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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 294

The featured beer painting of the day is of Extra Pale Ale by Summit Brewing Company, located in St. Paul, Minnesota! This is a classic from St. Paul, and is perfect for almost any occasion. My friends Petr and Lisa brought this one for me from their travels to Minnesota this summer. Last night I paired it with some amazing pizza that my wife made, and I wish I had more than one, because I had to share with my dinner guests, but my homebrew seemed to be a big hit as well. Everything about Summit Brewing is pretty classy from its slick golden label showcasing the St. Paul skyline, to the embossed bottle with decorative grains. Not to mention the amazing copper brew kettles. I love the dry hopped flavor of this delicious brew. Nice and bready with a fine after bite of hops. I think it might be my favorite Minnesota beer at this time. Minnesota is now on my “to visit” list. Maria and I are taking a trip to the North East this year, but next year we might just load up our truck and swing around the states on a tour, or a series of shorter trips like the upcoming trip to PA, MA, NY, DE, VT, NJ, and ME. Our new mission is to make it to all 50 states, and I have been to about 13 so far. At least we have the hard ones (AK and HI) covered already.

Cheers to beers from Summit Brewing! Can’t wait until I am sitting in St. Paul sipping on a fresh one.

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or commission a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

Year of Beer 10.21. Extra Pale Ale by Summit Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 10.21. Extra Pale Ale by Summit Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 249

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewing Co.  Okay, so I’ve been to Minnesota, but my parents are members of a Lutheran Church, so I have heard my share of, “Bring a hot dish,” and “You betcha.”  While I was sharing this IPA with Erin, the person who brought it from Minnesota, and who also happens to be from there, she informed me that the Hop Dish is making reference to the potluck favorite — the hot dish, which happens to be a staple of Minnesota culture.  “Will you bring that hot dish you normally make?”  — “You betcha!”

The Lift Bridge Brewery is located in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Serendipitously, today is Lift Bridge’s 6th anniversary!  I did not intentionally plan to feature this beer on the day of the anniversary, in fact, I didn’t know about the anniversary until I started doing research for today’s blog entry.  What an unlikely coincidence!  So, happy anniversary!  

This IPA was very good.  Like a true hot dish, the Hop Dish is a blend of critical ingredients.  Made from seven varieties of hops, this beer will satisfy the snobbiest of hop heads.  Rich and floral, this beer has a solid malt backbone with lots of hop aroma, just like an IPA should be.

Good job Lift Bridge!  Your beer is as tasty as my mother’s cookin’!  I hope you keep up the great work and continue on for six more generations, at least!  

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

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Beer Painting of Hop Dish IPA by Lift Bridge Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.06. Hop Dish IPA by Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 245

The featured beer painting of the day is of Schell’s Goosetown Ale brewed with coriander and salt. This beer is from August Schell Brewing Company, located in New Ulm, Minnesota. I must say, I have never been to Minnesota, but if I can judge a culture based on beer I’ve had from there, it seems like a cool place indeed. Brewing since 1860, Schell’s brewery is the second oldest family-owned brewery, right after Yuengling. August Schell was a German immigrant who put his knowledge right to work making quality beer in Minnesota!

I think this was the third beer that my friend Erin brought back from Minnesota in the line up at the beer tasting party! Schell’s Goosetown, is a wheat beer. We were all surprised at the strange combo of coriander and salt. Normally, to make a Belgian style wit, coriander would be added with dried orange peels. The salt did not adversely affect the brew, instead it enhanced the overall taste of the coriander. However, this is not a wit but a Gose, which is new to me, I guess you never stop learning. It says on the bottle that a traditional Gose should taste lemon bright with coriander aroma. The salt makes the beer remind the drinker of a cool ocean breeze. Strange that salt, or pepper are beer ingredients. I have added brewer’s salt to my homebrew, and I wonder if this was brewer’s salt in the Goosetown, which is used to bring out the flavors and aroma in IPAs.

Cheers to a traditional Gose! A beer I have never had before! Now I will be looking out for it! Great work, August Schell Brewing!

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

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Beer Painting of Schell's Goosetown year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.02. Schell’s Goosetown Ale by August Schell Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.