I should have painted it ages ago, like Rasputin or Torpedo.  This beer is an icon of brewing achievements!  Great work brewers!  I hope you make more lovely batches and can them all!  Maybe don’t put this in the “Stovepipe” can, as that would be dangerous, unless shared.  So malty, yet so fragrant, I just want to swig it down!  IPA gets me into trouble as I just love the flavor so much, but it’s kinda strong.  That’s what happens when you learn to drink swillable session beers, then switch over to decadent IPA.  Well, I will stay home and keep out of trouble tonight, sipping not chugging this awesome beer!

To Oskar Blues!  I can buy your beer here in Alaska!  Yeah!

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Beer Painting of Deviant dale's ipa by oskar blues brewery year of beer paintings clendaniel

Year of Beer 06.27. Deviant Dale’s IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 168

The beer painting of the day is of Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmon, Colorado!  Kickin’ it at 6.5% and in nearly a 20 oz can, this beer is engineered for a backwoods party!  Colorado style love in a can?  I can feel it.  I’m also a fan of the unique appearance of this beer!  The stovepipe is in the house, and believe me, when I actually put the stovepipe in the cabin that I am building here in McCarthy, Alaska, I’m gonna drink one of these to celebrate!

Dale’s Pale Ale — a good straight drinking American Pale Ale brewed in the Rockies for my drinking pleasure here in the Wrangells!  This is not a hop bomb and definitely not going to make your tongue curl due to extreme hoppinness.  It’s more of a regular drinking man’s beer.  A beer you take on your backpacking trip, a beer that you could drink for lunch with anything, a nearly perfect beer for any occasion.  Dale’s Pale Ale is easy to drink, that is for sure!

Cheers to Oskar Blues, to beer brewing in Colorado, and to drinking beer here in McCarthy, enjoying every bit!

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Beer Painting of Dale's Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.17. Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

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.

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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″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 150

The daily beer painting is of Avery Brewing Company’s India Pale Ale.  “Hop freaks unite!”  I would have to say this is one of the better regular octane (6.5% ABV) canned IPAs available across the nation.  I bought this one at La Bodega, and wish I had gotten a six-pack.  It is smooth and highly drinkable, yet full of hop bounty.  This IPA is rich, piny, floral, with a citrus zest, and not lacking in malt body.  As Avery says, “Brewed by hop heads for hop heads.”

If you get lost when out on a beer stroll, just look at the map on the can, and if you have an imagination, you could figure out where you are from the mish mash jumble of pixels that make up the antique map.  So maybe you won’t be able to find your way home from this map, but you can trace the route around the tip of Africa.  Just follow the red line leading out of England all the way to India.  I bet the beer they brewed for the journey was nothing like the American IPAs we drink today.  I can only imagine how warm the beer must have been in Africa and India.  I doubt the ocean could keep the cargo holds cold enough in such hot climates.

This beer is a hop forward delight.  Colorado has great beer, and Avery is leading the way with this floral offering.  Cheers to hoppy beers!

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Beer Painting of Avery Brewing Co IPA Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.30. IPA by Avery Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 138

Driving to my remote property in McCarthy today, right after I paint tomorrow’s beer painting.  Still gotta pack for a two-week trip, and shut down the condo, before the eight-hour drive.  Good thing the sun doesn’t set until… well, I’m note sure, I haven’t seen darkness in about a week.  I have to paint more in McCarthy than I did in Hawaii, so expect to see some paintings with backgrounds of logs and trees.  I am loaded up on tasty beers and am excited to put my outdoor studio back together.  I painted a whole art show out there in 2011.

The daily beer painting is of 1554 from New Belgium Brewing Co.  This beer is awesome!  I remember my first tasting of it, before New Belgium distributed to Alaska.  I was on a family ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho and a cousin from Colorado brought a six-pack of this fine black lager back to our ski condo.  I was intrigued by the date and style, but not as impressed as I was with the flavor!  This beer is dark, but also smooth.  More bitter than a bock, but not too hoppy as it has a roasted barley chocolate taste.  The lagering process mellows out all the flavors.  Overall, a great one for ski après!  I am a huge fan of New Belgium Brewing and hope that it doesn’t meddle with this amazing beer, because it is as close to perfect as possible at this point, not too weak, yet won’t put hair on your chest.

I’m about to start painting more Colorado beers.  I recently connected with a gentleman from Colorado who is willing to mail me some tasty brews from the Centennial State in return for Alaska beer.  I also received some excellent input on reddit.com.

Three cheers for Colorado!  Hooray for Ranger!  Hooray for Fat Tire!  Hooooray for 1554, the be-ee-er of the day!

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Beer painting of 1554 black lager by New Belgium Brewing co year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.18. 1554 Black Lager by New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 106

The beer painting of the day is Between the Staves, a collaboration brew by Anchorage Brewing Company and Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver, Colorado.  Gabe Fletcher teamed up with Chad Yakobson to produce this wild American ale. This beer is so uniquely sour I can only think of green pineapple flavor mixed with a Belgian geuze.  I had the opportunity to hear both brewers speak about their brewing process, cool ships and the Brettanomyces living in the wooden slats of their fermenters and aging casks.  I found this brew to be really refreshing and I would drink it all the time, however if you are not into sour flavors and unique yeast flavor, you could turn over a new leaf, and develop a palette for this tart brew.

To collaboration brews, and to the brewers who are true artists and masters of their craft!  I applaud their avant-garde beer, and wish them success beyond their wildest (yeast) dreams!

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Beer Painting of Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co and Crooked Staves Brewery Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.16. Between the Staves by Anchorage Brewing Co. and Crooked Staves Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 99!

Aloha!  Today is day 99 of my Year of Beer Paintings project!  Wow!  Every day from now on I will be setting a new record for the largest beer painting series of mine!  My last series had 99 beer paintings (99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall in 2011).  They were totally different, but every beer painting series is.

A year ago I was right here in Hawaii!  I was sad because I had to return to Alaska and I had heard that it was snowing in Anchorage.  Well, now I am back for three whole weeks and the fun has just begun!  Today’s daily beer painting is of Mama’s Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado!  I have really started to like this brewery, so as a litmus test I tried the Pilsner in a can.  Nothing wrong here, just a highly drinkable yellow pilsner in the Czech style, although it tastes like a craft American pils to me.  I believe there is American malt in this one.  Using my “beer force” I sensed Noble hops, tasted like Saaz to me.

So I was looking into the backstory on the name.  I think Oskar Blues is referring to Valium, which is a little yellow pill.  It must be an analogy to the beer being yellow and also relaxing to drink.  My mom usually sips on instant coffee, never beer, which just doesn’t have the same effect.  Maybe I will buy her a sixer and see how long it sits in the fridge (at least I will have something tasty to drink when I stop by to visit).

Here’s to beer!  Oskar Blues, I honor you by making Mama’s Little Yella Pils the 99th beer in my series!  I wish I had another right now here in Hawaii!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of Mama's Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 04.09. Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.