Hoppy National IPA Day! I love how IPAs are changing for the better. They are now less bitter with more aroma of floral, citrus and pine. You can thank breweries like The Alchemist, DogfishHead, Stone Brewing, and one of my new personal favorites Otter Creek for setting this trend. Brewmaster Mike Gerhart has changed Otter Creek for the better by introducing new hop-forward beers. The Backseat Berner IPA, Mike Gerhart’s favorite beer, is the first year-round IPA available from Otter Creek. Mike’s clementine Westfalia VW camper and his faithful companion Oslo, the Bernese Mountian dog are featured on the label. So, I painted a Bernese in the back of a VW camper to illustrate the story. I hope Mike and my viewers find this beer painting to be as interesting as I do. I loved the beer! My good friend Adam Johnson brought a six-pack home from his trip to the East Coast. I really hope I get another chance to drink it! Since it’s not being distributed to Alaska, I will have to see about getting a few more bottles on my next trip back East. I hope you get a chance to get out into the woods and drink a freshly hopped IPA today of all days!
This bus is an exemplary form of the camper bus. My friend Rob has been working on restoring it for the last two years, and he’s putting a sweet new engine in it as we speak. I painted this painting from the front to show off the vanity plates as the boys were tinkering in the garage with the new motor. We had a swell time until we noticed that the new engine didn’t have the right engine mounts. Oops! Oh well, I’m sure Rob will get it up and running soon. Then we’ll all be ridin’ fine in 2009.