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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 256

The featured beer painting of the day is of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Company. Judging from the beers I’ve sampled from Michigan (Founders, Dark Horse, Atwater, Greenbush, Brewery Vivant, and Bell’s), I now know that the Great Lake State is home to great beer! My friend Rich sent me this bottle of Devil Dancer from Philly. Thanks again for the beer you’ve been sending my way! Rich told me to make this the last beer of the evening, which was excellent advice. This time of year we are getting close to a half and half split between darkness and light in Alaska. Since my studio/shack in McCarthy is on generator/battery power, I don’t have much light at night time, so I have been going to bed about an hour after dark. I opened this particular jewel of a beer right at dusk time, about 9 PM. I shared it with Maria, as a good man should share beer with his wife, especially one as tasty as this one. This triple IPA tasted like malty candy, the perfect balance between malt and hops — a delectable treat of a beer. This beer is dry-hopped with ten different hop varieties, and comes in at a hefty 112 IBUs, but the malt flavor is so strong, it balances out the hop bitterness, creating a floral sweetness. This beer was released in June, so it’s still fresh. Typically, you don’t want to cellar an IPA, but I think this one would age well, much like the 120-Minute IPA by Dogfish Head. Twelve percent ABV worked its magic, after a hard day of beer painting, stump removal, cabin building, and log peeling. I crawled into bed about half an hour later, after savoring every sip.

Cheers to the Devil Dancer! No, I have not seen the movie, Gilda Gray at her best, right?

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.13. Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 217

The featured beer of the day is of Double Trouble Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company.  When I started the Year of Beer Paintings project, I had never heard of Founders, but then my wife and I started researching different breweries, and über popular beers that are not available here in Alaska.  Well, Founders came out as an amazing brewery that everyone was abuzz about.  I have a few more amazing Founders offerings that were shipped to me!  Thanks everyone who participate in fueling the Year of Beer (it runs on beer)!  I am going to attempt to paint a beer from every state, so if you want to help me out, send me that beer that you are proud to call your home state’s finest.

It is ironic that I painted the Double Trouble IPA for today, because we had truck trouble yesterday while driving to Anchorage from McCarthy.  My amazing Chevy truck from 1992 blew its transmission 180 miles away from Anchorage with a load of supplies and oil paintings.  After hanging out on the side of the road for four hours, we finally had the truck towed to a salvage yard in Glennallen, and got picked up with all our stuff by my in-laws.  I drove this truck for nine years, and I loved it!   

When we got home at 1 AM, I opened a bottle of Double Trouble IPA.  It was the nectar of the gods!  I have never had a beer that tasted as good as this one, safe in my snug condo in Anchorage.  Nice and light, with a piney citrusy flavor, just like a double IPA should be!  Thank you Founders, you brought a small amount of happiness into my life at the wake of my trusty pickup.  Well, I guess it was not so trusty, kind of more rusty.

Cheers to Double Trouble and to finding solutions!  To rewards at the end of long days, and to fine IPA!  Thanks Founders, you rock!

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

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Beer Painting of Double Trouble IPA by Founders Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.05. Double Trouble IPA by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.