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“Oh Geez, Rick!” – Morty

“Oh Geez, Rick”,  is a painting I made because I am a home-brewer and a huge fan of the show Rick and Morty.  Every home-brewer loves to brew in the garage. Since I don’t have one, I decided to pretend to have the most amazing garage ever, Rick’s garage from the show.  Every time I make a batch of beer, I pitch the yeast into a big glass fermenter like the one pictured here in Rick’s garage laboratory.  I always think about the life that is being cultivated inside the glass universe in the carboy.  Sealed with an airlock to keep the culture clean, it reminds me of our planet.  We are like the yeast, and the wort (unfermented beer) is like our natural resources.  As the yeast bubbles, and ferments the wort into beer, it is like our planet living out its days.  Once in a while I will double down on a batch of beer and pour fresh wort into the leftover yeast slurry from a previous batch. When I do this, I think how awesome it would be if we were able to buy more time for humanity on planet Earth by just brewing up some more clean air, water, and sunlight.  

The lifespan of any life-form is limited by its resources.  So my question is: if the planet is like a beer fermenter and the garage is like space outside our universe, is there some giant being that wants to eat all our garbage and breath our CO2 to catch a relaxing buzz?  Rick would know, he probably was teasing it with his portal gun.  

Cheers to life! Although it may be fleeting, make sure it is a fun ride!

This original oil painting, and signed art prints are available at my Etsy shop. You can see this painting in person at my art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. June 4 – July 1, 2021. I will kick off the show this Friday at 5pm by tapping a pin (small keg) of a wit beer with key-lime, cask-conditioned on Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans and graham crackers!

“Oh geez, Rick!” 11″ x 14″, oil on panel

A Day Off!

Today we decided to take a day off from working in the studio, so we could test out our new home-brewing equipment that we pieced together from Craigslist, friends, and Arctic Brewing Supply.  On Saturday we’re going to brew with fellow brewers at the annual Brew-a-thon, hosted by the Great Northern Brewers Club.  This event takes place on the closest Saturday to National Homebrew Day (May 7th).  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to brew, show up to this event (you don’t have to be a GNBC member).  Here are the deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399498993704539/

Scott started brewing in high school, but took a few years off, and we started seriously brewing again in 2005.  We just finished the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) class, which taught us a lot more about beer and brewing.  So today we’re brewing a pale ale, a nice light beer that will be refreshing this summer while we’re building a cabin in McCarthy.  Work can wait one day, especially since we both worked on Saturday and Sunday.  Just another benefit of being self-employed.