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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 335

Here we go, the last month of the Year of Beer Paintings! Only 30 more paintings to go. Thank you to all of you who have been following along. Don’t worry, next year I will post a new beer painting each week on Thirsty Thursday.

The featured beer painting for today is of Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, New Hampshire. A couple weeks ago, we were driving from Vermont to Maine, and drove through Hooksett, NH on the way. One of my customers reminded me that White Birch Brewing is in New Hampshire, and since I painted Hooksett Ale on day 221, I had to stop at the brewery to taste the beer fresh at the source. I was very pleased with the quality of beer at White Birch Brewing, and bought this bottle of Blueberry Berliner Weisse because it sounded good, and was not available on draft at the tasting room. My wife and I had decided to stop buying bottles to take home, because we were worried about getting them all to Alaska safely, but we broke that promise when we bought this bottle. This beer is a German style sour wheat ale fermented with blueberries. I should have waited a year to open this one to let the sour flavors build, but I couldn’t wait, and I wasn’t let down. This beer was perfectly delicious, and worthy of the space in our luggage. It was aged with real blueberries, and the berry flavor was very evident. The beer is sour at first followed by distinct blueberry flavor. Only a small batch was brewed and hand bottled of this delicious brew, so if you see it, grab a few bottles.

Cheers to the Berliner Weisse, or as Napoleon’s troops called it, “Champagne of the North”! This is a spectacular sour ale with fruit to boot! I highly recommend this small brewery in New Hampshire!

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

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Beer Painting of Blueberry Berliner Weisse by white birch brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.01. Blueberry Berliner Weisse by White Birch Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 221

The featured beer painting of the day is of Hooksett Ale by White Birch Brewing. This is a Belgian style IPA from New Hampshire. When I cracked this one open I was sitting outside, surrounded by birch trees, at the Alaska Sailing Club at Big Lake after sailing in the late afternoon. This was not my first time sailing, but it was the first time I have held the tiller, controlling the rudder. When I was in Thailand in 2010 I saw all the catamaran sailboats anchored beyond the swimming area, and swam out to them. I was blown away at how large they were. I had a small dream for a second of owning a sailboat, so I went to the library and borrowed a set of books on sailing. I read them cover-to-cover, but four years later, I couldn’t remember anything. Nothing like hands on experience.

Sailing was fun, and when I was done I sat on the shore looking out at the lake with the birches rustling in the breeze. We opened this fancy bottle of IPA, and savored the sweet beer, which was heavier on the malt than the hops. I wonder if there’s Birch syrup in this beer as an adjunct sugar. The label didn’t mention it, but I kept getting the flavor of birch syrup. Must have been the waves from sailing adversely affecting my palate. This is the first beer I’ve painted from New Hampshire, so that leaves about 30 more states to cover.

Cheers to the beautiful Birch trees, and to White Birch Brewery!

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

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Beer Painting of Hooksett Ale by White Birch Brewing Year of Beer Paintings by Scott Clendaniel

Year of Beer 08.09. Hooksett Ale by White Birch Brewing. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.