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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 356

The featured beer painting for today is of Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon. At 7.2% ABV, and 50 IBUs, this beer packs a serious wallop. Give your winter blues a spanking with a few of these winter warmers, and you will be singing holiday carols all the way to the horse barn. Alt ale is made with ale yeast, but fermented at colder lagering temperatures, producing a beer that is decidedly crisper. I enjoyed this bottle of Sleigh’r outside in a snowstorm while ice-skating, which felt like a very wintery thing to do on winter Solstice. Since I drank it right out of the bottle, I wasn’t able to see the color of the beer, but it tasted like a dark lager for sure, with hints of spices, molasses, and holiday cheer.

I have been yearning to make a proper lagered beer, but alas, I do not have the space to do so. I argued to my wife that when I brought the second refrigerator home that I would lager some beer in there, but now I know that I need to buy a modulator for the fridge that will keep it slightly warmer. If I do that, it would render the freezer useless, and the extra freezer space was the main reason my wife let me get a beer fridge. So, I will have to buy beers like Sleigh’r, or the Ninkasi Prismatic Lager series: Pravda, Lux, or Venn instead. Good thing I have space in my fridge for beer storage.

Cheers to the beer that’s rockin’ Santa’s sleigh! May your winter be forever warmed by delicious seasonal ales like Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r!

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Year of Beer 12.22. Sleigh’r Dark Double Alt Ale by Ninkasi Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 331

Happy Thanksgiving! I am a very grateful individual this year! I am thankful for the good fortune I have had with the Year of Beer Painting project, which allows me to work as an artist full time, and for the supportive craft beer community across the country that has made this year so much fun. I am also thankful for my good health that allows me to drink a different craft beer every day. The year has been in overdrive and I don’t want this to end, as it has been one of the most epic of adventures.

The featured beer painting for Thanksgiving is Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale Winter Ale, a tradition at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. A favorite seasonal of both my brother’s and mine, this beer never fails to deliver. The label has been changing every year since 1988. The first seven labels were very similar with a wreath, and done by artist Ed Carson. Since 1995 a different artist has designed the label each year, and 2014 marks the 20th artist working on the Jubelale labels! Maybe one of these years the Deschutes marketing team will let me make a painting for the label, but I think only local artists in Bend can apply for that opportunity. I love this year’s artwork from Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer, a picture created using fiber art in the form of quilting. It really warms my heart. This piece depicts a winter scene of two people and their dog playing in the snow, riding a sled during the twilight of the early setting sun. In my painting the label has a wrap so you can only see one character and fewer trees. I hope you take the time to notice the stitch marks on the label, and to see the whole scene as you drink this wonderful beer at your holiday meal.

The beer is known as a special and festive winter warmer. Also referred to as a strong ale or a festive ale. It doesn’t really fit into any BJCP (Beer Judge Classification Program) category. I would say that it is a delicious brew! I used to think it was more like a dark IPA, because it has a nice hop finish, but then I thought maybe it is more like a Dopplebock, because of the malty backbone. But then I noticed it has a decidedly American yeast profile, so I came back around to just thinking the Jubelale is a special brew for sure, and the only way for a person to really know what it tastes like is to simply pick a few up at the store and to enjoy them. Do it soon as the hop profile changes quickly. I swear this year’s Jubelale, like the label, is a different formula than in years past, or maybe that is my palate changing. I don’t know, but I know I like this beer, and I eagerly wait for the winter seasonal beers as they are my favorite ales and lagers of the year!

Cheers to Jubelale, both the art and the ale! Great work Lori and Lisa! I love your version of the Jubelale label, and brewers, I think you nailed it again this year! Thanks for making JUBELALE!

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Beer Painting of Jubelale Winter Ale by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Thanksgiving turkey Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.27. Jubelale Winter Ale by Deschutes Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 311

The featured beer painting of the day is of Session Fest Premium Red Lager by Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon. A Czech style strong lager named Polomatve in Czech, which means semi-dark. The team at Full Sail wanted to make a beer that would represent the holidays and the winter season in a way that would bring cheer into your world during the darker, colder months of the year. Brewed with four malts, including wheat, and a special blend of Cascade and Glacier hops, this beer comes off a little spicy, smells great, and tastes easy enough to drink a few.

I have always liked Full Sail Brewing, and have been drinking its beers since the dawn of my beer drinking days. When the Session Ale came out a few years back, I knew exactly what they were aiming at – an American style lager made to the traditional recipes of a pre-prohibition style. That is why it comes in the stubby bottle, it’s traditional. As for the Fest version, I don’t know why they called it a Session, except to keep it in the same sized bottle as the Black Lager and the Premium Lager. At 6.2% I would hardly call this one sessionable. So be warned, this beer comes in 12 packs, and if you only split it with one other sessioner, you may be in for a morning of discomfort. Just a heads up that the name could be slightly misleading about the alcohol content.

I think the bottles and caps are the most fun things about Session Lager beer. The stubby bottle reminds me of the old Olympia beer, back before it was bought by the conglomerate beer companies. Under each cap you’ll find a picture of a rock, paper, or scissors, but Fest caps have fruitcake, gift-wrap, or a carving knife. The cap on this bottle had gift-wrap, which is fitting as I make these paintings as a gift to your eyes.

Cheers to the holidays! I hope you get to grab some Session Fest! It tastes as good as it looks, and will fill you with holiday cheer!

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Beer Painting of Session Fest Lager by Full Sail Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.07. Session Fest Lager by Full Sail Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 308

The featured beer painting of the day is of Rose City Red Ale by Alameda Brewing Company located in the Freemont District in Portland, Oregon. This beer was alive and well, it put up a nice floral foam and was quite the brew all together. I went to college for three years near Portland in the early 2000’s, and this brewery was started in 1996, so it was a young brewery when I was there. I wish I had taken the time to go visit, even though I was about 100 miles south of Portland. I love the Rose City! There have been some amazing nights I have enjoyed out in the heart of the city, whether riding my bike visiting friends, or cruising to town on the weekend in my Oldsmobile.

The Alameda Rose City Red was a unique beer for sure, a little sweet and a little strong at 6.4% ABV. It had notes of sweet malt and honey with a minor hop finish, and a hint of sourness. The strange thing about this beer is I would watch the liquid pour out of the bottle, but when it hit the glass, it would turn into thick foam, filling the entire glass with it. The foam dissipated quickly though. Next time I am in Portland I will make a trip to Alameda for sure.

Cheers to Alameda’s Rose City Red – a great beer with a classic Portland flavor. I hope your endeavors are as smooth as your brews.

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Year of Beer 11.04. Rose City Red by Alameda Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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″.