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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 250

The featured beer painting of the day is of Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Deschutes Brewing Company.  This is a great American Pale Ale!  If you are a hardworking American, who loves to relax by drinking a beer, but are not sure what to buy other than Budweiser, here is a great stepping stone to help you discover the craft beer world.  This is an easy drinking Pale Ale with a hop forward bite.  I would say APA is like an IPA with training wheels.  Approachable for someone who is used to corn and rice adjunct macro lager, but wants to start drinking something with better, more hand crafted flavor.  Yes, there are adjunct lagers made by craft brewers, but I am speaking about getting your taste buds a light workout.  Just because a beer is craft brewed doesn’t mean it is flavorful.  

This beer is enjoyable, and you can taste the Cascade hops in this one.  It has a nice malty backbone with Pale, NW Pale, Crystal and Carapils malts.  This beer was not created to blow anybody’s mind, but to be a great, easy-drinking beer for any occasion.  

Great work, Deschutes, and cheers to the Class of 88’!  

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Beer Painting of Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.07. Mirror Pond Pale Ale by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 230

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 our macro 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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Beer Painting of LTD Lager by Full sail brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.18. LTD Lager by Full Sail Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 229

The featured beer painting of the day is of India Pale Ale by BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon.  Brewed since 1995, Bridgeport IPA is as cool as Sockeye Red, or Lagunitas IPA (both started the same year).  This beer was ahead of the hop revolution, leading by five full years.  Remember the Super Bowl commercials fighting back?  “Avoid bitter beer face!”  Showing a big beer dork swilling a flavorful beer and his mouth going inverted due to the actual hop content.  True, it takes a while to develop a palate for IPAs, but in my mind, it is worth the battle.  Once you love the hop flavor, most other beers are slightly ruined, just because they lack flavor.  I would rather have a proper sour beer (kind of a new flavor in the popular brewing world) than drink a slew of boring pilsners.  I always tell new home brewers that if they make a 5-gallon batch of beer and don’t like it, because they missed their mark, to get over it.  By the time a homebrewer consumes all five gallons, he/she will develop a taste for the flavor of the particular funky brew in question.  So what if your Belgian wit tastes like a Flemish sour?  So what if your Dopplebock has an English brown caramel flavor?  Of course you won’t win any awards, but the beer is inherently good.  In the words of Charlie Papazian, the author of the Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “Don’t worry, have a homebrew!”

The BridgePort Brewing Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!  Cheers to their beer!  Thirty years is a long time, and these guys are so cool, they are going to be the family brewery in Portland for a long time.  Sometimes at Costco I have bought a case of this stuff for around $23 dollars here in Alaska!  That is less than a dollar a beer, you can’t even buy PBR most of the time in Alaska for that!  A great product, at a great price!  The beer is a nice, citrusy IPA with the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.  Also, a sessionable brew at 5.5 percent, this is not the gut bomb like a Sierra Nevada Torpedo.  Deliciously refreshing, I would drink this one after a hard day of chainsawing.  I wish it was available in cans.  The bottles are refreshing and beautiful, but hard to pack on a backcountry adventure.

Cheers to 30 Years!  This flagship brew is worthy of immortalization in oil paint!  

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Beer painting of bridgeport ipa year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 08.17. India Pale Ale by BridgePort Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 220

The featured beer painting of the day is of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon.  This has been a go-to beer for me since it basically came out in 2006.  This was just when IPAs became the cat’s meow and I also just developed a palate for the whole flower hop bomb that makes up a solid IPA.  Previously a “dark beer” guy,  I preferred Black Butte Porter.  I think that beer was a segue to my love for IPAs.  A porter is technically a dark bitter.  The dark grains and heavier doses of hops helped me along my way.  It’s funny how some people just don’t like IPA, and I remember being there too, but the floral scents of IPA make up for the stronger hop flavor. 

Citrus and pine in flavor, but floral and sweet on the olfactory senses.  So much of tasting is directly related to smelling; it is important to take a second, and to just sniff at the beer you have in front of you.  If it smells good, it’s going to taste great.  I have had some homebrews that smelled awful, but somehow they tasted fruity, and I still swilled ‘em down.  And that is how you develop your palate for anything, you just gotta man/woman up and start tasting it.  Nobody ever developed anything without giving it the good, honest college try.  It wasn’t until my third college that I really liked IPA anyway.

Now there are so many IPA offerings from Deschutes Brewing alone: Chainbreaker, Fresh Squeezed, Chasing Freshies, Jubelale, Hop Henge, Hop in the Dark, Armory XPA, and Red Chair (NWPA is still an IPAish beer).  Can you imagine how many IPAs are available in the USA or across the world?  It must be several thousand options.  So stuff your head with hops and get off your high horse, and have some IPA (be sure to share with the horse)!

Cheers to Deschutes, making a darn good brew since 1988, and inversion since 2006!  Keep it up, and keep it hopped!

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Beer Painting of Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.08. Inversion IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 212

The featured beer painting of the day is of Gone Fishin Mild Ale by Beer Valley Brewing Company of Ontario, Oregon. This beer is a low alcohol, low hop beer, so it’s perfect for just about anything. The style is an English dark, mild ale, which this brewery captured perfectly. I was in England in 2011, and found that most of the brews there are session ales. I had to try really hard to find a beer that was even comparable to an American IPA. So funny that the style of IPA is derived from an English tradition, but hardly anyone makes a true English IPA these days. Nobody is really drinking an IPA in England, everybody is drinking a beer comparable to this one. And by the pint! An English pint is notably larger than a regular pint here in ‘Merica. A British imperial pint is 20 oz, and you might actually get that much too, as the English don’t over-carbonate their beer!

This beer was caramel-malty smooth, refreshing, yet flavorful. Just like an easy drinking beer from England, you could swill down several of these, especially while fishing. When you are operating a boat floating down the Kenai River, you need to have your wits about you, and an American IPA at 8%, or so, is a bad idea, especially with all the hops involved. So steer clear of a hop bomb and drink a smooth, easy, almost thin beer like this one — the mild ale from Beer Valley!

Cheers to being Gone Fishin! I go dipnetting, the dude in this painting is fly fishin’, what’s your way? Spear fishin’ in Hawaii?

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Beer Painting of Gone Fishing Mild Ale by Beer Valley Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.31. Gone Fishin Mild Ale by Beer Valley Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 210

The featured beer painting of the day is of Gigantic IPA by Gigantic Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. When I grabbed this one off the shelf I was impressed with the cool graphic design of the label. I spent several years in the Portland area during my college years, and there was no sign of this beer at that time because the brewery opened in 2012. I wasn’t into beer painting back then, nor had I developed a taste for IPA yet. I was stuck in the land of Alaskan Amber and Guinness trying to convince my friends to quit drinking Coors Light, eventhough it did enhance our beer pong game (due to the high water content). I have now come around to IPAs, and I must say I loved the Gigantic IPA! Great art, great beer! What more do you need in a 22 oz bottle?

This beer has Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops, making it a hop bomb for sure. I sipped it all day long, finishing it about five hours after opening the bottle. It was good ‘til the last drop, and I am glad I paced myself and shared with my wife, as it comes in at 7.3%. Floral and citrusy, and not much in the grain bill. Seems to be mostly pale and Munich malts. I love complex grain recipes, but this one is about the hops, and what a hoptacular beer it is! Good work Gigantic, you deserve a beer!

Gigantic cheers to IPA from Portland, Oregon! A place that is so cool, it is hard to stand out in a crowd of leaders! Lead the way to your brewing success, Gigantic Brewing Co!

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Beer Painting of Gigantic IPA Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.29. Gigantic IPA by Gigantic Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.