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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #44, October 29, 2015

Crux Fermentation Project, located in Bend, Oregon was one of the highlights of my trip to Bend, Oregon a couple weeks ago. During our short two-day stay we also managed to visit Deschutes Brewing, Boneyard and Bend Brewing. I was the DD the night we went to Crux, so I couldn’t indulge too much at this fine establishment. I learned that happy hour is during sunset, but we were late for that, because we were enjoying a great Salmon dinner with an old friend from Anchorage, Jereme Monteau. I actually met two old Anchorage friends for beer at Crux, Andrea Lubeck and Jereme. I was not let down. The tasting room is really cool with copper fermenters visible, and plenty of barrels as well.

As soon as my wife took a sip of Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA from our ample sample tray, she got up and walked to the to-go fridge and grabbed two bottles. The half hitch is a knot used to tie hop bines to the poles to help the bines to grow so tall. The beer has a nice dosage of Mosaic hops, and is one of the best IPAs I drank while touring the Pacific Northwest. Fruity, floral and citrusy, this beer would please any hophead. I was blown away when I finally consumed a bottle that I brought home to Anchorage with me. I also sent one to my buddy Rich in PA, who is responsible for inspiring most of my east coast beer paintings. I only send him the finest finds, and I felt this was one. I know the half hitch is not a climbing knot, but since the beer was brewed in Bend, I painted it in front of Smith Rock, a popular rock-climbing playground. I am sure after a day of climbing, a hop-forward beer would satisfy any rope-weary climber. I hope you get a chance to grab any beer from Crux Fermentation Project. They have many options, not only hop-forward brews. I tasted a barrel aged sour beer there that was DY-NA-MITE! Unfortunately, not available in bottles when I was there.

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

Half Hitch IPA by Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, Oregon by Scott Clendaniel

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #44 by Scott Clendaniel. October 29, 2015. Half Hitch Imperial Mosaic IPA by Crux Fermentation Project. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 200

The featured beer painting of the day is of Granitbock from Hofstetten Brewery in Austria!  It is a special beer made by heating granite rocks and dropping them into the wort.  Eventually, if you drop enough hot stones into the unfermented barley sugar water, it will boil.  I don’t think I can even taste a single hop in this beer.  It is a malt bomb for sure.  When you add white-hot rocks to stone vats of beer you actually caramelize some of the wort in the process.  This produces a fragrant flavor in the alt-style beer of rich sweetness, with plum and raisin tastes.  This beer has been brewed since 1229.

When I was painting this beer, I knew it was made with granite stones.  Since I live in Alaska, the first thing that came to mind when thinking of granite was rock climbing.  So I put a climbing bolt in the rock behind the glass because granite is the best rock for climbing, and is also good for brewing in this exotic style.  Austria is home of some famous rock climbing sites and when I was growing up, I was way into it until I realized I would rather spend time painting on the ground while my friends climbed the cliffs.

This beer is decadent, and I recommend it as a good example of a bock, very malt-forward and a good one for a cold rainy day.  As it warms up, it is a perfect belly pleaser and the aromas and flavors are complex and delicious.

Cheers to Hofstetten Brewery in Austria, which makes a truly traditional bock that will knock your socks off!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of granitebock by hofstetten brewery in austria year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 07.19. Granitebock by Hofstetten Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.