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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 122

The daily beer painting is of Deschutes Brewing Company’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  This beer has been a favorite of mine as long as Deschutes has been brewing it.  It was originally named Imperial IPA when it first came out in January 2007, then the name was changed in 2009 to Experimental IPA when the brewers started using different hops.  Heavy on the Centennial and Cascade hops, this beer comes in with serious bitterness at 99 IBUs.  Also, hold onto your hats!  An 8.8% alcohol content means don’t use your chainsaw or any other power tools after imbibing this particular brew.  And 504 calories per 22 oz serving means you better hit the gym, or at least a pre-beer run.  I have to run for 5 miles to burn off that many beer calories!

Cheers to Deschutes, one of my favorite breweries!  Bend, Oregon how many breweries do you need?!  Last time I checked you had one brewery per 10,000 people and new breweries were springing up left and right!  Way to go! Leading the pack of some of the best beer in the world!

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

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Beer Painting of Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.02. Hop Henge Experimental IPA 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 90

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewing Company, which is now available year round.  This beer hasn’t won any awards (at least none to my knowledge, as of yet) but that is because this one is so fresh, it just hasn’t competed in any contests yet!  This beer wasn’t quite the hop explosion I was expecting, but it was fresh and floral with a zesty citrus taste, which is why I painted a citrus mosaic in the background.

I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA’s almost session-able alcohol content of only 6.5%.  This also means it isn’t a palette killer.  Just a really nice, slightly unbalanced, single IPA (no IPA is ever balanced).  There is a homebrew recipe for this brew on the Deschutes website!  I will give it a shot, I love the hop lineup: Nugget, Citra and Mosiac in the ingredient list.  I will brew once more this year at the Great Northern Brewers Club brew-a-thon.  Watch my Instagram account for photos of that crazy brewing party!  I won’t be attempting an IPA, I will be brewing up a 14 gallon batch of Drippy Hippy, the honey ale I spice with ginger root.  I promised my sister I would brew up a special Drippy Hippy batch for her wedding this summer.  I am mostly done brewing for the year as it gets too hot in the summer for really fermenting properly, and I have already filled every fermenter in the house!  Next year, however, I will be brewing IPA all winter long, and maybe even give a shot at some lagers.

Great job yet again, Deschutes!  Your beer never ceases to amaze me!  Then you go ahead and freshen it all up again, keeping the creative juices flowing!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewing Bend Oregon Year of Beer

Year of Beer 03.31. Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 84

Today’s beer painting is of Beard Beer by Rogue Ales!  Started in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon by founder Jack Joyce, the brewery moved to Newport, Oregon to start a second facility in response to prompting from restaurant owner Mo Neime.  Mo met John Maier, the current head brewer in Newport, at an airport the year the brewery was to be opened, and he has been working there ever since.  The wild yeast strain used to ferment this beer was found in his beard by White Labs, a premier company in yeast cultivation.  White Labs plucked seven hairs from John’s beard, and propagated what is described as a mix between the proprietary strain of yeast Rogue uses in most of its brews, Pacman yeast, and a wild yeast strain.  Since John has kept the same beard since 1989 and has brewed over 15,000 batches before the beard beer was conceived, no wonder a totally viable yeast variety was alive in John’s beard.  In the background of this painting, I painted a likeness of yeast cells.  How is that for news of the beard!

Alaska has a beard fetish.  Most men either consider sporting a beard, have one already, or are experiencing beard envy.  The ladies… well, they put up with beards.  I am currently growing mine back after shaving it for a rowdy mustache competition at Midnight Sun Brewing Company.  Ironically, I didn’t win, but my wife did (in the faux division).  When my friend Rob, who has a dark, luxurious, full-facial beard brought out a bottle of the Beard Beer, I had to taste it.  I am a long time home-brewer and the thought of cultivating yeast from a beard in a mega batch that Rogue made didn’t bother me at all.  In fact, contrary to what the reviewers of Beer Advocate thought of this particular brew, I thought it was delicious.  To me it tasted like an American pale ale with Belgian ale yeast.  My wife was hesitant to try it, but agreed that it was pretty tasty.  Even the White Labs guys couldn’t believe how viable this yeast is.  After tasting the Beard brew, they thought they may have accidentally switched the petri dish for the regular Pacman yeast, which I will tell you is not quite as funky.  This yeast produces a tartness that is absent from regular ales I have had from Rogue.  I have sampled many of them, as I love Newport and have visited the brewery several times!

To Rogue Ales!  PLEASE keep making a great product, keep trying to integrate with our communities, and keep creating unique thunder!  GO ROGUE!

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Beer Painting of Beard Beer by Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon. Year of Beer 3.25 Day 84

Year of Beer 03.25. Beard Beer by Rogue Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 80

The beer painting of the day is of Pravda Bohemian Pils-Style Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon!  This is one of my favorite breweries in the Northwest.  If you haven’t had anything from this hop-forward brewery, I highly recommend it!  The word pravda is Czech for truth, which is a fitting name for a pils as I believe drinking a pils or kolsch tells me everything about a brewery.  I can say one thing about this pils, as the brewery promises, it is certainly a “Northwest-embellished” pils!  This beer will surprise you with a strong hop bitterness finish!  I shared this one with my wife, and we both noted the hop bitterness.  I didn’t get any aroma, but that’s probably because the glass sat for a few minutes while I hastily painted the foam and beer.  So I may have missed the aroma window by waiting ten minutes too long.  I did like this beer very much, good job Ninkasi!

To Ninkasi, keeping the beer fresh, hoppy and clean!  “Beauty is truth and truth is beauty, that is all you need to know!” – John Keats

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Beer painting of Pravda Bohemian Pils-Style Lager by Ninkasi Brewing Company. Year of Beer 03.21.  Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.21. Pravda Bohemian Pils-Style Lager by Ninkasi Brewing Company. 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 54

The daily beer painting is of Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon!  What I like about this seasonal winter warmer is it’s AARGANIC nature!  I try to make all my home brew organic, but finding all organic brewing ingredients is difficult.  I always buy organic base malt, which is 90% of the total ingredients.  I’m sure obtaining organic ingredients is much easier in Portland than here in Anchorage, Alaska.  This winter has been a monstrous season, unfavorably sending rain to Alaska making the skiing and driving appalling, while the rest of the country has been receiving the fury of the YETI.  Snowstorms in Georgia?  Whaaat? Gridlocks on freeways…  Sounds like a winter nightmare to people who chose to live where the temperatures are supposed to be warm!

To winter!  May the Abominable Winter Ale warm you, if you can track down this elusive beast of a red ale!

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Year of Beer 02.23. Abominable Winter Ale by Hopworks Urban Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 02.23. Abominable Winter Ale by Hopworks Urban 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!

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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″.