I remember when Red Chair NWPA came in a 22 oz bomber, and was dubbed an IPA. I loved the graphics on the bottle! Since I’m a skier, I bought a bunch of these and included this beer in the original 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall painting series. I revisited the production version rebranded NWPA for North West Pale Ale as my 13th Thirsty Thursday beer painting, pictured at Arctic Valley Ski Area up here in Anchorage, Alaska, since we have two beautiful Riblet red chairs nearly exactly as pictured on the NWPA label. A month ago we were cruising around Oregon and Maria and I hit up Mt. Bachelor to ride the “real” red chair that inspired this delicious ale. The original double chair was installed in 1964, and upgraded to a triple chair in 1981. Unlike the cushy modern quad chairs, this one comes at you fast and hot, and you better be ready for it, or it will knock you right down on your face! During our lunch break on the mountain I ordered a pint of… you guessed it… Red Chair NWPA. Maria and I shared a burrito that was larger than my head! Sure tasted great with the NWPA! The next day I went to Deschutes Brewery in downtown Bend and bought this growler, because it’s so cool, and I thought it would look good on the vintage chair in a beer painting. The Deschutes pub glass looks right at home riding the chair as well (how else do you think they get beer up the mountain?).
Cheers to riding the cool red chair! Raise your NWPA high to keeping the traditions alive! May your ski day be epic, and your Après ski be well-earned!