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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 55

The daily beer painting is of Gruut Blonde from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij in Gent, Belgium.  A gruut is a special old style brew that is brewed with spices instead of hops, so if you are a hop head, hang your head low and give it a try anyway.  I bought this beer because an employee at my favorite bottle shop, La Bodega, suggested I try a gruut, and said that this one was particularly nice.  So I took him up on it because I had never had one before.  I really liked it.  I can’t tell you what spices are in there, but I am thinking some ginger and cinnamon, and maybe juniper berries.

“Stadsbrouwerij” means city brewery in Flemish and “Gentse” means from the town of Gent.  I did some research about this particular brewery and found out that it has only a three barrel system making really small batches of this really cool brew.  The brewery has urinals that look like lips in the men’s room, so I decided to paint them in the background.  What is up with Belgians and their potty humor?  I mean, why make sculptures of peeing children?

To drinking new brews!  Something outside the norm, something special!  To experiencing a bit of unique culture even if you don’t know anything about it!

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

Year of Beer 02.24. Gruut Blonde by Gentse Stadsbrouwerij. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.24. Gruut Blonde by Gentse Stadsbrouwerij. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.