This week the Thirsty Thursday beer-themed painting is inspired by Mark Rothko, a Russian Jewish artist who was born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz in Latvia in 1903, and died in New York City in 1970. Recently one of his paintings sold for $67 million, which was a major controversy among art lovers. Color field painting is a unique style of art that takes a visionary to understand. Many people think that they could paint a similar painting, or that their six-year old could. The thing is, they don’t, and they probably can’t. These paintings were remarkable and unique when they came out in the 1930s. The only reason people think they could paint them is because they are simple and elegant. Rothko thought of something that nobody else did, and became assimilated into our current culture immediately. Rothko’s paintings took the world by storm, because they were so unique. Today, in 2015, his art doesn’t seem very exotic after we have seen all that the abstract expressionist movement has had to offer well over 50 years ago. Jackson Pollock’s paintings were the next step after this style of abstract paintings, and led the way to what we know as abstract, or non-objective paintings today. I painted this color field painting to resemble a glass of beer. I call it Yellow, White, Beer. I hope you like it, but if you don’t, stay tuned. I am sure you will find one you do like. I plan on painting some more famous paintings turned into beer paintings in the next oncoming weeks. Cheers!
Only one more entry left after today in the Year of Beer Paintings! Today’s featured beer painting is of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Ale by Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, CA. This is the 40th annual “Our Special Ale” produced by Anchor. The beer is never exactly the same and the label is always different. Every year there is a different tree on the label, although the intent is the same – joy and “celebration of the newness of life!” The tree on the label is a Sequoia this year. Anchor chose the Redwood for 2014 to represent the 150 years since Lincoln’s Yosemite Act – America’s first land grant, and one that marked the beginning of California’s State Parks. This makes me want to head back to Southern Oregon/Northern California just to hang out in the Redwoods. I would love to see the fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping a cold “Special Ale” strait from the bottle on the hillside! There is no city quite like San Francisco!
This is a nicely balanced beer. Light amber brown in appearance with a strong malt body and a nice piney aroma and flavor. I wouldn’t call it an IPA, but I would say it is a very refreshing ale, a good one that works well in many circumstances. It’s a bit stronger than a “light” beer coming in at a respectable 5.5% ABV just like drinking a full-bodied, dark American ale. Overall, a great offering from Anchor, and a must during this holiday season!
Cheers to an amazing 2014! Grab a six-pack of “Special Ale” and prepare a toast!