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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #98, November 10, 2016, Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Beer Co.

ūüé∂Hey, Chicago, what do you say? The Cubs are gonna win today. They’re singing… go, Cubs, go!ūüé∂

Good news Chicago, Bourbon Country Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co. is only a few weeks from its release date. ¬†This Fall has been full of surprises, but the Bourbon County stout is a staple that we can rely on. ¬†It has been over 100 years since the Cubs have been World Series Champions, and the curse of the goat is over. ¬†Phew! ¬†Cubs fans can sigh in relief. ¬†I know most of the people in Chicago are upset over this current election result, but I hope you listen to my favorite president, Barack Obama, when he said that we are all on the same team. ¬†Hillary, a Chicago native, even told us to give the new President-Elect a chance, and hey, if he screws up, we have our Constitution to back us up. ¬†So let that black cloud of doubt go. ¬†Like the curse of the goat, this too shall pass. ¬†Another candidate will run in four years. ¬†Part of the beauty of America, besides our baseball, is that for over 200 years Americans have watched the change of political power without any violence. ¬†So pop open a bottle of Bourbon County stout and rewatch game seven of the World Series on TiVo. ¬†America will weather this and possibly still be great when it’s all done. ¬†THREE CHEERS FOR THE CUBS, and another for Bourbon County Brand Stout.

The original painting sold, but you can purchase limited-edition, signed prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #98 by Scott Clendaniel. November 10, 2016. Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Beer Co., 14"x11", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #98 by Scott Clendaniel. November 10, 2016. Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island Beer Co., 14″x11″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #44, October 29, 2015

Crux Fermentation Project, located in Bend, Oregon was one of the highlights of my trip to Bend, Oregon a couple weeks ago. During our short two-day stay we also managed to visit Deschutes Brewing, Boneyard and Bend Brewing. I was the DD the night we went to Crux, so I couldn’t indulge too much at this fine establishment. I learned that happy hour is during sunset, but we were late for that, because we were enjoying a great Salmon dinner with an old friend from Anchorage, Jereme Monteau. I actually met two old Anchorage friends for beer at Crux, Andrea Lubeck and Jereme. I was not let down. The tasting room is really cool with copper fermenters visible, and plenty of barrels as well.

As soon as my wife took a sip of Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA from our ample sample tray, she got up and walked to the to-go fridge and grabbed two bottles. The half hitch is a knot used to tie hop bines to the poles to help the bines to grow so tall. The beer has a nice dosage of Mosaic hops, and is one of the best IPAs I drank while touring the Pacific Northwest. Fruity, floral and citrusy, this beer would please any hophead. I was blown away when I finally consumed a bottle that I brought home to Anchorage with me. I also sent one to my buddy Rich in PA, who is responsible for inspiring most of my east coast beer paintings. I only send him the finest finds, and I felt this was one. I know the half hitch is not a climbing knot, but since the beer was brewed in Bend, I painted it in front of Smith Rock, a popular rock-climbing playground. I am sure after a day of climbing, a hop-forward beer would satisfy any rope-weary climber. I hope you get a chance to grab any beer from Crux Fermentation Project. They have many options, not only hop-forward brews. I tasted a barrel aged sour beer there that was DY-NA-MITE! Unfortunately, not available in bottles when I was there.

The original oil painting sold. You can purchase limited-edition prints, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

Half Hitch IPA by Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #44 by Scott Clendaniel. October 29, 2015. Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA by Crux Fermentation Project. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #37, September 10, 2015

Paul Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is most famous for his legendary drip paintings. Born in Wyoming, Pollock created his masterpieces in his studio in upstate New York. Jackson Pollock worked differently than traditional Western artists, stretching the boundaries of what people considered to be art. He used non-traditional mediums ‚Äď paint that was more fluid-based, and engineered for building application. He would dance around an un-stretched canvas on the floor of his studio, applying paint with sticks, stiff brushes, and even used a turkey baster from time to time.

‚ÄúI continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Jackson Pollock.

Notorious for his alcoholism, and known to drink a quart of whiskey a day, the artist died in November of 1956 in a drunken driving accident. A true shame, as he was only 44 years old. At least he really got to live for the short time he was productive on this planet. For this reason, I admit that a beer painting in his style could be considered inappropriate, but I couldn’t resist making a painting using Pollock’s technique.

I had fun channeling this artist, and really made a mess. Normally I work in oil paint, but had to buy acrylic and latex paint for this painting. I set the painting support on a larger piece of plywood outside in a large open area on my lot in McCarthy, and just started throwing paint with a big brush. No, I did not consume a quart of whiskey while working on this piece. I waited until evening before drinking a beer, although I feel it would not have hindered my ability to paint in this way. I just had to climb on ladders while working on my cabin during the afternoon. I should have done this painting in the evening so I could drink beer while applying the drips of paint. Well, hindsight is 20-20.

‚ÄúIt is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Jackson Pollock.

The original painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.

jackson pollock beer pint painting by scott clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #37 by Scott Clendaniel. September 10, 2015. Inspired by Jackson Pollock. 18″x26″, mixed media on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 85

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Karbach Brewing Co’s Mother-in-Lager, which is a Munich Dunkel lager! ¬†To me it tasted like a Bock, not too hoppy. ¬†Actually, my mother-in-law would love this brew! ¬†She is always after a sweeter, maltier option! ¬†So the story goes that this brew was invented to provide the patience required to deal with a visit from your mother-in-law. ¬†Its dark color is perfect for stealth drinking, coffee cups anybody? I received this can in the mail from Karbach Brewing directly from Houston, Texas! ¬†I was really excited to see a lager in the batch, but I was surprised when I poured a mahogany dark liquid from the can. ¬†Then my second impression was, duh, just because it is lagered doesn’t mean it has to be yellow and fizzy! ¬†I was also stoked on the name. ¬†Great marketing Karbach! ¬†Who wouldn’t have this around just to tell friends, uh oh, I got a case of the Mother-in-Lager, she’s on her way! ¬†Basically, this beer rocks. ¬†What else can grease the ease of impending judgement than a fresh dark lager? To Houston’s beer scene! ¬†I wish distribution to Alaska was possible, because I would keep a case of the Mother-in-Lager on hand! ¬†It’s a seasonal, so stock up now!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting Mother in Lager karbach brewing houston texas year of beer

Year of Beer 03.26. Mother-in-Lager by Karbach Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 34

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Hoegaarden. ¬†This beer was the first Belgian Wit beer I had ever experienced. ¬†Now there are imitators all over the place, but about a decade ago, Hoegaarden was the only option, and it only became available in Alaska a few years back. ¬†To me it was a legendary beer, a brew that mystically tasted like lemonade without compromising its beer-like qualities. ¬†I was on bicycle tour in 2011 and rode through Hoegaarden, Belgium with my wife. ¬†The brewery was in production and the whole area smelled like Sweet Tarts. ¬†It was a real treat drinking Hoegaarden in Hoegaarden. ¬†Wit beer is a great after-sports beverage, and a perfect mid-day hydrator if you are bike touring. ¬†To Hoegaarden! ¬†Op uw gezondheid’!

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

Year of Beer 02.03 Hoegaarden. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.03 Hoegaarden. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.