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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #103. December 15, 2016. Beer on the House.

This week’s beer-themed painting provides another opportunity for us beer nerds to learn about art history.  This painting was inspired by Marc Chagall’s The Green Violinist.  Chagall lived a long time from 1887-1985!  That’s 98 years!  Born in modern day Belarus, this Russian-French-Jewish artist experienced a whole lot of life, including the Russian Revolution, and Nazi invasion of France.  Chagall’s timing was impeccably off, being in St. Petersburg during 1917, and in France in 1940.  Fairly dangerous, especially for a Jewish artist.  

His painting of the green-faced fiddler, painted 1923-24, is probably the most famous Chagall piece, although he did work in many different mediums, including book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries, and fine art prints.  The Green Violinist is often considered the inspiration for the popular 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof.  Painted upon Chagall’s return to Paris from Russia, this piece shows his Russian Jewish roots, and his recent work as a set designer in Russia.  In this Chagall parody, I simply put the green faced fiddler in a setting that shows off a large brewery.  Just  like in a good brewery setting with live music, the musician should have drinks on the house, represented by the pint on the rooftop by this magical violinist’s feet.  Hence, the name of this piece is Beer on the House.

Cheers to finding the best music and beer!  May your holidays be festive, and may your face not be green with envy, but your coat a luxurious purple!  

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #103 by Scott Clendaniel. Beer parody of The Green Violinist by Marc Chagall. Beer on the House, by Scott Clendaniel. 11"x14", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #103 by Scott Clendaniel. Beer parody of The Green Violinist by Marc Chagall. Beer on the House, by Scott Clendaniel. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

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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 #99, November 17, 2016, Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

🎶 Take one down, pass it around!  99 Thirsty Thursday beer paintings posted to my FB wall! 🎶

Can you believe team Real Art is Better (Maria and myself) have released a beer painting for the last 99 Thursdays in a row without missing one?!  Not as impressive as when we released a different painting every day in 2014, but still noteworthy.  We almost missed a week during our last trip to our log cabin in McCarthy, when on a Thursday morning we awoke to an Internet outage.  Luckily the connection was restored around noon, so we posted as normal.   

Anyway, I released Bourbon County Brand stout last week, so how about a little barrel-aged goodness from an independent brewery, although the 3rd largest in production in the country — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co!  The beer I’m talking about is the Narwhal 2015 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!  I bought the bottle that’s in this painting as soon as I finished painting it, and brought it back to Anchorage in my luggage.  I have to admit I haven’t cracked this special bottle open yet, but I did taste this beer at last year’s Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival.  I have drank every beer that I’ve blogged about here.  The beer is jet black, smooth and silky, yet as robust as a Narwhal’s horn.  The flavor is amazing.  This beer is a spectacular treat and probably as hard to find as a Narwhal in the wild.  

I painted this on my trip to California in the brewery’s restaurant in Chico.  I chose a table on stage that has a view of the East Brewhouse.  With the Narwhal in the foreground, I knew this was a recipe for a successful painting.  I felt confident that the German copper kettles would shine when depicted in my usual style, painted on birch plywood that’s coated with gold paint.  

Sierra Nevada has to be one of my favorite large craft breweries.  It’s hard not to love a brewery that puts so much effort into crafting such delicious, sustainable brews.  The roofs are lined with solar panels and there’s childcare available onsite.  The hops are fresh and the kettles are copper.  I’ve heard people complaining about the size of Sierra Nevada, but hey, it started out small, with the first brew kettles built out of old dairy equipment.  We can thank Sierra Nevada for practically inventing American Pale Ale, now a world-renowned beer style.  I mean, both Wyeast and Whitelabs have yeast strains from Sierra Nevada labeled as the American Ale yeast.  Sierra Nevada’s Chico brewery is far from anywhere, but it is worth the pilgrimage, not only to buy rare bottles of Narwhal, but I got to drink my first Celebration IPA of the season at the source!  

Like in the final entry in my Year of Beer Series (Celebration IPA), I propose a toast to Sierra Nevada and to finely crafted beers worldwide!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #99 by Scott Clendaniel. November 17, 2016. Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #99 by Scott Clendaniel. November 17, 2016. Narwhal Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96, October 27, 2016, Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co.

The last time I was at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, CA was right after we had just completed a 2,000-mile tandem bicycle odyssey down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, CA to the Mexican border.  My mother-in-law picked us up at the border, and the next day we went to the San Diego Zoo, and then stopped for a pint at the Bistro.  I thought it would be a great place for the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall art installation, but unfortunately, due to logistics, that wasn’t possible.  All 99 paintings were in Alaska.  I lucked out and had the show at the new Midnight Sun Brewing Loft two years later.  Little to say, I was eager to make a live beer painting at the Bistro now that I was back in the San Diego area seven years later.

I “prepped” for the painting session by visiting Modern Times, and had a few coffee beers to get the blood flowing.  As we arrived on Citracado Avenue, I couldn’t believe how big the buildings are at the Stone complex.  The beer was as tasty as I remembered.  I got to sample the Xocoveza mocha stout, Ruination IPA, Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA, a Stone Pilot Series IPA, and Who You Callin’ Wussie pilsner.  Every beer I had was tremendous!  The beer I chose to paint was Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA (Black Friday).  I’ve enjoyed all the beers from this series.  I was impressed with the guest beer list as well, including Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing and Son of Berserker from Midnight Brewing Company, among many others.  Overall, a fabulous place to get beer.

We had to drive for about 35 minutes to arrive at this craft beer destination, which is a problem for the return trip, unless you have a designated driver.  Luckily my wife didn’t indulge too much, and was able to drive us back.  Good thing Stone Brewing has a hotel in the works.  After I finished painting, I had a hankering for a hamburger.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option on the menu, so we ordered the Mac & Cheese side, which was delicious.  Everything else on the menu was a bit fancy for a beer place, and cost more than I was willing to pay.  The food plates we saw coming out of the kitchen looked delicious, especially the ribs.  As we returned to San Diego looking for a place for dinner, we decided to try Pokirrito, since we don’t have one in Anchorage.

I strongly recommend visiting the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.  It is an impressive place to take your beer-loving date.  Go ahead and order any of the food options, as I am sure they are delish, but don’t forget to either have a designated driver, or just drink one of the session beers like Go To IPA (4.8%).  If you need to sober up a bit, you can stroll through the gardens.

Cheers to Stone Brewing for always pushing the boundaries!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96 by Scott Clendaniel. October 27, 2016. Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #96 by Scott Clendaniel. October 27, 2016. Enjoy by 11.25.16 IPA by Stone Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #90, September 15, 2016, Topcutter IPA by Bale Breaker Brewing Co.

The beer painting of the week is of Topcutter IPA by Bale Breaker Brewing Company in Yakima, Washington!  This IPA is top notch!  No wonder.  A brewery in Yakima, where 77% of the United States hop crop is grown, has access to the freshest hops!  Luckily, I randomly picked up a six-pack of this beer last October when I was driving around the Pacific Northwest.  There is a reason that this beer rates 91 on Beer Advocate.  This IPA is clean and fresh, especially around this time of year as the new hop harvest is coming in.  Expect a solid grapefruit and citrus flavor explosion, followed by pine and hop floral loveliness.  I drank one sip of this beer and wished I had bought a case.  The best thing is that this beer is affordable.  This is not your $4 dollar a can boutique IPA, this is a regular, working man’s offering at about $8.00 a six-pack.  I wish it was distributed to Alaska, but I will buy this again next time I am in Washington for sure.

I looked at the last three Thirsty Thursday entries and realized that they have been IPA heavy.  Well, right now I’m in Philadelphia, and I painted live today at two different breweries, and will be posting those paintings in the future.  Hope you all like IPA, but if you don’t, stand by, I’ll try to mix it up a bit.  I love touring to different breweries around the country, and on Sunday I will be embarking on an epic journey.  My next post will be written as I travel across the country with my buddy Sam, hopefully buying as many tasty brews as I can afford along the way.

Cheers to great beers found along the journey!  May your next beer be an undiscovered gem just like Topcutter IPA!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #90 by Scott Clendaniel. September 15, 2016. Topcutter IPA by Bale Breaker Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #90 by Scott Clendaniel. September 15, 2016. Topcutter IPA by Bale Breaker Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #86, August 18, 2016, Bullitt Train Imperial Stout by Levante Brewing Co.

Levante Brewing in West Chester, PA just celebrated its 1st anniversary last Saturday.  To commemorate this tremendous occasion, the brewery released a barrel-aged imperial stout known as Bullitt Train.  A friend of the brewery commissioned me to do an oil painting of this first bottle release, and the painting arrived to the brewery in time for the celebration.  

The brew crew at Levante Brewing with their Clendaniel original of Bullitt Train Imperial Stout.

The brew crew at Levante Brewing with their Clendaniel original of Bullitt Train Imperial Stout.

West Chester, Pennsylvania is proud to have three local breweries within its borough: Box Car Brewpub, Iron Hill Brewery (1 of 12 locations in PA and neighboring states) and now Levante.  West Chester has some serious beer connoisseurs, and I was stoked to meet some of them when I visited the Side Bar & Restaurant in 2014, the Year of Beer Paintings, for a meet and greet.  I’m glad these lucky people have a brewery they can be proud to call their own.  I’m planning a trip to Pennsylvania in about a month, and will make a point to visit Levante.  Bullitt Train is on tap, along with many great offerings, including several IPAs, a Kolsch, a Saison, and there’s a place for local food trucks to park outside nearby the uber cool glass bay door.  I’m excited to make this trip to PA, the starting point to a six-day cross-country trip in search of tasty beers for my friend’s son’s wedding in California.

The original oil painting was a commission.  You can order a Custom Beer Painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #86 by Scott Clendaniel. August 18, 2016. Bullitt Train Imperial Stout by Levante Brewing Co. 16"x20", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #86 by Scott Clendaniel. August 18, 2016. Bullitt Train Imperial Stout by Levante Brewing Co. 16″x20″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #70, April 28, 2016

I’m calling this painting Light Struck.  A glass full of beer looks so amazing in direct sunlight, but unfortunately the UV light causes catastrophic changes to your beer.  Have you ever opened a green, or clear glass bottle of beer that stank like a skunk?  Of course, your beer is past its prime, but how did it get like that?  Sunlight caused it, and don’t think that beer packaged in brown glass is immune.  It’s just a little better than the complete lack of protection from green, or clear glass vessels.  In just one minute of direct sunlight, in a few minutes through a window, or in a few days under a fluorescent lightbulb the flavor is changed chemically.  Hop molecules called isohumulones start to break down, bonding with sulfur molecules, and creating a chemical similar to the spray from a skunk.  Even one part per trillion of this chemical will ruin a beer.  Germans invented the beer stein, an opaque, clay drinking vessel with a metal lid.  This vessel, although originally designed to keep black-plague-carrying flies out of beer, also protects from light contamination.  If you are planning on sipping your suds in a direct sun environment, a steel pint glass with a coaster on top should work as well.  Maybe drinking that IPA directly from the can is a good idea.  Better keep it cool too, add a koozie!   Cheers to the beauty of beer!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #70 by Scott Clendaniel. Light-Struck. April 28, 2016. 14"x11", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #70 by Scott Clendaniel. Light-Struck. April 28, 2016. 14″x11″, oil on panel.