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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with Coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co.

There is a darkest time of year, and for that time we need beer.  Not a golden, effervescent, belly-filling swill of a brew, but a dark, dank, barrel-aged libation.  As black as midnight on the longest night, and robust enough to warm even the weakest of souls.  Add coffee to combat the instinctual hibernation that is inevitable at this time of year.  You may find this in Java Cask Coffee Bourbon Stout, or Speedway Stout.  If you are an Alaskan you should drink Anchorage Brewing Company’s Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee.  Happy Winter Solstice, the light begins to come back tomorrow!
Cheers to return of the light!  Celebrate Solstice!

The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co. 8"x10", oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #118. Darkest Hour Imperial Stout with coffee by Anchorage Brewing Co. 8″x10″, oil on panel. By Scott Clendaniel.


Year of Beer Paintings – Day 202

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!

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

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Beer Painting of Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.21. Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.