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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 312

Well, this is the first painting I painted live in Pennsylvania, at the Spring House Brewing Company’s Taproom. The beer depicted is the Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale for Zombies. On the way there we drove through Amish country and I nabbed a few shots of this really old cemetery. Since I knew that Spring House was into zombies and Halloween-themed things, I thought that the local cemetery would be the perfect setting for this painting. The Spring House Taproom was really cool, and I am glad it is the first place I painted live during the middle of the afternoon on a Wednesday. The lunch crowd was thinning out as I set up my little painting operation.

I tasted most of the beers available, and I think the Curses IPA was my favorite coming in at 6.66% ABV. We decided as a group (I was there with Maria and Rich Morgan, a big supporter since the conception of this project) that the Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale was the best one to represent the brewery. The pumpkin in this one was really delicious, and it was one of the better pumpkin ales I have tasted. I think that the name of this beer is really funny, because Maria and I have been snacking on pumpkin seeds that she roasted around Halloween time, and if you think about it, the seeds are the brains of the Jack O’ Lantern.

Cheers to the Braaaiins! Finally, a beer that may make you smarter!

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Beer Painting of brains pumpkin ale for zombies by spring house brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.08. Braaaiins Pumpkin Ale for Zombies by Spring House Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 303

Today’s featured beer painting is of Pynk Ale by Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Yards donates $1 from the sale of every case of this seasonal beer to breast cancer research. I know several women who have successfully battled breast cancer, and I would be glad to donate 10% of sales of this painting/prints to the The Tyanna Foundation for breast cancer research.

This beer is very tasty! I was a little worried when I saw it was a fruit-flavored beer, but when I read the label it sounded like it has actual fruit in it, not just flavoring added, which always seems to make the beer taste better. This ale was brewed with 3,300 lbs of sour and sweet cherries and raspberries, making it a nice ale with a sour edge. Knowing that drinking this beer helps breast cancer research makes every sip taste all the sweeter.

I became aware of Yards Brewing Company when I painted a commissioned portrait of the Brawler for my friend Jay’s 1st wedding anniversary present to his wife. He and Kelly had this beer and a few other Philly specialties served at their wedding. Since I consider these little beer paintings to be portraits, I normally prefer to “meet” the beer, to find out the underlying flavor, so Jay asked his family in Philly to send him some beer. Upon inspection, I executed the painting with landmark images from the setting of their wedding. It was great to be part of the secret present and to be tasting beers I had never heard of before. The Brawler was smooth and the present was gladly received. The couple loves their beers, and I love making beer paintings.

Cheers to Pynk, the beer that is helping the world! Buy a case of this beer, and you will be giving a dollar towards breast cancer research.

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

*I am donating 10% of sales from this painting/prints to The Tyanna Foundation for breast cancer research.

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Beer Painting of Pynk ale by yards brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.30. Pynk Ale by Yards Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 263

The featured beer painting of the day is of Yuengling Traditional Lager! Yuengling is America’s oldest, continually operating brewery, operating since 1829, still making beer the old-fashioned way! I received two cans of this particularly nice product in the mail from Florida, of all places! Thank you, Alex! I was ecstatic! I have this love for American Lager and I really wanted to try the original Yuengling! I was not let down. Since I had two cans, I decided to try the beer first, to make sure it’s good enough to be included in the Year or Beer project, so I loaded it into my backpack and biked to a couple of parties. The first party was a salmon bake, and I drank porter there, then I made my way to the end-of-the-season party for the McCarthy Saloon where free beer was flowing. So I didn’t get to try the Yuengling until I returned home. I am glad I was prudent enough to unpack my bag right away, because the can was somehow punctured in my backpack and beer was rapidly evacuating the can! Beer was shooting everywhere, like a highly pumped Super Soaker! So I immediately cracked it open and poured the beer into a glass. I was impressed with its amber color. I had expected pale, straw golden from a classic lager, then I remembered that lagers weren’t that way until the pilsner craze took off in the 1870s. The beer was remarkably delicious, and the smell was very pleasant. In the morning I painted the Yuengling painting and was glad I still had one more can to open for the complete still life! Great, historic beer for sure!

Cheers to five generations of great brewers in the Yuengling family!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Yuengling traditional lager year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 09.20. Yuengling Traditional Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 209

The featured beer painting of the day is of Naked Elf by Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This Belgian-style strong ale is a version of the winter warmer, Mad Elf, which is brewed with honey and cherries, minus the honey and cherries. Dark gold in color, this beer is beautiful, and tastes great too! Rich malt fills your mouth with a sweet, yet slightly roasty flavor. The Belgian yeast is bready and delectable.

In July it must be hot at the North Pole for an elf. That’s why skinny-dipping in the ice lake, which melted due to climate change, is a perfect sport for the naked elf. Santa is gone on a road trip in his Winnebago with Rudolf and Ms. Claus and the elves are getting crazy. Santa won’t be gone for long, so grab this beer before it is sold out. Cellar a whole case, so you can compare it with the Mad Elf at X-mas time. According to Rich Morgan, who is a Mad Elf expert and the guy who mailed me this beer, the version with honey and cherries really takes it up a notch, but I was plenty content to sip on the Naked Elf in the middle of the Alaskan mountains during an intense rainstorm.

Cheers to the Tröegs brothers, and cheers to the Naked Elf! A great example of a Belgian style strong ale.

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Beer Painting of Naked Elf by Tröegs Brewing Co. Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.28. Naked Elf by Tröegs Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 204

The featured beer painting of the day is of 360 IPA by Sly Fox Brewing Company. The 360 can is awesome! The entire top lid of the can comes off. There is only one other brewery I know of that has the same lid — King Street Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska! The 360 can is great because it allows you to smell the beer.  Now you don’t need to pour your beer into a pint glass in order to get the full aroma! I was considering putting a skateboarder behind this painting, but then realized this beer is about the can, not the name. So I depicted the can showing its 360 ability in the background of the painting.

This IPA was good, but I did notice a little malty funkiness, which I believe to be English ale yeast. But maybe it’s Scottish ale yeast. Cool beer, cool can, and I wish I had more than one! But I will just consume some King Street IPA, since it’s local to Alaska and I buy it frequently as a pack beer. The can lid is so cool, everyone wants to check it out. I’m sure the 360 has the same appeal wherever you take it! Thanks, Rich, for including it in the most recent shipment! I’m glad the King Street can I sent in return was up to snuff!

Cheers to innovations and gimmicks! First it was the widget nitro can for stout, now the 360 can for IPA. I wonder what they will come up with for the perfect Hefe can.

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360 IPA by Sly Fox Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.23. 360 IPA by Sly Fox Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 194

The featured beer painting of the day is of Weyerbacher Merry Monks Belgian-Style Tripel Ale.  I popped the cork off of this one at a colossal party in McCarthy.  Everybody who is hip in Alaska knows that this is the one party of the year in McCarthy that should not be missed!  The potluck picnic is in the afternoon, the fire rages all day and through the night, beer and cider are available for a cup donation fee, and did I mention the bands?  The line-up featured about five Alaskan bands.  To say the least, it was an epic party!

I shared this bottle with fellow party-goers, and we discussed its merits.  It went over really well.  I’ve noticed that there are two types of beer drinkers in McCarthy: the ones who pretty much only drink PBR, and the others who are equal opportunity drinkers and appreciate whatever they can get.  The local liquor store offers a scant selection at premium prices, which is what you would expect at a remote place sixty miles down a dirt road from the nearest remote liquor store/bar.  So when I busted out a bottle of Merry Monks, I was quite popular, until the bottle was gone.  I got comments about the sweetness, and the yeastiness, but basically people were impressed with the cool-looking bottle.  They wanted to know where it was from and how I came to have a rare bottle of beer in this remote Alaskan town.

I enjoyed this one.  It was sweet and had the Belgian yeast twang.  The fruit aroma and flavor were strong.  Plums, apricots, and a little banana came to mind after it warmed a little by the fire.  Overall, this was a very solid beer.  Thanks to Rich, once again, for sending this one my way.  I would buy it and drink it again.  I know it isn’t cheap, but the best things are often worth the extra buck!

Cheers to Merry Monks, the beer that everyone wanted to try!  A great example of the Belgian Tripel, and a job well done by Weyerbacher of Easton, PA!

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 Merry Monks Belgian-style ale by weyerbacher brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.13. Merry Monks Belgian-Style Ale by Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 193

The featured beer painting of the day is of Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style Ale from Victory Brewing Company.  A vintage from 2012, this beer was screaming to be let out of its bottle.  I loaded it into my bike bag and road down to the former airstrip that McCarthy residents now use as a softball field.  I brought extra cups for sharing during the game, and poured out barleywine for a few people who had never tasted it before.  The group here in McCarthy gave it mixed reviews ranging from, “Amazing!” to “What the hell is that!”

I thought it was tasty!  I know what barleywine should taste like, and it is one of my favorite styles of beer, even though I don’t get to drink it very often.  I want to find a reliable source for 8 oz cans of the stuff.  Then I could bring tiny cans of barleywine on backpacking trips.  I have sampled a few barley wines in my day.  Alaska is probably one of the few places in the world that promotes barleywine.  Before Christmas, the Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage hosts the Twelve Days of Barleywine featuring two barleywine offerings every day for twelve days in a row.  We are also lucky enough to have the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival every January, and almost every brewery in attendance has a barleywine to enter into the contest.  Sierra Nevada brought four different versions of the Big Foot barleywine to last year’s event.  Midnight Sun Brewing normally brings two or three to the Connoisseur’s session, and watch out for Anchorage Brewing’s Deal with the Devil — the gold and bronze winner for best barleywine in the last two years.

The Oak Horizontal bottle cork barely popped, although there was plenty of carbonation.  I had rallied down the dirt road downhill for two miles all the way to softball, and thought the bumpy road may have shaken up the dusty bottle.  However, I was not let down despite the lack of pop.  It was perfectly carbonated, lightly bubbling in my cup.  Beautiful and sweet, the bourbon barrels added a nice caramel flavor that threatened to overwhelm my palate – strong, but then fading to a smoky, almost brandy-like flavor.  It was decadent, to say the least!

Great job yet again, Victory Brewing!  You should enter this brew into the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine competition!  You have a good chance with a beer that tastes as solid as this one.  I bet if you enter the 2012 Oak Horizontal in the mix, it would place for sure!

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Beer Painting of Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style ale by victory brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.12. Oak Horizontal Barleywine-style Ale by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.