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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 329

The featured beer painting for the day is of Jai Alai India Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida. Jai Alai, a.k.a. the “Merry Game” is a sport that was invented in Spain, and is a very popular quirky game. Players throw and catch hard balls with wicker mitts called xisteras at up to 188 mph, bouncing them off walls. Sounds like quite an exciting sport indeed. I was calling this beer the j•eye uh• lie, however I was quickly told that it is pronounced h•eye uh•lie. The Sunshine State is not known for Jai Alai, but Tampa used to have a court, called a fronton. I’m not sure what happened to the fronton, but Cigar City brewed this beer in memory of the Merry Game. This Florida brewery sure knows how to make a mean IPA. This beer boasts a balance of sweet malt and citrusy hops, with a floral aroma, making this IPA absurdly delicious. I received two of these cans, and I’m always grateful for Cigar City brews since the brewery doesn’t distribute to Alaska. I painted the xistera, the ball and the helmets that are necessary for this sport in the background to show how dangerous and fast the sport actually is. I doubt you could find a better-tasting IPA for consuming right after a heated Jai Alai match!

Cheers to Jai Alai IPA – a fantastic brew from a class act brewery! Keep up the great work, Cigar City! I hope to make it your way for some southern beer tasting in the next few years!

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

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Beer Painting of Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.25. Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 255

Can I get a little Funky Funky Buddha?! The brewery, that is. The featured beer painting of the day is of Iron & Barley Wine by Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. This is an English-style barley wine aged in oak Cabernet barrels. Every time I open a barley wine bottle, my wife, Maria, spends five minutes smelling the beer, and mentioning repeatedly how good it smells, and that we need to get our own barrel so we can ferment our own barley wine. I totally agree with this sentiment, although I actually need a greater amount of equipment to make a beer of this caliber. I may be able to make an 8, or 9-percent beer all-grain (I know I could make it as strong as we want with malt extract), but that would be a very expensive batch of beer. One of the great things about mashing a barley wine is the beer you can make from the second runnings.

This barleywine was really good! I’m glad, because I was worried about my friend Jay, who just moved to Florida, not getting any barley wine this Christmas, in which case I would have mailed him some from Alaska. I think I’ll send him some anyway, but it’s good to know that Florida has good barley wine. Thanks, Jay, for bringing me this bottle all the way to Alaska! This beer created an incredible aroma of oak, cherries, plums and vanilla. It smelled like the holidays to me. I always think of royalty and a king drinking beer like this from a huge golden chalice. Once you take your first sip, the flavor encompasses you! This beer is not for the yellow fizzy beer swillers, to enjoy barley wine you have to like big, bold beers. I could have cellared this one for a few years but I couldn’t help myself, and I was not let down. I am sure it will improve over the next five years, but it is amazing right now, as well.

Cheers to Funky Buddha Brewing! Great job on the Iron and Barley Wine! I found it mighty fine! Tastes great way up North!

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

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Beer Painting of iron and barley wine by funky buddha brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.12. Iron & Barley Wine by Funky Buddha Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.