On this Thirsty Thursday I am lucky enough to be in McCarthy, Alaska celebrating summer Solstice. I painted the Ma Johnson’s Hotel with a Sockeye Red IPA that I was drinking on the deck of the Golden Saloon. I took a bit of creative license when I made this one to show off more of the experience than what you can only see in one direction. I love that Neil Darish, the owner of the hotel and bar, bought a Model T Ford for the lodge, it really makes the place resemble its 100 year old origins. When I bought this Midnight Sun Brewing beer I thought it would be perfect for the Solstice Thirsty Thursday painting, because of the sun logo, and the brewery’s name. What’s in a name anyway? Actually a lot, especially when it is backed up by 23 years of brewing experience. I hope you all have a beautiful Solstice tonight and enjoy the midnight sun. Tonight sunset is at 11:16PM, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop partying! Cheers to the longest day of the year! Grab plenty of beer to last you the whole day.
It’s Christmas in July! The featured beer painting of the day is of CoHoHo Imperial IPA by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. MSBC likes fish-themed IPAs. Sockeye Red is the flagship beer of Midnight Sun and was the first beer the brewery released in cans. CoHoHo is the winter seasonal. The Coho salmon, or silver salmon come in right about this time of year until August. If you add an extra “ho” to Coho, it becomes a catchphrase for an amazing beer.
CoHoHo has a complex flavor and aroma. It is not too bitter, but has enough hops to bite your tongue. The juniper berries are overwhelmed by the sugar and hops in the brew but add to the aroma and blend well with the overall product. As I mentioned yesterday, I miss winter, and whenever I drink a CoHoHo, I remember the X-mas of 2006 when I had a 5-gallon keg of this beer and 5 gallons of the Grand Cru from Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. on draft in my fridge at home. Both beers drink easily, but both have a mad kick to them. Anyway, to say the least, a few goblets were accidentally smashed into my new hardwood flooring by my friends. Good Times! Let the CoHoHo flow and see what happens. If you haven’t cellared a few of these, pick them up in November and save them until next July! This IPA actually cellars just fine, bringing out more of a robust malt and slight cheesy flavor of the dissipating hops.
Have a great X-mas in July! Only 156 shopping days left until the big day in December! Cheers!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.
The daily beer painting is of Monk’s Mistress Belgian-Style Special Dark Ale from Midnight Sun Brewing Company. I depicted this beer under consumption in the brewery room. I don’t think the MSBC brewers normally drink Monk’s Mistress during the workday, but if they did, it would look like this, but with a few more glasses. I pulled this image of Monk’s Mistress sitting on a barrel from my huge amount of digital photos I took in 2011, when I had the whole brewery at my disposal for a photo shoot. We were drinking all kinds of brews that probably should have been left in the bottle. Even a giant bottle of Sloth was brought out. It was one of the most memorable days as a beer painter.
This beer is noteworthy! An 11.5% ale, aged in oak bourbon barrels, it has a fruity sweetness that ends with a little bit of hop bitterness. A bit boozy, but it is complemented by the flavors produced by the oak. I requested this beer for the firkin at my upcoming show at MSBC in June. To kick off the art show on June 6, I will be hammering a tap through the wooden bung of the firkin. I was talking with Davey, a brewer at MSBC, and we discussed putting blueberries in the MM firkin. I hope he does, because that sounds Alaskan and delicious! If you are in Anchorage, Alaska on June 6th, stop by MSBC at 5 PM!
Cheers to MSBC! My favorite place to show my beer paintings! Four years running, this will be my sixth show at MSBC! Thanks for being the best hosts every time!