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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 282

The featured beer painting of the day is of Denali Brewing Company’s Single Engine Red, which is an Irish-style red ale. Even the brewers in Talkeetna know that if you don’t get a chance to fly around Denali while you are here in Alaska, you are going to have to make another trip back. My wife, Maria, made four trips this summer, landing three times on the Ruth Glacier. She claims it is the highlight of the trips she guides during the summer here. I have not gotten to land on a glacier on Denali yet, although this summer I flew to St. Elias in a smaller private plane that was probably way more exciting. My friend, who pilots a juiced up Piper Cub, let me open the window to get better pictures, but said we don’t have the power to execute backcountry landings, more importantly the takeoffs. Flying around the big one would be a dream job for him. An old hand with the mountain, he says he is tired of walking up the mountain as a guide. I can understand why, as the success rate for making the summit is 50%. Flying seems like a way better option for me. I don’t like being stuck overnight, huddled in a tent on the side of glaciers. Warm, snug woodstoves and a big thermal mass of logs appeal to me. On our trip to St. Elias we only flew halfway around the pyramid pinnacle, as we didn’t want to enter Canadian airspace. So for the next trip you book to Alaska, really consider a flight seeing trip around the Great One in one of the little red planes pictured in this painting! When you make it back to Talkeetna, the Single Engine Red will taste incredible.

Cheers to the Single Engine Red, and to Alaskan pilots!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of single engine red by denali brewing year of beer paintings by scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.09. Single Engine Red by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 154

The daily beer painting is of Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 Flanders Style Red Ale by Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska.  What a beer!  Brewed with raspberries and fermented in oak barrels, this brew is awesome!  I am always hesitant to buy expensive beers.  Normally, I have never had them before, either because they are a limited edition, or are very hard to get.  I think this one may be both, and I was just lucky enough to score one.  It was a risk that paid off!  This beer was hand bottled and came with a champagne cork.  I know it was corked one bottle at a time, as Denali Brewing doesn’t own a professional corker.  The brewers had their hands on every bottle.

The Alaskan wilderness is expansive and access is the most difficult part of getting out to a remote destination.  The Alaska Railroad has offered a flag stop service for a long time, and still does to this day, helping people get out and experience Alaska.  My sculpture professor from UAA has a cabin in a community just north of Talkeetna, and he accesses it from a flag stop service.  Just another cool thing about Alaska.

I would consider this beer a framboise since it is a sour beer with raspberries and reminded me of Lindemans, but fresher and with oak flavor.  Raspberries blend perfectly with a sour beer, as you would expect tartness from berries.  The Brettanomyces Acetobacter and Lactobacillus come out from the oak aging, as well as the wood flavor itself.  When I popped the cork, it shot to the roof and a small amount of wispy smoke emanated from the bottle.  It smelled like a horse blanket wrapped around a bushel of berries, and I knew I was in for a treat!

If you are lucky enough to find one of these bottles, I know they are really small batches, get it and drink it!  I have had many delicious beers and this was definitely a winner!

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

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Beer Painting of Flag Stop Series by Denali Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.03. Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.