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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 323

The featured beer painting of the day is of a collaborative brew called Double Dose IPA made by Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, Vermont. This beer was so good, with a floral aroma, flavors of sweet citrus and grapefruit, and notes of pine. I hope these two breweries join forces to make it again and again and again! These guys know how to distribute. I was able to buy this bottle right from the bottle shop without standing in line, which is saying a lot in Vermont if you want an excellent beer, and it was so fresh!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a hilltop operation that keeps the brewery private, similar to the Alchemist, and I am okay with that. Who says anybody should be able to walk right up to a brewery and buy growlers? Breweries that want to concentrate on brewing should leave the tasting room out of the equation. Leave it to the pub down the street to satisfy thirsty beer drinkers. When I was touring in Germany I would seek out breweries in hopes of drinking the beer right at the source, but almost always, I was directed by a security guard at the big gate to a pub in the town’s main square.

Otter Creek seems to be the coolest brewery in Vermont. The VW bus, and the tie-dyed bandana that Mike Gerhart is wearing on the label remind me of my younger days. Like Mike, I also started home brewing in high school, but my parents didn’t know, because my friend and I brewed at his house. When we got caught by his parents, hilarity ensued. Our beer was horrible, hence why I am still a home brewer and not a pro.

Cheers to Double Dose IPA! When I think of a perfect brew, I think of a DIPA like the Double Dose! Way to make a beer that is so perfect from the bottle’s label to the last drop!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Double Dose IPA by Lawson's Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 11.19. Double Dose IPA by Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 297

The featured beer painting of the day is of Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Not Quite Pale Ale #9 from South Burlington, Vermont. What is the significance of the number nine? It is shrouded in mystery. The beer’s flavor is unusually interesting; a beer that will leave you asking more questions than it answers. When I first tasted this beer I exclaimed, “It tastes similar to Pyramid Apricot Ale!” I later found out, after much sleuthing, that this brewery is owned by the same investment group that purchased Pyramid Breweries, so there may be a connection between the flavor profile of the two beers. Yet another question to be answered. Here’s one more question, how do they put the flavor of apricot in their beer without calling it an apricot ale? So, you brewers up in Vermont, you secretive group, are you trying to fool fraternity boys into drinking Pyramid Apricot Ale? Is it a love potion? It sure seems like it might be some kind of special beer. I give it my approval, and would happily consume this beer in place of a traditional pale ale. Not quite so pale… but tastes like apricot. Oh, the Year of Beer, so many different beers, so many different flavors, it all starts to swirl together similar to the label on this beer. What a beer…

To the Not Quite Pale Ale from Vermont, a beer worth sampling just to ponder the questions that ensue.

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

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Beer Painting of Not Quite Pale Ale #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 10.24. Not Quite Pale Ale #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.