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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Ist das nicht ein Schnickelfritz! Ja das ist ein Schnickelfritz, oh du schöne Schnickelfritz!
“Is this not a Schnickelfritz, yes this is a Schnickelfritz, oh you pretty Schnickelfritz!”
The Schnickelfritz is so German you just might find yourself singing this ditty auf Deutsch (in German) after drinking this tasty heffe.  Schnickelfritz is slang for a German misbehaving child, but is also a weissbier, a beer brewed with wheat in St. Louis, MO, at the Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.   This beer is becoming very popular in the area, so popular that guys like me in Alaska are getting to try it!  Thanks John Rice for driving this one all the way to McCarthy!  I was thinking I could put a Schnitzelbank (a traditional German tool for log peeling) in the background, but I told Maria about it and she said that was way too obscure of a reference.  So I did more research and found out that this beer, as well as many other Urban Chestnut beers, are served at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  I think the reason it would be so good at the stadium is the 360 pop top that lets you really smell the aromatics of the beer.  No plastic cup, thank you!
Florian Kuplent, brewer and startup founder of Urban Chestnut, started the brewery with David Wolfe in 2011.  Florian was born in Germany and spent many years brewing traditional german beers before coming to America where he worked at an East coast brewery and spent some time honing his skills making craft beer for the giant Anheuser Busch.  Basically, Kuplent worked all over the world with some experience in Germany, England, Belgium, and America!  No wonder the Schnickelfritz Weissbier is so world class!  It was brewed with world renowned experience!  Prost (cheers) to Schnickelfritz, a truly German-American beer!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday #140. Schnickelfritz Weissbier by Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown by Denali Brewing Co.

Every year the sunsets come earlier and earlier, the leaves turn golden and the air becomes crisp.  The hectic schedule Alaskans experience all summer begins to slow down.  Autumn, the fore-bearer to winter, is a time that all Alaskans start to prepare for the winter experience.  In the animal kingdom it is referred to as hibernation.  I might not sleep like a black bear, which forgo drinking and eating while hibernating.  I just take it easy.  Sleeping more, doing less.  During the summer it’s a get-it-done-while-you-can attitude. There is road construction, fishing, building, and recreation that can take up to 20 hours of the day.  People hardly stop to rest.  In the winter we experience what Alaskans call “down time”.  Time to hone the tools, do indoor projects, fix the fishing nets, eat, sleep, and well… sleep some more.  The fall is what we call the shoulder season and we begin to slow down.  The brewing geniuses at Denali Brewing Co. made a seasonal beer to honor this phenomenon called Slow Down Brown.  It is a spiced brown ale that has a bit of a kick at 6.1% ABV.  Sri Lankan spices and chocolate malt make this a precursor to a winter warmer.  I last drank this around a campfire and it was the perfect complement to the dark skies and early snowfall this year.  If you are an Alaskan, or just love things AK, I urge you to seek out a Slow Down Brown and to take it easier.  It’s a good idea to rest up for the craziness that will ensue shortly after the spring equinox rolls around.
Cheers to taking it easy with a Slow Down Brown!

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown Ale by Denali Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #117. Slow Down Brown Ale by Denali Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales.

Whenever I get a chance to taste a brew from Prairie Artisan Ales, I take it!  I picked up this lovely saison when I took a speedy road trip across the country with a good friend from Philadelphia.  Although I was in Ohio when I purchased this bottle, I was stoked!  I look forward to the day when I set up my painting kit at either the Prairie Ales taproom, or at the brewpub, and make a painting live!  I have never been to Oklahoma, but when I do go I will be drinking Prairie artisan ales the whole time, and I plan on returning home with a suitcase full of this delectable brew!  Cheers to the brewers that bring a smile to my face!

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

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. 11"x14", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #116. Prairie Ale by Prairie Artisan Ales in Oklahoma. 11″x14″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Bourbon County Brand Stout at Soldier Field

Da Bears. Will it be a 2018 Super Bowl victory for Chicago?  No one knows, but one thing is a winner for Chicago, and that is the delicious flavor of Bourbon County Brand Stout made by Goose Island Brewing Company.  Yes, this brewery is owned by InBev, but the benefit of being owned by a gigantic corporation, is being able to brew at large capacity, and to distribute far and wide.  This year there was so much of this beer available, that we were able to buy it here in Anchorage, and we didn’t even have to wait until Black Friday!  A member of the FB group Alaska Beer Nerds posted that a couple liquor stores in Anchorage got a shipment of BCBS, and my wife hit the road right away, and bought three bottles.  There was no line.  That’s one of the benefits of living in Alaska.  Beer hype is not really a thing here… yet.
Drinking BCBS is one of my favorite Black Friday traditions, going back to 2014, the Year of Beer Paintings.  This year I drank a 2015.  Every year this beer is consistently excellent!  So I hope you are lucky enough to get some.  In this painting I paired Chicago’s favorite beer with its favorite NFL team, a match made in heaven…  well, Soldier Field is probably heaven to some devout Bears fans.
So, I invite you to raise your tulip glasses high.  Cheers to Bourbon barrel aged brews, the NFL, and Black Friday sales!

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

Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Brewing Co. at Soldier Field in Chicago. By Scott Clendaniel. 14"x11", oil on panel.

Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Brewing Co. at Soldier Field in Chicago. By Scott Clendaniel. 14″x11″, oil on panel.

12th Man, Seattle Seahawks Porsche

Here we are celebrating another colossal sporting event, one so important that we stop everything we are doing and crowd around the TV for over three hours. If you are not into football, the commercials and snacks are worth your time, not to mention the halftime show! I was in Sun Valley, Idaho the day after the Seahawks won the conference game. I was surprised to see a very shiny Porsche Turbo in the parking lot decked out with Seahawks colors and the 12th Man logo! I took photos of it, because I like painting cars, and when I got back to Anchorage, I searched for this car on the Internet and found out that it belongs to Seahawks fan J. DeBruler. He owns Accutint Bellevue, a company that tints windows and customizes and details high-end car finishes. So he dressed his $80,000 turbo Porsche out in the 12th Man digs. He wins as the biggest Hawks fan I’ve ever heard of. He plans to drive the car to several rival stadiums and take photos of it there. I painted it right in CenturyLink Field. For all you Patriots fans, if you have a sweet red, white, and blue auto you want to bring to my attention, I will paint it too! I’m an equal opportunity sports fan, although, I think there will be a 90% Hawks crowd at the party I am attending later today… We don’t have a football team in Alaska, and Washington is the closest state (I was also born there).

Cheers to the 12th Man, and may the best team win!

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

12th Man Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field Porsche

12th Man, Seattle Seahawks Porsche. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 47

The daily beer painting is of Negra Modelo!  Enjoy this Mexican dark beer on the beach, or just when you are thinking about being at the beach, like I am right now while staring out my window at a snowstorm.  I can even hear the sea birds… wait, no, that’s just a raven getting into the dumpster outside.

To Negra Modelo, a fine dark lager.  Enjoy this one thinking about Mexico, our southern neighbor, brewing up some tasty cerveza!

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

Year of Beer 02.16. Negra Modelo. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.16. Negra Modelo. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.