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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #13, March 26, 2015

This week’s beer painting for Thirsty Thursday is of Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon. I neglected to include this great beer in last year’s Year of Beer Paintings series, because I painted many other great Deschutes beers, and was looking for more variety of breweries to increase the scope of the project. I chose to paint this beer this week because of the upcoming Merry Marmot Festival taking place this weekend at Arctic Valley – a ski area near Anchorage, Alaska. The festival marks the end of the ski season for this ski area, which is a bummer, because on a normal snow year we’d still have a couple weeks of great skiing left, but the lack of snow this year makes that impossible. Arctic Valley has two red chair lifts, which are Riblet brand, with the tailbone-smashing center pole. Hope your snow pants provide ample padding. Still, it’s the best option for getting to the top, the other one being a Poma t-bar. Although this beer is named for the red chair on Mt. Bachelor, I consider it to be a tribute to all red chairs out there. This North West Pale Ale has a nice hop aroma and flavor. Hardly a pale ale, full of Centennial and Cascade hops coming in with 60 IBUs, this beer is closer to an IPA. Overall, a great beer to enjoy ski après for its refreshing crisp flavor, and stunning complex malt body.

Cheers to downhill skiing, one of my favorite sports, and to Deschutes Brewing, one of my favorite NW breweries!

This painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom painting at my Etsy shop.

Beer Art Oil Painting of Deschutes Brewing Red Chair NWPA by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #13 by Scott Clendaniel. March 26th, 2015. Red Chair NWPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 331

Happy Thanksgiving! I am a very grateful individual this year! I am thankful for the good fortune I have had with the Year of Beer Painting project, which allows me to work as an artist full time, and for the supportive craft beer community across the country that has made this year so much fun. I am also thankful for my good health that allows me to drink a different craft beer every day. The year has been in overdrive and I don’t want this to end, as it has been one of the most epic of adventures.

The featured beer painting for Thanksgiving is Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale Winter Ale, a tradition at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. A favorite seasonal of both my brother’s and mine, this beer never fails to deliver. The label has been changing every year since 1988. The first seven labels were very similar with a wreath, and done by artist Ed Carson. Since 1995 a different artist has designed the label each year, and 2014 marks the 20th artist working on the Jubelale labels! Maybe one of these years the Deschutes marketing team will let me make a painting for the label, but I think only local artists in Bend can apply for that opportunity. I love this year’s artwork from Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, a picture created using fiber art in the form of quilting. It really warms my heart. This piece depicts a winter scene of two people and their dog playing in the snow, riding a sled during the twilight of the early setting sun. In my painting the label has a wrap so you can only see one character and fewer trees. I hope you take the time to notice the stitch marks on the label, and to see the whole scene as you drink this wonderful beer at your holiday meal.

The beer is known as a special and festive winter warmer. Also referred to as a strong ale or a festive ale. It doesn’t really fit into any BJCP (Beer Judge Classification Program) category. I would say that it is a delicious brew! I used to think it was more like a dark IPA, because it has a nice hop finish, but then I thought maybe it is more like a Dopplebock, because of the malty backbone. But then I noticed it has a decidedly American yeast profile, so I came back around to just thinking the Jubelale is a special brew for sure, and the only way for a person to really know what it tastes like is to simply pick a few up at the store and to enjoy them. Do it soon as the hop profile changes quickly. I swear this year’s Jubelale, like the label, is a different formula than in years past, or maybe that is my palate changing. I don’t know, but I know I like this beer, and I eagerly wait for the winter seasonal beers as they are my favorite ales and lagers of the year!

Cheers to Jubelale, both the art and the ale! Great work Lori and Lisa! I love your version of the Jubelale label, and brewers, I think you nailed it again this year! Thanks for making JUBELALE!

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

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Beer Painting of Jubelale Winter Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Thanksgiving turkey Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.27. Jubelale Winter Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 250

The featured beer painting of the day is of Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewing Company.  This is a great American Pale Ale!  If you are a hardworking American, who loves to relax by drinking a beer, but are not sure what to buy other than Budweiser, here is a great stepping stone to help you discover the craft beer world.  This is an easy drinking Pale Ale with a hop forward bite.  I would say APA is like an IPA with training wheels.  Approachable for someone who is used to corn and rice adjunct macro lager, but wants to start drinking something with better, more hand crafted flavor.  Yes, there are adjunct lagers made by craft brewers, but I am speaking about getting your taste buds a light workout.  Just because a beer is craft brewed doesn’t mean it is flavorful.  

This beer is enjoyable, and you can taste the Cascade hops in this one.  It has a nice malty backbone with Pale, NW Pale, Crystal and Carapils malts.  This beer was not created to blow anybody’s mind, but to be a great, easy-drinking beer for any occasion.  

Great work, Deschutes, and cheers to the Class of 88’!  

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Beer Painting of Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.07. Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 220

The featured beer painting of the day is of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon.  This has been a go-to beer for me since it basically came out in 2006.  This was just when IPAs became the cat’s meow and I also just developed a palate for the whole flower hop bomb that makes up a solid IPA.  Previously a “dark beer” guy,  I preferred Black Butte Porter.  I think that beer was a segue to my love for IPAs.  A porter is technically a dark bitter.  The dark grains and heavier doses of hops helped me along my way.  It’s funny how some people just don’t like IPA, and I remember being there too, but the floral scents of IPA make up for the stronger hop flavor. 

Citrus and pine in flavor, but floral and sweet on the olfactory senses.  So much of tasting is directly related to smelling; it is important to take a second, and to just sniff at the beer you have in front of you.  If it smells good, it’s going to taste great.  I have had some homebrews that smelled awful, but somehow they tasted fruity, and I still swilled ‘em down.  And that is how you develop your palate for anything, you just gotta man/woman up and start tasting it.  Nobody ever developed anything without giving it the good, honest college try.  It wasn’t until my third college that I really liked IPA anyway.

Now there are so many IPA offerings from Deschutes Brewing alone: Chainbreaker, Fresh Squeezed, Chasing Freshies, Jubelale, Hop Henge, Hop in the Dark, Armory XPA, and Red Chair (NWPA is still an IPAish beer).  Can you imagine how many IPAs are available in the USA or across the world?  It must be several thousand options.  So stuff your head with hops and get off your high horse, and have some IPA (be sure to share with the horse)!

Cheers to Deschutes, making a darn good brew since 1988, and inversion since 2006!  Keep it up, and keep it hopped!

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Beer Painting of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.08. Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.