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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 322

The featured beer painting of the day is of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, California. I loved San Diego when I was there five years ago at the end of our epic tandem bicycle tour down the West Coast. My wife and I rode 2,000+ plus miles together from Vancouver, BC, and I am glad we did. We use the same skill-set we developed on that ride to make the art business run smoothly. At the beginning of the ride we would trade off being driver and stoker. Turned out, I was a bad stoker, and we kept getting lost, since the person in the back was the navigator. Maria was a good driver, but I was not getting full leg extension in the back, so we went slower. We figured out our proper positions and rocketed down the road. Same thing for our art business, she takes care of marketing, sales, shipping and the business end. A good business needs both, a fine product and smart business sense. I had been struggling with the business end for several years before Maria took over as my Business Manager, and now I feel we are like a well-oiled machine.

The Sculpin is a great example of a West Coast IPA. Ironically, my friend Rich, gave me this can the night we arrived to Philadelphia two weeks ago, so this is a well-traveled can. But hey, Ballast Point doesn’t distribute to Alaska, so this was a good chance to nab a Sculpin. Although, Alaskans would be all over this one. This is my second painting of a Ballast Point brew. I liked the Sea Monster so much, that I decided to paint two beers from this brewery. I have been drinking East Coast IPAs for two weeks now, and this West Coast IPA was a refreshing change, because it was more fruity. Hopped five different times during the boil, this beer turns out as perfect as an IPA can be. The flavors of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, peach, and lemon make you feel like you just had a picnic at the beach. At 7% ABV this is no session ale, so watch out for the sting of the Sculpin, as it is a strong-biting IPA! Hope you are lucky enough to get your hands on a few of these, as it is worth the effort!

Cheers to the Sculpin! An excellent IPA, finely crafted in San Diego, California!

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Beer Painting of Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.18. Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 309

The featured beer painting of the day is of Pt. Defiance IPA by Harmon Brewing Company located in Tacoma, Washington. This is an example of a traditional northwestern IPA with a malty body, balanced by a massive dosage of hops. The lead brewer’s favorite of the five flagship beers produced by Harmon Brewing, this beer seems like it would be perfect on any sea-going vessel. Heavier on the bittering hops than a normal IPA, but not too bitter to turn this IPA lover away. Nice and malty, and well balanced, just like a sea kayak in the protected Puget Sound.

Hops make beer taste good, and this beer has plenty. I think I want to make a trip into Tacoma next time I fly to Washington. It would be really fun to get out on the water in a little boat. The last time I was out on the Sound, I was on a ferry and I wished I had a hopped up beer. We were portaging our tandem bicycle on our tour down the coast, and next time I will make sure to pack a few hopped up IPAs into my bag, so I can enjoy one in the fresh salty air.

Cheers to Pt. Defiance IPA! A great beer for great adventures. I hope you get to have a good beer like this one after a great day out on the water!

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Beer Painting of Pt. Defiance IPA by Harmon Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.05. Pt. Defiance IPA by Harmon Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 307

The featured beer painting for the day is of Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout, a certified organic ale by Eel River Brewing Company, located in the heart of the Redwoods in Scotia, California. An amazing beer that is certified organic is a huge deal to me. I’m skeptical of pesticides and GMO food products, and try to eat only organic food, which is difficult to find most of the time, especially in Alaska. I even use organic grain in my homebrew. I know from first hand experience that using organic specialty grains, as well as organic yeast and hops, and ending up with a quality product like this stout is really a major coup.

My wife and I rode our tandem bike through Scotia during our epic tour down the west coast. We had been taking turns being driver and stoker daily, until the day we visited Scotia and then continued onto the Avenue of the Giants where Maria tried to swerve onto the road to avoid hitting a small Redwood log. At the same time I thought I heard a car behind us, so I tried to ditch right from the back of the bike. We slammed into the log, which swung upward into our drive train, smashing the front chain ring and breaking the chain. Luckily, the aluminum chain ring didn’t bust in half. I banged it back into shape with the same log that did the damage, and we fine-tuned it with a Leatherman – fairly delicate work as metal fatigue is a major obstacle when bending aluminum. We rode into the campground after dark, found our spot for the night, and decided that I was a horrible stoker, so from then on I was the driver. If I had known that Eel River Brewing was in Scotia, I would have pulled over immediately for food and beer, like we did every chance we got. Unfortunately, we only had a guidebook, which was full of useful information, but omitted the location of every brewery. Drat! We limped all the way into San Jose to my uncle’s house where we waited for two weeks for spare parts to fix the bike. The bike was repaired and we rode all the way to the Mexican border, stopping at Stone Brewing Bistro for a beer at the end of the ride.

Cheers to Eel River Brewing and to organic beer! I wish you guys the best, and if I had a real raven’s eye as I passed you by, I would have known where to go to get fresh beer and food!

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Beer Painting of Raven's Eye Stout by Eel River Brewing Year of Beer Paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.03. Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout by Eel River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 305

Happy November! I am officially into the last two months of the Year of Beer Paintings, which is bittersweet, kind of like a perfectly balanced beer. The featured beer painting for the day is of Born & Raised IPA from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, Washington. I was born is Spokane, and lived there until I was seven years old. I remember skateboarding around our neighborhood, playing pick-up games of sandlot baseball, and jumping our BMX bike on the sweet jump we made from a sheet of CDX plywood and a couple of cinder blocks. I would say this beer was unique in its flavor. Before I drank it, I thoroughly spoiled my palate by gorging on handfuls of Halloween candy, so I may have missed some of the delicate nuances in this one. I think it resembled an English style IPA, a bit more bitter in flavor and style than the more American-style with hopped up aroma. More flavor on the tongue than in the nose, this beer will do the trick at 7% ABV. A pretty strong contender of an IPA on the alcohol level, which was hardly noticeable during consumption. No-Li says that everything in this beer comes from within a 300-mile radius from the brewery, and when you are in Eastern Washington that actually seems pretty close. I moved to Alaska in ‘87, but whenever I return to Washington, I visit family in Walla Walla, and I am always amazed at how the PNW culture is similar to what we strange northern Alaskans call normal. I guess it is because Alaskans mostly cheer for the Mariners and the Seahawks. We also fly in and out of Seattle as our closest Lower 48 air hub. Alaska used to be seven days away on a steamship journey, but the last port of call was Seattle/Tacoma. Now we can make the trip in about 3.5 hours in a jet. The No-Li Brewhouse opened five years after I left Spokane, but that was still eight years before I could legally drink beer, so I guess I really didn’t miss anything, and now I can buy bottles here in Anchorage!

Cheers to Born and Raised IPA! I hope you guys stay committed to making craft beer on a local level, the city of Spokane needs you!

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Beer Painting of Born & Raised IPA by No-Li Brewhouse Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.01. Born & Raised IPA by No-Li Brewhouse. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 302

The featured beer painting of the day is of HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale from Uinta Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. This beer is brewed in celebration of Bryce Canyon National Park, and specifically of the tall spires of stone known as HooDoos. I have traveled to Utah a few times and the last time I visited Zion National Park and saw some amazing rock formations. I wanted to make it to Bryce Canyon on that trip, but the snowstorm in early May put a kibosh on our camping plans. So, I still plan on seeing this area of Utah someday, and riding my mountain bike on the Slickrock Trail in Moab.

HooDoo ale tastes like a hybrid between a golden ale and a kölsch. It smelled and tasted like sweet honey, with a slight pepper finish from a light dosing of hops. Overall this beer is great and would be best consumed after a long day out in the hot Utah sun. I think being at 4,000-9,000 ft elevation would also help to make this beer taste a lot like liquid heaven. Hydration is key when you transition from sea level to altitude.

Cheers to HooDoos, the rock spires and the beer! Both from Utah and both amazing!

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Beer Painting of HooDoo kolsch by uinta brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.29. HooDoo Kölsch Style Ale by Uinta Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.