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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 201

The featured beer painting of the day is of West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego.  This beer was very good!  I opened it at a family barbeque, while we were discussing the possibility of having a family reunion on the Oregon coast.  I am in love with the west coast.  My wife and I bike-toured on our tandem bicycle from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border in 2009.  You would think at the end of a 2,000-mile bike tour there would be some big finale, but sadly, no.  After asking a stranger to take a photo of us looking triumphant at the border, we had to wait for over an hour at a McDonalds parking lot to be picked up by my mother-in-law, while sipping on a six-pack of luke-warm Tecate.  However, the trip was epic, and I would never have traded a day.

Being a hop-head, I’ve had many IPAs in my day.  This one is a great example of an excellent IPA.  I don’t know the hop bill, but I drank it right after an Inversion IPA and I noticed that the West Coast IPA tasted fresher, and was strong, yet very palatable on the hops.  The aroma was fantastic.

Cheers to drinking great beers on the Pacific Coast!  Give West Coast IPA a try, it’s about time you saw a sunset from the beach anyway!  Cheers!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.20. West Coast IPA by Green Flash Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 125

The daily beer painting is of Cerveza Pacifico Clara, better known as just Pacifico, in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  This beer is widely popular with American tourists, surfers and just about anybody who has time to drink a beer on, or near Mexican and California Pacific Coast beaches.  Brewed in Mazatlan, this Mexican pilsner style beer is called Clara for its light coloration as opposed to negra or obscura, which refers to dark beer.  Save your bottles if you are in Mexico as there is not only a return on the bottles but they will also be sent back to the brewery for refilling.  Reusing bottles is a smarter alternative to recycling, and I wish the USA would do the same thing.  We used to, until the mid 1980’s.  Canada is saving billions by refilling!  Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, it’s also Earth Week!

This beer is best with a lime, enjoyed on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and a cool breeze on your face.  After three of these in the hot Mexican sun you will be ready for a Spanish lesson at night.  Just keep the tequila pouring after dark with a Pacifico for hydration, and you may even think you are fluent in Spanish.

So why do Americans celebrate Cinco De Mayo?  Contrary to popular belief, this is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which happens to be in September.  This holiday isn’t even celebrated in all of Mexico, mostly just in a part of the country called the State of Puebla.  The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla, and celebrates the unlikely, decisive victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862, which was basically a big bloody gunfight.  Go ahead America, celebrate an obscure Mexican holiday.  It’s a great time to grab a Pacifico, slam a lime into the neck of the bottle, hit a tequila-saturated margarita in a salt-encrusted glass and vibe to a Mariachi band, because Cinco De Mayo is here and that’s how the fraternity boys want you to play it.

Salud, Pacifico!  May your beer forever cool the tongues, and warm the hearts of as many people partying on the beaches of the Pacific Coast as possible.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer painting of pacifico clara cindo de mayo year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.05. Pacifico Clara. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.