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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 254

The featured beer painting of the day is of Das Naturtrübe Unfiltered Pils by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu. This beer is from Stuttgart, Germany. My question is, why do we call it Germany here in America when it is actually Deutschland? Same with most German cities: Munich is actually München, Cologne is Köln. Why do we try to confuse ourselves by misnaming places? At least Stuttgart is Stuttgart in English and German (Deutsch). Okay, back to the beer. Das Naturtrübe is a pretty easy-drinking, good craft beer. When I opened the bottle, I noticed the best aroma, full of citrus fruit and bread. The beer was slightly cloudy, and perfectly carbonated. It poured with a thick foam that didn’t dissipate too rapidly. I shared it with Maria (my wife and beer accomplice), so I only had a quarter of a liter. I love the swing arm bottle, which reminded me of opening a bottle of homebrew. The flavor was unmistakably of German pilsner, but on steroids. This is a full-flavored beer for sure, thicker than other German pilsners. I read a review about this beer saying it was a hefe. I don’t think so. I believe it was lagered like a pilsner should be. I also don’t think there is any wheat in the beer. I assume it was made like a traditional pilsner, using the 100-200 year-old recipe, or like the way a pilsner is made in a home brewery, without pasteurization, or carbonation tanks. This was made the natural way, which leaves it slightly hazy and loaded with more flavor!

Ein Prost! Nach dem Naturtrübe! Great beer from a great country! I hope to visit Stuttgart some time soon.

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Beer Painting of Das Naturtrube German pils year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.11. Das Naturtrübe Pils by Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 164

Today’s beer painting is of Reissdorf Kölsch from the Privat Brauerie Heinrich Reissdorf. Amazing beer!  I am sitting in my outdoor studio in McCarthy, sipping on this beer with two good friends and all of us are amazed at this delicious crisp German Kölsch.  “What a good beer!” one of them said as he swilled it down.  “Good beer!” said the other.  I was really thirsty this late afternoon as we had just hauled 20 five-gallon jugs of water all the way from the spring to my lot.  I think the hot weather (probably 80 degrees F in Alaska), and the cold beer after manual labor made this a very, very enjoyable beer.

I love the German pilsner, but a Kölsch has even more breadiness.  The yeast flavor is a bit different, more chunky.  Many German beers are very similar with vary subtle differences.  I love German beer from my last bicycle trip in 2011.  I rode across the country of Germany as part of it and tasted many amazing beers.  I wish I had gone to Köln!  I was getting annoyed at big cities and decided to skip it.  Next time I go, I will totally bring a folding bike and hop trains and stay in cities!  And I will go to Köln and drink the Reissdorf Kölsch!

Prost zum gut Bier!  Reissdorf Kölsch!  Hanging with the best beers out there!

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Beer Painting of Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Year of Beer 06.13. Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 137

The daily beer painting is of Hofbräuhaus Original, one of the finest brews in the world!  Well, if you like a Munich Helles Lager, that is.  This really is the “King of Beers,” as it was originally the Royal Brewery founded by Duke Wilhelm V in 1589, and was built right in the spot where the Hofbräuhaus exists today!  During its heyday, way back when, only royalty and invited guests could drink at this amazing beer destination.  During this time period the brewers switched the beer from the traditional old style brown ale to Hefeweizen.  At this time in Germany, beer was considered liquid bread, and extremely good for your health.  Just another part of the Germans’ complete breakfast.  The ladies of the court were known to drink seven liters of the hefe per day!  Germans have historically cared about the quality of the beer they drink starting with the Reinheitsgebot Law of 1512, which is the first known legislation over food production.  Reinheitsgebot Law states that only water, malt, yeast, and hops are allowed in beer.

The Hofbräuhaus is still there right in Munich’s city center and has the largest tent at Octoberfest.  The Duke is no longer in control of the brewery, but it is still owned by the governing body of Bavaria.  There is seating for 5,000 inside the beer hall, and overflow outside in the beer garden.  Don’t sit at a regular’s table, or you may be asked to move to a different seat, or to the beer garden.  I went to the Hofbräuhaus when I was 20 years old in 2000.  I was studying abroad in Athens, Greece, and during the fall break I made a trip to Germany for some tasty beers.  I had been fighting a cold for about two weeks when I got there.  I was sitting outside in the beer garden next to my friend’s mother.  I thought a liter of helles lager should be enough, but when my friend’s mom ordered me a second one, I was concerned about my cold getting worse.  She exclaimed, “When will you be back at the Hofbräuhaus?  Drink up, you pansy!”  So I did as I was told.  She was right.  Although I have been back to Germany twice since then, I still haven’t been back to Munich.  Hmm… maybe it’s time for another trip to Germany.

Ein prost! Auf dem besten Bier in Bayern, Reinheitsgebot und mein Lieblingsbier Bayrisch!

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Beer painting of Hofbrauhaus Original Munich Germany Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.17. Hofbräuhaus Original. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 120

Last day of the glorious month of April.  Yes!  I made it home safely to Alaska!  My packed beer paintings (and beers) from Hawai’i survived the trip.

The beer painting of the day is of Köstritzer Schwarzbier from the town of Bad Köstritz, and is famous for being the oldest schwartzbier!  First brewing this beer in 1543, this brewery has taken tradition to the next level, still utilizing the same beer recipe to this day.  Probably the most famous consumer of this beer over history has been Johann Wolfgang Von Geothe, who consumed this beer during the 19th century.  When he was unable to eat, this beer sustained him!

I love a great dark lager!  Auf Deutsch (in German), “Ich liebe Schwartzbier.”  This one is a good example, classic in form and flavor coming in at 4.8.  The flavors are roasted grain, chocolate and coffee aromas, but also the bready malt flavor of a lager yeast.  Velvety smooth, this beer goes down easily, even if it looks like a big tough dark beer!  If you are not a dark beer drinker, but are attempting to switch over to more hearty brews than simple lagers, here is one that will start you in the right direction.

Prost to a great German brewing tradition!  To Scwartzbier!  Ausgezeichnet Köstritzer, you have been producing an avant garde beer way, way, way ahead of its time!

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Beer painting of koestritzer schwarzbier from germany year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 04.30. Köstritzer Schwarzbier. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 94

The daily beer painting is of Weihenstephaner Original from Germany.  This beer is so perfect, I don’t even know where to start.  First, the brewery is in a castle at a site where monks brewed beer around 1040, making it the “oldest, still operating brewery in the world.”  Second, there is a university for agricultural studies housed on the brewery campus, which, I have heard, has the best beer brewing classes in the world.  Third, this beer is so delicious it makes other beers bow down, as they are not worthy!  At around four dollars a half liter it is a good deal, too.  I know that breweries making this quality of perfect beer could charge anything they wanted and people would buy it just because it is perfect!  I first ran into this brew when a couple of Anchorage beer folks commissioned a painting of the heffe and dunkel heffe, because their son graduated from the brew school there, and they said, “It’s the best beer in the world.”  I liked both of those styles but the Original featured today really takes the cake.  A München Helles Lager, this beer rates 100 from the bros at Beer Advocate and gets a general high score from everyone else.  Make sure you check the freshness date on the bottle, since this beer is an unknown gem in some locations and may sit on the shelves too long.

To generations of brewing tradition, resulting in a fabulous brewing perfection!  When drinking this beer I exclaimed, “I would be fine if this was the only beer in the world!”  It is so good!

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Beer Painting of Weihenstephaner bier kunst from Germany Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.04. Weihenstephaner Original. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.