Hello beer art lovers! It’s Thirsty Thursday yet again! How did the last week go by so fast? There is a sweet brewery in Eagle River, not far from Anchorage, called Odd Man Rush Brewing. The brewers there are making some pretty great beers like the coffee-infused red IPA, a new hazy IPA, as well as many other great new beers. You might ask what the name Odd Man Rush means. It is a hockey term referring to when one player is in the penalty box, which creates an odd number of players on the ice and the team with the “power play” (another hockey term referring to the team that has more players on the ice) has an opportunity to rush the goal. So there is a serious hockey theme going on at OMR Brewing. Combined with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia as well. Hockey sticks and cassette tapes along the walls create an ambiance that brings me right back to my youth. The huge scoreboard on the wall is very iconic to this brewery and sums up the aesthetic of the establishment. I painted their popular flagship brew the Enforcer IPA. I was amazed how the head on this American IPA held until I nearly finished the painting. That’s well over an hour! I would also like to mention how refreshing it was to not be drinking a NEIPA (New England IPA) for a change. There is nothing wrong with the NEIPA style, but a great West Coast IPA will always have its place in my heart. Enforcer is another hockey term, meaning a defenseman who dishes out the punishment, aggressively slamming the offense into the boards, and maybe even getting put in the penalty box for roughing. In my humble opinion, that’s a great name for this particular beer! If hockey is your game, you’ll feel right at home at this taproom. Put on the foil, these goons are making some great brews! Cheers to your victory on the ice and in the brewery!