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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 348

The featured beer painting for the day is of Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been a fan of Great Lakes since the first sip of Lake Erie Monster IPA, which is the beer for day 183. The Christmas Ale lived up to my high expectations of any beer from this brewery. This beer is brewed with cinnamon, ginger and honey, but if you drink a cold one, you may have a hard time tasting those flavors. As the beer warmed up, the cinnamon came out in full force, followed by sweet honey, and mild ginger flavors. I wonder if they brew with fresh ginger, because they would need a ton of it for such a large batch. I brew a honey ginger beer called the Drippy Hippy (the recipe is posted on day 276), and I use four ounces of root for a five-gallon batch. I have added cinnamon to the DH before, and I think it got a little too spicy. Subtle, is what I would say about this beer’s flavor. Kind of hard to find right away, but it is there, and with a 7.5% ABV, I think subtlety is good. The directions on the bottle do state that the beer is best served at 55 degrees F, and I think my beer fridge is set to about 40 degrees, so I’m glad I took my time sipping this gem. Thank you Paul, for sending me this bottle!

Cheers to Christmas beers! This is my favorite beer season!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Great lakes brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.14. Christmas Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 325

Wow! Back in Anchorage, Alaska after an epic brewery tour around the East Coast! We visited 16 breweries in 16 days. In Pennsylvania we went to Victory Brewing, Spring House Brewing, Tröegs Brewing, Tired Hands Brewing, Earth-Bread+Brewery, and Yards Brewing. As a bonus, at the Philly Museum of Art Craft Show we got to taste several offerings from new Philly breweries at a beer tasting event organized by Joe Sixpack: Evil Genius Beer Company, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Saint Benjamin Brewing, and Broken Goblet Brewery. Thank you, Joe Sixpack, for inviting us to that event! Then we took a detour to Delaware, just to go to Dogfish Head Brewery, and then headed north to New York where we visited Brewery Ommegang. Then, on to Vermont, where we stopped by Fiddlehead Brewery, and Hill Farmstead. On our way to Maine, we visited White Birch Brewing in New Hampshire, and the following day went to Maine Beer Company. On the last day in Maine, we went to Allagash Brewing. Then we had to drive through New Hampshire again to get to Boston, so we stopped at Earth Eagle Brewings. Finally, in Boston we went to Trillium Brewing, and Cambridge Brewing. We could have added Harpoon Brewing to the list, but the off site brewery tasting room that was right at our departure gate at the Boston airport was closed at 7 AM.

We also visited some noteworthy pubs and taprooms that were superb, including McMenamins Tavern in Mt. Airy, Side Bar in West Chester, Blind Tiger Ale House in Manhattan, Tørst in Brooklyn, Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, and Row 34 in Boston! Phew! I painted live in one pub and seven breweries. I learned a lot on this trip, which was a very valuable experience.

So, let’s talk about today’s featured beer painting. We went to some amazing bottle shops on this trip, and Maria picked up this bottle of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This porter is legendary with flavors of smoky roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, complex hops and malt bitterness. This brew hits you on the front and back of your tongue, caressing your palate, urging you to take another small sip. The story of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a tragic one. This steamer hauling tons and tons of iron sank in 1975. Since iron is a conductor, the ship was an electrical storm magnet. I can only imagine how fast it went down loaded with all that iron.

Cheers to the complexity of Edmund Fitgerald Porter – a beer that boasts a bold flavor, and won’t let you down. “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down” – Gordon Lightfoot.

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

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Beer Painting of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.21. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 288

The featured beer painting of the day is of Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company. The label on this beer is from a 1922 poster for a German silent film called Nosferatu. This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was completely illegitimate, because the producers did not have the rights to produce a version of the Dracula story. So they changed the name from Dracula to Count Orlock, and vampire to Nosferatu. However, in a court decision, they were forced to cease and desist, and destroyed all but one bootleg copy of the film, which has become an influential masterpiece. I watched most of this movie in fast forward (it’s available through Amazon Prime). I think it must have been difficult to produce considering the technology of the day, and still gives me the creeps despite the lack of high tech special effects. Simple shadowing techniques and gloomy lighting can give you the creeps as much as geysers of fake blood.

This beer is a killer Halloween beer because of the creepy label. I don’t know if I would hang this painting all year round, but it sure is cool to have hanging right now during Halloween season. The beer is very good and deserves the 92 rating on Beer Advocate. Mellow for the 8% ABV content, and the hops must have been swallowed up in the malt, because this beer is very balanced and not what you would expect from the description of “highly hopped”. It is rich with flavor and very delicious, but I would compare it more with Irish red ales instead of IPA reds. The color is a beautiful amber, a perfect vampire’s drink. Not only is the label representational of German cinema, but this beer is also reinheitsgebot.

Great Lakes Brewing, you guys are awesome! Every beer I have had from your brewery has been world class, as classic as this 1922 movie!

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

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Beer Painting of Nosferatu Red Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.15. Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.