Can I have a stout for breakfast today, please? Nope… Two more days until Sunday morning. Weyerbacher Brewing‘s Sunday Morning Imperial Stout is perfect to be consumed as a morning elixir, alleviating any left-over hangover wooziness. Or maybe if you start really late… er, I mean early in the morning. At 11.3% booziness, this beer is not to be taken lightly. If you do drink one in the morning, please don’t drive to get the morning crossword afterwards. Have that delivered to your front door, or get it on your fancy device. This beer is incredible whenever you decide to drink it, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Aged in bourbon barrels, brewed down until this beer resembles the coffee that is added. This beer is not to be missed, if you can get your hands on it. A breakfast “toast”… eggs, bacon, and your morning crossword! Cheers!
I’m calling this painting Light Struck. A glass full of beer looks so amazing in direct sunlight, but unfortunately the UV light causes catastrophic changes to your beer. Have you ever opened a green, or clear glass bottle of beer that stank like a skunk? Of course, your beer is past its prime, but how did it get like that? Sunlight caused it, and don’t think that beer packaged in brown glass is immune. It’s just a little better than the complete lack of protection from green, or clear glass vessels. In just one minute of direct sunlight, in a few minutes through a window, or in a few days under a fluorescent lightbulb the flavor is changed chemically. Hop molecules called isohumulones start to break down, bonding with sulfur molecules, and creating a chemical similar to the spray from a skunk. Even one part per trillion of this chemical will ruin a beer. Germans invented the beer stein, an opaque, clay drinking vessel with a metal lid. This vessel, although originally designed to keep black-plague-carrying flies out of beer, also protects from light contamination. If you are planning on sipping your suds in a direct sun environment, a steel pint glass with a coaster on top should work as well. Maybe drinking that IPA directly from the can is a good idea. Better keep it cool too, add a koozie! Cheers to the beauty of beer!
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) painted the Luncheon of the Boating Party in 1880-81, when he was 40 years old. It is a large canvas, 51 x 68 inches. My beer-infused version is only 11 x 14 inches, but I feel it still captures the essence of the original composition. I call this piece the Tasting of the Beer Party! The guests are sampling some sought-after beers: Spotted Cow, Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, The Abyss, Bourbon County Stout, and 120 Minute IPA.
I have always enjoyed Renoir’s paintings. When I was 12 years old my grandmother gave me a picture book of his paintings and I have always worked to be as proficient a painter as Renoir, setting quite a high standard for myself. You can always recognize a Renoir painting, because it is the ideal Impressionist work incorporating the human figure. Monet painted in a very similar style, but rarely depicted as many people. It is also very inspirational to see a painter who was not only successful, but painted party scenes for a long full life. Renoir was nearly 80 years old when he passed. He was lucky enough to walk through the Louvre in 1919 and see his paintings hanging on the same walls as ones of the old masters! I hope you enjoy this parody of one of the best paintings of art history, and we should all hope we all live as long and full lives as Pierre-Auguste Renoir!
The original oil painting sold, but I released 52 limited-edition prints. You can purchase prints, or order a custom original oil painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Happy Thirsty Thursday on National Beer Day! And, today is also my birthday! April 7 was a great day in 1933 when beer became legal again after 13 years. Home brewing didn’t become legal until 1978, which is ironic, because home brewing is essentially the way beer was invented some 7,000 years ago.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is a parody of Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. This was the first of 36 paintings of Mt. Fuji that Hokusai produced from 1830-1833. In my version I portrayed the boats as glasses of pilsner floating in a wave of dark beer I presume to be porter, or stout. This wave of beer reminds me of a carboy incident I had while home brewing back in 2006. Little to say, I have new bamboo flooring on the living room side of my kitchen counter as a result. I call my version of this painting The Great Beer Wave.
I hope you spend National Beer Day home brewing, or at least pause from your busy schedule for a needed beer break! In celebration of National Beer Day coinciding with Thirsty Thursday and my birthday I’m having a 15% sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter. Use coupon code BEER2016. Valid today only!
The original oil painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Last Saturday, after an excellent ski day, we headed to Anchorage Brewing Company for Orval Day! If there is one thing I love about Anchorage Brewing Company, aside from its world-class beer, it’s the events that are held at its new location. Culmination Beer Fest is incredible, and Zwanze Day was special. Thanks Gabe Fletcher for bringing us such awesome festivities to our hometown! I was about the 101st person in line at Orval Day, which meant that the person ahead of me got the last Orval glass. Luckily, Gabe had an extra one in the back, and since he is a supporter of the beer arts he made a special effort to make sure I received the correct vessel for this special libation! The monks at Orval have perfected their beer recipe. Not too sour, nor too hoppy, or too sweet, or too high in alcohol. Brewed with Belgian candied sugar, dry-hopped, dosed with Brettanomyces, and brewed by Trappist Monks who know what they are doing, makes this a special beer indeed. Demand is high for this Abbey-made brew. The monks produce 2 million gallons a year, and although that is not enough to satisfy the world’s demand for this tasty ale, the monks say they are not brewing a drop more. They say that they are an Abbey first and brewery second, and if they increased production the brewery would take over the monastery. The other amazing thing at Orval Day was the Orval cheese also made by the Trappist monks. This cheese is not distributed outside of Belgium, France, or Holland. Orval Cheese is a Plateau cheese, and is soft and mild with an incredible hand-washed rind. Let me say it goes well with the beer! Anchorage Brewing Company was packed with beer loving Anchoragites. It seemed like everybody in the beer community was there. A wonderful day! Thanks Orval for putting so much love into your fine brew and cheese!
The original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) was known for his jungle series of paintings. Though he painted over 25 of these large paintings, the one that is most famous is The Dream, which was quite large at 9 feet by 6 feet. It probably made a room feel tropical. Living in Alaska, where it is white outside and everything is still in hibernation mode, I enjoyed getting lost in the jungle while painting this boozy version. I love the lushness of the jungle and the way that Rousseau included so many animals hidden in this painting. When I was researching famous paintings and found this one, I saw the woman with her hand empty and immediately thought that she needs a pint. I know that when I am in the jungle I crave an ice-cold carbonated beverage. Not only because the tropics cause perspiration, but it just fits the setting. Unlike here in Alaska where, in the depths of winter, I would much rather have a small barleywine than a large yellow lager! I am calling this piece The Dream Pint, because I live in Alaska and often dream of being in the jungle drinking a beer. Hope you enjoy this one. Cheers to exotic beers!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Claude Monet, considered the father of Impressionism, painted during his epic life span of 86 years, completing his famous Japanese garden paintings at the peak of his career between 1897-99. Monet moved to Giverny, near Paris in 1883, and bought the adjacent plot of land from his home in 1893. He transformed that lot into a beautiful Asia-inspired garden with exotic plants and an arched bridge. This garden was the inspiration for the piece I sampled for this week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting. Monet is an inspiration to me for his use of color, the way he represented light in his work, and his hard work ethic. I call this painting Light Struck due to the way Monet handled light in his work, but also because if you leave your beer too long unattended in the sun it will become less delicious. Have fun, but put a beer cozy on your pint! Cheers to the gold of the sun! Here’s a green painting for St. Patricks day!
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.