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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 269

The featured beer painting of the day is of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. I liked this beer, it was very good, but did it require a paragraph on the back of the bottle describing why I am not worthy? Maybe, but probably not. I have already been schooled by Stone Brewing Company on beer drinking, and can handle anything Stone can dish out. I was actually surprised at the mild oak flavor, I was expecting a bigger punch. I routinely drink beers from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. like Bar Fly, Arctic Devil, and oaked Monks Mistress. Evidently, the amount of oak flavor that comes from barrel aging must exceed the chips added to this beer, because, although the beer is quite palatable and also very tasty, I could hardly taste oak over this already malt- and hop-forward ale. As a home brewer and beer connoisseur, I prefer the flavor of beer aged in a foudre. Especially if it was aged in a cave! Then, maybe, Stone could tell me that I’m not worthy of this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I love all Stone beer, even the brews berated with the big marketing campaigns, but why make a big fuss over a beer that is probably best described within my beer circle as fairly normal?

Cheers to Oaked Arrogant Bastard! The beer that will make you feel worthy.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Year of Beer Painting

Year of Beer 09.26. Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 182

Stone Stochasticity Project boldly goes where no brewery has gone before with a Belgian quad called Quadrotriticale that contains a wheat and rye hybrid grain known as triticale.  Quadotriticale is a term that was coined in the original Star Trek television series, during the Trouble with Tribbles episode 15 of the second season.  Tribbles are a Star Trek alien species named after the trilling purr they make.  One was given to Lt. Uhura as a pet at Deep Space Station K7 by space trader Cyrano Jones.  Unfortunately, once removed from their natural habitat the Tribbles reproduced asexually at an alarming rate, threatening to overpopulate the Enterprise.  In this episode (spoiler alert!) the Quadrotriticale was unfortunately poisoned by the Klingons.  The “aha” moment of the episode is when the crew opens the grain storage room on the ship, and dead Tribbles pour out of an overhead compartment, completely engulfing Captain Kirk.

So now I know why Stone didn’t put the Star Trek reference on the bottle — nobody wants to think the beer is poisoned.  This beer showcases the triticale grain nicely.  At 9.3%, this robust Belgian ale is sweet and rich, with a bready sour note from the grain and the yeast.  The flavor lingered on the back of my palate until I went in for more!  Totally delicious!  We paired this awesome California beer with Alaskan Halibut tacos!

If you get a chance to buy one of the Stochasticity Project beers, I recommend trying it!  I don’t think Stone will continue making them in the future.  It’s a one-time shot, just like the original Star Trek!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Quadrotriticale belgian by stone stochasticity year of beer

Year of Beer 07.01. Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale Belgian Style Ale by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.