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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 94

The daily beer painting is of Weihenstephaner Original from Germany.  This beer is so perfect, I don’t even know where to start.  First, the brewery is in a castle at a site where monks brewed beer around 1040, making it the “oldest, still operating brewery in the world.”  Second, there is a university for agricultural studies housed on the brewery campus, which, I have heard, has the best beer brewing classes in the world.  Third, this beer is so delicious it makes other beers bow down, as they are not worthy!  At around four dollars a half liter it is a good deal, too.  I know that breweries making this quality of perfect beer could charge anything they wanted and people would buy it just because it is perfect!  I first ran into this brew when a couple of Anchorage beer folks commissioned a painting of the heffe and dunkel heffe, because their son graduated from the brew school there, and they said, “It’s the best beer in the world.”  I liked both of those styles but the Original featured today really takes the cake.  A München Helles Lager, this beer rates 100 from the bros at Beer Advocate and gets a general high score from everyone else.  Make sure you check the freshness date on the bottle, since this beer is an unknown gem in some locations and may sit on the shelves too long.

To generations of brewing tradition, resulting in a fabulous brewing perfection!  When drinking this beer I exclaimed, “I would be fine if this was the only beer in the world!”  It is so good!

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Beer Painting of Weihenstephaner bier kunst from Germany Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.04. Weihenstephaner Original. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 64

Beck’s!  The most American German bier!  Is it Reinheitsgebot?  Tastes like it is!  I really like this beer because it tastes just like it should, instead of other contract brews failing miserably.  I will not mention them here, but look out in your tasting adventures for beer labeled as import, but not from the country you expect.  What can I say about Beck’s other than it is good and less expensive than other imported German beers.  The marketing is pretty cool for Beck’s.  In previous years labels were designed by guest artists like Yoko Ono, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and many others.  I think this is one of the coolest beer projects… for obvious reasons.

To Beck’s, the bestest bier in all ze world… right after Schitzengiggles! (Beerfest movie reference).

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

Year of Beer 03.05. Beck's. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.05. Beck’s. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 19

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Spaten Optimator, chillin’ in the streets of Deutschland.  On my first trip to Germany I went to Münich (München) with only weeks until my 21st birthday.  I was enjoying drinking legally overseas, my first introduction to bars and a pub crawl.  I pretty much only drank dunkles (dark) bier because I thought helles (light) or pils was boring.  On my second trip my wife and I went to a small town in the middle of Germany to visit her family in a town called Seesen.  I couldn’t find any good beer because I was shopping at the local grocery market, but then we discovered the drink (getränke) shops.  The drink shops in Germany stock beers that are really popular across the country, or available within about 100 kilometers of the store.  All the empty bottles are returned to the brewery for refilling.  Germany has an extensive brewing history, but unlike the U.S., most beer there is crafted in Reinheitsgebot tradition, so it’s almost impossible to find hop-forward ale there, however you will find a perfect pils after perfect pils.

Ein Prosit!  Ich Liebe Bier!

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

Year of Beer 01.19, Spaten Optimator from Germany. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.19, Spaten Optimator from Germany. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.