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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 307

The featured beer painting for the day is of Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout, a certified organic ale by Eel River Brewing Company, located in the heart of the Redwoods in Scotia, California. An amazing beer that is certified organic is a huge deal to me. I’m skeptical of pesticides and GMO food products, and try to eat only organic food, which is difficult to find most of the time, especially in Alaska. I even use organic grain in my homebrew. I know from first hand experience that using organic specialty grains, as well as organic yeast and hops, and ending up with a quality product like this stout is really a major coup.

My wife and I rode our tandem bike through Scotia during our epic tour down the west coast. We had been taking turns being driver and stoker daily, until the day we visited Scotia and then continued onto the Avenue of the Giants where Maria tried to swerve onto the road to avoid hitting a small Redwood log. At the same time I thought I heard a car behind us, so I tried to ditch right from the back of the bike. We slammed into the log, which swung upward into our drive train, smashing the front chain ring and breaking the chain. Luckily, the aluminum chain ring didn’t bust in half. I banged it back into shape with the same log that did the damage, and we fine-tuned it with a Leatherman – fairly delicate work as metal fatigue is a major obstacle when bending aluminum. We rode into the campground after dark, found our spot for the night, and decided that I was a horrible stoker, so from then on I was the driver. If I had known that Eel River Brewing was in Scotia, I would have pulled over immediately for food and beer, like we did every chance we got. Unfortunately, we only had a guidebook, which was full of useful information, but omitted the location of every brewery. Drat! We limped all the way into San Jose to my uncle’s house where we waited for two weeks for spare parts to fix the bike. The bike was repaired and we rode all the way to the Mexican border, stopping at Stone Brewing Bistro for a beer at the end of the ride.

Cheers to Eel River Brewing and to organic beer! I wish you guys the best, and if I had a real raven’s eye as I passed you by, I would have known where to go to get fresh beer and food!

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

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Beer Painting of Raven's Eye Stout by Eel River Brewing Year of Beer Paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.03. Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout by Eel River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 305

Happy November! I am officially into the last two months of the Year of Beer Paintings, which is bittersweet, kind of like a perfectly balanced beer. The featured beer painting for the day is of Born & Raised IPA from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, Washington. I was born is Spokane, and lived there until I was seven years old. I remember skateboarding around our neighborhood, playing pick-up games of sandlot baseball, and jumping our BMX bike on the sweet jump we made from a sheet of CDX plywood and a couple of cinder blocks. I would say this beer was unique in its flavor. Before I drank it, I thoroughly spoiled my palate by gorging on handfuls of Halloween candy, so I may have missed some of the delicate nuances in this one. I think it resembled an English style IPA, a bit more bitter in flavor and style than the more American-style with hopped up aroma. More flavor on the tongue than in the nose, this beer will do the trick at 7% ABV. A pretty strong contender of an IPA on the alcohol level, which was hardly noticeable during consumption. No-Li says that everything in this beer comes from within a 300-mile radius from the brewery, and when you are in Eastern Washington that actually seems pretty close. I moved to Alaska in ‘87, but whenever I return to Washington, I visit family in Walla Walla, and I am always amazed at how the PNW culture is similar to what we strange northern Alaskans call normal. I guess it is because Alaskans mostly cheer for the Mariners and the Seahawks. We also fly in and out of Seattle as our closest Lower 48 air hub. Alaska used to be seven days away on a steamship journey, but the last port of call was Seattle/Tacoma. Now we can make the trip in about 3.5 hours in a jet. The No-Li Brewhouse opened five years after I left Spokane, but that was still eight years before I could legally drink beer, so I guess I really didn’t miss anything, and now I can buy bottles here in Anchorage!

Cheers to Born and Raised IPA! I hope you guys stay committed to making craft beer on a local level, the city of Spokane needs you!

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

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Beer Painting of Born & Raised IPA by No-Li Brewhouse Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.01. Born & Raised IPA by No-Li Brewhouse. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.