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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″.

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!

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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″.

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 181

Today’s beer painting is of Perpetual Imperial Pale Ale from the Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical of this Imperial IPA, because most breweries put a single IPA in a can.  Although there is no light contamination, and the breweries can just about eliminate any oxygen from the can, whenever I see a 7.5% IPA in a can, I worry about heat contamination.  The aluminum, although not a very good heat sink, transfers more heat than a glass bottle.  The good news is that this can was very fresh, and not to my real surprise, the beer was phenomenal!  I have been really happy with every product I have tasted from Tröegs!  Thanks, Rich, for taking the time to mail another batch of PA brews!

For only 85 IBUs there were a lot of floral hops in this one, and when I look at the hop bill I can see why.  It’s a very diverse group: Bravo, Chinook and Mt. Hood in the boil, and Mt. Hood and Nugget in the HopBack machine, then dry hopped with Citra and Cascade!  A process that obviously shows that these guys love beer!  You can make a beer with hop extract and skip almost all these steps, but your beer will be yellow and boring without any amazing hop character.  With this three-step hopping procedure you get Perpetual IPA!  A fine example of a fresh hop grenade!

Let the machine keep turning its gears!  I want this beer perpetually in my beer fridge, but sadly I only got one!  I should be happy I even go to try this incredibly fresh Hop Bomb of an IPA!  Cheers!

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Beer Painting of Perpetual IPA by Tröegs brewing year of beer clendaniel

Year of Beer 06.30. Perpetual IPA by Tröegs Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 101

Hold on to your seats, East coasters, the beer painting of the day is Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel by Victory Brewing Company.  This one is brewed with imported two-row malt and hops.  The spiciness is attributed to the yeast and grain, but also Coriander seed.  Watch out, this is a sipper at 9.5 percent.  Either drink out of small cups, or maybe consider cutting yourself off after a couple.  No hangover is worse than a strong ale overdose, so enjoy responsibly.  Moderation in all things, including moderation.

This beer is distributed to Alaska!  I can buy a whole case, if I felt so inclined, which I may do when I am done with this project as this is one of the better beers one can buy in Alaska that is not brewed here.

To the dudes back East, with the longest brewing history in the country!  Victory Brewing, you’re a winner in my book with a good strong Belgian- Style Tripel Ale!

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Beer Painting of Golden Monkey Belgian Style Triple by victory brewing pennsylvania year of beer

Year of Beer 04.11. Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 88

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company!  I cracked this can with my friend Jay from Philly, mailed to me by my friend Rich from Philly.  It was cool drinking PA beer with a guy from PA.  He was stoked to have a little taste from home, as we slaved in the kitchen making a home-brewed batch of cream ale.  Making beer that won’t go far, while drinking beer from afar!  What a life, eh?  The Sly Fox Odyssey is tasty and is a good example of a double IPA with fun graphics on the can.  I wish I was able to brew IPA well (hoping with my next brew kit upgrade to do it right).

The more I read about beer-related events in Philadelphia, the more I want to go there to experience the beer scene first hand.  I see a trip in my near future.  Sly Fox has a Maibock Fest with an annual goat race!  How cool is that?  Right in line with the Running of the Reindeer here during Fur Rondezvous in Anchorage, Alaska.  They name the year’s Maibock after the goat that wins the race, so the last two years the beer has been called Peggy.  I like the name of the first goat that won, Weird Beard!  Coincidentally, the barley wine at Silver Gulch Brewing Co. in Fairbanks is also named Weird Beard.  I wonder if there’s a connection.

Cheers to a successful brewery known as Sly Fox!  I wish it distributed to Alaska!  Maybe we can have our own goat (or REINDEEER!) race… maybe on King Street, or at Arkose?

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Beer Painting of Sly Fox Odyssey IPA Pennsylvania beer

Year of Beer 03.29. Odyssey Imperial IPA by Sly Fox Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 83

Today’s Year of Beer painting is the Tröegs brothers’ winter seasonal Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber.  First off this beer is delicious!  Any hop-minded individual will find this to be the most divine brew!  I was lucky enough to get this beer sent to me all the way from Hershey, Pennsylvania!  I took it to the GNBC (Great Northern Brewers Club) meeting where it was a big hit.  Several people mentioned that it was a perfect example of what a hoppy imperial beer should be like!  I was glad to share such a special offering, as normally I serve up home-brew to my fellow club members and they try to tell me what I have done to create such weird off flavors.

The Trogner brothers named the Brewery Tröegs because it is a combination of their last name and Kroeg (Dutch for pub).  They started brewing in 1997, and recently moved from Harrisburg to Hersheys, PA, tripling the size of their operation.  I really look forward to making a trip to Pennsylvania to taste all these amazing brews!  This is the first posting of hopefully more Tröegs beers!  Stay tuned around Christmas for my interpretation of the Mad Elf winter warmer with cherries and honey added!  It is soooo GOOD!

To brews from Pennsylvania where beer hit America!  Americans may not have a 5,000 year old history of brewing, but brewing started in PA.  Tradition speaks, but Pennsylvania beer screams drink me!

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Beer Painting of Nugget Nectar by Tröegs Brewing Co. Year of Beer 03.24. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.24. Nugget Nectar by Tröegs Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

 

 

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 74

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Company!  I have been really enjoying Victory’s offerings.  Here in Alaska we only get three: Golden Monkey, Hop Devil and this fine pilsner beer!  The problem with most pilsners is they are either adjunct-enriched, or they travel from overseas, and by the time they get here, heat and sunlight ruin the fresh, deliciously-delicate taste.  I normally stick with King Street Brewing Co. for pilsner because I can go directly to the brewery for über freshness, but this bottle of Prima Pils must be popular at my local bottle shop because this bottle was nice and fresh!  Tasted like it was brewed down the street.  I like the brown bottle keeping out the light contamination, and La Bodega does a great job keeping pilsners cold in the refrigerator.

This beer embodies a Czech style pilsner, even though it’s a German style (hence the Prima).  It has that Noble hop bite that draws you back in for another swig.  Although it is a bit hoppy for a German pilsner, I think it’s great that way.  All aroma!  And hardly any bitterness.  This brew has this awesome malt backbone that most American lagers are missing.  This brew is super refreshing!

To Philly beers, and high hopes I get to travel there soon!  I have been told it is the beer haven of America, and that is a good enough reason to get on a plane for me!  To Philly Beer Week!! Alaska Airlines, if you are reading this, please have a special fare to Philly for the first week of June!

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

Year of Beer 03.15. Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.15. Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 66

When I cracked open this bottle of DirtWolf, a howl of hop aroma rocketed forth!  Since I am a hop-head, needless to say, I enjoyed this brew.  Thanks Rich for sending it all the way from Pennsylvania to Alaska!  Much appreciated!  My wife was really excited to try it, so I gave her the first taste.  She thought it was rich-bodied with a nice kick of hops overpowering the malty base.  When I tasted it, I immediately thought of Christmas, spruce trees and applesauce.  It had a little bit of fruitiness which I think was coming from the hops.  You can really taste the Mosaic hops, which have their own terroir.  I’m familiar with the Mosaic hops as Greg Mills of Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. in Anchorage made a fresh-hop Mosaic IPA that knocked my hat in the creek!  Mosaic hops have an earthy floral aroma, hence the Dirt in the DirtWolf!

To awesome IPA from PA!  To new friends and fresh beer traveling great distances just like historic IPA going from England to India!

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Year of Beer 03.07. DirtWolf Double IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.07. DirtWolf Double IPA by Victory Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.