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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 174

Today’s beer painting is of Smoked Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company.  This was the first smoked beer I had ever tasted.  The first release date for this particular beer is 1988, but I had my first one in probably 1999.  I was intrigued by the smoked concept, but didn’t get to try another smoked beer until 2001 when I came across a smoked porter by Stone Brewing Co.

A dark robust body, with pronounced smoked flavor, this beer pours out jet black with a creamy dark head.  The flavor makes me think of smoked salmon, hence the image in the background of this painting.  What could be more Alaskan (besides oil workers) than a Grizzly chowing down on Sockeye salmon?  This beer is good for aging in the bottle.  I bought this one pre-aged — the last 2012 on the shelf among plenty of 2013 bottles.  The fellow at La Bodega bottle shop told me it was the preferred vintage, and it was excellent.  I think I enjoyed it more than I did when I was much younger.  I have higher expectations now, and this beer did not disappoint.

Cheers to Juneau, Alaska, the only state capitol not accessible by road, and home to the largest Alaskan brewery!

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

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Beer Painting of Smoked Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co Grizzly catching salmon year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 06.23. Smoked Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.