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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 298

Trickster, or Treat? Both are pumpkin beers, but I went for seasonal T.R.E.A.T. The Royal Eccentric Ale Treatment is the Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Company of Anchorage, Alaska. This is a big, bold pumpkin Porter at 7.8% ABV! My favorite part is the chocolate nibs, which differentiate this pumpkin beer from most others. Midnight Sun has been making this beer since 2005, so any kinks have been worked out. There are tons of flavors besides pumpkin: chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are all in the mix. This beer pours black, and looks sinister in a glass.

I’m glad Midnight Sun offers 6 oz servings at the Loft tasting room, because I can’t drink a full glass of some of those beers and still drive home safely. Alaska has strange laws about what a brewery can and cannot do. Mainly due to the difference between a full liquor license and a brewery license, a brewery can only serve 36 oz to one person on premise per visit, a person can take home 5 gallons, and the tasting room has to close at 8 PM. There are more restrictions too, such as no games like pool tables, or darts, no bar stools at the main bar, and no live music. You gotta pay for the full liquor license to enjoy stuff like that. So, I’m glad I can buy 6 oz servings, not only because most of the beers are strong, like T.R.E.A.T. and Termination Dust Barley Wine, but then you can have several different flavors without incurring the wrath of a hangover, or worse, a DUI. This Halloween consider drinking T.R.E.A.T., as it really is the grown-up version of a very fine reward for not being too tricky.

Cheers to the T.R.E.A.T! I appreciate what you do MSBC! Bring on Halloween! Hoooooowwwwwl!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of TREAT Chocolate pumpkin porter by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.25. T.R.E.A.T. Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 287

The featured beer painting of the day is of Alaskan Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Porter. I would have to say that pumpkin beer is the right ale to be drinking at this time of year. A Pumpkin Porter is a great Halloween beer and I am getting in the spirit of the next upcoming holiday. The dark grains in this beer remind me of the fall harvest in Alaska, and what a bountiful harvest it was! At my local farmer’s market I bought tomatoes, kohlrabi, beautiful spices, and carrots, but I didn’t see any pumpkins. I wonder why, because I know they grow well in Alaska, and some of them get enormous, like the cabbages. Twenty-four hours of daylight and rich volcanic soil can do that. The pumpkins can get so big that they have to be transported to the Alaska State Fair using a forklift! If you look at the label on this beer, you’ll see a truck carrying a colossal pumpkin. I bet this truck is hitting its payload! This year’s blue ribbon pumpkin at the Alaska State Fair was 1,235.5 lbs! That is one big gourd! The world record was broken this year in Mainz, Germany with a behemoth that weighed 2,096.6 lbs! The question that arises is what do you do with a pumpkin that large?   I am imagining a huge brewing operation, a whole batch of pumpkin beer from the pulp! Or, if 1,000 homebrewers showed up, they could make a 1,000 five-gallon batches, and still have enough for everyone to have 1-2 lbs per batch. That’s a lot of pumpkin, really!

Cheers to Fall, and the great harvest that ensues on this side of the world! I hope you get some of Alaskan’s Pumpkin Porter — one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had yet!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

Year of Beer 10.14. Pumpkin Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 10.14. Pumpkin Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 241

The featured beer painting for today is the product of the collaborative genius between Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, known as the Calabaza Boreal. This sour Belgian ale was brewed at both brewery locations: Anchorage, Alaska, and Dexter, Michigan. The bottle from Anchorage is screen-printed with a horned god holding a pumpkin, looking straight forward, and the bottle from Jolly Pumpkin has a paper label with the horned god in profile. Gabe Fletcher traveled south to visit the Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan and brewed up this batch of Calabaza with Ron Jeffries. Later, Ron visited Anchorage Brewing Company, toting a keg of Oro de Calabaza to ensure a taste of the Jolly Pumpkin in this unique collaborative beer.

Brewed with fresh grapefruit peel and juice, as well as peppercorns, and fermented in large oak barrels, this beer has a taste that lingers in the back of your mind. It is sour with funk, flavors of hay, pepper, and grapefruit, charged by the smell and taste in a way that stimulates fine conversation. The two brews are different but not terribly so; more grapefruit and hay from the Anchorage Brewing batch, and slightly more pepper flavor in the Jolly Pumpkin batch. A great looking, unique tasting ale, made by two fantastic sour-forward breweries!

Cheers to collaboration!

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

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Beer Painting of Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.29. Calabaza Boreal Ale by Anchorage Brewing Company and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.