What happens when you send a reluctant chimp into space and then let him return to Earth? The answer is one happy monkey chillin’ at the beach sipping on session-able IPAs. 21st Amendment Brewery has been making a great session ale for years, but when I stepped into its San Francisco pub and saw that the Bitter American has returned to Earth, I couldn’t believe my eyes, nor the delicious taste on my tongue. I have a love for simians of all kinds: apes, monkeys, chimps. There is something primal about watching the animal that we are most closely related to. I feel that humans often reject the instincts that our tree-swinging cousins embody. The simple joys in life are what makes life worth living. Having a cold brew, or three on the beach is one of those things that I simply do not want to skip. A nice cool dip in the Pacific Ocean followed by a refreshing sip brings you Down to Earth in a way that this monkey finds simply refreshing! I hope you enjoy this painting and have a cold one for me in the heat of the sun!
Howdy, Thirsty Thursday beer painting fans! I was hitting a wall with the art history beer parody paintings, and I was talking it over with my friend, Kara, who I can credit with the brilliant idea I used for the Spotted Cow painting. Her uncle was visiting and had brought over a mix-pack of Alaskan Brewing beers. These are not the most sought-after beers, but are often the most consumed ones in Alaska, kind of like Yuengling in Philly. They are popular across the Pacific Northwest as well. I have some of my fondest memories sitting on the beach at Point Woronzof sipping an Alaskan Amber. Kara told me to paint a polar bear from the Coca Cola commercials drinking an Alaskan White, because it has a polar bear on the label. I thought that this was a great idea and here it is. Alaskan White wit-style ale is a very popular Alaskan Brewing offering, and was one of the first paintings snapped up from the original 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall painting show I did back in 2011. I hope you find this as humorous as I do, because I intend to extrapolate on this series. Cheers! I hope you are enjoying your Alaskan summer as much as I am!
This original oil painting, and 99 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of the super popular American pale ale called Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company in Munster, Indiana. Brewed in homage to comic books with a label designed by Marvel illustrator Tim Steely and Zimmer Designs, this beer is one of the most sought-after pale ales available in the United States. The character on the label is a combination of Spider Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor into one Zombie Lord who obviously rocks the dust out of zombies. I first tried this beer last summer when I was driving from Michigan to Chicago via Indiana. After a very short detour, I arrived at 3 Floyds, and couldn’t stop drinking this sublime nectar. The brewery was also selling this beer by the case, and people were walking out carrying two cases at a time, having paid a higher than average price for a pale ale. If the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow, forget the chainsaw, board up your windows and crack open some of the Z-Dust because the zombies will eventually get you anyway, and you might as well have a nice buzz going when they eat your brains. Comic nerds are stereotypically not heavy drinkers, but when they do drink beer, they go for quality. Zombie Dust is the quality that will quench your thirst, plus it’s got a super sick label that will inspire your imagination. I thought of Night of the Living Dead, as well as Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead series, so I referenced those two flicks in the background. Hell, this beer is so good some people might give their left hand for a case of it!
The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase one of 52 limited-edition prints, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Cheers to the Zombie Dust! Sometimes making a beer that is over the top pays off!
How many cans of Focal Banger IPA fit in an X-mas stocking? I guess it depends on how hard you try to find cans of this luscious liquid. I bet you could put half a case in the right-sized sock! I think that Focal Banger tastes pretty awesome, and I know The Alchemist of Waterbury, Vermont knows how to keep their beer fresh. One of the critical aspects of keeping an IPA in its beautiful floral condition is a short storage period. Long shelf storage can destroy a bright and lovely IPA, so long story short, don’t horde this delectable nectar. It says, “Drink from the Can” directly on each beer, because this practice not only prevents oxidation, but also prevents light contamination. I can only imagine how good this beer tastes on top of a Vermont ski mountain! I hope you get to live out my fantasy and sneak a tall boy into your ski parka for a sip of afternoon delight before heading down to the base of the mountain where you might consume more during an Après-ski session!
Cheers to the Alchemist, turning water, malt, yeast, and hops into liquid gold!
The original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.
Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Kilt Lifter by The Pike Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington. One thing is for sure, this Scotch style Ruby ale is malty! Scotch style brews are in a class of their own, competing with historical counterparts directly from Scotland. If you have not sampled any Scotch style beers, and you like a less hop forward brew, this is one not to be missed. Especially if you are tired of all your IPA drinking friends catching a nice little buzz from consuming only one beer. With an O.G. of 1.065 this 6.5% alc. by volume beer has enough kick for you to keep up with those hop headed party animals, but lacks the bitter flower craze that keeps you from joining them. I also like that Pike Brewing puts the ingredient list on the beer label, so I can tell that the beer is Reinheitsgebot.
Scotch style ale has always had a special place in my heart as it was one of my favorite styles when I first started drinking and developing my palette, and hadn’t developed a taste for IPA yet. Of course, I would order a Scotch brew when I didn’t know what to order… it had my name in it! I normally will drink a solid IPA these days, but there is something to be said for the malt body of Scotch Ale.
To malt forward beer, a brew we can drink in the rain that won’t make us sneeze!