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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 264

The featured beer painting of the day is of Pyramid Brewing Company’s Apricot Ale. I remember when girls were drinking this beer in college, and loving it, and the guys made fun of it for being a fruity girly beer. I was always on the fence about it, because I thought it tasted good, but comments from my male friends made me have second thoughts. They would say, “Fruity beers are for chicks,” and “Sure, it tastes good, but it will give you a mad hangover.” Any 5.1% beer will give you a hangover, if you have six of them! So I haven’t had a sip of this beer for over a decade, or so it seems. As I opened this bottled, the smell of apricot was astounding, and I mentioned to my wife about how I was hesitant to drink it earlier in life because of the comments from the men. Maria commented, “Those fraternity boys would have done well to buy some of the Apricot Ale for parties, it would have made the ladies appreciate them more.” I have to agree. I was never in a fraternity, but I did attend a few “frat” parties. The boys were drinking mostly Coors Light and handles of vodka. I guess they wanted more bang for their buck. If they had the foresight to buy a drink the ladies liked, maybe they could adapt their drinking habits to encompass a beer as delightful as the Apricot Ale. Upon first sip, I regretted not drinking this beer more often. Spiced beers are actually at the top of my favorites list. Beer brewed with fruit is delicious, and not like the hard lemonade swill that gets people drunk on chemical malt liquor. At least there isn’t any artificial flavoring in this natural product.

Cheers to Pyramid Apricot Ale! Girls know good beer, when they taste it.

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Beer Painting of Apricot Ale by Pyramid Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 09.21. Apricot Ale by Pyramid Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 159

Another day, another beer painting.  Today’s beer painting is of Pyramid Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen.  This brewery has been making craft beer since 1984, and has breweries and/or pubs in Seattle, Washington, Berkeley, California, and Portland, Oregon.  I was always a fan of the Apricot Ale especially when I was younger, but I haven’t had it for years.  If I can find a bottle of that, I think I just might put it in this series.

This beer is an all American take on a Bavarian classic.  Of course, if you choose to use all American ingredients to make a German style beer, it is going to turn out good, but also entirely different from its cousin weizenbier.  If you ever go to Munich, please drink the weizenbier, you will never have a crisper, fresher beer than that.  However, if you live on the west coast (Alaska doesn’t really count), you might consider trying the local option, which is fresh and delicious as well.

I tasted breadiness in this one, but it was very citrusy as well.  Considering that it’s brewed with Nugget hops, I would expect this beer to be a little stankier, but I got a nice overall wheat and tart flavor with a little hop jazz that American hops produce.  Not that this is a bitter beer, oh not at all.  Definitely not a hop bomb, especially with an IBU count of only 18.  Watch out, this one is a bit stronger than the average Coors Light (or German pils) and comes in at 5.2% alcohol.  Overall, a solid drinkin’ beer.  When my homebrew comes out tasting as good as this, I am very happy.  Just the freshness is critical, so always check those dates.  This bottle doesn’t have one.  Oops!

Cheers to Pyramid, craft brewing since 1984!  Making great beers for a long time, and making German classic styles with American alternative ingredients!

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Beer Painting of Hefeweizen by Pyramid Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.08. Hefeweizen by Pyramid Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 112

The beer painting of the day is of Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout by Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington.  This is a rich, creamy, dark beer that will not only wake up your taste buds but will also get you ready to get your groove on!  This one is an easy drinker at 5.6% — it will please your senses, but will not leave you senseless.  I love dark beers!  Why not put coffee in them!  The more flavor in beer, the better!  One of the few things in life I enjoy as much as beer is a good cup of joe, so I say, dark beer mixed with a dark roast is a good thing.

Elysian Brewing was founded in Seattle in 1995 by Dave Buhler, Joe Bisacca, and Dick Cantwell.  Cantwell had been a homebrewer who gained a reputation at the Duwamps Cafe, the Pike Place Brewery, and Big Time Brewing.  You can tell which breweries were started by home brewers, because the beer they choose to make is so unique, with nontraditional ingredients like Jasmine (Avatar IPA) and coffee.  I am willing to bet Cantwell is a coffee expert, considering the headquarters for Starbucks is right there in Seattle!

Cheers to Elysian, a unique brewery making great craft brew in the rainy city!

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Beer painting of split shot espresso milk stout by elysian brewing year of beer

Year of Beer 04.22. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout by Elysian Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.