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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 276

The featured beer painting of the day is of High Five Hefe by Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, Washington.  I have been home-brewing a ginger honey ale since 2005, and it has been “hands down” the most popular beer I have ever made. I even featured it in the Year of Beer as my sister’s wedding ale. So when I saw this beer on the store shelf, I had to buy it so I could compare it to my homebrew. This hefe was really good, but I think it was too heavy on the honey flavor, and I didn’t notice any ginger at all. The ginger is my favorite part in my homebrew, which I call the Drippy Hippy. Here is a recipe for a five-gallon, malt extract batch:

Drippy Hippy, Honey Gingered Ale (invented by Scott Clendaniel and Nick Pugmire)

5 lbs pale malt extract

2 lbs Clover honey

1 oz Centennial hops

1 oz Cascade hops

4 oz fresh peeled Ginger root, cubed into ½ inch pieces

California Ale yeast

Make a starter for the California Ale yeast a few days in advance to make sure you have plenty of cell count for the pitching.

Heat the water to boiling, add the malt extract and honey (if you are bold, you can add the honey during cool down at 160 degrees). Bring back to boil.

Make five piles of hops. The first three of Cascade and the last two of Centennial.

Add one pile every 15 minutes. If using whole cone hops use hop bags, if using pellets toss ‘em in directly. The last hop addition should only hit the boiling water for one or two minutes.

After the hops have all been added, remove from heat.

Add the ginger.

Allow the wort to cool slowly without a wort chiller. Leave all the hops and ginger in the wort until it cools to around 80 or 90 degrees. This should take a few hours. This is important for getting the right ginger extraction.

Transfer to the fermenter. Wait until the wort cools down to 65-70 degrees, depending upon your indoor temperature. Pitch the yeast.

Ferment for a week and rack to secondary.

Ferment two more weeks, take gravity reading, it should be done.

Rack into keg, or bottle with ¾ cups powdered malt extract as the krausening sugar.  I prefer the taste of beer bottled with DME (dry malt extract) over corn sugar. One of the reasons people notice a homebrew taste is because of the corn sugar in the bottles, especially if the bottles are not sterile. I double cleanse each bottle first with One Step using a brush, then with Iodaphor to rinse. Then I rise again with clean water.

Now that was the secret recipe for making the Drippy Hippy, Honey Gingered Ale. The ginger flavor will knock your hat in the creek!

Cheers to High Five Hefe, the beer that got me thinking about my homebrew. High five to honey and ginger beer!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

View the complete Year of Beer Painting gallery.

Beer Painting of high five hefe by iron horse brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 10.03. High Five Hefe by Iron Horse Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 259

The featured beer painting of the day is of 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick’s Brewing Company in Centralia, Washington. Raise your giant green foam finger high in the air to help support the home team. The fan deserves beer, and beer is what you get when you are at the CenturyLink Field stadium cheering on the Seattle Seahawks! Try having the 12th Man Pale Ale as you tailgate before the game, as this beer tastes great with a grilled hot dog. Engineered for success, this beer comes in at 4.5% ABV, which will keep you hydrated, and keep your cheering voice ready for supporting the champion team in the league.

Alaska doesn’t have a football team, and the Seahawks are the closest, so most people at last year’s Super Bowl party were the 12th Man. Feels good to be on the winning side, and I am glad I have been a Seahawks fan for as long as I can remember. My family stems out of Washington, so my loyalties are with the green and blue team!

This beer was delicious, nice and easy drinking, a righteous football beer. The silver can screams football, and I am sure Dick’s Brewing will be selling a lot of the 12th Man this season!

Cheers to the 12th Man! The fan that really can make the team! To Seattle, home of the greatest football team of 2014, and land of great beer too!

The original oil painting sold, but you can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a Custom Beer Painting at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Year of Beer 09.16. 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick's Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 09.16. 12th Man Pale Ale by Dick’s Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 112

The beer painting of the day is of Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout by Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington.  This is a rich, creamy, dark beer that will not only wake up your taste buds but will also get you ready to get your groove on!  This one is an easy drinker at 5.6% — it will please your senses, but will not leave you senseless.  I love dark beers!  Why not put coffee in them!  The more flavor in beer, the better!  One of the few things in life I enjoy as much as beer is a good cup of joe, so I say, dark beer mixed with a dark roast is a good thing.

Elysian Brewing was founded in Seattle in 1995 by Dave Buhler, Joe Bisacca, and Dick Cantwell.  Cantwell had been a homebrewer who gained a reputation at the Duwamps Cafe, the Pike Place Brewery, and Big Time Brewing.  You can tell which breweries were started by home brewers, because the beer they choose to make is so unique, with nontraditional ingredients like Jasmine (Avatar IPA) and coffee.  I am willing to bet Cantwell is a coffee expert, considering the headquarters for Starbucks is right there in Seattle!

Cheers to Elysian, a unique brewery making great craft brew in the rainy city!

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 split shot espresso milk stout by elysian brewing year of beer

Year of Beer 04.22. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout by Elysian Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.