The beer painting of the day is of Coldfoot Pilsner from Silver Gulch Brewing Company in Fox, Alaska, near Fairbanks. This Czech style pilsner has been the best pilsner in Alaska for a long time. This brewery has been making this beer before the IPA revolution began. Even before American pils became chic as a normal craft brew style. Brewing beer since 1998, this brewery is the Northern-most brewery in the United States. The brewery’s tag line is, “Where the people are unusual, and the beer is unusually good.” That completely describes the awesome beer vibe that Silver Gulch has created. I have ridden across Europe tasting pilsners, and this one is not one to be missed. I always have a great time visiting the brewery each time I cruise to Fairbanks for beer, and stop for a pint at the restaurant, which provides a great atmosphere for beer consumption! To Silver Gulch Brewing Company, the brewery in Fox, Alaska that rocks yer socks off!
Today’s beer painting is of HooDoo Brewing Company’s IPA! Be forewarned, this 7.2% IPA should be enjoyed responsibly. I was responsible enough to leave my car at the hotel and make the 10 minute short walk over to the brewery. When I arrived to the new Fairbanks hot-spot known as HooDoo, I was blown away with the cool outdoor ice bar that was about to melt in the above-30-degree weather, which was also a pleasant surprise! A crowd of thirsty beer lovers was already crowding the tasting room! I got situated, tasted all the on-draft offerings, and realized my favorite was the IPA, and got to work making this painting. This was my first onsite beer painting in a brewery. I have done photo-shoots at breweries before, but painting live was a first for me.
Fairbanks is so cool now that it has HooDoo right there in town. Silver Gulch Brewing Company in Fox has been a favorite of mine since I first visited it over five years ago, but making a 20 mile round trip drive just for fresh beer seems like a bit of a schlep. Nonetheless, after driving 350+ miles to Fairbanks, we checked into the hotel, and drive straight to Silver Gulch. There is totally room for another brewery, or three in the Fairbanks area — a hub of a pretty large Alaska community.
HooDoo was founded by Bobby Wilken, a local Fairbanksian, who started home brewing in college in Montana. He found his passion for craft beer, graduated with a business degree, left for Germany to study the art of brewing in München, traveled extensively in Europe honing his palette, and returned to Fairbanks to build HooDoo in 2011.
I enjoyed painting this beer as I was surrounded by its loyal consumers! I also found it to be a spot on IPA, even though it is not very session-able. Those pints felt large, too! Seemed more like 20 oz than 16, but those engineers in Fairbanks always give a little wiggle room! It is floral and delicious, more of a double than a single, which is my normal octane. I was on overdrive as I finished this piece up and having a blast!
To HooDoo, you are fine hosts in our central Alaskan hub! Bringing fine beer culture to a great Alaskan destination! Cheers!