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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 85

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Karbach Brewing Co’s Mother-in-Lager, which is a Munich Dunkel lager!  To me it tasted like a Bock, not too hoppy.  Actually, my mother-in-law would love this brew!  She is always after a sweeter, maltier option!  So the story goes that this brew was invented to provide the patience required to deal with a visit from your mother-in-law.  Its dark color is perfect for stealth drinking, coffee cups anybody? I received this can in the mail from Karbach Brewing directly from Houston, Texas!  I was really excited to see a lager in the batch, but I was surprised when I poured a mahogany dark liquid from the can.  Then my second impression was, duh, just because it is lagered doesn’t mean it has to be yellow and fizzy!  I was also stoked on the name.  Great marketing Karbach!  Who wouldn’t have this around just to tell friends, uh oh, I got a case of the Mother-in-Lager, she’s on her way!  Basically, this beer rocks.  What else can grease the ease of impending judgement than a fresh dark lager? To Houston’s beer scene!  I wish distribution to Alaska was possible, because I would keep a case of the Mother-in-Lager on hand!  It’s a seasonal, so stock up now!

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Year of Beer 03.26. Mother-in-Lager by Karbach Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 82

Keep Calm and Carry On!  Get spicy, get ready, keep that ostrich head out of the sand,  because the Chivery has hired Resignation and Redhook breweries to brew this uniquely amazing “contract brew.”  To me this brew tasted like a Redhook product,  but I was also reminded of Alaskan Amber, the malt base and yeast must be similar.  Although it is a lager, I didn’t notice any pilsner qualities in this dark beer.  It is more like a German bock.  For a more detailed description, read Dr. Fermento’s review of this brew. As an artist, I like to see the intellectual end of the creative process.  I invent and reinvent breweries in my mind all the time.  Each one getting more elaborate and far-fetched as I go.   The fun for me is in the day dreaming.  I keep telling my wife these crazy ideas, mostly involving the amazing tap room that would also be my painting gallery space.  She balks, overwhelmed because the pathway there is not easy.  When I see groups like the Chivery making a successful product like KCCO Black Lager, I feel encouraged. To starting out, using your resources and being smart about what you do!  If you Keep Calm and Carry On, everything will work out!  CHEERS KCCO!

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Beer Painting of KCCO Black Lager. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Year of Beer 03.23. KCCO Black Lager. Keep Calm and Carry On. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 78

The Pontificator Smoked Doppelbock by Karbach Brewing Company is the first beer from Texas in the Year of Beer Paintings series!  I brought this beer to the Great Northern Brewers Club meeting last night, and it met a lot of positive responses.  Only one person at the club meeting had tasted it before, but no one else knew about Karbach, possibly because the brewery does not distribute to Alaska.  I received this bottle in one of my first ale mail packages directly from Karbach Brewing Company.  The box also contained a couple IPAs, a lager and a saison.  I had to sample the smoked Dopplebock first, as I thought a brewery from Houston, Texas probably knows what it’s doing with a smoked beer considering the rich barbecuing culture in Texas.

I was not overwhelmed by the smoke flavor in this beer.  The smoke was introduced as a cherry wood smoked malt.  Using real smoked malt instead of some crazy smoke chemical from a bottle is admirable.  I’m glad to know now that Texas has a quality craft beer scene.  I actually didn’t know that, probably because I’ve never been to Texas, but that will have to change soon.

To Houston!  Looking forward to my next sampling from Karbach.  Stay tuned for new exciting offerings like Rodeo Clown Double IPA!

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Beer Painting. Year of Beer 03.19. Pontificator Smoked Doppelbock by Karbach Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.19. Pontificator Smoked Doppelbock by Karbach Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 65

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Spoetzl Brewing Company’s Shiner Bock.  I have always liked the dark lager style known as bock.  Bock is a rich malty sweet beer that Germans traditionally brew in the winter, often reaching near 7% abv.  Spoetzl Brewery has been producing an all-malt Bock true to Czech-German style since 1913, almost as long as the brewery has been in existence, even if it does come in a little weaker at 4.4% abv.  Looks like we just missed the centennial of this amazing Texan brew.  Kosmos Spoetzl, a German-Czech American immigrant started the brewery after studying brewing for three years in Germany and then running the Pyramid Brewery in Cairo, Egypt.  He matriculated to Texas looking for a better place for his health.  The community of Shiner, Texas consists largely of German-Czech American immigrants and his brewery was a much needed oasis of Eastern German culture.  During Prohibition Spoetzl kept the brewery open by selling ice and non-alcohol beer.  Times were tough and didn’t get any easier when Anheuser Busch moved to Texas right after Prohibition. But Shiner Bock’s fans stayed loyal to the classic taste, and now it is not only the oldest brewery in Texas but is also the largest producer of craft brews as well.  It is the tenth largest craft brewery in America.

To Texas!  The second largest state (hehe)!  A state full of western history, yet open minded enough to love an Eastern German style beer!

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Year of Beer 03.06. Shiner Bock by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.06. Shiner Bock by Spoetzl Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.