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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 145

The daily beer painting is of Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Company.  I brought this beer all the way home from Hawaii, and I figured I better drink it sooner rather than later.  For some odd reason this beer tasted better here in the Alaskan Boreal forest than on the side of Mauna Loa volcano.  Maybe this was directly related to running a chainsaw for two hours prior to drinking this one.

The Big Swell IPA is brewed in Hawaii from grain and hops that are shipped to the island, fresh Hawaiian spring water, and packaged in cans that are manufactured on the island.  So this is the real Hawaiian deal, and pretty fresh too.  I hope if you are lucky enough to go to the island of Maui (or any of the islands), pick up a case of these, because good beer in Hawaii is hard to find and the freshness isn’t guaranteed.  Prevent mainland mentality when living on the island – eat island beef, island fish, island fruit, island vegetables, and of course, island beer.  Keep it local to the island, and keep your cost low and value high!

Bold, hoppy beer in Hawaii makes me happy!  Great work Maui Brewing Co!  I appreciate your awesome, fresh island beer!

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Beer Painting of Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.25. Big Swell IPA by Maui Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 121

Happy May Day!  Beautiful weather here in Alaska!  I went outside and didn’t even wear a jacket!  I think I timed my trip to Hawaii perfectly this year; left during a snowstorm and came home to green grass and buds on the trees!  The birds are chirpin’!  Spring has sprung! The beer painting of the day is of Kona Brewing Company’s Castaway IPA.  I called ahead to the brewery before my trip to Hawaii and asked if I could plein air paint in the beer garden.  The response was positive, so I showed up with my traveling painting kit, and ordered two of these delicious IPAs – one to drink and one to paint.  I was amazed at how long the foam stayed thick on this particular brew!  After two and a half hours the beer hadn’t lost carbonation and the foam was still a half-inch thick!  Keep in mind, the closest thing to a fresh IPA I had tasted in Hawaii prior to heading to Kona was the Sierra Nevada IPA mix-pack, and who knows how long it sat without refrigeration at Costco.  This Kona brew not only looked good, it smelled and tasted great as well.  Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, and Millennium hops make for a good IPA!  At 6.0 percent this one won’t make you fall asleep before dark, but it isn’t a session beer either.  After two, I was jazzed to watch the sunset from Ho’okenna Beach Park!  Overall, I couldn’t have had a better outdoor painting day in a pub!  Kona Brewing, you are a special brewery doing a job that nobody on the Island does better!  Thanks for the opportunity to paint with the lizards! To Castaway IPA!  If I were marooned on a deserted island, I would hope to have a couple cases (kegs with draft lines would also be fine) of this beer float ashore!  Nothing tastes better in paradise than a tasty IPA!  Great job KBC!

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

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Beer painting of castaway ipa by kona brewing company year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.01. Castaway IPA by Kona Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 115

The beer painting of the day is of Bikini Lager from Maui Brewing Co.  This beer is 100% brewed in Hawaii on the island of Maui, only 75 miles away from where I am kickin’ it here on the Big Island!  The brewery’s catch phrase for this beer is, “Bikini Blonde Lager.  What the sailors really come to shore for.”  Maui Brewing Co. claims this is a German Helles Lager brewed with only malt and hops.  This beer is bready and has a slight hop flavor, making it a great beer for the beach!

Okay, lets talk about the fruit in the background.  I must tell you now that the best fruit in the world is the banana!  And one of the best varieties of bananas, known as apple bananas, grows in Hawaii!  These little neeners are so sweet, tart and firm, I am not sure if they are even from the same planet, let alone a relative to the regular, long, skinny, flavorless examples we normally get in Alaska!  These bananas are ono-licious (Hawaiian slang for very tasty).  Although they cost three times more, it’s well worth it.  Beautiful weather, wonderful beaches, classic helles lager.  These are all good reasons to visit Hawaii, but the bananas are worth moving here for!  Maybe when the Year of Beer is over I’ll buy a banana (and honey) farm here and move to the Big Island!

To Maui Brewing Co!  Making the Aloha come true!  Not only is your beer great, it is also 100% brewed on the island of Maui!  Sipping on this tasty brew, I never felt more at home here, except for maybe when eating a banana from the farmers market!

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Beer painting of bikini blonde lager by maui brewing co in hawaii year of beer

Year of Beer 04.25. Bikini Blonde Lager by Maui Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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!

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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.

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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″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 100!!!!!

Today is day 100 of the Year of Beer Paintings!!!  The beer of the day is Big Wave Golden Ale!  Kona Brewing rocks, brah!  You can’t get any more Aloha in a bottle than this brewery do!  Yeah!  When I’m hangin’ ten, rockin’ a big wave, the only thing on my brain is Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale.  Dis beer be fresh and sessionable, the only way a brew totally should be, yeah!  Nothing is better than hydrating after a long day out on the waves.  The North Shore is the place to hit, but after that, skip the shaved ice an’ get grindin’ on some of dese tasty brews right away.  But don’ be shark bait, and don’ talk stink about Kona brew.  Both dese things are chicken skin kine, yeah.  ‘Cuz when we pau hana for the day, I be sippin’ on the real thing right at the brewery, yeah.  ‘Cuz, if you be given the stink eye to the Kona crew or any of their righteous beers, you gonna be gettin’ beef from me, yeah.

To Kona’s Big Wave Golden Ale, yeah.  Dis beer brok’ da mouf, ‘cuz if I get a choke of dese brews I be mekin’ house right in the beer garden, brah!

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

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Beer painting Big Wave Golden Ale kona brewing hawaii surfing year of beer

Year of Beer 04.10. Big Wave Golden Ale by Kona Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.