The daily beer painting is of Curmudgeon Old Ale from Founders Brewing Company. If there is one statement I could make about this beer, I would say, it is smooth! A nice old ale brewed with molasses and aged in oak casks, this beer is a bit on the strong side coming in at 9.8% ABV. The flavor is a bit fruity with oak being one of the strongest characteristics; it finishes with bold whiskey-like booziness.
Keep your eyes out for the lighthouse when you are drinking this, because if you have a few, you might get lost! The good news is that with the old curmudgeon himself manning the light, the likelihood of a completely lost cause is diminished. I love the marketing on this one; what a great name for a beer that is such an easy sipper, but strong in taste! I just imagine the lighthouse attendant swigging one of these after a long night of keeping watch over the water.
Founders, I am so happy I found out about you! Please start distributing to Alaska! We have many good breweries, but great beer is always well received here!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at myEtsy shop.
The beer painting of the day is of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan (my late grandmother’s birth place)! Brewed with coffee, this is a nice, early-in-the-day beer. I try to stay away from caffeine after 4 PM, because I find it harder to sleep. I portrayed this one as part of a complete breakfast, since beer is made from cereal grains. I put a full American breakfast in the background with taters and bacon and eggs, even a slice of melon on the side! An unbalanced beer, balanced by a great breakfast. What could be finer? If you are relaxing at home, entertaining yourself by catching up on your R & R, this is a perfect Sunday afternoon brew! Roasted grains and coffee are the strongest flavors. There is a sour twinge that is typical in a dry stout, but in this beer, it is more pronounced by the coffee bitterness. I know that IBUs can be calculated from bitter grains, as well as hops, but dark beers don’t take on the floral characteristics as well as lighter brews do. Dry hopped, light colored IPAs will have more of a floral hop aroma, kind of like dark vs. light roast coffee. Thanks, Rich, for putting this one in the mailer for me! We don’t get Founders beer here in Alaska. One of the best parts about this project has been getting to try new beers that I normally would not have had. Cheers to Founders! I’m glad I found out about the Breakfast Stout! A fine heart warming dark ale!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.