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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 114

April 24th, and my trip to Hawaii is winding to a close.  Four whole days left and I’m headed to the Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea today!  I hear good things about it.  The beer painting of the day is Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  I feel bad buying beer from the Mainland while I am here in Hawaii, but the selection on this island has left a lot to be desired.  The Arrogant Bastards would say it’s full of big business, not true craft brew.  I am finding pockets of good beer here and there, but it is more of a scavenger hunt than expected.  This island needs more breweries!  Okay, back to Nooner, what a perfect beach brew!  This tiny IPA comes in at 4.8% and packs a nice flavor like Torpedo on a diet.  I can have one and a half and still feel safe to make it back to the rental house!

Joe Sixpack gave Sierra Nevada and the entire American brewing community some flack about putting IPA in front of the name of every beer.  Since IPAs are hot, naming beers an IPA makes the beer sell better.  He was comparing it to Irish beers, which were all the rage for the last thirty years.  Joe, let me know when you see an Irish IPA and I will paint it!

As I mentioned before I am on the Big Island and I have been overwhelmed with beautiful flowers every day!  The one in this painting is one of the most famous tropical flowers, Hibiscus.  Hawaiian Hibiscus is actually normally yellow.  Most Hawaiian flora and fauna are tamer than their mainland counterparts due to the lack of predators and their isolation.  This Hibiscus growing at our rental house is actually a Chinese Hibiscus and is considered a pest.  Live and learn – an out-of-state beer with an out-of-state flower.  Can’t get a more Mainland mentality than that.

To Sierra Nevada, creating a perfect beach beer!  Way to keep coming up with great beer and great marketing!

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

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Beer Painting of Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.24. Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 113

The beer painting of the day is of Hawaii’s Primo Island Lager.  I was reserved about buying the Primo, so I looked for a single bottle and found one at the W.H.S.E, a.k.a. the Warehouse – a convenience shop halfway to South Point from Kailua.  I was pleasantly surprised when I got my first taste of this refreshing beer brewed with cane sugar.  The reason it says Bombucha on the bottle is because of the 22 oz bottle size, not because it has anything to do with kombucha, a fermented tea, which I have sampled on the Big Island.  I was disappointed to see that Primo’s bottled beer is brewed by Pabst.  I hear if you go to the real brewery on Oahu, you can get the non-contract brewed beer.

The flower I painted in the background of this island refresher is a Tibouchina Urvilleana, or commonly called Princess flower, Glory Bush, Lasiandra, Purple Glorybush, or simply Urvilleana.  This plant is not native to Hawaii, but was brought over from Brazil.  Although this plant is beautiful in Hawaii, it is considered to be a noxious weed.  Hard to believe that the beautiful 12-foot plant outside our rental house is actually hurting the ecosystem.  I totally get the vibe that Hawaii has a pristine delicate plant and animal balance, but this flower is so pretty I thought it belonged here.  It is hard to believe that both this beer and this flower are not really Hawaiian.

A toast to Primo for making a swillable beer readily available in Hawaii.  Your marketing is smooth and the beer drinkable.  May your brewery in Honolulu increase production so it can cover the island with a true island lager.

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

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Beer painting of Hawaiian Primo Island Lager Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.23. Hawaiian Primo Island Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.