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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #110. Luponic Distortion Revolution IPA No. 007 by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Happy Thirsty Thursday, beer and art lovers!  This week’s new beer painting is of Luponic Distortion Revolution IPA No. 007 by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA.  I have been enjoying this hop revolving revolution IPA with Southern Hemisphere hops from Australia.  At 5.9% ABV with a fierce hop aroma, and flavor, I can hardly notice any of yesteryear’s hop bitterness.  This is truly a new form of IPA, one that hardly resembles anything that ever came out of England.  I wonder if the Brits would have called a beer that was hoppy and strong going to Australia, an Australian Pale Ale.  Brings new meaning to the acronym APA.  I have been waiting to paint this beer, and I thought I would showcase the Australia element by having a kangaroo drinking it.  I figured this character is thirsty, so I gave her a couple extras in her pouch for reserve.  Anyway, if you haven’t been enjoying the hop showcase that Luponic Distortion is offering, get down to your local beer shop and pick up a can, or 12 of this luscious nectar.  Luponic is right, these hops are working!  Cheers to the Distortion!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #110. Luponic Distortion Revolution IPA No. 007 by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #110. Luponic Distortion Revolution IPA No. 007 by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing.

Happy National Drink Beer Day, or as I call it, business as usual!  Today is also Thirsty Thursday, which means I’m releasing a new beer oil painting.
When I think of Iowa, I think of Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.  I have only had a few offerings from TGB, but I think it’s one of the best, and I would like to go to Decorah, Iowa to sample the beers fresh at the brewery.  My first TGB beer was Zeelander IPA, loaded with fresh Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.  I painted that one during the Year of Beer Paintings.  Check it out here.  I was lucky enough to get to try a couple 2 oz pours of the 2016 Assassin Killer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout at the Culmination Beer Fest here at Anchorage Brewing Co. Because this barrel aged imperial stout is 12% ABV, it is definitely a killer!  I liked the purple wax used on the 2016 vintage, and I can’t recommend this beer enough.  I’m stoked I got to try this whale of a beer.  I remember it coating my glass with an oily residue, it was so thick that it required several rinses to be ready for more regular beers.  Not that any beer is regular at Culmination, but this one really stood out in my mind.
Cheers to drinking the best beer!  Assassin is one of the great beers of America!  Keep your glasses filled, and pour me some too!  Thanks Toppling Goliath for making superb brews!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Barrel Aged Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Barrel Aged Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #106. Bleeding Heart Brewery Beet IPA.

Happy Autumn Equinox Ladies and Gentlemen!  

Well, Equinox isn’t until tomorrow at 1:02PM PST, so I am celebrating a bit early.  Why celebrate the end of summer?  I guess I am just feeling lucky to have survived the summer craze.  Now I have made it to the “chill” time of year when everyone goes home at 9PM and the beer lines are manageable.

I decided to start doing Thirsty Thursday beer painting releases again.  So follow along every week to see a new beer-themed painting and blog post.

I made this beer painting to honor Bleeding Heart Brewery’s flagship beer — the Beet IPA.  That’s right, this is not a Rosé wine, this is an IPA brewed with water, malt, hops, BEETS, and yeast.  I know, I thought it was very strange at first, and that’s why I had to order it.  The beets add an earthy and slightly sweet flavor to the hoppy brew.  Now I order this beer every time.  I have visited this Palmer, Alaska brewery three times and it makes me wish I lived in Palmer.  The irony of this brewery is the brewers are using a system not much larger than my home brewery, and yet, they seem to make enough product to stay in business and to sell commercially.  Often times brewing a batch twice to fill one of their tiny fermenters.  The price is a bit steep for a new start up brewery, but I have yet to try a brew from these artisanal brewing artists that wasn’t worth the $6 – $10 per 12 oz serving.  I love the farm setting, and the avant-garde beers are cutting edge.  This is a true farmhouse brewery complete with chickens and cows.  The beer garden is as fun to drink beer in as any I have ever visited.  Often there’s a food truck offering delicious grub that pairs perfectly with the brew.  If you are an Alaskan, or traveling in Alaska, and you don’t make a pilgrimage to Bleeding Heart, conveniently located behind the Alaska State Fairgrounds, you are making a big mistake.

Cheers to Bleeding Heart, a brewery that will “make it” from sheer tenacity, with great products, a wonderful setting, and fabulous personality.  A hidden gem waiting to explode.  I would invest now if I were you!  This brewery is a solid addition to the craft beer community of Alaska. 

The original oil painting sold, but 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #106. Beet IPA by Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer, Alaska. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #106. Beet IPA by Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer, Alaska. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80, July 7, 2016, Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

A huge Kodiak Brown bear just grabbed a hold of my last 22 oz bottle of Midnight Sun Brewing Company’s Kodiak Brown Ale!  OmG!  I think he is going to drink it in one gulp!  Excuse me while I sprint in the other direction.  I know you are not supposed to run from a bear, but maybe he will be savoring the flavor of the beer long enough for me to outrun my fellow campers. 

Mark Staples started brewing Kodiak Brown back when he was home-brewing, before he and Barb Miller started Midnight Sun Brewing Company back in 1995.  It is a staple for the brewery, and is always available in 22 oz bottles and in 12 oz cans here in Alaska.  A good value at the Loft with a 12 oz serving for only 3 dollars, which means you can buy a round for six friends and still only chew up one 20 dollar bill.  The 12 oz cans make a great packing beer for rafting, fishing, biking, backpacking, or any outdoor adventure, because dark beer tastes great warm, straight from the can, or after being chilled in a creek.  I propose a toast to the grizz in all of us!  Drink a Kodiak Brown like you mean it!  Cheers to the long days and short nights of July!  Thanks MSBC!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80 by Scott Clendaniel. July 7, 2016.  Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #80 by Scott Clendaniel. July 7, 2016.
Kodiak Brown Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78, June 23, 2016, Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Sockeye Red IPA is a hopped up beer that was a hop bomb before IPAs were even popular.  About 20 years ago this beer was brewed by Mark Staples at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. to feed the desire for a spawntastic IPA at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, a downtown watering hole.  At 5.6% and 61 IBUs this beer was an immediate success.  Inspired by the Alaskan fishing scene, Humpy’s has always been a beer hub of Anchorage, with over 40 taps, a pizza joint, and a new music venue all connected into one downtown campus.  This place is where you would want to spawn till you die.  Sockeye Red IPA is available in ever convenient 12 oz cans, as well as in the original offering of 22 oz bottles.  This IPA has long been one of my favorites.  Be like this Sockeye and snag yourself a little piece of Anchorage brewing history.  Cheers to the big, bold Sockeye Red IPA!  

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78 by Scott Clendaniel. June 23, 2016. Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78 by Scott Clendaniel. June 23, 2016. Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #77, June 16, 2016, Alaskan Brewing Co. White Wit Style Ale

Howdy, Thirsty Thursday beer painting fans!  I was hitting a wall with the art history beer parody paintings, and I was talking it over with my friend, Kara, who I can credit with the brilliant idea I used for the Spotted Cow painting.  Her uncle was visiting and had brought over a mix-pack of Alaskan Brewing beers.  These are not the most sought-after beers, but are often the most consumed ones in Alaska, kind of like Yuengling in Philly.  They are popular across the Pacific Northwest as well.  I have some of my fondest memories sitting on the beach at Point Woronzof sipping an Alaskan Amber.  Kara told me to paint a polar bear from the Coca Cola commercials drinking an Alaskan White, because it has a polar bear on the label.  I thought that this was a great idea and here it is.  Alaskan White wit-style ale is a very popular Alaskan Brewing offering, and was one of the first paintings snapped up from the original 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall painting show I did back in 2011.  I hope you find this as humorous as I do, because I intend to extrapolate on this series.  Cheers!  I hope you are enjoying your Alaskan summer as much as I am! 

This original oil painting, and 99 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #77 by Scott Clendaniel. June 16, 2016. White wit style ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #77 by Scott Clendaniel. June 16, 2016. White wit style ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76, June 9, 2016, Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Co.

This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of the super popular American pale ale called Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana.  Brewed in homage to comic books with a label designed by Marvel illustrator Tim Steely and Zimmer Designs, this beer is one of the most sought-after pale ales available in the United States.  The character on the label is a combination of Spider Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor into one Zombie Lord who obviously rocks the dust out of zombies.  I first tried this beer last summer when I was driving from Michigan to Chicago via Indiana.  After a very short detour, I arrived at 3 Floyds, and couldn’t stop drinking this sublime nectar.  The brewery was also selling this beer by the case, and people were walking out carrying two cases at a time, having paid a higher than average price for a pale ale.  If the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, forget the chainsaw, board up your windows and crack open some of the Z-Dust because the zombies will eventually get you anyway, and you might as well have a nice buzz going when they eat your brains.  Comic nerds are stereotypically not heavy drinkers, but when they do drink beer, they go for quality.  Zombie Dust is the quality that will quench your thirst, plus it’s got a super sick label that will inspire your imagination.  I thought of Night of the Living Dead, as well as Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead series, so I referenced those two flicks in the background.  Hell, this beer is so good some people might give their left hand for a case of it!

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase one of 52 limited-edition prints, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76 by Scott Clendaniel. June 9, 2016. Zombie Dust Pale Ale by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #76 by Scott Clendaniel. June 9, 2016. Zombie Dust Pale Ale by Three Floyds Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

Cheers to the Zombie Dust! Sometimes making a beer that is over the top pays off!