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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 248

The featured beer painting of the day is of Project Dank IPA by La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Project Dank is an ongoing brew, but the recipe is adjusted to ensure that the dankest hops available are used.  Sounds like a good idea to me!  I love hops!  

This was the first beer we opened at the BBQ that Keith hosted, and invited me to attend so I could taste beers from states that don’t distribute to Alaska.  I was excited to drink a delicious beer from New Mexico, with such a great label!  It was as good as advertised, a very hop-forward IPA, and a nice precursor to the rest of the evening!  We did have some good beers that night.  I was hesitant to paint this one right away due to the complex nature of the label, and decided to wait until I returned to my Anchorage studio to complete it. 

The beer had notes of pine and citrus, with a solid malt backbone.  Kind of reminded me of the Hop Henge from Deschutes Brewing!  I wish I could get my hands on this beer every year, to try it with different hop varieties.

Cheers to Project Dank and to La Cumbre Brewing!  Too bad NM doesn’t distribute to Alaska!

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Beer Painting of Project Dank IPA by La Cumbre Brewing Co

Year of Beer 09.05. Project Dank IPA by La Cumbre Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 229

The featured beer painting of the day is of India Pale Ale by BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon.  Brewed since 1995, Bridgeport IPA is as cool as Sockeye Red, or Lagunitas IPA (both started the same year).  This beer was ahead of the hop revolution, leading by five full years.  Remember the Super Bowl commercials fighting back?  “Avoid bitter beer face!”  Showing a big beer dork swilling a flavorful beer and his mouth going inverted due to the actual hop content.  True, it takes a while to develop a palate for IPAs, but in my mind, it is worth the battle.  Once you love the hop flavor, most other beers are slightly ruined, just because they lack flavor.  I would rather have a proper sour beer (kind of a new flavor in the popular brewing world) than drink a slew of boring pilsners.  I always tell new home brewers that if they make a 5-gallon batch of beer and don’t like it, because they missed their mark, to get over it.  By the time a homebrewer consumes all five gallons, he/she will develop a taste for the flavor of the particular funky brew in question.  So what if your Belgian wit tastes like a Flemish sour?  So what if your Dopplebock has an English brown caramel flavor?  Of course you won’t win any awards, but the beer is inherently good.  In the words of Charlie Papazian, the author of the Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “Don’t worry, have a homebrew!”

The BridgePort Brewing Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!  Cheers to their beer!  Thirty years is a long time, and these guys are so cool, they are going to be the family brewery in Portland for a long time.  Sometimes at Costco I have bought a case of this stuff for around $23 dollars here in Alaska!  That is less than a dollar a beer, you can’t even buy PBR most of the time in Alaska for that!  A great product, at a great price!  The beer is a nice, citrusy IPA with the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.  Also, a sessionable brew at 5.5 percent, this is not the gut bomb like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo.  Deliciously refreshing, I would drink this one after a hard day of chainsawing.  I wish it was available in cans.  The bottles are refreshing and beautiful, but hard to pack on a backcountry adventure.

Cheers to 30 Years!  This flagship brew is worthy of immortalization in oil paint!  

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Beer painting of bridgeport ipa year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.17. India Pale Ale by BridgePort Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 220

The featured beer painting of the day is of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon.  This has been a go-to beer for me since it basically came out in 2006.  This was just when IPAs became the cat’s meow and I also just developed a palate for the whole flower hop bomb that makes up a solid IPA.  Previously a “dark beer” guy,  I preferred Black Butte Porter.  I think that beer was a segue to my love for IPAs.  A porter is technically a dark bitter.  The dark grains and heavier doses of hops helped me along my way.  It’s funny how some people just don’t like IPA, and I remember being there too, but the floral scents of IPA make up for the stronger hop flavor. 

Citrus and pine in flavor, but floral and sweet on the olfactory senses.  So much of tasting is directly related to smelling; it is important to take a second, and to just sniff at the beer you have in front of you.  If it smells good, it’s going to taste great.  I have had some homebrews that smelled awful, but somehow they tasted fruity, and I still swilled ‘em down.  And that is how you develop your palate for anything, you just gotta man/woman up and start tasting it.  Nobody ever developed anything without giving it the good, honest college try.  It wasn’t until my third college that I really liked IPA anyway.

Now there are so many IPA offerings from Deschutes Brewing alone: Chainbreaker, Fresh Squeezed, Chasing Freshies, Jubelale, Hop Henge, Hop in the Dark, Armory XPA, and Red Chair (NWPA is still an IPAish beer).  Can you imagine how many IPAs are available in the USA or across the world?  It must be several thousand options.  So stuff your head with hops and get off your high horse, and have some IPA (be sure to share with the horse)!

Cheers to Deschutes, making a darn good brew since 1988, and inversion since 2006!  Keep it up, and keep it hopped!

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Beer Painting of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.08. Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 214

The featured beer painting of the day is of Mikkeller Centennial, part of the single hop IPA series. Most breweries use hops that grow near the brewery and make the freshest, best ale they can for the dollar. Mikkeller doesn’t have a brewery; it contracts every batch of beer, which is a very cool idea that seems to be successful. Founded in 2006 in Copenhagen by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, the company has since expanded to Bangkok, San Francisco, and Stockholm, recently producing bottled beers that we can even buy here in Alaska. Contract-brewing is an intriguing concept whose time has come. Keep your overhead low and your concepts strong, and the sky is the limit. This beer was brewed in conjunction with De Proef Brouwerij from Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

The Single Hop Project is showcasing 18 different styles of hops. All the beers are brewed with the same weight of hops for bittering, flavoring, aroma and dry hopping. The grain bills are identical, so the only variable is the hops, which are scientifically switched. The mission statement on the bottle says, ”This gives the consumer the possibility to smell and taste the unique characteristics of each variety, and will hopefully help to educate people about the wonderful world of hops.” With verbiage like that on the bottle it is obvious these guys are kings of marketing! This beer was good. Centennial hops are delicious, and I noted a bit less bitterness than in most IPAs. There are many different varieties of Centennial hops, and I wonder what the alpha rating is in this particular batch. It normally comes in between 8.5% – 11.5%, so a righteous hop for an IPA. Citrusy and piney, it’s a good hop variety for American style ales.

Cheers to Mikkeller, a brainy beer maker indeed! Keep it cerebral and keep it interesting. Good job on the 18 single hop IPA concept! I will try another please!

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Beer Painting of Mikkeller Centennial Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.02. Mikkeller Centennial. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 157

If you are in Anchorage, catch the first installment of my Year of Beer Paintings at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. during the month of June.  I hung the paintings yesterday, and that was the largest amount of beer paintings I have ever hung in one location!  I will kick off the art opening by tapping a firkin at 5 PM this evening.  Five gallons of cask conditioned Panty Peeler Tripel with 6 oz (that’s a lot for 5 gallons) of Rakau Hops from New Zealand.

The beer painting for today is of Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Petaluma, California.  “102 I.B.U 4 U” means this is one thoroughly hopped beer.  From hop extract to ridiculous amounts of dry hops, this one has it all, and as many varieties as the brew master could muster as well.  Lagunitas has not fallen short on this one, and it is true to its name.  You will absolutely feel Hop Stoopid by the time you finish a bomber.  The first time I snagged one of these was in Brookings, Oregon when my wife and I were about to cross the border into California on our tandem tour down the West Coast.  We drank it at the beach, and both immediately fell in love with this beer.

Lagunitas, you are a great brewery!  You deserve your spot as one of the best craft beer breweries in the nation!

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

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Beer Painting of Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.06. Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 140

The daily beer painting is of Estate Homegrown Ale from 2012 by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. I came across this particular bottle when my wife (and Business Manager) won it as a raffle prize at our local Great Northern Brewers Club meeting. I didn’t realize that it was already two years old until I opened it, while I was painting it, and noticed rust inside the cap, which had been preserved with a wax seal. Nonetheless, this bottle had righteous, thick foam, like a thick orange cheese. I still had remnants of foam on my last sip! The first sip had notes of butterscotch and caramel, and I thought that this beer had been aged too long, but as I let it sit and sipped it over a two-hour period, the taste improved, and the hop flavor exploded in my mouth with each sip.

This beer is brewed from ingredients grown at the Sierra Nevada Estate Farm, right there at the brewery in Chico, California. One hundred percent organic, the only other brewery I know that is growing its own organic ingredients is Rogue for its Farm Series.

Sierra Nevada, your brewery may be large, but it is not boring! I am always impressed by the way you use your imperial forces for good, not evil! Cheers! Keep up the hard work!

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Beer Painting of Estate Homegrown Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.20. Estate Homegrown Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 124

Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Company is the daily beer painting!  Where ya goin’ Stone?  Go To IPA is a sessionable brew that won’t make you so drunk that you can’t lift your right arm, phew!  I wouldn’t be able to paint if that was the case, and after a case of other IPAs I am only ready for bed.  Not that I could drink a case of Go To and still function, but I would be better off than if I were to try to drink a whole boat load of Ruination!  Actually, this beer is kinda thin, but when you look at the percentage, only a few pilsners come in this light.  I think Bud Light and Coors Light are right there, at the 4.5% mark.  The difference is this beer has some flavor, actually, those other beers do as well, but you have to drink them cold to avoid their flavor.  Go To IPA, bursting full of hops, and nothing but malted barley for the grains, will taste good even if you let it sit out and paint it all day, like I did.

I brew lighter beer because I want to hydrate as I drink and not worry about drinking too much.  So, I am totally in line with session beer.  Way to be Stone!  You are on the cutting edge of the beer community, and I know whatever you are doing, the rest of the beer world will soon follow.

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Beer Painting of Go To IPA by Stone Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.04. Go To IPA by Stone 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 110

Hoppy Easter!  Today’s beer painting is of Stone Brewing Company’s Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA (thanks Duncan, for sending me this one)!  One of the best IPAs I have ever consumed!  I just realized that I’ve included a lot of IPAs in this series, I must be on some sort of IPA kick.  Well, don’t worry, folks, I love all styles of beer.  This beer is a heavy hitter coming in at 9.4 percent!  I enjoyed this one with friends, and we swigged it down with gusto!  Stone Brewing says that this beer is engineered to expire by today, so drink ‘em if you got ‘em!  Good IPA should be consumed while it’s fresh!  If you save your treasured beer for too long, especially an IPA, it will possibly no longer be the hop bomb you wanted to release onto your palate!

Cheers to Stone Brewing Company’s dank IPAs!

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Beer Painting of Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA by Stone Brewing Co Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.20. Enjoy by 04.20.14 IPA by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 105

Wow!  Ruthless Rye IPA!  Two of my faves in one bottle!  I love rye in a beer, and I love hops!  So this is a match made in heaven for me!  Plus, the brewers at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. do such a great job!  I have never had a bad beer from that brewery, other than a stale Pale Ale, which was due to improper, long storage, but even then it was still palatable.  Rye is a strong grain that grows in many places and has a unique flavor!  I wonder why there is not more beer brewed with this pungent grain?

The “ruthless” part?  Must be the IPA, the high alcohol content of 6.6, or maybe the stringent spicy characteristic the rye imparts to the beer.  I think Joe Sixpack may be on to something in his last rant about breweries just plugging IPA in a beer name.  Accuracy in advertising?  Ruthless marketing?  Whatever it is, this beer is great.

To the crew at Sierra Nevada!  Making hop-forward beers for decades!

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Beer painting of ruthless rye ipa by sierra nevada brewing chico california year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 04.15. Ruthless Rye IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.