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Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co.

Hello beer hunters, connoisseurs, and hop-heads.  I am glad to release a new beer painting that I finished just a week ago.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on an über fresh can of Lines Imperial IPA, a collaboration between California’s Monkish Brewing and our famous local favorite Anchorage Brewing.  This beer is delicious!  At first it was very mellow, but as it warmed up, a floral and citrusy hop flavor became very evident, yet not overpowering.  I was able to bend the ear of Gabe Fletcher while sipping on this delectable brew.  He divulged that this was a zero IBU IPA dry hopped with lupulin powder, the secret ingredient in this fine beer.  This batch of lupulin powder was a blend of Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops that had been flash frozen to extract the most potent part of the hop, the Alpha acids.  I was surprised he was selling it for 10 bucks a can, but when you consider how far a schlep to LA is from Anchorage, and how long I would have to stand in line to get this beer down there, then it’s a steal of a deal.

The name Lines has two meanings to me.  One is evident from the label, since the powder reminded the brewers of another kind of powered substance, but the second meaning may be a reference to the fact that every time Monkish releases a new canned offering, beer nerds line up for hours to get it.  I stepped up to the bar as soon as I walked into Anchorage Brewing and Gabe himself poured me the beer strait from the can.  On a side note, that’s when I found out that the tall tulip glasses at Anchorage Brewing hold 14 oz when filled to the rim.  I was surprised that only 2 oz remained in my cool shiny can.

I am fond of the shiny cans.  So far I have not been let down by one.  Every time I have bought or tasted one, it has been worth the price…  They always seem to be somewhere around $4 a can for offsite consumption.  So at a bar in Alaska 10 bucks is a deal.  Breweries use these cans for very small releases, because they can just slap a sticker on them, and don’t have to order thousands of pre-printed cans.  Word is that Gabe plans to brew this again, and will can it when his new canning line is operational, so more people will get a chance to try this tasty brew!

Cheers to Lines, but not the kind I have to stand in!

This original oil painting, and 30 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. Oil on panel. 8"x10".

Lines Imperial IPA by Monkish Brewing Co. and Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil painting by Scott Clendaniel. Oil on panel. 8″x10″.

 

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #101! December 1, 2016. The Birth of Beer.

This is the 101st Thirsty Thursday beer painting since the end of the Year of Beer Paintings in 2014.  Today is another installment of Beer Art History 101.  This week’s beer painting is a beer parody of Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venuspainted between 1484-1486.  That painting was commissioned by the Medici Family of Florence, Italy.  The painting is an attempt to recreate a lost Roman painting, and this is why the painting is not in the usual Renaissance style.  You can see stylized lines, making the painting seem more like Greco-Roman pottery and wall frescoes.  The painting of Venus rising from the sea as a full figured adult woman was inspired by the beauty of Alexander the Great’s mistress.  The original painting, as described by Pliny the Elder, was considered a masterpiece that unfortunately was damaged beyond repair.  Several of these paintings have been made, but the one we have today by Botticelli is considered the epitome of the concept.  I was thinking that the glass in my painting is full of wheat beer.  Now that Pliny the Elder has been mentioned, I am having a hard time not thinking of a West Coast IPA. Whatever its imagined style, you can say this is one beautiful beer that has arrived via clamshell.  My version of this piece is called Birth of Beer.  I would be astounded if I was at the beach and angels were blowing a beer the size of a full grown woman towards me on the beach.  Cheers to beautiful beers!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition, signed art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Beer parody of the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli.  The Birth of Beer by Scott Clendaniel. 14"x11", oil on panel.

Beer parody of the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The Birth of Beer by Scott Clendaniel. 14″x11″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #100! November 24, 2016. The Last Beer Tasting.

Happy Thirsty Thanksgiving!  And my 100th Thirsty Thursday beer painting!

Leonardo Da Vinci must have been a beer drinker.  Here’s my reasoning: 500 years ago Italian water was polluted, and wine was too expensive and much too strong.  Jesus was a bearded man who wore sandals, no doubt he drank beer too.  Plus, 2,000 years ago the water was just as polluted and wine was even more expensive.  Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural painting of the Last Supper at the Sante Maria Del Grazie in Milan is one of the most famous paintings in the world. I have had it on my to-paint-as-a-beer-parody list for months, but I was intimidated by all the details I would have to paint.  It occurred to me it was time to make this painting when I realized that I would be releasing my 100th Thirsty Thursday painting on Thanksgiving, so it had to be remarkable in some way.  When I think of great feasts, the Last Supper comes to mind.  I’m calling this piece the Last Beer Tasting.  According to the Gospel John, Christ told the disciples that one of the twelve would betray him.  It is at this moment that Da Vinci depicts the Last Supper.  The gospel tells us they had bread and wine, but maybe they actually had beer instead, which is a form of liquid bread?  As a beer connoisseur it seems plausible to me.  Anyway, don’t get too wrapped up in this painting.  I don’t think that what is on the table should take away much of the overall meaning that Da Vinci originally portrayed.  Of course the  true meaning of a painting is only what you take from the experience you receive when viewing it.  I hope you find this whimsical and not blasphemous.  Cheers to the feast!  May you be forever thankful for the bounty at your table!

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

Beer parody of the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.  The Last Beer Tasting by Scott Clendaniel. 24"x12", oil on panel.

Beer parody of the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Last Beer Tasting by Scott Clendaniel. 24″x12″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91, September 22, 2016, High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co.

It’s Thirsty Thursday again, and I am on a little beer trip across the nation!  Just arrived to California through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Purchased beer from some amazing stores across the nation along the way.  I would have liked to stop at a few breweries, but this was a beer transport and purchase mission.  The two fellows I was with, and I made strategic strikes at different retail establishments in various local distribution zones.  We made an efficient trip across the country in four days.

Before the drive, I spent four days in Philadelphia, a city that loves beer.  I visited the Tired Hands Brewing Fermentaria and painted this piece live right there.  How fitting that at the end of a road trip I get to release a painting of a beer called The High Road, considering we drove through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado, a mere 11,115 feet above sea level.  The High Road DIPA from Tired Hands is a delightful beer.  I drank one last night after our crew drove 900 miles from Grand Junction, CO to Paso Robles, CA.  It was warmer than most would suggest for the serving temperature, but I think it may have been the best beer I have ever consumed, probably due to the thirst that driving for 13 hours creates.  I was slightly chilled, as it was about 55 degrees outside and windy, and I was dressed for Las Vegas heat.  Our road trip is over today, and we safely delivered several cases of terrific beer to Monterey for the wedding party.  One of the driver’s sons is tying the knot in Pebble Beach this weekend.

Right when I finished painting live at Tired Hands Brewing Company's Fermentaria in Philadelphia, PA.

Right when I finished painting live at Tired Hands Brewing Company’s Fermentaria in Philadelphia, PA.

Thank you Tired Hands Brewing Company for making such a delectable beer, which perfectly commemorates this trip.  What a long trip it has been!  Now I get to enjoy the beach for a couple days, before flying back to Anchorage, where I hear it is storming.  Hoping that all the beer I bought along the way will make it to Alaska safely in my luggage.  I’ll need it for future beer paintings.

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91 by Scott Clendaniel. September 22, 2016. High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #91 by Scott Clendaniel. September 22, 2016. High Road Double IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #89, September 8, 2016, Alien Church IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co.

This week’s beer painting is of Alien Church IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, PA.  Jean Broillet IV, the brewer/owner/founder of Tired Hands is knocking it out of the galaxy with this one.  I got a chance to chat with him and his wife, Julie Foster, at Culmination Beer Fest, hosted by Anchorage Brewing, and I tasted for the second time the deliciousness of the Alien Church India Pale Ale.  This IPA really brings a lot of serious dry hopped flavor, but is smooth and fruity at the same time.  The freshness is probably the best thing about canned beer, just like a brand new keg every time you open one.  I tried several other Tired Hands brews at Anchorage Brewing, including a collaboration beer brewed by Jean and Gabe Fletcher, called Works of Love, which was fabulously sour and fresh.  To me it was a work of art.  When I made this painting, I put the can of Alien Church inside an alien cathedral in front of alien stained glass.  I think that Jean and his crew were imagining beer made by alien monks when they came up with the recipe.  I can’t wait to go to the new Fermenteria in a couple weeks during my short trip to PA, followed by a cross-country drive in six days with my friend who is going on an epic beer run for his son’s wedding in CA.  I am hoping to make a cool painting inside this great new Tired Hands location, which I have heard so much about! 

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #89 by Scott Clendaniel. September 8, 2016. Alien Church IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #89 by Scott Clendaniel. September 8, 2016. Alien Church IPA by Tired Hands Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72, May 12, 2016, Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Co.

I am back on my McCarthy homestead, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and a thick Spruce forest.  For this week’s Thirsty Thursday entry, I painted a Year of Beer style beer painting of a Founders Brewing Company brew called Backwoods Bastard.  Since I am in the backwoods of Alaska, it seemed fitting for this to be the inaugural painting for the kickoff to my summer of painting in my bug tent in the woods.  I love how this guy has a double-bitted axe in his hands, not a chainsaw.  I love my chainsaw, but I’m a huge fan of the axe.  Although a  double-bitted axe has twice the cutting power between sharpening, it is a dangerous thing, so I opt for a single-bitted axe, even if I have to sharpen it more.  Backwoods Bastard is a Scottish-style ale aged in bourbon barrels.  It is a big, bold beer with flavors of whisky and vanilla and a hint of fruit.  It rates high in the craft beer community, and I think if you can get your hands on one, I would buy it and drink it deep in the woods.  This backwoods bastard wants to be far from civilization!  Cheers to getting away from it all!  Be sure your axe is sharp and you swing true!

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72 by Scott Clendaniel. May 12, 2016. Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels by Founders Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #72 by Scott Clendaniel. May 12, 2016. Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels by Founders Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #42, October 15, 2015

What is a jawn? Well, according to the Urban Dictionary a jawn can be anything — a person, place, or thing. However, it must be used in context. Often the jawn in question is a female person. That being said, Neshaminy Creek Brewing put out a beer called J.A.W.N, which is an acronym for juicy ale with nugget. A beer is a jawn, because it is a thing. I put all these jawns in the background, because I felt they epitomized Philadelphia. This beer is nice and clean, with a good hop bite. It has a great label, which also depicts some epic Philly jawns. It took me a while to notice that the guy smoking a cigar on the back of the can is Benjamin Franklin.

So break out that J.A.W.N and celebrate!

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

Neshaminy Creek Brewing J.A.W.N. beer painting by Scott Clendaniel Philadelphia Painting

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #42 by Scott Clendaniel. October 15, 2015. J.A.W.N. by Neshaminy Creek Brewing. 8″x10″, oil on panel.