Thirsty Thursday is here again, and this week I painted this comical painting inspired by the late great Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz’s painting End of the Hunt. It seemed fitting considering that Monday was National Homebrew Day. The polar ice is melting and this polar bear is not helping the problem by brewing and making a bunch of steam, causing a colossal meltdown. This bruin might be floating out to sea on an iceberg, but the good news is that he will have plenty of beer assuming his wort ferments correctly despite the cold weather. This must be an iced lager, I am imagining an eisbock. This painting also references my local homebrew shop Arctic Brewing Supply. The Logo for ABS is a polar bear stirring a big kettle. The name of this piece is Bruin Brewing. The fun just doesn’t stop around here at the Real Art is Better painting studio. Cheers to this Arctic Bruin! I hope the ice holds out until his lager is done fermenting, it would be a shame if this guy’s wort were to slip into the Arctic Ocean!
Howdy, Thirsty Thursday beer painting fans! I was hitting a wall with the art history beer parody paintings, and I was talking it over with my friend, Kara, who I can credit with the brilliant idea I used for the Spotted Cow painting. Her uncle was visiting and had brought over a mix-pack of Alaskan Brewing beers. These are not the most sought-after beers, but are often the most consumed ones in Alaska, kind of like Yuengling in Philly. They are popular across the Pacific Northwest as well. I have some of my fondest memories sitting on the beach at Point Woronzof sipping an Alaskan Amber. Kara told me to paint a polar bear from the Coca Cola commercials drinking an Alaskan White, because it has a polar bear on the label. I thought that this was a great idea and here it is. Alaskan White wit-style ale is a very popular Alaskan Brewing offering, and was one of the first paintings snapped up from the original 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall painting show I did back in 2011. I hope you find this as humorous as I do, because I intend to extrapolate on this series. Cheers! I hope you are enjoying your Alaskan summer as much as I am!
This original oil painting, and 99 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s White Wheat Ale. This beer was added to Alaskan’s lineup in 2009. This is not your traditional witbier, but more of an easy drinking, spiced, wheat ale. A local favorite in Alaska, and a staple at many Alaskan dinner parties, this beer pairs well with salmon grilled on a cedar plank. Witbier is one of my favorite styles of ale, it is really refreshing and totally qualifies as sessionable beer. I have a hard time remembering to sip this one, and at 5.3% you really can’t chug away as it if were a 3.2% beer.
Polar bears are becoming more and more endangered as climate change melts the polar icecap. I hope they don’t go the way of the Dodo. Who knows, maybe some crazy CO2 consuming equalization algae will spring up either naturally or be created by some amazing biologists to mitigate the greenhouse effect. Either way it goes for the Polar bear, it makes for a solid looking label. I am glad I was able to put the baby Polar bear in the back of this composition. I plan on writing a drawing book when the Year of Beer Paintings project is completed called How to Draw Alaskan Baby Animals. The first entry will be a baby polar bear, because I haven’t ever seen anything so cute!
Cheers to beers brewed in Alaska, great beer for the Greatland! Keep brewing up liquid gold in Juneau, Alaskan Brewing Co!