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.
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!
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!
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!
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12th Man, Seattle Seahawks Porsche. 8″x10″, oil on panel.
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!
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Year of Beer 02.16. Negra Modelo. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.