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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing.

Happy National Drink Beer Day, or as I call it, business as usual!  Today is also Thirsty Thursday, which means I’m releasing a new beer oil painting.
When I think of Iowa, I think of Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.  I have only had a few offerings from TGB, but I think it’s one of the best, and I would like to go to Decorah, Iowa to sample the beers fresh at the brewery.  My first TGB beer was Zeelander IPA, loaded with fresh Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand.  I painted that one during the Year of Beer Paintings.  Check it out here.  I was lucky enough to get to try a couple 2 oz pours of the 2016 Assassin Killer Barrel Aged Imperial Stout at the Culmination Beer Fest here at Anchorage Brewing Co. Because this barrel aged imperial stout is 12% ABV, it is definitely a killer!  I liked the purple wax used on the 2016 vintage, and I can’t recommend this beer enough.  I’m stoked I got to try this whale of a beer.  I remember it coating my glass with an oily residue, it was so thick that it required several rinses to be ready for more regular beers.  Not that any beer is regular at Culmination, but this one really stood out in my mind.
Cheers to drinking the best beer!  Assassin is one of the great beers of America!  Keep your glasses filled, and pour me some too!  Thanks Toppling Goliath for making superb brews!

This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Barrel Aged Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8"x10", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #107. Assassin Killer Imperial Barrel Aged Stout by Toppling Goliath Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 290

The featured beer painting of the day is of Zee Lander IPA by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah, Iowa! The brewery is nestled away in a small Norwegian-American town of 8,000 people, surrounded by farm fields. The best part about the town is the small brewery, which is rapidly expanding, and makes a noteworthy IPA single-hopped with New Zealand hops. The New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hop pack a punch, but is not overwhelming. Flavors of citrus are confronted by hints of earth tones and flowers making this bright-tasting IPA completely note-worthy. Somehow this beer manages to be a big and bold IPA with an alcohol content of only 5.5%. With a 96 rating on Beer Advocate, this beer is considered world class.

My new friend Keith, who is an avid beer-trader, brought this one over from a recent beer trade, and I am very appreciative that he chose to share this nectar with me. Many people have been instrumental to my goal of drinking and painting at least one beer from every state for the Year of Beer Paintings project. I am still looking for, but have leads on, Arizona, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, New Jersey, and DC. I still do not have leads on West Virginia and Maryland. If I receive these few remaining beers I will have met my goal, which in turn increases the Year of Beer’s chance to showcase beers to a larger audience, hopefully spreading my love of beer to all corners of the nation.

The best part about this project has been learning about these tiny beer hotspots. Living here in Alaska, I am a little sheltered when it comes to beers available in different sections of the USA. I have had just about every brew that is noteworthy that is distributed here. I am especially tuned into the Alaskan craft beer scene, but the beers that don’t come way up North are a different story. For example, I never knew about Tröegs in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but was sent a couple Mad Elf beers for a commission, and I was immediately hooked on seeking out new and tasty brews from across this vast country. America has strange and complicated beer laws, so I trade in order to find the most interesting new beer flavors. It has become a hobby and a quest all in one. The renaissance of craft brewing needs to be celebrated. That is the end aim of this project, to seek out new bold craft brews, capture them in oil paint and share the story they inspire.

Cheers to Toppling Goliath! One stone throw and the little guy comes out on top. Great job with your Single Hop Series! I wish I could try every one of them, especially the one with Citra Hops.

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of Zee Lander IPA by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.17. Zee Lander IPA by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.