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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 206

The featured beer painting of the day is of Triomphe Belgian Style India Pale Ale by Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received this beer from my Beer Club offerings at La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska. I find Belgian ales to be great, but I really enjoy Belgian IPAs. I traveled through Belgium, and finding a Belgian IPA there is not impossible, but harder than you would expect, especially in a can. Brewery Vivant is inspired by small farmhouse breweries in southern Belgium and northern France, and cans its beer to decrease its impact on the environment.

Triomphe was fruity up front, with the Belgian yeast being very evident. The sweet flavor of the yeast muted the hops, so this is not your average American-style IPA. The biscuit-like malt flavor is very much like Belgian amber ale, but with the hop characteristics of an IPA — a match that is, well, triumphant! I know this arch in the background of the painting is from Paris, not Belgium, but I immediately thought of it when I was planning the background for this beer. On the border between Belgium and France is where I found an IPA that satisfied my hop lust. So I put the iconic Arc de Triomphe in the background even though Grand Rapids, Michigan is a far distance a way. The spirit of Europe is there and I wanted to depict it as so.

Triomphe! May all your endeavors at Brewery Vivant be triumphant! I know your Belgian Style IPA is a big hit, and I hope you “can” keep it up! Cheers!

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

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Beer Painting of Triomphe Belgian style ipa by Brewery Vivant year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.25. Triomphe Belgian-style IPA by Brewery Vivant. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 144

The daily beer painting is of Curmudgeon Old Ale from Founders Brewing Company.  If there is one statement I could make about this beer, I would say, it is smooth!  A nice old ale brewed with molasses and aged in oak casks, this beer is a bit on the strong side coming in at 9.8% ABV.  The flavor is a bit fruity with oak being one of the strongest characteristics; it finishes with bold whiskey-like booziness.

Keep your eyes out for the lighthouse when you are drinking this, because if you have a few, you might get lost!  The good news is that with the old curmudgeon himself manning the light, the likelihood of a completely lost cause is diminished.  I love the marketing on this one; what a great name for a beer that is such an easy sipper, but strong in taste!  I just imagine the lighthouse attendant swigging one of these after a long night of keeping watch over the water.

Founders, I am so happy I found out about you!  Please start distributing to Alaska! We have many good breweries, but great beer is always well received here!

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

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Beer Painting of Curmudgeon Old Ale by Founders Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.24. Curmudgeon Old Ale by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 96

The beer painting of the day is of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan (my late grandmother’s birth place)!  Brewed with coffee, this is a nice, early-in-the-day beer.  I try to stay away from caffeine after 4 PM, because I find it harder to sleep.  I portrayed this one as part of a complete breakfast, since beer is made from cereal grains.  I put a full American breakfast in the background with taters and bacon and eggs, even a slice of melon on the side!  An unbalanced beer, balanced by a great breakfast.  What could be finer?  If you are relaxing at home, entertaining yourself by catching up on your R & R, this is a perfect Sunday afternoon brew! Roasted grains and coffee are the strongest flavors.  There is a sour twinge that is typical in a dry stout, but in this beer, it is more pronounced by the coffee bitterness.  I know that IBUs can be calculated from bitter grains, as well as hops, but dark beers don’t take on the floral characteristics as well as lighter brews do.  Dry hopped, light colored IPAs will have more of a floral hop aroma, kind of like dark vs. light roast coffee.  Thanks, Rich, for putting this one in the mailer for me!  We don’t get Founders beer here in Alaska.  One of the best parts about this project has been getting to try new beers that I normally would not have had. Cheers to Founders!  I’m glad I found out about the Breakfast Stout!  A fine heart warming dark ale!

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

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Beer Painting of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids MI Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.06. Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.