This time of year Alaskans start getting fed up with winter, but luckily, just before we all lose our minds, the annual winter festival in Anchorage called Rondy begins, and we all have something to do, and much to celebrate. If you are in Anchorage, come down to 4th Avenue and watch the dog races, the Running of the Reindeer, and stop by our downtown studio, which will be open both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, as well as Saturday, during the start of the Iditarod next weekend.
I love living in an amazing little-big town like Anchorage. We have all the benefits of living in a big city without all the congestion too many people bring with it. If I get stuck in cross-town traffic I am still home in 20 minutes. One of my favorite places across town is Anchorage Brewing Company. Every year Gabe Fletcher from Anchorage Brewing makes a tasty malt beverage called Rondy Brew. This year it is a single hop IPA made with Nelson Sauvin hops, which is a delicious treat. This bottle is a collectors edition because it celebrates ten years of the Running of the Reindeer! So, of course I painted it with a reindeer enjoying the brew. I imagined how much rowdier this pronged beast will be after getting a snootful of this hoppy stuff. A double bottle serving of rowdy Rondy brew should bring this beast to its best form for the running. Looks like this reindeer is chugging it too, only letting a little fall into the 4th Avenue snow. I hope you contain your beast and remember to savor every sip of this delectable beer. A bottle is $6 at the brewery, so stop in and have a glass and then Rondy with the rest of us! Just remember to be “slick” it’s careful out there!
Ron-Dez-Vou! Come-On! The annual Anchorage winter festival, Fur Rondezvous, is upon us once again! For those not in the know, our winter festival consists of a carnival, a snow sculpture competition, a fur auction, the Miners and Trappers Ball, a fireworks display, Outhouse Races, Dogsled races, the Big Air Snowboarding Demo, Running of the Reindeer, to name a few… AND my personal favorite Rondy Brew!
Rondy Brew made by Gabe Fletcher, lead brewer and owner of Anchorage Brewing Company, is a saison (Belgian style farmhouse ale) brewed with lemongrass aged in French oak wine barrels and bottled with Brettanomyces, making one celebratory brew! The fireworks display is tonight, which is always one of my favorite parts of this winter party. When I was growing up my mom would take us to the carnival downtown and we would ride the Ferris Wheel. My wife buys a Rondy pin every year, and I get Rondy Brew. Both purchases support Fur Rondezvous. For every bottle of Rondy Brew sold, 1$ goes to keep the Rondy party going!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.
Year of Beer 02.22. Rondy Brew by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.