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Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #36, September 3, 2015

I recently traveled to the Midwest, and was lucky enough to make a visit to the Union at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I had a beer for lunch and a taste of the local ice cream. Whodathunkit, but ice cream and beer for lunch is a good idea! I also had a Union burger, which was okay, until I loaded it up with the huge amount of condiments and toppings available. It was very hot for this Alaskan’s blood, so the cold one and the extra cold one (ice cream) were a big hit. Windy on the lake, but my beer was guarded with my life. The iconic colorful metal chairs livened up the atmosphere.

My beer of choice was Hopaliscious, which is an American Pale Ale with a serious hop bite. A great beer, from a great place, in the middle of our great country. I knew that Wisconsin has great cheese, but since I live in Alaska, and getting beer from Wisconsin that isn’t brewed in a macro facility in Milwaukie is a bit tough, I was pleasantly surprised to discover delicious craft beer there. Luckily, I have a friend who was getting married there, and I decided it was time to make a trip to the lovely Midwestern State. The first beer I drank in Wisconsin was Hopaliscious from Ale Asylum, and I was immediately impressed. So much, I knew I was going to make a beer painting of it. Drinking this beer on the shore of a lake is a perfect match, just like the couple I watched getting married! Great job, Ale Asylum!

The original painting, and limited-edition prints are for sale at my Etsy shop.
hopalicious by ale asylum wisconsin beer art at the union at university of wisconsin madison

Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #36 by Scott Clendaniel. September 3, 2015. Hopalicious by Ale Asylum. 8″x10″, oil on panel.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 219

Today’s beer painting is of a beer that is available only in Wisconsin, Spotted Cow Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin.  More of a cream ale than a saison, this beer is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day, or basically any time, anywhere.  Not too strong, this is a session brew for sure.  New Glarus is keeping it close to home and this beer doesn’t leave the state, unless you pack it out in your luggage.  My friends Adam and Kara brought me this beer from Kara’s home state of Wisconsin.  She suggested that I paint this beer as soon as she found out about the Year of Beer project.

Since Kara is a Wisconsin local, I let her have a lot of creative control over this painting.  We covered that Wisconsin has rolling hills, lush farmland, and livestock.  I was told it had to have a red barn in it, which is also fitting as this beer is described as a farmhouse ale.  Kara showed me a picture of her mini-horses and mentioned how they like to steal beer at the family BBQs. We thought about it, and decided to paint a cow stealing a beer!  Under further scrutiny, we concluded that a Holstein cow was the obvious choice.  What a great way to depict the Spotted Cow Ale.  This cow is going to sour her milk with all the beer she is consuming.  Maybe it will come out as cheese!  

Cheers to the Spotted Cow!  To the Wisconsin farmers, fields, and Holsteins!

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

View the complete Year of Beer Paintings gallery.

Beer Painting of Spotted Cow by New Glarus Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 08.07. Spotted Cow Ale by New Glarus Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.