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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 172

Solstice!  I always wonder why people celebrate summer Solstice, since we’re now going to lose daylight.  Not a pretty prospect for us Alaskans.  Equinox is the time for serious mourning, and that happens right at Oktoberfest.

The beer choice for today is Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company!  And it’s perfectly timed as I gave Maria, my wife and Business Manager, a whole case of this fine brew for her birthday!  A smoked imperial stout aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, this beer is the pride of Midnight Sun Brewing Company right now.  The smoked grains, black grains, and massive amounts of grains overall are perfect for making an inky-black, ridiculously flavorful brew.  One that will have your taste buds singing, or at least singed from flavor overload.

So, if you can’t drink anything with severe potency, you might as well give up now as this beer will make you feel unworthy.  So strong and so good!  Thank you brew team from MSBC!  Once again you have crafted a fantastic product that blows away normal beer!  If I were you, I would rush to MSBC and buy one of the few remaining bottles of Bar Fly, because not only is it a cut above normal beer, I think it is one of the best beers coming out of the brewery right now!  It wasn’t quick in the making either.  Um… for my next firkin I want Bar Fly with…. hmmm actually put it on nitro and we can do something else for the firkin.

Cheers MSBC!  I love Bar Fly!  The flyest beer of the year!  Keep brewing strong bold beer and I will keep hanging beer portraits on your walls!

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

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Beer Painting of Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Year of Beer

Year of Beer 06.21. Bar Fly Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 97

Happy National Beer Day!  And Happy Beerthday to me!  Ironic that the two dates coincide! The beer painting of the day is of Pleasure Town IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Company!  This has been my go-to brew at the MSBC taproom, and now it is available in cans, so I can take it anywhere!  Last night I shared some with my family for my early birthday dinner.  This beer is fun!  I think the label has a nice character to it.  I know that both sexes enjoy a nice IPA and that dudes and chicks are into the Belgian Tripel known as Panty Peeler, but it seems to me these beer labels tell funny stories about what may occur if you imbibe too much of that particular drink.  The Panty Peeler label has a woman riding a caribou while losing her bikini, which is obviously what will occur if you drink a whole bottle of 9% beer.  The Pleasure Town label predicts a similar scenario, but I think you may have to consume the whole six-pack to end up waving your tighty whities as you gallop off into the night on a moose. Even though the man riding the moose is blitzed, you gotta love that mustache!  At least he looks good in his stupor!  The case I bought the day after the cans were released came with a stick-on mustache!  So, contrary to advertising, the mustache was included!  I put it on my beer fridge in my painting studio to keep its upper lip warm.  Enjoy your Beer Day Monday and stop by the Loft for a fresh beer and take a six pack of Pleasure Town IPA home.  Just remember to share the six-pack with a friend so you don’t end up waving your underwear in surrender. To MSBC, my local brewery with a wild sense of humor!  The beer will put you in the right mindset for enjoying the type of gags these labels will inspire!

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

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Beer Painting of Pleasure Town IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing co in Anchorage Alaska Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.07. Pleasure Town IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 81

The beer painting of the day is Moscow Imperial Russian Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska!  “Alaska’s Most Wanted!”  This Russian Imperial Stout brewed with rye is a fantastic beer, one worth cellaring.  I have a couple of bottles tucked away for a rainy, or special day.  The rich flavor of chocolate and the bitterness of the rye are apparent without even drinking a sip of this fine brew, it’s all in the aroma.  The flavor brings up thoughts of Catherine the Great rolling around in her super fine carriage sipping rich imported brew from London.  This beer emulates that same brew that the Russian Court loved to order all the way to Moscow.

I love MSBC brews, and this is one of the brewery’s finer offerings.  Amazing that a small kettle makes such a big beer.  It is one to linger over, one to sip and savor, a beer that should not be gulped.  Find a nice, big, comfy chair, fill your glass and relax, contemplating what has made your life so rosy!

To Moscow and the Kremlin, the richest fortress government cathedral!  So much power in one citadel.  MSBC, you captured that same type of power and put it in a bottle!  За здоровье! (to your health!)

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

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Beer painting of Moscow Russian Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Year of Beer 03.22. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.22. Moscow Russian Imperial Stout by Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 68

Who’s the Top Dog of the Iditarod going to be this year?  No one knows, but I hope that particular pup is treated to a grade A choice cut of prime meat!  Iditarod dogs run 10 miles an hour for up to 20 hours a day.  That means in one solid day they can almost travel 200 miles.  The Iditarod dogsled race is 1,049 miles long, and we are at day 7 of the race today.  Currently, Aliy Zirkle is pushing for an underdog victory, which would make her the next woman to win the race since Susan Butcher won in 1990.  She is about to reach the Norton Sound, only five checkpoints from the finish line in Nome.  All I know is I would crack open a bottle of Midnight Sun’s Hop Dog at the finish and celebrate like a rock star if I were the leader of the pack.

Okay, enough about the Iditarod, lets talk beer.  Hop Dog is a serious Double Wheat IPA with some serious IBUs, enough hop flavor to satisfy any hop head’s hankering.  The wheat makes this beer a full bodied IPA, not too malty and more of a hefe-like flavorful brew.  Brewers from MSBC, correct me if I am wrong, but I believe I notice Citra hops in this one.  Nice orange and coriander-like fruitiness is the strongest flavor I could notice.

Keep your cool, and party like you just finished the Iditarod.  If you are a hop-loving individual, Hop Dog is a brew not to be missed!

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

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Year of Beer 03.09. Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.09. Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 17

The event of the year is here — the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival takes place today and tomorrow!  Today’s Year of Beer painting is of my favorite barley wine that is available on draft at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  I bought several bottles when this beer was released last year and as far as I know, these bottles are no longer available for sale.  This rich Belgian style barley wine is the celebratory beer commemorating the 3000th batch of beer brewed at MSBC since it’s beginning in 1995.  This makes MSBC not only one of the best Alaska breweries, but also the oldest Anchorage brewery.  If you go to one other beer stop

during AK Beer Week, stop in to the Loft at MSBC to see my colorful beer-themed artwork on display this month only, while you sip a glass of 3000.

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

Year of Beer 01.17, 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.17, 3000 from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

A Toast to Our Mountains!

 

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“A Toast to Our Mountains” painting series, Anchorage Skyline and Chugach Mountains. 24″x12″ oil on panel.

One day in September I was working on our log cabin in McCarthy, Alaska when I heard my phone ring.  I was surprised to see an unknown number, and answered as professionally as I could while ripping a chainsaw helmet off my head to access my ear quickly.  A gentleman on the other end identified himself as David Crewdson, a beer connoisseur in Anchorage.  He told me that he came up with a delightful beer painting concept and got my number from one of the beeristas at Midnight Sun Brewing Co., and wanted to share it with me (the beer painter), but he wanted to meet me in person.  He said he would be giving the brewery tour at the MSBC in a couple weeks as a guest lecturer while Gary Busse was out of town, so we agreed to meet at the brewery right before the tour.  Luckily, I had planned to be in Anchorage then, so I trucked over to MSBC to see what David had to say.  He told me that paintings of glasses of beer with Alaskan mountains in the foam would be a great idea.  I immediately agreed.  He also came up with a name for the art show “A Toast to Our Mountains”.  He didn’t ask for anything in return, except credit for the idea, which I am happy to give him.  So you can look forward to seeing these paintings at my next art show at MSBC, which opens January 3rd with me tapping the Firkin keg at 5 PM.  Also look for other beer paintings.  I have been playing with concepts like “The Art of Beer,” and “Beers of the World.”  I will also fill out the space with a final showing of the remaining “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”  The art show will be up all month, during which Alaska Beer Week takes place.  Stop in for a taster, small, or large glass of avant-garde brew, as well as my paintings, art prints, and mini-original painting magnets!

A Lot Happened Last Week!

A lot has happened in the week since my last blog post!  I can tell that our marketing efforts over the past year are paying off this holiday season.  Either that, or the recession is over, because people are buying more art this year.  You heard it here first, the economy is recovering, if art sales are an indicator.

Most importantly, TODAY is the last day to enter my online sweepstakes to win a custom beer painting of your choice.  A lucky winner of an 11″ x 14″ beer painting will be drawn automatically via a computerized agent tonight at midnight Alaska time.  Good luck to all who entered!  If you are still not registered for this amazing giveaway sign up here.  Also, you get extra entries when you share the contest on Facebook.

The Maury Studio Sale was a sweeping success for all parties involved.  It was a grand party with a keg of my best example of homebrew.  Jewelry, pottery and original paintings were flying out of the Maury’s Turnagain home.  Notably, over the three-day event I saw many friends I haven’t seen in years, including my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Anne Smith, who let me know she does not want to be called Mrs. Smith but will answer to Anne.  As she walked out with a small magnet painting of a red IPA, I didn’t have the heart to tell her it was not a painting of red wine.  Packing all my things into my ice-covered truck was melancholy as I wish that I could have a sale weekend like that every week.

When I got back into the studio under a frenzy of high stress commissions that should have been done yesterday, it was difficult to transition from the socially-heavy weekend to the isolation of my studio.  I escaped yesterday to go on a supply mission.  Yes, I did need a new roll of painter’s tape and I needed to measure walls at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. for my next art show, but did I need to visit King Street Brewery, or shop for new running shoes, or buy that extra 25 lbs of pastry whole wheat flour?  I just wanted a break from the studio.  I am still cranking though, with a show to prepare and a couple of commissions to wrap up before the big holiday!

At the Maury Studio I learned that the nice frames that Toni Maury orders for her wall hangings are surprisingly affordable.  Maria spent a while yesterday submitting a large order with economyframes.com.  I am glad, as I want to spend more time painting, and even though I will lose some money on the frames I will have more time to make more and better pieces, and I am also happier with the quality of the USA-made frames.  This will be a test run to see if it is worth the extra expense.

Currently I have paintings on display at the Snow Goose Restaurant upstairs during the months of December and January.  For my upcoming show in January at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. I will have “We CAN Be Green” can-themed beer paintings, and a new series called “A Toast to Our Mountains” — paintings of favorite Alaska mountain ranges depicted in beer foam in pint glasses.

I’m grateful to be so busy painting commissions and new pieces for upcoming shows.  Back to the studio now where I am working on a commissioned painting and listening to public radio.