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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 284

Another day, another beer painting. Fall is in full swing, which means it’s pumpkin beer season. So I painted the Imperial Pumking Ale for you from the brewing squad at Southern Tier Brewing Company. I was stoked to see this one on the shelf, even though I am not a fan of pumpkin beer. I heard it was the best one, and tastes just like pumpkin pie. I prefer apple pie to any other pies out there. Weird that people are not rushing out and buying apple pie beer, although I bet that would be pretty good. This pumpkin beer is exactly as advertised, it tastes just like cold pumpkin pie. It probably is the ‘King of pumpkin beers. My wife really liked it. I love a good squash meal, but I am not a huge fan of it sweetened in pie form. This pumpkin patch in the painting came from my imagination, with a lone Oak tree in the back of the field, devoid of leaves, which brings memories of late fall to mind. Time to harvest these imaginary gourds, because frost is in the air, and I wouldn’t want to see the fruit of my mind turn to rot. Truth is beauty, and beauty is truth, is not all you need to know. Sometimes the ugly truth stands out like a rotten jack ‘o lantern, and it’s handy to be able to gloss it over with a nice solid pumpkin patch of imagination.

Cheers to the Pumking, a solid pumpkin pie tasting ale! Great work, you nailed the flavors spot on, Southern Tier. May your pumpkin patch be as epic as my interpretation.

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 Imperial Pumking Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Year of Beer Paintings by Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.11. Imperial Pumking Ale by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 277

The featured beer painting of the day is of Coney Island Lager by Shmaltz Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, NY.  May the Shmaltz be with you, as many Jewish people fast today, celebrating the biggest holiday of the year, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.  Yom Kippur ends tonight, and I suggest having a Coney Island Lager with your meal, as you finally eat again after 25 hours of fasting.  Your sins will be forgiven, and you’ll have a clean slate, so better start with small pleasures like drinking beer with dinner.

I am getting really excited about my trip East, and plan to visit Coney Island for the first time to see the amusement parks of the roaring 20’s, and the beach scene.  Since I have Russian ties in my family, I’ll have to stop at Brighton Beach, and test out my pathetic Russian skills. Hopefully I can sample some authentic Russian food.  Probably sipping on a delicious Shmaltz brew while I’m at it.

Good job on the Coney Island Lager, Shmaltz Brewing! I could tell it was well crafted when I cracked the bottle. A nice aroma passed my nose, and I could tell immediately that this beer was alive and fresh.  The amber color was beautiful, and the cold-fermented yeast reminded me of a Vienna style lager more than a pilsner.  A very fruity, delicious beer that tastes best when served at 45 degrees not 33, like the standard American lager.

Cheers to Shmaltz Brewing, and the spirit of Coney Island!

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

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Beer Painting of Coney Island Lager by Shmaltz Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 10.04. Coney Island Lager by Shmaltz Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 257

The featured beer painting for the day is of Mississippi Mud Black & Tan by Mississippi Brewing Company in Utica, New York. A black and tan beer already mixed from Porter and Pilsner, and ready to go in your own moonshine-style jug. I remember the first time I had the Mississippi Mud. I was in college and we were celebrating a friend’s birthday. We bought nearly twenty bottles of different beers and were pouring them into small glasses for a beer tasting. This may have been the first time I had done this, each previous time it was more about the drinking than the beer tasting, but since we had many delicious beers we decided it would be cool to taste more than to swill. I have tried to live by that motto ever since, but sometimes it can be hard to swim upstream.

A black and tan is a mixed beer that normally comes in two layers, gold on top of black. I made around twenty black and tans last Saint Patrick’s Day before I actually achieved a perfect one, even with the special black and tan spoon. So the premixed black and tan is actually close to what you should expect if making your own at home. Although, with enough practice and patience you will be able to make a beer float on top of another. This beer reminded me of the first time I drank it, and my mind went back to Colorado, where I first had it. I am reminded of the dorms at Western State with brick walls, thin air, and the smell of pipe tobacco we enjoyed back then. This beer was earthy, but refreshing; a good beer for sure. I would suggest if you never have had Mississippi Mud, it is worth buying, especially because it comes in a cool jug. Pictured behind the beer is the desert called Mississippi Mud, another fine culinary treat! Marshmallow, caramel, brownie and nuts. What more would you want? Two fine Southern concepts enjoyed here in Alaska!

Cheers to Mississippi Mud! A fine brew with a taste of the South.

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Beer painting of mississippi black and tan year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.14. Mississippi Mud Black & Tan by Mississippi Brewing Co. 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″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 75

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s 2XIPA.  I don’t know when it became normal to have a double IPA, but I think it is right about when six packs started costing around $10.00 on average.  This beer is anything but normal, even though it is offered as a year-round standard brew.  When I opened this bottle I was pleasantly surprised that this brew was expertly crafted.  I am always skeptical of beers from the East Coast, because of the long distance they have to travel to Alaska, however this bottle was exceptional.  Piney, zesty, with a little malt backbone, this beer appeared yellow and fizzy, but the flavor was all citrus, and the carbonation was perfect.

I was inspired by the Southern Tier logo to put the Brewers Star in the background of this fine ale.  The Brewers Star represents six crucial factors in brewing: water, hops, yeast, malt, specialty grain, and the brewer.  Although this brewery is expanding rapidly, let’s hope it stays true to the principles it originally embodied.  Its mission statement is, “To provide our customers with consistently fresh, clean American craft lagers that stand on their own merit.”

To Southern Tier, making exceptional beers that taste great even when purchased in Alaska!

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

Year of Beer 03.16. 2XIPA by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.16. 2XIPA by Southern Tier Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.