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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 223

It’s Beer Camp time!  Okay, so for those of you in-the-know, you must be as excited as I am when I see the Beer Camp mix-pack from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in stores.  In the past, Sierra Nevada has held a home-brewer video challenge and the winners got to attend Beer Camp in Chico, California where they brewed their favorite recipes with the Sierra Nevada brewmasters.  This year Sierra Nevada opened a new brewery in Mills River, North Carolina and I guess they wanted to take a road trip between the two breweries.  Instead of hosting home-brewers, SN invited their favorite breweries to collaborate at the closest SN headquarters (Chico, or Mills River) to brew up a collaboration Beer Camp beer.  The program was to make the beer, and then host the longest road-trip beer fest ever hosted by an American brewery.  They didn’t come to Alaska (grump!) but Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse just hosted a tasting event last week.  I unfortunately missed it as I was at the Alaska Sailing Club enjoying Beer Camp beer in a boat.  I bought two packs, so I still have a few left.

The featured beer painting of the day is of Beer Camp Myron’s Walk – a collaboration by Sierra Nevada and Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine.  I chose this particular Beer Camp beer because it talks about the Appalachian Trail right on the bottle, and because I haven’t found a Maine beer here in Alaska as of yet.  Myron Avery, the name sake of this beer, was the founder of the Appalachian Trail (AT).  The AT spans the entire East coast, and it takes most of a year to walk the whole thing.  This is a great concept for a beer’s name, and although I know they say these are a one-time only release, this one would be a good one to re-release.  The beer is a Belgian-style pale hopped up in true SN style with whole cone Citra and Mosaic hops.  I don’t think there are many Belgian beers that actually have this much hop content.  At 38 IBUs, I think they might be a little underscoring this one, or maybe it is the coriander playing off the bold American hops that perfectly compliment each other, creating a piney, citrusy flavor.  Then Allagash’s proprietary Belgian-style yeast was addded, which I might add is bready and delicious, making a great beer that I wish was a permanent offering available here in Alaska!

Cheers to Beer Camp!  I have represented all but three of these collaboration breweries so far this year.  All of these have been delicious!  Nothing like drinking Beer Camp at a campsite!  Whether that is on the lake, near the ocean, or in the mountains!

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Beer Painting of Beer Camp Myron's Walk by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co. Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.11. Beer Camp Myron’s Walk by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 114

April 24th, and my trip to Hawaii is winding to a close.  Four whole days left and I’m headed to the Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea today!  I hear good things about it.  The beer painting of the day is Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  I feel bad buying beer from the Mainland while I am here in Hawaii, but the selection on this island has left a lot to be desired.  The Arrogant Bastards would say it’s full of big business, not true craft brew.  I am finding pockets of good beer here and there, but it is more of a scavenger hunt than expected.  This island needs more breweries!  Okay, back to Nooner, what a perfect beach brew!  This tiny IPA comes in at 4.8% and packs a nice flavor like Torpedo on a diet.  I can have one and a half and still feel safe to make it back to the rental house!

Joe Sixpack gave Sierra Nevada and the entire American brewing community some flack about putting IPA in front of the name of every beer.  Since IPAs are hot, naming beers an IPA makes the beer sell better.  He was comparing it to Irish beers, which were all the rage for the last thirty years.  Joe, let me know when you see an Irish IPA and I will paint it!

As I mentioned before I am on the Big Island and I have been overwhelmed with beautiful flowers every day!  The one in this painting is one of the most famous tropical flowers, Hibiscus.  Hawaiian Hibiscus is actually normally yellow.  Most Hawaiian flora and fauna are tamer than their mainland counterparts due to the lack of predators and their isolation.  This Hibiscus growing at our rental house is actually a Chinese Hibiscus and is considered a pest.  Live and learn – an out-of-state beer with an out-of-state flower.  Can’t get a more Mainland mentality than that.

To Sierra Nevada, creating a perfect beach beer!  Way to keep coming up with great beer and great marketing!

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Beer Painting of Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.24. Nooner IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 105

Wow!  Ruthless Rye IPA!  Two of my faves in one bottle!  I love rye in a beer, and I love hops!  So this is a match made in heaven for me!  Plus, the brewers at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. do such a great job!  I have never had a bad beer from that brewery, other than a stale Pale Ale, which was due to improper, long storage, but even then it was still palatable.  Rye is a strong grain that grows in many places and has a unique flavor!  I wonder why there is not more beer brewed with this pungent grain?

The “ruthless” part?  Must be the IPA, the high alcohol content of 6.6, or maybe the stringent spicy characteristic the rye imparts to the beer.  I think Joe Sixpack may be on to something in his last rant about breweries just plugging IPA in a beer name.  Accuracy in advertising?  Ruthless marketing?  Whatever it is, this beer is great.

To the crew at Sierra Nevada!  Making hop-forward beers for decades!

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Beer painting of ruthless rye ipa by sierra nevada brewing chico california year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 04.15. Ruthless Rye IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.