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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #104. December 22, 2016.

Winter Solstice was yesterday, and everybody in the Northern Hemisphere (even my uncle who lives in California) is a little relieved that we will be heading towards more daylight soon.  Although the days are short and the weather is cold, it can be really beautiful outside, if you make sure to get out during the daylight hours.  I find myself hibernating this time of year and I can’t seem to get everything done that I can during the long days of summer.  If you do get out you can be rewarded with amazing light.  The sun doesn’t get very high in the sky, creating dramatic lighting.

My favorite brewery in Anchorage, Midnight Sun Brewing, celebrates the long days of summer and the short days of winter with special beers on tap.  So I thought that an MSBC growler with the sun logo would be fitting for a Solstice painting.  This painting is also perfect for my upcoming art show at the Loft at MSBC in about two weeks.  I invite you to join us for the First Firkin Friday party on January 6th, 2017!  I need to find out what the brewers have planned for the firkin.

This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition art prints are for sale at my Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #104 by Scott Clendaniel.  MSBC Chillin, by Scott Clendaniel. 12"x24", oil on panel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #104 by Scott Clendaniel. MSBC Chillin, by Scott Clendaniel. 12″x24″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 355

Happy Solstice! I am always more excited about winter solstice, because now we’ll start gaining light, which is a big deal in Alaska. I don’t understand why summer solstice is a bigger celebration; to me it’s a sad day when we start losing daylight. At 11 AM here in Anchorage, Alaska, I am just beginning to see full daylight outside. A nice little dusting of snow on the ground graced our beautiful solstice morning. It will start to get dark at 3:45 and will be dark as night by 4:30, so we’ll get a nice solid 5 hours of daylight today. Not bad when you compare that to Barrow, the most northern town in Alaska, where it has been night for well over 30 days now. On the 20th of November the sun set, and will not rise until the 23rd of January! So I’m glad to have five whole hours of sun today!

The featured beer painting is of Anchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour Imperial Stout aged in whisky barrels! I opened this bottle yesterday at an ugly Christmas sweater party, and it was a big hit. Possibly, the best commercial beer available at the party among good homebrewed stouts including the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which was very palatable, and a homebrewed Russian Imperial Stout. The homebrewed RIS was about 15% ABV, while the Darkest Hour is a mere 13%, although the Darkest Hour won the darkest flavor! I am sure this beer will cellar very well, and I am hoping I get a chance to buy a few more bottles before it is all sold out. It pours like black engine oil, with a dark brown foam, and has rich dark grain flavor that will make you involuntarily go, “Mmmmm!” There must be a ton of dark grain in this beer, but the sourness of it is completely destroyed by the mighty Saccharomyces and the aging process in different kinds of whisky barrels.

Cheers to the diabolical dark genius of Gabe Fletcher at Anchorage Brewing! I can’t wait to visit the new brewery!

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 darkest hour imperial stout by anchorage brewing co year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.21. Darkest House Imperial Stout by Anchorage Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.