The featured beer painting of the day is of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Company. Judging from the beers I’ve sampled from Michigan (Founders, Dark Horse, Atwater, Greenbush, Brewery Vivant, and Bell’s), I now know that the Great Lake State is home to great beer! My friend Rich sent me this bottle of Devil Dancer from Philly. Thanks again for the beer you’ve been sending my way! Rich told me to make this the last beer of the evening, which was excellent advice. This time of year we are getting close to a half and half split between darkness and light in Alaska. Since my studio/shack in McCarthy is on generator/battery power, I don’t have much light at night time, so I have been going to bed about an hour after dark. I opened this particular jewel of a beer right at dusk time, about 9 PM. I shared it with Maria, as a good man should share beer with his wife, especially one as tasty as this one. This triple IPA tasted like malty candy, the perfect balance between malt and hops — a delectable treat of a beer. This beer is dry-hopped with ten different hop varieties, and comes in at a hefty 112 IBUs, but the malt flavor is so strong, it balances out the hop bitterness, creating a floral sweetness. This beer was released in June, so it’s still fresh. Typically, you don’t want to cellar an IPA, but I think this one would age well, much like the 120-Minute IPA by Dogfish Head. Twelve percent ABV worked its magic, after a hard day of beer painting, stump removal, cabin building, and log peeling. I crawled into bed about half an hour later, after savoring every sip.
Cheers to the Devil Dancer! No, I have not seen the movie, Gilda Gray at her best, right?