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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 256

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?

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

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Beer Painting of Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.13. Devil Dancer Triple IPA by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 237

The featured beer painting for the day is of Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale from Founders Brewing Company. Founders beer is actually not in my normal quiver of beer drinking, but since I have had so many sent to me, I have included almost all of them in this project. I still have the Devil Dancer and may paint it too. Every beer I have had from this brewery is phenomenal! I really hope I get a chance to go to Michigan; I should have gone for my college roommate’s wedding, but somehow I missed it.

The Dirty Bastard makes me think of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, which already makes this beer a winner in my mind. This is a Scotch style ale, a wee heavy beer. Seven types of malt make this beer a very malt-forward brew. Although it still has 50 IBUs, which makes it more hoppy than many pale ales. This beer is actually well balanced with heavy malt backbone and solid hop aroma and flavor. Plum raisins and roasted malt chocolate, coffee, and smoky grains come to mind when sipping this 8.5% brew. It does not have much hop bitterness; the brewmeisters at Founders know how to perfectly hop a beer, that is for sure. Not only does this beer taste perfectly, and seems to satisfy the desire for beer after a glass or two, but it also looks great. The dark amber hue is a wonderful shade of sienna. A beautiful beer from a great brewery. Thanks Founders, and thanks Rich for sending it my way!

Slainte gu soirraidh! To Founders! May your brewery last forever!

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Beer Painting of dirty bastard scotch ale by founders brewing michigan beer year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.25. Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 217

The featured beer of the day is of Double Trouble Imperial IPA from Founders Brewing Company.  When I started the Year of Beer Paintings project, I had never heard of Founders, but then my wife and I started researching different breweries, and über popular beers that are not available here in Alaska.  Well, Founders came out as an amazing brewery that everyone was abuzz about.  I have a few more amazing Founders offerings that were shipped to me!  Thanks everyone who participate in fueling the Year of Beer (it runs on beer)!  I am going to attempt to paint a beer from every state, so if you want to help me out, send me that beer that you are proud to call your home state’s finest.

It is ironic that I painted the Double Trouble IPA for today, because we had truck trouble yesterday while driving to Anchorage from McCarthy.  My amazing Chevy truck from 1992 blew its transmission 180 miles away from Anchorage with a load of supplies and oil paintings.  After hanging out on the side of the road for four hours, we finally had the truck towed to a salvage yard in Glennallen, and got picked up with all our stuff by my in-laws.  I drove this truck for nine years, and I loved it!   

When we got home at 1 AM, I opened a bottle of Double Trouble IPA.  It was the nectar of the gods!  I have never had a beer that tasted as good as this one, safe in my snug condo in Anchorage.  Nice and light, with a piney citrusy flavor, just like a double IPA should be!  Thank you Founders, you brought a small amount of happiness into my life at the wake of my trusty pickup.  Well, I guess it was not so trusty, kind of more rusty.

Cheers to Double Trouble and to finding solutions!  To rewards at the end of long days, and to fine IPA!  Thanks Founders, you rock!

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Beer Painting of Double Trouble IPA by Founders Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.05. Double Trouble IPA by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 186

The beer painting of the day is of Kalamazoo Stout by Bell’s Brewery pictured in Kalamazoo!  I tasted this one on the lawn of my parent’s front yard as I smoked 20 lbs of the finest Kasilof Sockeye Red Salmon you can find.  The smoked salmon takes about five to eight hours to finish.  So I painted on the lawn and intermittently refreshed the wood chips in the smokers.  I sampled some of the smaller pieces of smoked fish as I was sipping on this one.  Nothing makes a beer taste better than salty snacks, and I was in heaven.  I loved this beer!  It was nice and full-bodied, not a huge stout at 6%, but a tasty one.  The brewers’ licorice is a nice touch — not overpowering, but an obvious addition and a welcomed one in my mind!

I have to admit I have never been to Kalamazoo, but I am getting more and more inclined to show up.  Not only because Bell’s is a destination in itself, but also because Kalamazoo looks like a nice place to be.

Cheers to Kalamazoo Stout and cheers to delicious flavored beers!  I hope I get to drink Kalamazoo Stout in Kalamazoo!

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Beer Painting of Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Clendaniel

Year of Beer 07.05. Kalamazoo Stout by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 179

KBS!  Stout for breakfast!  Seriously, I was going to drink this last night but my wife warned me that if I drank this beer without her, she would… well, I won’t go into the details.  She came home too late last night after a long day of guiding visitors around Alaska, so here I am doing my part sipping on 6 oz of beautiful coffee and chocolate Kentucky Breakfast Stout at 10 AM so I can write this blog post about it.

Rich and malty, with a bitter bite, and a nutty flavor.  At 70 IBUs, the bitterness is masked by the malt.  The nutty flavor reminds me of coconut beers; must be part of the barrel aging at cave temperatures.  This beer is thick on your tongue creating a blanket of pleasure.  I can see why it is one of the most sought-after beers in the Midwest!  Thanks Patrick for mailing it to me, this was a special treat!

Cheers to Founders!  I am glad I found out about your brewery through this project!  I hope you keep on making KBS!  I know it is probably a labor of love, especially paying for the cave real estate!  I now understand why there is limited availability of this one, as it is obviously hard to make a beer this special!

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

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Beer Painting of KBS by Founders Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.28. KBS by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 163

The beer painting of the day is of Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan.  Wow, is all I can say!  I know that we have fantastic beer here in Alaska, but Michigan is definitely a destination I have in mind for the near future.  Bell’s Brewery is a place you only hear about here in Alaska and I can only imagine a place that makes a colossal beer like Hopslam.  Those little feet sticking out of the massive hop on the label are mine right now.

My favorite part of this brew was not the amazing amount of hops, but the awesome choice in adjunct sugar — honey, one of my favorite fermentables.  I noticed it right away.  One of the beers I brew is the Drippy Hippy, a flavorful gingered honey ale.  I have also made several batches of mead, and want to raise bees in the future during the Alaskan summers.  I love honey in beer.  A braggat is a combination of honeywine and ale, and whenever you brew one you can brag-gat about it.

Cheers to the Hopslam… dunk!  I hope you start distributing worldwide, Bell’s Brewery, as your beer is world class!

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Beer Painting of Hopslam ale by bell's brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 06.12. Hopslam Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 146

The daily beer painting is of Dunegräs IPA by Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, Michigan.  This brewery does not distribute to Alaska; however, if you have the right connections, you can get special beers delivered to you wherever you may be!  Dunegräs is an American style IPA full of hop flavor and delicious floral beer goodness, but without any dune grass whatsoever.

This is the first beer I have had from Greenbush Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery established in 2010.  The founders Scott Sullivan and Justin Heckathorn must know what they are doing, judging from this IPA.  I have consumed a lot of IPA in my day, and this one was a very good offering – slightly cloudy and a little tart.

Way to be Greenbush, and welcome to the Year of Beer Paintings!  I hope that you enjoy looking at my paintings as much as I enjoyed drinking the Dunegräs!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of Dunegräs IPA by Greenbush Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.26. Dunegräs IPA by Greenbush Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.