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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78, June 23, 2016, Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Sockeye Red IPA is a hopped up beer that was a hop bomb before IPAs were even popular.  About 20 years ago this beer was brewed by Mark Staples at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. to feed the desire for a spawntastic IPA at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, a downtown watering hole.  At 5.6% and 61 IBUs this beer was an immediate success.  Inspired by the Alaskan fishing scene, Humpy’s has always been a beer hub of Anchorage, with over 40 taps, a pizza joint, and a new music venue all connected into one downtown campus.  This place is where you would want to spawn till you die.  Sockeye Red IPA is available in ever convenient 12 oz cans, as well as in the original offering of 22 oz bottles.  This IPA has long been one of my favorites.  Be like this Sockeye and snag yourself a little piece of Anchorage brewing history.  Cheers to the big, bold Sockeye Red IPA!  

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78 by Scott Clendaniel. June 23, 2016. Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #78 by Scott Clendaniel. June 23, 2016. Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 275

The featured beer painting of the day is of 420 Extra Pale Ale by SweetWater Brewing Company in Altlanta, Georgia. This beer is perfect for hunting down a big fat rainbow trout. Not too weak, nor too strong, not too hopped up, yet not a malt bomb. A perfectly-balanced pale for sipping all day at your favorite fishing hole. The 420 is a reference to 4/20, the day this ale was conceived. This beer is so versatile, I’m sure it would be perfect with a big fat brownie.

When I go fishing I am not looking for rainbow trout, I try to grab as many Sockeye Red Salmon I can get during our annual fish harvest. I would have loved to be sucking down bottles of SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale in the river. However, I drank this beer in my condo, and noticed that I opened it just in time, before the 10/22 expiration date. I like seeing expiration dates on beer bottles, because that makes me think that the beer is fresh. Now, if only breweries were required to list ingredients on the label. Strange that all other beverages have to have a list of ingredients, but not beer.

Cheers to 420 Extra Pale Ale! A very good, even bodied, drinkable West-coast style pale ale. “Don’t float the mainstream!” Thank you, Alex, for sending me a couple bottles!

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

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Beer Painting of 420 Extra Pale Ale by SweetWater Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 10.02. 420 Extra Pale Ale by SweetWater Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.