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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 351

Put on your Yamaka, it’s time for Chanukah! In honor of the Jewish Festival of Lights, I painted the He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, NY. I wish I could have painted the Chanukah Beer, which is a dark ale, but I couldn’t find a bottle in Anchorage. Chanukah is a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the miracle of lamp oil lasting for seven days longer than normal. The big holidays are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which happen after a holy month known as the Month of Elul, celebrating a time of thanksgiving, self-introspection, and charity. At the end of the month is the beginning of ten days of repentance, and represents the birth of Adam and Eve as well as recognition of humanity’s original sin. Then Jewish people celebrate Yom Kippur. The holiday starts with 24 hours of fasting from food and drink, followed by a huge Seder the following night called a Yom Tov, or simply celebration day! This is the day when a big party is thrown, and people drink and eat! So when you think about Jewish holidays, remember that Chanukah is not the biggest one, but has been glorified by Hallmark and the modern American culture to sell more products during the Solstice season.

Let’s talk beer. The Messiah Ale is a very tasty beer! The first beer I brewed with my brewing kit in 2006 was a batch of Nut Brown Ale. Malt driven, but balanced by slight hop additions, this beer requires additions of specialty malts darkening the beer to its beautiful brown hue, and is easy to brew. The Messiah Ale delivers the perfect American style brown ale flavor, a little fruit flavor of raisin and plum, but complimented by the roasted smoky grain. Sure, a peppermint ice cream beer may have more glitz than the old fashioned brown ale, but both have their place. Look to the roots of good beer, and you will find many great brown ales!

L’Chaim, Messiah Ale! A great beer for great times! I hope you enjoy one during the Festival of Lights.

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Beer Painting of He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.17. He’Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale by Shmaltz Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 338

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. This is one of my favorite breweries of all time, and this beer was one of the tastiest that I sampled at the brewery. We get a few Ommegang offerings here in Anchorage, but not special ones like this dry-hopped pale ale, which came home with me in my luggage. This Belgian pale ale is pretty hoppy, but is not quite a Belgian IPA. There are only a few beers that compare to this one, and I think the brewery that bought Ommegang, Duvel Brewery, took a few notes on hops when visiting Cooperstown, because the Duvel Tripel Hop has a similar flavor and aroma. The Ommegang campus is on an old hop farm that was destroyed during the east coast hop blight in the early 1900s. Now there is just a small hop farm at Ommegang that is used primarily for research. Hopefully, the east coast hop industry will grow to the same level as in the good old days. Here’s “hop”ing that it all comes together. I had such a great experience when I was at Ommegang. There was great food, and I felt like I was in a special beer paradise. This beer is delicious, so buy yourself a four-pack, if you get a chance.

Cheers to the Hop House! May Ommegang’s hop yard rise again like a phoenix regaining its strength. I hope for the best for this amazing Belgian-style American brewery!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or request a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of hop house pale ale by brewery ommegang year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.04. Hop House Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 319

The featured beer painting of the day is of the Rare Vos Amber Ale by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Rare Vos was the first Ommegang beer I had ever tasted several years ago, and I was hooked from the beginning, so I chose to paint this one. Ommegang opened in 1997 just when craft beer was still in the infancy stage in America. All craft breweries should look to this one as an example of how the business side should be handled. Steve Body just reamed 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon for selling out to InBev, the world’s largest beer producer. Ommegang, on the other hand, was more discreet in choosing a larger investor. The brewery was purchased by Duvel Moortgat, the leading producer of Belgian beer worldwide, and also one of the best large craft breweries. Most people didn’t seem to notice the change in ownership. Here is an example of how to expand without losing creative control. This brewery uses its facilities to host some of the best events such as a cyclocross race, and an amazing music fest, pairing two fun things to make memories that last!

Let me tell you how awesome it is to arrive to Brewery Ommegang. First, you will see beautifully crafted signs guiding you for the last few miles of rolling hills in a rural section of beautiful upstate New York. Then, you come upon a wonderful arched farmstead crafted after Belgian farmhouse breweries, and you feel like you are entering into a beer wonderland. The tanks glisten, and the rampant lion and diamond crest identifies the place as distinctly Ommegang. When you walk into the gift shop you have two options, to enter the tasting room, or the café. Yes, that’s right, you can get amazing food at this brewery. Allison Capozza, the Publicity Manager, was very welcoming and made my visit and live painting session pleasant! I painted for about two hours while munching on complementary French fries, beef wellington bites, and cookies, and savoring tasters of every beer available in the tasting room. Thank you for making me feel so welcome!

Rare Vos is a perfect Belgian amber ale. It has an overall rating of 91 on Beer Advocate, but rates a 98 by the bros. I suggest buying a bottle of the Rare Vos to check it out for yourself. The pop of the cork, and the aroma of this sweet, malty beer will have you from the beginning. Go ahead and buy a case, as this beer ages well, mellowing over the years.

Cheers to Brewery Ommegang! I always buy your beer for a celebration! Thanks again for being such wonderful hosts, and for distributing your beer all the way to Alaska. I will always remember my visit whenever I pop the cork from one of your bottles!

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beer painting of rare vos by brewery ommegang year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.15. Rare Vos Amber Ale by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 211

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hennepin Saison by Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY. When I first came to McCarthy, Alaska ten years ago, I was so taken with the beauty of the Kennicott and Copper River Valley that within three months of that first trip I had purchased ten acres. The following summer we came out on our first trip with a mission to build an outhouse. What we didn’t know is that under the thin layer of mossy soil, the ground is very rocky. My sister, my wife, and I took turns digging the hole in the woods with an old shovel that I had borrowed from my parents. After an hour, or two we estimated that we had dug down four feet, but I can assure you it was closer to two. Then, snap! The handle of the shovel broke off! So we looked around for a suitable replacement from a green willow tree, but no such luck. That was all the hole digging we could do on that trip! I built a plywood platform for the open-air outhouse, and set it on top of the hole. To christen the new improvement to our lot, we popped the cork on an Ommegang beer. Pop! We passed the bottle, as we hadn’t brought glasses. One of the highlights of that trip was cracking that bottle after a long day of digging in the hot sun, and I have always loved Ommegang ever since!

Father Louis Hennepin was the first European to see the Niagara Falls, so I should have painted that in the background (definitely not my outhouse), instead of the Cooperstown ball field. However, according to the Internet, Cooperstown is where Americans invented baseball. So I put the ball-field in the background. I am hoping to make a trip to see this amazing brewery when I head back east in November.

Cheers to popping corks in the woods! Thanks, Ommegang, for making a classy beer to enhance my life! Oh, and the beer was very good! I love a good, spiced saison!

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Beer Painting of Hennepin Saison by Brewery Ommegang Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.30. Hennepin Saison by Brewery Ommegang. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.