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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #97, November 3, 2016, Pliny the Elder IPA by Russian River Brewing Co.

On the road again!  What a road it is.  Leaving San Jose and heading straight for the ocean, we ended up at Half Moon Bay.  The last time we were there was seven years ago, when we camped at Half Moon Bay during our tandem bicycle tour down the Pacific Coast.  The surf was up, and I didn’t feel like swimming, because there is a wicked rip current that will take you out to sea!  We stopped for coffee and a doughnut and then drove straight to San Fransisco, and over the Golden Gate Bridge.  We continued up Highway 1, or should I say roller coaster 1, because that’s what it felt like, and we were going to stop for barbecued oysters along Tomales Bay, but time was getting short, and I had a painting date at the world-famous Russian River Brewing Co.  We were greeted at the door by the host, who was expecting me, “Painter Scott”.  Yep, that’s me.  

The drive to Russian River reminded me of being on the bike tour, and I decided to relax and let my painting tell a story of the road trip to Santa Rosa, to show the pilgrimage to the brew pub that so many people make.  About half an hour into the painting, which is of Pliny the Elder, Maria gets a phone call from our college friend Moriah, who just happens to be in town for work, and so she meets us at the brewery!  I get to talk with a nice couple at a nearby table, and also run into a lady who recognizes my Midnight Sun Brewing t-shirt, and stops me to tell me that MSBC’s first Chef is from Santa Rosa and just started a new brewery down the road.  The woman is his daughter.  Small world.  I filled my Russian River growler and walked the mile home to Hotel Azura, where we watched the 6th game of the World Series, while drinking delicious Russian River beer.  Even my team won the game!  Overall a fabulous day!  It doesn’t get any better than this!       

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter. 

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #97 by Scott Clendaniel. November 3, 2016. Pliny the Elder IPA by Russian River Brewing Co., 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #97 by Scott Clendaniel. November 3, 2016. Pliny the Elder IPA by Russian River Brewing Co., 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 61

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of one of the greats!  A highly sought-after brew, one super IPA, none other than Russian River Brewing Co’s Pliny The Elder!  I painted this brew because it is such an icon in the beer world, one everyone looks to as a benchmark for what a fresh tasting American IPA should be.  The best part about this one is not how amazing it is,  but that it is consistently amazing, not to mention, hard to get.  When a beer plays hard to get, it has the same effect as if a person is doing it.  It creates a strong demand!  I wish the brewery distributed this brew in Alaska!

I painted the ghost of Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus, AD 23 – August 25, AD 79) in the background to show how much he cares that this epic brew is named after him.  Scientist, philosopher, and discoverer of the hop plant, we should reach out and shake his ghostly hand.  He died during the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

To drinking Pliny the beer, and thinking about Plinius Secundus.  Drink this beer fresh and pour a micro-liter out to the ghost of Pliny!

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

Year of Beer 03.02. Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.02. Pliny the Elder by Russian River Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.