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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 196

The featured beer painting of the day is of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado.  I wouldn’t say this is a monster of a beer, even though it’s 9.5% and black as sin with a darker head than most stouts.  I would call it decadent, beautiful and amazing, but not a monster.  I think when the brewers dropped some of the hops out of the recipe, this beer went from being a monstrous stout, to a perfect, oak-aged delight!

The logo on the bottle is graphically strong — something a hipster may have designed.  Good thing some hipsters are drinking and making good beer.  PBR has its place and time, but seriously, give up the red, white and blue ribbon can, and try something a bit better.  In the words of a friend’s father, “Drink better, drink less.” Those words are full of wisdom.  The hipster mentality that PBR is better than Budweiser is a cop out.  Both should be banned from a true beer lover’s fridge!

The Yeti is coming to take all the PBR!  This monster is coming to remind you how bad it really is!  There is nothing like an oak-aged chocolate bomber of a beer to keep it real!  This beer not only looked pretty, it tasted great too, and it drinks like wine.  You don’t have to carry six bottles around, one 22 oz does the job just fine.  I shared mine around a campfire, and we savored every sip.  I was pouring my personal serving into a little blue espresso cup, and I think I could have walked through the streets of NYC carrying the same little cup.  It was perfect for incognito beer consumption.

Cheers to the Yeti!  Oaked and delightful!  A chocolate overload of a brew!  May Great Divide Brewing make batch after batch of this killer beer!

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 Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.15. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout by Great Divide Brewing Co. 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 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″.