What beer tastes better than Budweiser, but costs 30% less? The answer is Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. This adjunct American lager brewed since 1844 has been gracing the tables of Americans long before prohibition. I am building a log cabin on 10 acres near the small town of McCarthy, Alaska, located within the heart of the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. McCarthyites have an affinity for this beer, to say the least. At every softball game beer is a mandatory party favor. People place their 12 packs on the fish cleaning table and pretty much share like it was water to participators and fans alike. During Solstice we play softball until after midnight, just hoping nobody complains about the noise during the second half of the double header. We have some special rules for our game. First, there are no strikeouts, which alleviates much performance anxiety. Second, no home runs except for in the park as there is no fence on the airstrip. Third, if it lands in the woods but is a fair ball that is only a single. Fourth, if it bounces into the woods that is only a double. Finally, and foremost, there is only one important rule, don’t spill your beer while you’re running the bases or playing in the outfield.
To PBR, a cheap alternative to highly marketed American adjuncts! Remember to stock up before softball, because softball is a thirsty sport!
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Year of Beer 02.04 Pabst Blue Ribbon. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.
Today is the first day of AK Beer WEEK! Ten days of craft beer! “Brave the cold, revere the beer!” In honor of AK Beer Week, I will paint Alaska brews all week long!
I get very excited every January not only because I have my annual beer-themed art show at the Midnight Sun Brewing Co.’s Loft, but also because the second week of the month is dedicated to beer in the Last Frontier! According to the Beer Up Here app on my iPhone, Alaska has 22 craft breweries, all producing some of the most killer beer you will ever taste. The anchor event is the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage. Check the AK Beer Week website to see all the events at akbeerweek.com! For today’s AK Beer Week event at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. I will shave my beard into an epic mustache that will hopefully win me some cool swag at the mustache competition following the tapping of the firkin keg of Pleasure Town IPA. Pleasure town is a single IPA soon to be available in six-packs of cans with a very risqué can design depicting a naked man with a mustache riding a moose.
Today’s painting is of Kenai River Brewing Company’s Peninsula Brewers Reserve, a.k.a. PBR. It is a dry blonde ale, yellow and fizzy, which is a nice change from super hopped IPAs or corn filled generic domestic brews. A local option for the classic American style beer most beer drinkers enjoy. This beer is perfect for a hipster wanting to show some class and represent AK beer love.
Be the first person to guess which beer will be pictured in tomorrow’s beer painting and win a 10% discount on any purchase from my Etsy store. Here is the hint: an English IPA from a brewery located on Alaska’s Playground that you wood not want to miss! One guess per person!
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Year of Beer Paintings, 01.10, Peninsula Brewers Reserve by Kenai River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.
This painting was created in McCarthy, Alaska’s lovely little museum. I enjoyed volunteering at this small museum this summer, and will look forward to spending more days there next summer. The day I decided to work on this painting of an antique cash register, was full of excitement. Outside on the museum porch are a couple of relics left from the days before the footbridge, two hand-trams that were used to cross over the powerful Kennicott River. Having arrived after the creation of the footbridge I can only imagine how isolating the hand-tram must have been. Well, someone else must have had an active imagination as well, as I was painting away inside the museum, a great commotion occurred at the hand-tram. A large fellow, 300+ lbs, sat down on the hand-tram and flipped it over; he had literally fallen and couldn’t get up! Well, he asked Maria (my wife) to help him out of the contraption, but she obviously couldn’t budge him, I don’t know how she did it but Maria saved the day and the man was okay. However the hand-tram exhibit had taken some wear and tear. It is a good thing that the Museum carries an insurance policy because the hand tram is dangerous. I have smacked my head on it more than once and won’t sit down in it anymore. We need a sign that says sit at your own risk…okay back to the painting. I just love this Art Deco cash register and think about the goods that were purchased nearly a century ago. It really was a long voyage from the steamship to the train, all the way to Kennicott! This unique antique sure would have felt exotic in the Wrangell mountains, just look at that styling. They don’t make stuff like this anymore.