Wow, 160 days already! This year is flying by! Maybe because I am always in the studio having a blast making beer art! Today’s beer painting is Roughneck Stout by Kassik’s Brewery in Kenai, Alaska. This beer is brewed in honor of all the oil industry workers who work hard so that we get enough petroleum products to run all of our lives.
Alaska’s economy can be described as a three legged stool, according to UAA economist Scott Goldsmith. One leg is oil and gas, the second leg is military and government, and the third one is the rest of the industries combined, including mining, timber, fishing, tourism, etc. Our economy would be very vulnerable without petroleum exploration — a three-legged stool won’t stand with two legs.
So Kassik’s is right to commemorate the hard working people who are holding up our economy. I think the next beer should be named the Bureaucrat Barleywine, for all the government officials holding up the other leg of our economy. No doubt, Alaska is a strange place, but to me it is home! I am loving this beer brewed on the Kenai Peninsula! This is a pretty strong stout at 7.2%. I sampled it last night, and the first impression was smoked grains, probably 500L roasted barley. Ironically, the Kenai has been getting a lot of press from that forest fire from two weeks ago, which sent smoke all over the state. The smoke flavor of this beer, like the forest fire, was contained then faded to just righteous dark chocolate, even a little sour grains. I am thinking chocolate malt and black patent malt. Not highly hopped like Victory’s Storm King, but an easy swilling beer. No wonder this one was dedicated to the Roughnecks, they will need a great beer like this one to forget how hard their last stint at work was!
Cheers to Kassik’s for another world-class brew! Cheers to all the Roughnecks supporting Alaska’s economy! And cheers to stout, one of my favorite styles of beer!