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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 200

The featured beer painting of the day is of Granitbock from Hofstetten Brewery in Austria!  It is a special beer made by heating granite rocks and dropping them into the wort.  Eventually, if you drop enough hot stones into the unfermented barley sugar water, it will boil.  I don’t think I can even taste a single hop in this beer.  It is a malt bomb for sure.  When you add white-hot rocks to stone vats of beer you actually caramelize some of the wort in the process.  This produces a fragrant flavor in the alt-style beer of rich sweetness, with plum and raisin tastes.  This beer has been brewed since 1229.

When I was painting this beer, I knew it was made with granite stones.  Since I live in Alaska, the first thing that came to mind when thinking of granite was rock climbing.  So I put a climbing bolt in the rock behind the glass because granite is the best rock for climbing, and is also good for brewing in this exotic style.  Austria is home of some famous rock climbing sites and when I was growing up, I was way into it until I realized I would rather spend time painting on the ground while my friends climbed the cliffs.

This beer is decadent, and I recommend it as a good example of a bock, very malt-forward and a good one for a cold rainy day.  As it warms up, it is a perfect belly pleaser and the aromas and flavors are complex and delicious.

Cheers to Hofstetten Brewery in Austria, which makes a truly traditional bock that will knock your socks off!

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

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Beer Painting of granitebock by hofstetten brewery in austria year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.19. Granitebock by Hofstetten Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.