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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #130. Trio — Fatbike World Championships

Bikes and beers!? Heck yes! Make it fat-bikes and a couple of growlers, and now you have a party in Alaska. Last weekend I participated in the epic fat-bike race called the Trio – Fatbike World Championships in Talkeetna put on by Speedway Cycles and Denali Brewing.  The name Trio is symbolic of the three mountains you can see during the ride, Denali, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foreaker. The sixth annual bicycle and beer super party celebrates the life of Mike Sterling who passed away from liver disease a few years back.

The weather couldn’t have been better! The sun was out, and there was plenty of fresh snow to validate the use of my 5-inch wide tires. I felt fast and also pretty glad I opted out of the 60-mile race and settled for the 30-mile loop. Next year, I will attempt to do the sixty, but will have to do some upgrades to my bike. The last ten miles were a bit rutted and pretty soft. My single speed was not in the proper gear for climbing, but it looked like it was pretty impossible to ride up most of the bluff trail anyway, so like everyone else, I pushed. I was pleased with my 20th place finish.

For those less serious about racing and more serious about partying there was a 20-mile party lap option with beer, whiskey, and other treats provided around a raging bon fire half way down the trail. There was even a helicopter that landed right on a patch of snow on the river next to the party. Its mission was to deliver some more beer! As I passed the partiers, I should have stopped for a beer, but at the moment I rode through I thought I could actually get a pretty decent time, so I forewent one of my favorites — free PBR, to save drinking points for the delicious after party beer that Denali Brewing brewed up –Trio Pale Ale. The beer is a wonderful 6.5% ABV and 52 IBU pale ale that was brewed with cryo Mosaic and Citra hops. At the big after-race-party everyone was starving, and good Indian food was served up, and the band Hope Social Club played right after the awards ceremony. Racers still had plenty of energy left for dancing.

The next morning Denali came out of the clouds for the first time that weekend, so we went to Talkeetna River and took the photos for this painting. Denali never looked better! If this painting looks familiar, that’s probably because you saw the one that is very similar on the big office window at Speedway Cycles. I created that one several years ago and Greg Matyas printed it on the privacy screen.

This painting depicts three things I love: fat-biking, beer, and Talkeetna! Cheers to good times with good friends!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #130. Trio – Fatbike World Championships. 12″x24″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 282

The featured beer painting of the day is of Denali Brewing Company’s Single Engine Red, which is an Irish-style red ale. Even the brewers in Talkeetna know that if you don’t get a chance to fly around Denali while you are here in Alaska, you are going to have to make another trip back. My wife, Maria, made four trips this summer, landing three times on the Ruth Glacier. She claims it is the highlight of the trips she guides during the summer here. I have not gotten to land on a glacier on Denali yet, although this summer I flew to St. Elias in a smaller private plane that was probably way more exciting. My friend, who pilots a juiced up Piper Cub, let me open the window to get better pictures, but said we don’t have the power to execute backcountry landings, more importantly the takeoffs. Flying around the big one would be a dream job for him. An old hand with the mountain, he says he is tired of walking up the mountain as a guide. I can understand why, as the success rate for making the summit is 50%. Flying seems like a way better option for me. I don’t like being stuck overnight, huddled in a tent on the side of glaciers. Warm, snug woodstoves and a big thermal mass of logs appeal to me. On our trip to St. Elias we only flew halfway around the pyramid pinnacle, as we didn’t want to enter Canadian airspace. So for the next trip you book to Alaska, really consider a flight seeing trip around the Great One in one of the little red planes pictured in this painting! When you make it back to Talkeetna, the Single Engine Red will taste incredible.

Cheers to the Single Engine Red, and to Alaskan pilots!

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

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Beer Painting of single engine red by denali brewing year of beer paintings by scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.09. Single Engine Red by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 154

The daily beer painting is of Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 Flanders Style Red Ale by Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna, Alaska.  What a beer!  Brewed with raspberries and fermented in oak barrels, this brew is awesome!  I am always hesitant to buy expensive beers.  Normally, I have never had them before, either because they are a limited edition, or are very hard to get.  I think this one may be both, and I was just lucky enough to score one.  It was a risk that paid off!  This beer was hand bottled and came with a champagne cork.  I know it was corked one bottle at a time, as Denali Brewing doesn’t own a professional corker.  The brewers had their hands on every bottle.

The Alaskan wilderness is expansive and access is the most difficult part of getting out to a remote destination.  The Alaska Railroad has offered a flag stop service for a long time, and still does to this day, helping people get out and experience Alaska.  My sculpture professor from UAA has a cabin in a community just north of Talkeetna, and he accesses it from a flag stop service.  Just another cool thing about Alaska.

I would consider this beer a framboise since it is a sour beer with raspberries and reminded me of Lindemans, but fresher and with oak flavor.  Raspberries blend perfectly with a sour beer, as you would expect tartness from berries.  The Brettanomyces Acetobacter and Lactobacillus come out from the oak aging, as well as the wood flavor itself.  When I popped the cork, it shot to the roof and a small amount of wispy smoke emanated from the bottle.  It smelled like a horse blanket wrapped around a bushel of berries, and I knew I was in for a treat!

If you are lucky enough to find one of these bottles, I know they are really small batches, get it and drink it!  I have had many delicious beers and this was definitely a winner!

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

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Beer Painting of Flag Stop Series by Denali Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 06.03. Flag Stop Series Milepost 2 by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 131

Happy Mothers Day!  The daily beer painting is of Mother Ale from Denali Brewing Company in beautiful Talkeetna, Alaska.  This is a light golden ale that is brewed with American pilsner and wheat malts and finished with European noble hops.  It’s an easy drinking beer for just about anybody.  I would serve one to my mother, if she were thirsty for a nice cold one! This beer is noticeable at a pub because the faucet handle is shaped like a backwoods Alaskan woman.  I am willing to bet that handle has brought in a lot of new converts to this beer.  This beer’s tagline is “Mother knows best.”  Why argue with that?  After a day of exploring the rugged state of Alaska, fishing, hiking or however you choose to explore Mother Earth, this nice thirst quencher will cure whatever “ales” you at the end of the day! Cheers once again to Denali Brewing Co. for putting together another awesome product!  Your beers are beautifully named, expertly marketed and crafted using the highest standards!  I’ll be by soon to check out the new taproom.

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

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Beer painting of mother ale by denali brewing company in talkeetna alaska year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.11. Mother Ale by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

A Day with “The High One”

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denali mt mckinley alaska painting


denali mt mckinley alaska painting

It was a fun little excursion to Talkeetna yesterday, finally making it out of Anchorage around noon.  Stopping to pick up our friend Dani, and for some espresso, we made it to Talkeetna around 3:00 in the afternoon.  We, of course, made it to the Denali Brewery and were surprised to find very good craft brew!  We took our booty down to the River and sat around a makeshift fire for several hours taking in the view.  Here is what came of the painting effort.  Too bad I started to run out of white on the third one who would think there would be so much white in  Alaskan winter!  At least I am finally outside again and painting!

Year-old Painting Dug out of the Studio for Today’s Entry: July 14, 2009

Well I was busy yesterday hosting a dinner party for Maria’s friends from the class of 1999 West Anchorage High School!  It was a delicious success, thank you Christina for cooking!  I made my famous seed loafs and sat back and watched the ladies go crazy in the kitchen.  So I guess what I am saying is I went to the archives for this picture because I was busy last night being fat and happy and I slept in this morning.  After taking care of finances, I am finally ready for painting, however it is overcast and I am still sluggish from the feast so I figured I would post this unseen painting.  Now I can get back to the studio to work on portraits for a while!  I should mention to everybody to go to my show at Arctic Playgroundz!  I forgot to tell people at my house last night, and I think my best work is there right now.  Okay, I will talk about this painting.  Last year Maria, her mother, and I all went out to Vern Halter’s Dream A Dream sled dog tours to see the puppies (quite cute) and then on to Talkeetna for a burger and beer at the West Rib Pub.  After which we had a little beach fire at the Talkeetna river!  Since I have not made it back to Talkeetna this year this is a good memory to remember as it was the most recent trip out there.  Good times can definitely be had in Talkeetna!!!

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