Happy St. Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a bottle of Love Buzz from Anchorage Brewing Co. in your fridge saved for tonight! This spicy saison is worth every penny you shell out to bring the right brew home to your sweetheart (it’s probably cheaper and healthier than that heart-shaped box full of embalmed chocolate). The packaging is beautiful and your celebration will start the instant you hear the sweet pop of the cork! Pepper spice and fruity Brettanomyces will strike your palette, and it finishes with the essence of roses. I like the screen-printing of the rose on the bottle. Totally a Valentine’s beer if I ever smelled one!
May your sweetheart share your love for fine ales and beer, may your glass be full and your mind enhanced, may your decisions be prudent and your actions modest, may your love be long, and your life full and fruitful! Catch a Love Buzz!
The original painting sold. You can buy a limited-edition print at myEtsy Shop.
Year of Beer 02.14. Love Buzz by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.
Can you feel “The Love” tonight? This beer from Starr Hill Brewing Company in Virginia fits the mood of Valentine’s Day so well that I had to include it in this series. This hefeweizen is a German style, cloudy beer, with notes of banana, cloves, and citrus. True to its style, but hey, why over-analyze a beer that captures Valentine’s Day! I would have painted Modern Romance by Midnight Sun Brewing Co., but it won’t be bottled for a few more weeks. I was in that brewery yesterday seeing the chocolatification process. The centrifuge was in overdrive pushing the chocolate sludge back out of the beer. The brewers were excited and confounded by the gallons of chocolate sludge that was left over at the end of the process. I was going to take some home to make a batch of Valentine’s brownies, but I forgot, because I was carrying too much beer.
To America and our craft beer Renaissance! You won’t be finding a German hefe called the Love in Germany, only Weizen and old family names. I love our marketing and unique avant-garde brewing practices, and not being constricted by centuries of long-practiced traditions, but paving the way to unique new flavorful brews!
The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at myEtsy Shop.
Year of Beer 02.13. The Love by Starr Hill Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.