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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 359

Merry Christmas! I hope the best beers were in your stocking this morning, and if not, then I hope you got plenty of cash to go buy what you want! It’s finally snowing here in Anchorage, and what great timing! Our family is coming over for brunch and a White Elephant gift exchange, and I’m excited to host this year.

The featured beer painting for the day is Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery from the faraway land of Michigan! I bought this bottle of Scottish ale at a bottle shop in Philly, and brought it home to Alaska. I found this beer to be a refreshing change from the standard cinnamon and clove beer that is normally bottled for this specific holiday. It was great to have a simple kind of beer that just pairs well with basically everything. I think that is why Bell’s brewed up this particular style as its Christmas seasonal, because everybody has different traditions and a simple, lightly hopped, slightly malty beer will pair with anything! As I sip on my butter-infused coffee, I can only think about how lucky I am to be in my warm cozy home, while I look out the window at a snow blizzard swirling around in the early morning wintery light. The snowflakes are stacking up, and I am eagerly awaiting a ski day at the local mountain sometime soon! I hope you get a chance to sample the simple pleasures in life like watching snow fall from a snug window view, or sampling a delicious beer from a faraway land. Bell’s Christmas Ale seems exotic, like Michiganites drinking a Cohoho Imperial IPA from MSBC!

Cheers to a unique Christmas! I may never have a project like this again that allows me to reflect on each and every day to a group of great readers! Cheers to Bell’s Brewery for supplying the content of this blog entry! And Cheers to drinking great beers, with great friends and loved family members!

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

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Craft Beer Painting of Christmas Ale by Bell's Brewery Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.25. Christmas Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 342

The featured beer painting is of Quadwood, a Belgian Quadrupel aged in American Oak barrels, by Perrin Brewing Company in Comstock Park, Michigan. My friend Josh brought this bottle for this project from his trip to MI. I have been saving it for several months, and finally opened it at the Great Northern Brewers Club holiday party on Saturday night to share with a group of really fun beer drinkers.

The beer is mahogany brown with a creamy tan foam layer that lingers for a few minutes. The oak flavor is mellow, and the beer is very well balanced, and full of fig and raisin flavors. At just a little under 9% AVB, it wasn’t too strong. Most of the beers at the GNBC party were above 10%, and I kept thinking that this is going to be a very short, and not so gentle, journey. Fellow homebrewers were impressed by this brew, and I was glad I saved it for the party. I painted four different types of wood in the background, inspired by the beer’s name.

Cheers to the Quadwood! Great job, Perrin Brewing! Yes, please, I will have more of your beer. Can’t wait until I go to Michigan!

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

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Beer painting of quadwood by perrin brewing year of beer paintings by scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.08. Quadwood Belgian Quadrupel by Perrin Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.