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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 206

The featured beer painting of the day is of Triomphe Belgian Style India Pale Ale by Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received this beer from my Beer Club offerings at La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska. I find Belgian ales to be great, but I really enjoy Belgian IPAs. I traveled through Belgium, and finding a Belgian IPA there is not impossible, but harder than you would expect, especially in a can. Brewery Vivant is inspired by small farmhouse breweries in southern Belgium and northern France, and cans its beer to decrease its impact on the environment.

Triomphe was fruity up front, with the Belgian yeast being very evident. The sweet flavor of the yeast muted the hops, so this is not your average American-style IPA. The biscuit-like malt flavor is very much like Belgian amber ale, but with the hop characteristics of an IPA — a match that is, well, triumphant! I know this arch in the background of the painting is from Paris, not Belgium, but I immediately thought of it when I was planning the background for this beer. On the border between Belgium and France is where I found an IPA that satisfied my hop lust. So I put the iconic Arc de Triomphe in the background even though Grand Rapids, Michigan is a far distance a way. The spirit of Europe is there and I wanted to depict it as so.

Triomphe! May all your endeavors at Brewery Vivant be triumphant! I know your Belgian Style IPA is a big hit, and I hope you “can” keep it up! Cheers!

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

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Beer Painting of Triomphe Belgian style ipa by Brewery Vivant year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.25. Triomphe Belgian-style IPA by Brewery Vivant. 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!

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

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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 96

The beer painting of the day is of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan (my late grandmother’s birth place)!  Brewed with coffee, this is a nice, early-in-the-day beer.  I try to stay away from caffeine after 4 PM, because I find it harder to sleep.  I portrayed this one as part of a complete breakfast, since beer is made from cereal grains.  I put a full American breakfast in the background with taters and bacon and eggs, even a slice of melon on the side!  An unbalanced beer, balanced by a great breakfast.  What could be finer?  If you are relaxing at home, entertaining yourself by catching up on your R & R, this is a perfect Sunday afternoon brew! Roasted grains and coffee are the strongest flavors.  There is a sour twinge that is typical in a dry stout, but in this beer, it is more pronounced by the coffee bitterness.  I know that IBUs can be calculated from bitter grains, as well as hops, but dark beers don’t take on the floral characteristics as well as lighter brews do.  Dry hopped, light colored IPAs will have more of a floral hop aroma, kind of like dark vs. light roast coffee.  Thanks, Rich, for putting this one in the mailer for me!  We don’t get Founders beer here in Alaska.  One of the best parts about this project has been getting to try new beers that I normally would not have had. Cheers to Founders!  I’m glad I found out about the Breakfast Stout!  A fine heart warming dark ale!

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

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Beer Painting of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids MI Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.06. Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.