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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 156

The daily beer painting is of Summer Kölsch-Style Ale by Alaskan Brewing Company.  Alaskan summer is finally here!  Spring was like a fart in the wind — over in a blink of an eye.  Notice that Alaskan Brewing makes Winter and Summer ales but not Fall or Spring, because these seasons are truncated here.  A Kölsch is a perfect summer-time beer anywhere, but it is good on a rare hot day here in Alaska!

The Orca, more of a giant dolphin than a whale, is a very interesting sea beast, and represented here on the iconic label for Alaskan’s Summer.  Considered an Apex Predator, there is nothing in the sea that hunts the Orca.  Must be nice to be at the top of the food chain.  Orcas are in every ocean around the world and eat a variety of different prey ranging from fish, to marine mammals, including other species of whales.  The Orca comes to Alaska from about May 5 to June 5, so they are about to head out.  They live and travel in large social groups called pods.  The adult male Orca can grow upwards of 20 feet long and weigh as much as 11,000 lbs!  The Orca can average 75 miles per day during migration time, and can swim up to 35 miles per hour in short bursts!

This Orca is depicted in front of Margery Glacier!  The cruise ships pull into Glacier Bay National Park, and wreak havoc on the sea-life by making a ridiculous spinning circle just so both sides of the ship can see the calving glacier.  All day long.  Which was once beautiful glacial blue-green water, turns ruddy brown-gray as the silt layer is dredged into the entire ecosystem!  How can this be good for our National Park?

This beer pours out a straw gold color, crisp and cold.  It has the refreshing nature of a light bodied brew.  Noble hops and top-fermenting ale yeast create a perfect summer sipper. Alaskan Brewing has really stepped it up a notch since it started producing the Rough Draft Series, but it has also changed many of the recipes for the flagship lines.  Everything has been clean and delicious, even though it travels all the way from Juneau.

Cheers to another Alaskan Summer!  Relax, don’t worry, let’s have another Alaskan Summer! Please!

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

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Father's Day Beer Painting of Alaskan Summer Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.05. Summer Kölsch-Style Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 154

The daily beer painting is of Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 Flanders Style Red Ale by Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska.  What a beer!  Brewed with raspberries and fermented in oak barrels, this brew is awesome!  I am always hesitant to buy expensive beers.  Normally, I have never had them before, either because they are a limited edition, or are very hard to get.  I think this one may be both, and I was just lucky enough to score one.  It was a risk that paid off!  This beer was hand bottled and came with a champagne cork.  I know it was corked one bottle at a time, as Denali Brewing doesn’t own a professional corker.  The brewers had their hands on every bottle.

The Alaskan wilderness is expansive and access is the most difficult part of getting out to a remote destination.  The Alaska Railroad has offered a flag stop service for a long time, and still does to this day, helping people get out and experience Alaska.  My sculpture professor from UAA has a cabin in a community just north of Talkeetna, and he accesses it from a flag stop service.  Just another cool thing about Alaska.

I would consider this beer a framboise since it is a sour beer with raspberries and reminded me of Lindemans, but fresher and with oak flavor.  Raspberries blend perfectly with a sour beer, as you would expect tartness from berries.  The Brettanomyces Acetobacter and Lactobacillus come out from the oak aging, as well as the wood flavor itself.  When I popped the cork, it shot to the roof and a small amount of wispy smoke emanated from the bottle.  It smelled like a horse blanket wrapped around a bushel of berries, and I knew I was in for a treat!

If you are lucky enough to find one of these bottles, I know they are really small batches, get it and drink it!  I have had many delicious beers and this was definitely a winner!

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

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Beer Painting of Flag Stop Series by Denali Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.03. Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.