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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 265

100 days remaining in the Year of Beer Paintings project! Equinox is upon us! I awoke at 3 AM to the sound of the changing of the seasons — hailstones and rain pounding the roof of my little cabin. The pattering on the metal roof was so loud, I could not fall back asleep for about an hour. Wind was howling, the rain was heavy, and the worst part is that now we get less than 12 hours of day light for six whole months! No better time to drink a beer, and to think about far away, warm places.

Today’s featured beer painting is of Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer, originating out of Bangalore, India, but brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York. The label made me want to migrate south for a while, as I imagined I was the Kingfisher humming bird. Surprisingly, I have seen two humming birds this year in McCarthy. They were way further north than their typical range. If I were a Hummingbird, I would skip nectar of flowers and go straight for the nectar of the gods — beer!

Kingfisher was a refreshing option for beer that I paired with Russian beet soup known as Borscht, and halibut tacos at a dinner party at a friend’s cabin. I thought that adding an Indian beer to the mix made the whole dinner very multicultural. The beer was somewhat malty and the grain, perhaps a type of two-row, tasted simple. The green glass gave it a sun-kissed flavor. This beer tastes much like a European Lager that was made south of Europe, kind of like Steinlager. It tasted great with the Alaskan-harvested vegetables and fish. Bright and grainy, slightly fruity, with a hint of skunk is how I would describe this type of beer from far away lands.

Cheers to the long traveling Kingfisher! Represented by the iconic Hummingbird! A great beer stemming from India!

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Beer Painting of Kingfisher Lager Beer Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.22. Kingfisher Lager Beer. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 129

The daily beer painting is of Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale!  Watch out for flying cows arriving via medieval trebuchet!  Nothing is as horrible as a siege with cows, except for the one positive aspect – a large amount of free beef.  When I opened this beer, I could detect the smell caused by the brewing method.  It is obvious to any beer connoisseur if a batch of beer has been brewed over burning witches.

Besides the flavor of witches, this beer tastes like it came straight out of Camelot.  A special bitter ale for us Americans who just can’t get enough English culture, yeast culture, that is.  When I was traveling in England I was surprised not to find any IPA that was similar to the hop-heavy variety we drink here in the USA.  Most beer was either bitter, porter, stout, pale, or worse – cask conditioned (leaving the beer oxidized and flat), and all were weaker and larger than an IPA serving here in ‘Merica.  Although I found the beer to be only so-so, overall, I ran into some pubs that were so fun it didn’t matter that my beer was flat and flavorless.  This beer tastes English, except that it is so carbonated, it tastes almost like a soda.  Well, I love the marketing of this beer and have been entertained so much by this British comedy troop, that I jumped at the chance to paint and consume this particular brew!

To those silly guys in Rochester, NY who are making an English comedy beer!  Although your brewery name is Black Sheep Brewery, you are making a beer fit for the true Holy Grail.  Just make sure you brought that shrubbery… come back and get what’s coming to ya… this is nothin’ but a scratch!

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Beer Painting of Monty Python's holy grail ale by black sheep brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.09. Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale by Black Sheep Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.