This week I decided to make an abstract painting of a pint using the stylistic lines and forms that would be common in a Kandinsky painting. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Russia in 1866 and died in France at the ripe old age of 78. He studied law and economics at the University of Moscow, but is ultimately credited with the first completely non-objective, abstract modern art. Ironically, this beer painting is objective. Kandinsky started painting when he was 30, and studied art in Germany. He returned to Russia in 1914, when World War I broke out, but didn’t jive with Communist Moscow’s approach to art, and moved back to Germany in 1921. He taught at the Bauhaus, an avant-garde school of art and design, until the Nazis shut it down. So he moved to France in 1933 where he lived for the rest of his life, and produced his best paintings. This beer painting was inspired by composition VIII, painted in 1923 when Kandinsky was a professor at the Bauhaus. I call this painting Pint Composition. I find the paintings by Kandinsky to be both inspirational and beautiful, and I hope you enjoy my beer-themed version. I wonder if Kandinsky drank beer at the Hofbräuhaus when he lived in Munich.
The featured beer painting of the day is of Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Company. This barley wine is easy to drink at only 9%, which is pretty traditional for English style, and is a very good example of what an oaked English barley wine should be! I hiked five miles up to the Jumbo Mine from the mining town of Kennicott in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, chilled the bottle in a pile of snow, and savored the contents at the top while enjoying a spectacular view! King Street, could you can this beverage in 8 oz cans? The can would look great with the same graphic as the bottle, and would make it easier to enjoy the barley wine on Alaska adventures. I love the rampant lion — a symbol of wealth, strength and power!
This beer is delicious! I didn’t know what to expect, but since King Street has been putting out such great quality beers, I knew it was going to be good. Sweet and malty, this beer brings up thoughts of plums and raisins, but with a nice toasty oak flavor. I have loved barley wine since the first drop hit my tongue, but quickly learned that I should consume it with caution. Overconsumption, which is easy to do with a beer as tasty as this one, can lead to a bit of a slow next day. I shared this bottle with my wife, and then we climbed up to a ridge for even better views. Going up was no problem, but coming down is always a bit tricky when sliding on loose rocks. Good thing I had barley wine for an energy beverage, and I handled it just fine. Alaska, you are my favorite state, and the beer made here is wonderful! I love living in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park whenever I get a chance to stay out here! Can’t wait to get my cabin finished so I can be drinking King Street English barley wine on New Year’s Eve out here!
Cheers to Nobility, I never felt more kingly than when looking at the spires of rock formations here in the Wrangells, while drinking one of the best beers King Street has to offer!