Last week when I was in Portland, Oregon, I was lucky enough to be granted permission to paint live at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House. A few years ago I was introduced to Cascade barrel-aged sour beer at my friend Sam’s birthday dinner in Philadelphia, and I was impressed from my first sip. Sam is an avid collector of fine beers, so I was able to try not only the Kriek, but the Pêche Fumé, the Elderberry, the Blueberry, and the Cassis, among others. Yes, the tasting was that remarkable! Cascade offers a perfect blend between fruit, oak and fermented barley that is simply exquisite! I chose to paint the Kriek in the taproom, because it is probably the most famous of the Cascade offerings. I have painted live at breweries many times, and my experience at Cascade exceeded expectations! The beertender made sure I tasted the most notable beers on the extensive menu. The staff was amazing, and the beers… well they speak for themselves! If you haven’t been to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, you must make a pilgrimage to this beer Mecca, home of the best American sour beer!
Cheers to inventive and creative breweries!
I think I feel like having a Melt Down right about now. That’s right, the beer brewed by new Root Down Brewing in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in a collaboration project with Beer N.E.R.D.s (Network of Educated Refined Drinkers) to remind us all that life is too short to get our underpants in a bind over waiting for a pint. How many beer lines have you waited in? I understand it can definitely cause anxiety if you can’t count how many folding chairs there are in front of you. According to the story behind this beer, which is rapidly becoming a BeerNERDs legend, a gentleman saddled up to the brewery’s bar, and got impatient after waiting for the bartender to serve him, so he stormed off the premises without getting a pint! He ranted about his experience online, and someone checked the security camera footage to find out how long he actually waited. Needless to say, people had very little sympathy when they found out the wait was only 107 seconds. So that’s the reason this beer is 10.7% ABV.
People have melt downs over strange things sometimes, so that is why Root Down and BeerNERDs are giving a big amount of the proceeds to support Main Line Deputy Dog, a non profit that trains and maintains service animals for people with challenges in life. Root Down has generated over $6,000 for the non-profit so far! I will donate 10% of sales from this painting and prints to MLDD to help with the cause. So don’t wait too long before making it into Root Down… You might just have a real melt down, instead of the chocolate oatmeal stout that comes in a cool can with the BeerNERDs logo on it. My friend Rich from PA sent me a can of this beer, and it knocked my hat in the creek!
Cheers to bartenders who work fast to get us our pints!
The original oil painting sold. 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
There is a darkest time of year, and for that time we need beer. Not a golden, effervescent, belly-filling swill of a brew, but a dark, dank, barrel-aged libation. As black as midnight on the longest night, and robust enough to warm even the weakest of souls. Add coffee to combat the instinctual hibernation that is inevitable at this time of year. You may find this in Java Cask Coffee Bourbon Stout, or Speedway Stout. If you are an Alaskan you should drink Anchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee. Happy Winter Solstice, the light begins to come back tomorrow!
Cheers to return of the light! Celebrate Solstice!