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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 333

The featured beer painting of the day is of the Raspberry Wheat Ale by Sea Dog Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. This beer tastes like sweet raspberry juice, but is not pink. The bottle says that natural flavor is added, and I couldn’t find evidence in the beer, on the bottle, or on the brewery’s website about real raspberries added to this brew. So, I can’t say for sure what mysterious ingredient is responsible for the strong raspberry flavor. This is another one of those frequent occasions when I wish that breweries were required to disclose ingredients on packaging like any other food and beverage product in America. Like a shandy, this beer is refreshing, and forgiving at only 4.5% ABV. After consuming this bottle, I opened a bottle of Lindemans Framboise just to taste the difference between natural flavoring and real berries, but the comparison wasn’t fair because one is a wheat ale, and the other is a tart lambic.

My wife and I were in Portland, Maine less than two weeks ago, and have fond memories of the port town. The background scene in this painting is from a photo I took in Freeport. We drove down to the water to find a lobster shack, but it was closed for the season, so we didn’t linger by the water long, because we were too cold, and drove to a larger lobster restaurant near the outlet stores.

Cheers to the Raspberry Wheat Ale! A good beer for drinking on a boat! I hope your beer always makes people happy!

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

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Beer Painting of Raspberry Wheat Ale by Sea Dog Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.29. Raspberry Wheat Ale by Sea Dog Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 232

The featured beer painting of the day is if Monkey Fist IPA from Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.  Everything I know about Maine I learned from doing a report about it in fifth grade.  I learned that there’s skiing and sailing, as well as a smaller population compared to other east coast states, and I can thank the World Book Encyclopedia for that information.  This was pre world wide web, and nobody was Googling things yet.  Today Wikipedia tells me that Maine has 1.3 million people, and ~200,000 live in the Portland area.  Maine is the fifth best state for microbreweries in the USA.  Rocky coastlines, forested interior, and seafood is the description in a nutshell from Wikipedia — the new people’s encyclopedia. 

Shipyard has been brewing since 1994, so this year is the 20th anniversary!  Next year the brew kettle can go out drinking on its own.  My particular bottle of Monkey Fist wasn’t as fresh as I hoped it would be.  When a brewery from the other side of the country distributes its product all the way to Alaska, its beer probably won’t be the best example of freshness.  But now I get to check Maine off the list (the goal is to paint a beer from all 50 states).  This beer was very good despite it’s age.  I don’t know if I would suggest cellaring it, but IPA was originally designed to ship all the way from England to India, so this may be in-line with the traditional flavor.  It was hoppy, but the hops were offset by a unique flavor that I could only describe as a caramel malt flavor — citrusy, but sweet, this was a unique beer.  The Monkey Fist is a sailing knot that sailors used to throw ropes around.  It’s heavy, so it helps prevent tangling. 

Cheers to Monkey Fist IPA making it all the way to Alaska!  

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Beer Painting of Monkey Fist IPA by Shipyard Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.20. Monkey Fist IPA by Shipyard Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.