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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #139. Corvus Double IPA by Anchorage Brewing Co.

Which bike is the coolest, most drool-worthy, Alaska-designed, full carbon fat bike?  Anybody in the cycling community will tell you it is a Fatback Corvus.  Perfectly designed for Alaskan expeditions by Greg Matyas, owner of Speedway Cycles, this fat bike is getting rave reviews all over the country.
Basically this is the lightest, strongest, and best fat bike you can buy!  It is such a great bike that Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Company made a beer in honor of it — the Corvus Imperial IPA.  This NE DIPA is no joke at 8.4% ABV and teeming with Mosaic hops.  Getting a beer made by Gabe is an honor and you know that the Corvus is the real deal.
Corvus refers to a crow, or a raven in Latin.  The label of the beer has a crow with a crow skull, so I decided to paint one in the composition, grabbing hold of the grips of this bad boy.
Cheers to bikes and beers, and two guys who make great examples of both, Gabe and Greg.  I hope you get to ride and drink beers for a really long time!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #139. Corvus IPA by Anchorage Brewing Co. 14"x11", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #139. Corvus IPA by Anchorage Brewing Co. 14″x11″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #128. Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co.

Today is the first day of March, which begins my favorite stage of Alaskan winter — early Spring. We’re still in winter mode, but we get extra daylight, and with a bit of luck the snow is in perfect condition to get outside and play.  Here in Anchorage we have a big festival known as Fur Rendezvous.  Dating back a bit longer than 80 years (originating in 1935), local Alaskans (miners and trappers) traditionally met up for a huge fur auction and a bit of fun.  Today we still don our furs (or fur like garments) as it is still cold outside, only 2 degrees above zero this morning.  The fur auction is still on, but there are so many great events and traditions that it’s hard to name them all.  Maria always buys a Rondy pin, but my favorite tradition is to buy a Rondy Brew from Anchorage Brewing Co.  This year available in pint-size cans and served up in a four pack as well as on draft around town.  I am impressed with this year’s recipe, a nice IPA at 6.4% with 55 IBUs.  Brewed with Mosaic (one of my favorite aroma hops) and Idaho 7, which is new to me, but seems to be just right for drinking while watching the fireworks display.  Maybe don’t have more than one before getting on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the annual Rondy Carnival.  Best save that for afterwards!  This weekend is the end of the festival, and also the beginning of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  The ceremonial start is this Saturday in Anchorage on 4th Avenue, right in front of our studio building.  If you are in Anchorage, stop by the Real Art is Better headquarters (333 W. 4th Ave, Suite #4) this Saturday, March 3 for some fresh baked cookies, or to warm up.  We’ll be open 10 – 5pm.  Running of the Reindeer, another epic Rondy event is to be held at 4pm.  Don’t delay getting your Rondy-Brew on, as this is a once a year beer, and next year will be changed.  Who knows?  Gabe Fletcher may make a sour lemongrass saison again (also very good, but decidedly different).
Cheers to Rondy — a great festival, and to Rondy Brew — a great beer!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #128. Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #128. Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #111. Hop on a Plane.

Have you ever wanted to just “Hop on a Plane”?  This pilot is a hop head, and I painted him flying over Denali.  Good thing he’s flying a Super Cub, because those planes are considered the best bush planes.  Owners of these planes make upgrades called mods.   Lots of mods means lots of STOL, or short take off and landing.  A good plane is like a good IPA, you have to have lots of late additions of good stuff.  This pilot is thinking about getting back to Talkeetna to grab a Twister Creek IPA, or even better, a Big Dipa DIPA — both good dry-hopped brews from Denali Brewing Co.  The more hops for this hop head the better.  Maybe after this remarkable flight he will be on his way to F Street Station, a pilot themed bar in Anchorage.  F Street is a great place to grab a Morning Wood IPA from Kassik’s Brewery.  I know plenty of pilots who love hoppy beer, and I love witty puns, so here is my most recent painting Hop on a Plane.
Cheers to the Alaskan in all of us!  Get out and get hoppy!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #111. Hop on a Plane. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #111. Hop on a Plane. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 93

The beer painting of the day is Twister Creek India Pale Ale from Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska!  Here’s a beer from my home state that I am proud to call an Alaska IPA.  Fresh, floral, 6.5% ABV, so it’s not too strong, and the hops are all aroma, not bitter.  When they brew this batch they must dry hop the crud out of this particular brew, and as a result, it tastes so fruity and fresh!  I will be mailing out a sampling of this one to my buddy in PA, and one to my cousin in CA.  This brewery is serious about beer and just built a beautiful new facility in Talkeetna.  I’m glad, we need our craft brewers to be successful, or we won’t have good AK beer to consume here in the Last Frontier!  Last week I was beer tripping to Fairbanks, and on the way back home I nabbed this shot of Denali.

To Denali Brewing Company — a fabulous brewery from a fabulous town!  You go Talkeetna! You just get cooler as you gain infrastructure!  What could be better than a great IPA and a great view?

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

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Beer Painting of Twister Creek IPA by Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna Alaska. Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.03. Twister Creek IPA by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.