The featured beer painting of the day is of 2012 Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company. I painted this beer for an Alaskan musher who lives near Denali National Park, Mark Moderow. He asked me to put his favorite beer in front of his cabin way up north. It is pictured here in front of his cabin/lodge on the edge of the hot tub, not a bad way to end a day. This is representational of what it would look like in the winter solstice. I miss winter. Summer is awesome, but so harried and crazy. The midnight sun is a powerful thing and makes everyone a little nuts up here. Winter is one of my favorite times in Alaska, because people lower their expectations about the intensity of the social/work scene. I eagerly await the beginning of another long and restful winter!
This Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer, flavored with cherries and vanilla beans, making this beer nothing like the traditional style of Baltic Porter, which was brewed for export out of England in the 1700’s. It was brewed stronger than a regular porter, Alaskan Brewing got that right, but it was often wrought with imperfections, masked by the high content of dark roasted grain. Adding stale beer to the robust, dank strong ale was a way to deal with beer that was shipped overseas. This beer was not black like the Baltic Porter is normally, but is a dark brown. This one is rich and enveloping, with a dark tan foam. It smells boozy and fruity, and the French oak barrels soften the harsh characteristics of so much malt.
I love Alaskan Brewing Company’s Pilot Series, and I am glad Mark ordered and sent me this beer! Thanks Mark and Alaskan Brewing! Mush on, and “mash” on, respectively! Cheers!