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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #15, April 9, 2015

This week’s beer painting is of Sockeye Red India Pale Ale — a beer that Anchorage has grown to love since 1995 when it was first brewed for Humpy’s Alaskan Alehouse by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  Mark Staples and Billy Opinsky teamed up 20 years ago to make a hop-forward red ale that is now classified as a Northwest style India Pale Ale.  I have been loving this beer since I discovered it over a decade ago.  Now available in cans, it is a lot easier to procure than buying it only at Humpy’s, like you used to have to in 1995.  “Determined and bitter, but amazingly balanced, Sockeye Red IPA is gnarly enough to take you hook, line and sinker.” – Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Alaskans take salmon seriously, that is why Sockeye Red IPA is close to many Alaskans’ hearts.  It is a bold beer for bold people.  One of the things we bold Alaskans like to do is go fishing.  What do you do with a big fish harvest?  You can it!  This painting is a play on canning.  I placed the Sockeye Red IPA from an aluminum can into a canning Kerr jar.  If you go out fishing and catch 20 Sockeye Red salmon, you are going to have to throw one heck of a salmon bake, or invest in a second freezer, or dump everything you had, including the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to make freezer space.  The other option is to can the fish.  Jars are the way to go if you want to be eating this year’s salmon until you can harvest again next year, or even five years later.  It’s shelf stable, baby!  Even the best freezer bags will go funky in about 9 months, so Alaskans are big fans of the glass mason jar.  These jars are also great beer-drinking glasses, as they are true pints!  Have you noticed that the pint glasses at some bars are getting smaller and smaller?  Last time I measured, my “pint” glass held a measly 13 oz to the top!  If you get a Sockeye Red in a pint jar without any foam, you know you are getting a full pint.

Cheers to the upcoming fishing season, and to good brews to keep us happy on the beach!

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

Beer Painting of Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing in Anchorage by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #15 by Scott Clendaniel. April 9, 2015. Sockeye Red IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 11″x14″, oil on panel.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 361

The featured beer painting for today is of Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska! The brewers at Midnight Sun are on fire!   This is, hands down, the best IPA I have consumed this year! The Vermont crew can put their cans of Heady Topper in a cooler and keep it for themselves (like they do anyway), Devil Dancer comes close from Founders, and Stone Brewing’s Ruination is a good warm up for drinking this hoppy brew. The 120 Minute IPA is similar to this glorious triple IPA that is part of the 7 Deadly Sins beer series, but it’s not available fresh on the West Coast. I don’t know what to pair with this beer, but I am sure it would be good with Alaskan King crab. We were going to try it with some TastyKakes from Philadelphia, but were stuffed with homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon by the time we thought about opening up a box.

This beer claims to have 200 IBUs, which is like saying, “I am going to boil this water at 400 degrees.” Your tongue can only really tell if there are about 80-100 IBUs, and then your palate should peter out. I know there are super human palates out there, like some people can hear the same frequencies of pitch that dogs hear. For the rest of us saying this beer has double the hops of humans’ tasting capacity is actually slightly absurd. Like Lagunitas saying there are 102 IBUs in Hop Stoopid. Although, even that absurdly hopped beer falls short to the freshness that Gluttony provides here in Anchorage! I had this one at the brewery, and at home in the bottle, and I can tell you that here in Anchorage, a fresher, hoppier IPA can not be found! I don’t know why IPA should be consumed as close to the brewery as possible, considering it was designed originally to travel, but hey, even Captain Cook knew fresher was better, that’s why he brewed on board his ships, keeping scurvy at bay by dry hopping his boat’s ale with Alaskan Spruce tips. I digress, however! I am sure I have alienated the entire IPA consuming community by now. Take what I say with a grain of brewing salts. I know you can get a fresher beer brewed at your local brewery than from anywhere else! That’s also why Gluttony is so good! MSBC has their water chemistry on lockdown!

Cheers to MSBC! My hometown super-duper powerhouse of a brewery! Putting out world-class beers from my hometown Anchorage, Alaska!!!

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Beer Painting of Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.27. Gluttony Triple IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 354

Winter Solstice is upon us – today and tomorrow are the longest nights of the year! The featured beer painting for today is a timely choice, Hibernator Smoked Double Bock by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Nothing is as fitting as a beer called Hibernator for the longest night of the year. In fact, thinking about it makes me feel like heading back to bed right now! Sleeping in during the holiday break in Alaska is probably the best feeling, right there with staying up until it gets dark on Summer solstice on the longest day of the year. This beer is one of eight in the Alaskana Series from MSBC. Every beer that has been released so far in the series has been impressive! This one is sweet and smoky, and definitely a winter warmer at 7.4% ABV. If you finish a whole 22 ounce bottle on your own, you better go find a den for a long, restful sleep, like the bear in this painting, who is sleeping in a roomy ice cave.

Cheers to Hibernator, the beer named after the bliss of sleeping during the heart of winter. ZzZzZzZz…

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Beer painting of hibernator double bock by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.20. Hibernator Smoked Double Bock by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 252

Dunnananut Dunnananut Dunnananut BERSERKER! Dunnananut Dunnananut Dunnananut BERSERKER! You know the German kid from Mall Rats who wanted to be a heavy metal rocker and loved this one English word. Oh, Jay and Silent Bob, who wouldn’t want to hang out with you? Right, Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska makes this outrageous beer called Berserker Imperial Stout brewed with maple syrup, molasses, and aged in oak bourbon barrels. It is part of a series known as Alaska’s Most Wanted, which might as well be the MSBC All-Stars. If you are lucky to get your hands on any beer classified as such, get it, then savor or cellar it!

Rich, dark caramel and roasted grains, sweet and sticky, this beer sticks to your ribs. Actually, would be a nice accompaniment to some BBQ ribs. This is the kind of beer Alaskans usually save for winter, or drink during cold, rainy summer days behind closed cabin doors. I miss the original label, though with the tomahawk axe. So I embellished my own throwing axe in the background to stay true to the berserker concept. Although, after having some of this beer I won’t be going berserk with any axes, it is strong at 12.7%. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch it on nitro at the Loft at MSBC.   But don’t buy the 12 oz glass, then try to drive home, that’s like drinking half a bottle of wine in one glass! Get your servings right. I feel anything over 9% should be consumed in 6 oz pours, or smaller! …. Berserker!

Cheers to going Berserk! I only got to go berserk a few times at MSBC, but every time has been unique and memorable! I hope you get a chance to try this ridiculous brew!

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Beer Painting of Berserker Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.09. Berserker Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 216

The featured beer painting of the day is of Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. This beer is a tasty, original sin in a bottle. The brewers at Midnight Sun were playing with some wicked ingredients and brewed up this evil batch of beer. Originally brewed on 06.06.2006 they claim that they captured Beelzebub in bottle. Hence, the name Fallen Angel. I personally don’t think you will be damned for drinking this beer, but it is damn good. Although it appears angelical, it is actually devastatingly strong, the sin is in the 8%. It tastes just like the big, bold beers of Belgium with notes of fruit and a little bit of the Anchorage terroir. This is the second time I have painted this beer. In 2011 I painted a 18” x 24” version, and my friend Will, who was a beerista at the MSBC Loft, bought it, because it’s his favorite beer. I did a whole series of MSBC beers that year, and I was invited to the brewery for a photo shoot for visual reference. I got to try and photograph anything I wanted, and floated home on a cloud. It was hard to believe I was working that day, but I do remember Will telling me that I had to paint the Fallen Angel. He told me that hard-core bikers, the Hell’s Angels types, seem to think it is perfect. This one does have a cult following starting right in the brewery with Will! He rides pedal bikes, not Harley Davidsons, but he is still tough as nails!

Cheers to the crew at MSBC! This beer is one wicked brew, and I hope you continue to make it! Belgian Golden Ale is good and not very easy to find fresh in Alaska so grab a bottle and horde it if you can!

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Beer Painting of Fallen Angel Belgian Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.04. Fallen Angel Belgian Style Golden Ale by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 184

I hope you are getting jazzed about the Fourth of July!  Everybody out dip-netting at Kasilof was getting psyched up!  Oh man, I survived the icy cold river, the slippery dangerous mud under my boots, the current, and even the beer drinking!  Between Maria and I, we hauled in 20 Sockeyes!  It started getting really crowded yesterday evening as everyone was getting there for the Fourth.

Today’s beer painting is of Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company, depicted on the beach in Kasilof!  I painted this one right on the beach during a break from fishing.  I don’t smoke tobacco, but I smelled some while fishing… second-hand.  The majority of the smoke was coming from beach fires!  Seems that driftwood burns a little smokier than dried firewood, so I noticed it even more.

The Second Hand Smoke is a beer made from the second runnings of Bar Fly Imperial Stout.  It tastes way smokier than Bar Fly, probably because it wasn’t aged in oak barrels.  It is also lacking the syrup-like thickness and is more what you would expect from a big bold beer.  This beer is no joke at 8.4%.  Bitter and peaty with a nice malt body that swirls through as you savor the flavor.  If I had never heard of Bar Fly I would probably go nuts over this beer, its little brother.  Sure is good, especially if you like a smoked beer!

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!  Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and this year I will be smoking my fish on Independence Day!  Today is the last day of my art show at MSBC!  Head in and have lunch at the Loft, this is the last time you may see this group of paintings.

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Beer Painting of second hand smoke by midnight sun brewing year of beer

Year of Beer 07.03. Second Hand Smoke Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.