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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 165

The beer painting of the day is of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company in Bend, Oregon.  Twilight is a session ale that is lightly hopped with Amarillo hops, and brewed with choice American malts.  This is not an adjunct beer, but a straight up American Pale Ale.  Clocking in at 5% ABV, it drinks like a standard American beer.  The picture on the label suggests drinking this beer late at night.  I have done this from time to time and it has been a pleasant experience.  I like session ales mainly because they are refreshing and hydrating, which allows me to enjoy more of them in one sitting without feeling the effects of alcohol as much.

This beer is flavorful without being overwhelming.  A perfect late night I’ll-have-another-even-though-I-probably-should-go-to-bed beer.  The hops are mellow but noticeable and don’t overwhelm the palette.  I would say that this is a very balanced beer.  I tasted it on the side of a mountain earlier today, and as I write this, I wish I was back up there drinking another one while sitting on the rocks of a glacial creek.  Sadly, I only brought one with me, which wasn’t a bad thing as I had to ride down a rocky path home.

Cheers to summer adventure beers!

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Beer Painting of Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.14. Twilight Summer Ale by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 109

The beer painting of the day is Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA.  Way to go, John Maier, this IPA is nearly a perfect example of what a great drinking IPA should be!  Rogue’s farms grow seven different varieties of hops and John Maier, Rogue’s master brewer, selected all seven for this particular IPA.  Since they were all grown in the Willamette Valley, would they be considered Willamette hops (one of my favorite varieties)?  Rogue’s website says to pair this one with beef, or something spicy.

To Rogue Farms and their delicious, estate grown product!  A wonderful thought, and great product from amazing raw materials, crafted with precision!  Way to go Rogue!

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Beer painting of rogue farms 7 hops ipa year of beer

Year of Beer 04.19. Rogue Farms 7 Hops IPA. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 72

Step into “The Abyss”, by Deschutes Brewery.  If you read my earlier blog post about Obsidian Stout, then you know the history of Deschutes Brewery and about the awards Obsidian Stout won.  I have always liked both stout and Deschutes Brewery, but when I brought home the Abyss, I was blown away!  This is the drunk uncle of the Obsidian.  Six percent of the brew is aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% in oak barrels, and 11% in Pinot Noir barrels.  Molasses, licorice and Cherry bark all work together to make this incredibly smooth, rich brew that smells, tastes, and looks like it was made for royalty.  Not surprisingly, this brew has won copious awards for Imperial Stout, and has the coveted rating of 100 (world-class) on BeerAdvocate.  I haven’t seen many beers with that perfect score.  The label on this 2013 batch says the beer will be best after 8-16-2014, so I’m looking forward to trying this year’s batch with my wife on our 11th wedding anniversary at the end of August.  I am sure it will be as good as advertised, and worth the wait.  Part of the fun is having a bottle in the cellar saved for a special occasion, or a rainy day.

To cellared big beers, ones worth saving, and worth the expense!  To that feeling of opening a bottle after knowing there are only a few bottles left as special as the one you are about to consume!

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Year of Beer 03.13. The Abyss Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.13. The Abyss Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer paintings – Day 41

Today’s Year of Beer is Total Domination India Pale Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon.  This brewery was founded in 2006, and is named after the ancient Sumerian goddess of brewing.  This IPA is one of the freshest, best IPAs I have tasted so far in the Year of Beer series.  I like the Ninkasi green and black beer labels and I have yet to be let down by this IPA-forward brewery, being a hophead myself.  The stone carving in the background of this image is actually an ancient Sumerian beer recipe.  Sorry if my Cuneiform is incorrect as you attempt to clone the ancient recipe Ninkasi uses.  Here is a hint for learning Cuneiform, the inverted triangle with dashes through it is the symbol for beer.  To Ninkasi, may the goddess look favorably upon this Eugene brewery and everyone’s home-brewery as well!  Good luck deciphering the recipe!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 02.10. Total Domination IPA by Ninkasi Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.10. Total Domination IPA by Ninkasi Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.