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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 283

The featured beer painting for the day is of Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is a nice, balanced, craft-brewed pilsner beer from a unique brewery located in a state I have never been to. My friend Charlotte sent me this beer, and I thank her! Here’s hoping I get a chance to head to the South. Well, the Year of Beer project has alerted me to the fact that there are many states I need to visit, besides the few, easy to reach places that almost every Alaskan has been to.

The Torch Pilsner was consumed during a dinner party at my condo in Anchorage. The Cioppino that my wife made from scratch may have made this Czech-style pilsner even more enjoyable. I think a normal IPA (not imperial) would have also paired well with the seafood stew. There is something about the Saaz hops that produces a perfectly bright tasting beer. You know that perfect Pils is the one that is yellow and fizzy with a bitter bite that hits you on the back of the tongue. That is what this one did for me as I was supping on my soup. Bottom-fermented beers taste best when they are cold. The yeast produces this perfect bready quality when it slowly ferments the malt, increasing the Saaz hops flavor and making for a great tasting brew. The Torch Pilsner is aptly named, as it is a bright tasting beer, and I would have totally been impressed if I was a Viking and stumbled upon a cask of this beer. I would have plundered it and then plundered for more. That is how delicious pilsner can be. The Torch is the light in the tunnel of lesser lagers. Please drink finely crafted pilsner, because if you don’t, the macro lagers and super IPAs will take all the shelf space at your beer store.

Cheers to the Torch Pilsner! Lead the way to North Carolina, please. It’s gonna be a dark winter here in Alaska.

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

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Beer Painting of torch pilsner by foothills brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.10. Torch Pilsner by Foothills Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 273

The featured beer painting of the day is of Schwarzbier by The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery from Farmville, North Carolina. So far, this was the only North Carolina beer I could get my hands on (thanks Rich for mailing it). Today, craft beer is sweeping the nation, and you can get a beer that was made across the country at your local store. However, before Prohibition, people drank mostly local brews. Beer made close to home tastes fresh, and some of my favorite beers have been simple pale ales I have brewed in my own kitchen. This Schwarzbier actually reminded me of my dark ale homebrew that I make frequently. Now that wintertime is around the corner, I’m ready to start brewing again. Next summer I want to have enough homebrew to throw a party once the roof goes up on my cabin. I think a dark beer is in order for that shindig.

The Duck-Rabbit Schwartzbier is a black lager that is very palatable. Rich licorice, chocolate, and coffee flavors are offset by tartness of dark roasted grain. This beer comes in at a respectable 5.8%, and is not your average session ale. It has a lingering flavor that will keep you coming back for another sip. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. After talking with one of my favorite beer drinking buddies who consumes Obsidian Stout as his preferred brew, we came to the conclusion that dark beer tastes better in Alaska than yellow fizzy beers, which are meant to be consumed ice cold on hot days. Slightly warm dark beer is perfect when it’s cold outside, which is a common condition in Alaska.

Cheers to The Duck-Rabbit, may your beer be as versatile as the label on the bottle!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a Custom Beer Painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Beer Painting of Schwarzbier by the duck rabbit craft brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.30. Schwarzbier by The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.