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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 286

The featured beer painting of the day is of Elephant Beer made in Copenhagen by Carlsberg. This beer was inspired by a gate commissioned by the brewer in 1901, which has four concrete elephants as the decorative main support foundation. Carlsberg has used the elephant as its trademark icon, even naming its export beer “Elephant Beer” since 1955. Elephant beer is the stronger, bigger brother to the normal lager at 7.2% ABV. This beer was on my Beers of the World poster that I had in my first college dorm room. I had to put it in my Year of Beer Paintings series, because I wanted to paint Sera, the baby elephant, consuming one. This beer gets bad reviews on Beer Advocate, and I don’t really understand why. The beer tastes like any euro style lager, and if you can get a fresh one, considering it comes in a green glass bottle, it is as tasty as any beer I had in Germany, or Holland of the same style, except it is way stronger. What makes a beer good? Is it the grain, the hops, the water, or simply the alcohol? The packaging is important too. I notice that people will be a lot more stoked about drinking a beer I homebrewed if I take time to put it in a bottle with a custom label. If it has a catchy name, it seems better than a generic beer. I had all kinds of thoughts about what I would put into the Elephant Beer painting. The bottle is cool looking, but the old label (the one that I had in my dorm poster) is way cooler than the new embossed bottle.  The painting is more about the elephant than the beer today, but if an elephant were to drink some beer, I’m sure it would want it to be Carlsberg Elephant Beer, otherwise it probably wouldn’t even notice it was drinking beer, unless it was something that cost dramatically more, like a barley wine. If an elephant got into my barley wine collection, I bet it would turn pink and start singing Elephants on Parade.

Cheers to Elephant Beer, a strong Lager! Not for the weak of heart, but a robust drinking beer. If you are only going to have one beer for the night, consider an Elephant Beer.

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

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Year of Beer 10.13. Carlsberg Elephant Beer. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 234

Yeah!  We’re going back to McCathy today!  Three weeks of looking for a truck, and we finally found the perfect one, and negotiated a good deal!  Looking forward to returning to our cabin building project.  A week delay was good for the beer paintings, I have been having fun with them.

Today’s beer painting is of Carlsberg Premium Beer from Copenhagen, by appointment to the Royal Danish Court.  This is a very tasty European imported yellow fizzy beer.  It has more hop aroma than German style pils.  My first experience with this brewery was with the strong lager called Elephant Beer.  It was on my first beer poster, “Beers of the World”, that I had hanging in my college dorm room freshman year.  Corona and Heineken were also on that poster.  This poster must have been printed in the early nineties, and I was a young buck who knew nothing about craft brew.  I understood about microbrew, but didn’t quite understand the difference between a quality product like Carlsberg and adjunct-filled, cheaply made macro brew devoid of hop flavor.

I recommend buying this beer in a can if you’re buying it in the U.S., because there is no light contamination, as opposed to the green bottle when sent across the Atlantic.  When buying beers you know are not as popular read the “Born on Date”!  I got lucky with this big can.  It has an undecipherable code on the bottom, but no particular date, but it tasted fresh.  I love European pilsners, and Carlsberg in the green can is a taste of Denmark that strikes me as particularly delicious!

Cheers to Carlsberg, the Danish beer fit for royalty!  A very good refresher that tastes great even in Alaska!

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

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Year of Beer 08.22. Carlsberg Beer from Denmark. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.