Let’s take it EZ today with a bottle of Session EZ IPA by Full Sail Brewing Co. in beautiful Hood River, Oregon. I painted the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge, with Mt. Hood in this composition to put a local spin on this painting. Brewed with Citra, Equinox, and Cascade hops, this unfiltered 4.8% ABV brew is just the ticket to avoid the afternoon brew coma. A lazy day in the sun sipping IPA all day can lead to an early evening, unless you stick to low ABV sessionable versions of this highly hopped American style of beer. IPA normally brings the buzz right to your brain, but when it has a lower ABV, it reminds me of a supped up version of light beer. The taste is right, and the body is there thanks to the unfiltered process, but it just doesn’t goat-kick you to the head. DIPA and imperial IPA still have their place, but if you want more than one or two, EZ IPA is your go to! Have the conversation last a bit longer and the afternoon extend ’til twilight with this beverage. Way to go Full Sail, you did it again!
I won’t be releasing new beer paintings for five weeks, because we’ll be traveling in Russia and Europe, and we’re not bringing oil paint, or a laptop. But we will be sampling local beers whenever we find notable breweries and pubs, and we’ll post about our adventures on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.
The featured beer painting of the day is of LTD Lager, recipe number 03 from Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon.One of the sad things about drinking beer in the United States is that ourmacro brews suck.In Germany the beer is boring, but spot on, clean and beautiful pilsner lager.In the Czech Republic the beer has more bite, but is the same yellow fizzy beer as in Germany.A good pilsner hits your palate way back on the end of your tongue, and it is the aftertaste that really notifies you that, “Hey, this beer doesn’t suck!”When was the last time you had a Coors, or a Bud? As it warms up, it tastes like old cereal.When a good pilsner is served right at cellar temperature, it has this golden glow in the flavor and you feel like you truly are drinking a king of beers.That is the sensation I had when I drank the LTD Lager 03.I noticed that this beer has 2-row American malt in it, and Sterling hops, so it’s decidedly American. In order to truly brew a bohemian pils you need Czech pilsner malt, and Saaz hops. The lack of corn, or rice is why this beer is a great one.Good job, Full Sail! I painted kite boarders in the background of this painting, because Hood River is a popular place for kite boarding, and I bet this beer would taste great after a day on the Columbia River.
Cheers to American craft beer, and to quality ingredients!
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