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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 151

Last day of May, and I have to head back to Anchorage tomorrow.  I am hoping my beer fridge is still running smoothly.  I can’t believe the last two weeks have gone by so fast.

The daily beer painting is of a collaborative project by Cigar City Brewing Company from Florida, and Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company, called the Lips of Faith Series.  This brew is made with Anaheim and Marash chilies.  Okay, so I admit I didn’t know this was a chili beer when I purchased the bottle.  I have to remember to always read the fine print, because, although I claim to love all beer, chili beer has never been my preferred option.  However, I do love Cigar City’s beer, but it’s another brewery that doesn’t distribute to Alaska.  I also really enjoy New Belgium beer, and because it does distribute here I was able to pick up this beer at La Bodega in Anchorage a few weeks back.

When reading the label, I learned that this beer was aged on cedar, similar to the Humidor IPA by Cigar City – a truly amazing beer.  Either the chilies overwhelmed the cedar, or the flavor mix wasn’t quite right, because I tasted chilies mixed with an earthy flavor in this one.  I guess I should read Beer Advocate’s reviews before I purchase beers, as this one only received a BA score of 79.  Basically, anything under an 80 isn’t going to be a great example of that particular style (thanks, Rich, for that tip).  Cigar City, please start distributing to Alaska.  We love your beer here!  I sampled a couple great examples at the first Culmination Beer Festival.

Big risks on a project like chilies in a pale ale may not be as well received as chocolate nibs in stout.  I guess chilies in beer are not for everyone.  Have to go for beer in chili I think.

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Beer Painting of Lips of Faith Series Ale by Cigar City and New Belgium Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.31. Lips of Faith Series Ale by Cigar City Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 138

Driving to my remote property in McCarthy today, right after I paint tomorrow’s beer painting.  Still gotta pack for a two-week trip, and shut down the condo, before the eight-hour drive.  Good thing the sun doesn’t set until… well, I’m note sure, I haven’t seen darkness in about a week.  I have to paint more in McCarthy than I did in Hawaii, so expect to see some paintings with backgrounds of logs and trees.  I am loaded up on tasty beers and am excited to put my outdoor studio back together.  I painted a whole art show out there in 2011.

The daily beer painting is of 1554 from New Belgium Brewing Co.  This beer is awesome!  I remember my first tasting of it, before New Belgium distributed to Alaska.  I was on a family ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho and a cousin from Colorado brought a six-pack of this fine black lager back to our ski condo.  I was intrigued by the date and style, but not as impressed as I was with the flavor!  This beer is dark, but also smooth.  More bitter than a bock, but not too hoppy as it has a roasted barley chocolate taste.  The lagering process mellows out all the flavors.  Overall, a great one for ski après!  I am a huge fan of New Belgium Brewing and hope that it doesn’t meddle with this amazing beer, because it is as close to perfect as possible at this point, not too weak, yet won’t put hair on your chest.

I’m about to start painting more Colorado beers.  I recently connected with a gentleman from Colorado who is willing to mail me some tasty brews from the Centennial State in return for Alaska beer.  I also received some excellent input on reddit.com.

Three cheers for Colorado!  Hooray for Ranger!  Hooray for Fat Tire!  Hooooray for 1554, the be-ee-er of the day!

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Beer painting of 1554 black lager by New Belgium Brewing co year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.18. 1554 Black Lager by New Belgium Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 132

The daily beer painting is of Oberon Ale by Bell’s Brewery!  I wish I had the 5-liter mini keg of this beer sitting in front of me right now.  This highly hopped summer wheat ale is what Bell’s Brewery is all about!  Its proprietary yeast mixed with wheat malts and complex spicy hops makes this a fruity beer, with a smooth mouth feel. I had always believed Oberon to be an IPA, but I guess summer ale is a more appropriate name for this hop forward wheat ale.

It’s hard to get Michigan brews here in Alaska, even though there are many Michiganians living in Anchorage.  I’m always impressed when I get a sampling of Bell’s beer here, so if any of you are holding out on a special beer from far away that you think is equally great and should be included in the Year of Beer series, mail it to me and I will paint it and send you the number one print at no charge.

I painted this one in its home in the Mackinaw Forest sitting tall within the dense trees.  I think the orange label and the fruitiness of this beer pairs nicely with the green crispness of the forest.

To Oberon Ale!  A great beer only available half the year and to half the country… darn!  Here’s a request from Alaska, I am hoping Bell’s will distribute up here sometime soon!

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

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Beer painting of oberon ale by bell's brewery in kalamazoo michigan year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.12. Oberon Ale by Bell’s Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 131

Happy Mothers Day!  The daily beer painting is of Mother Ale from Denali Brewing Company in beautiful Talkeetna, Alaska.  This is a light golden ale that is brewed with American pilsner and wheat malts and finished with European noble hops.  It’s an easy drinking beer for just about anybody.  I would serve one to my mother, if she were thirsty for a nice cold one! This beer is noticeable at a pub because the faucet handle is shaped like a backwoods Alaskan woman.  I am willing to bet that handle has brought in a lot of new converts to this beer.  This beer’s tagline is “Mother knows best.”  Why argue with that?  After a day of exploring the rugged state of Alaska, fishing, hiking or however you choose to explore Mother Earth, this nice thirst quencher will cure whatever “ales” you at the end of the day! Cheers once again to Denali Brewing Co. for putting together another awesome product!  Your beers are beautifully named, expertly marketed and crafted using the highest standards!  I’ll be by soon to check out the new taproom.

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Beer painting of mother ale by denali brewing company in talkeetna alaska year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.11. Mother Ale by Denali Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 130

The daily beer painting is of China Poot Porter from Homer Brewing Company.  I remember the first time I sampled this particular brew at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse here in Anchorage, Alaska.  I ordered a Black Butte Porter and Maria, my wife, wanted to order something from Alaska so she ordered a China Poot from Homer (you cannot do this anymore as Homer Brewing is keeping all its beer local to Homer).  So Maria grabbed my beer first and the bartender says, “Oops, I switched your beers,” but not until I had tasted her beer.  It was like liquid chocolate – so full of flavor!  I was overwhelmed with dark beer goodness!  Then I tasted my rightly ordered beer, my favorite at the time.  Well, let me say that 200 miles away versus 3,000 makes a difference, among other things.  So, I drove to Homer and bought a keg of porter to have for a Halloween party, which was a righteous success because I had the freshest, best porter in Alaska for that moment.

Okay, so China Poot is a mountain that one can see from Homer across Kachemak Bay, and if you live in Homer, you may be surprised that I chose to paint the Salty Dawg Saloon instead of the peak.  But, everyone knows that the Salty Dawg is a great place for a beer before, or after, hitting Kachemak Bay – one of the easiest ports to access in Southcentral Alaska.  You will find the atmosphere of the old dark lighthouse to be as Alaskan as it gets.  Sign a dollar bill and put it on the wall, because this place is fun!

One more thing: Homer Brewing reuses SoBe bottles to bottle its beer and sells the bottles at various places for consumption on location only.  I have been advocating for the more ecological method of refilling bottles instead of making new ones for a decade now, and hope more breweries take a lesson from Homer Brewing, as this is the best way to save money and our environment!

To Homer Brewing, the most local, “greenest”, coastal Alaska brewery!  Way to be Homer Brewing Co!

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

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Beer Painting of China Poot Porter from Homer Brewing Co Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.10. China Poot Porter by Homer Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 128

How did I get my hands on Alaska’s Most Wanted 2013 Brewtality Espresso Black Lager?  It was a lucky grab at La Bodega.  This beer was originally Jeremiah Boone’s brainchild when he was brewing at Midnight Sun Brewing Co.  Now he works with Gabe Fletcher over at Anchorage Brewing Company, making tasty treats like A Deal with the Devil, and the Beer Geek Breakfast by Mikkeller (contract brewed at Anchorage Brewing).  Brewtality is a big, bold beer.  Bottled in a 22 oz, the brew is jet-black and screaming with flavor, coming in at 9.4% ABV.  This beer was originally in the Crew Brew Series of 2009.  I think this version of Brewtality is pretty darn tootin’ good, even though Jeremiah didn’t have any part in this particular batch.  What do you think Mr. Boone?  Is it up to par?

MSBC is my favorite brewery because it has both great beer and a great pub called the Loft, where I have my two biggest art shows of the year, and one is coming up next month!  I will be showing the first 150 Year of Beer paintings, minus the ones that have found homes already.  Several of them are of MSBC brews, not only because MSBC RoCKs, but also because it is hosting the show.  I was talking with Davy, the sous brewer, who handles all the firkins (pins, actually, but let’s not split hairs), and we were scheming a way to have two of the little casks available on First Firkin Friday in June, due to the high volume of patrons that month.  Davy is celebrating becoming a father with a special beer he brewed for his first-born daughter, Ivy June.  I wanted an Alaska-themed firkin, so I suggested Monks Mistress conditioned with blueberries.  I also thought it would be really fun to tap both at the same time!

Cheers to Jeremiah’s amazing creation, Brewtality.  This beer will grow hair, not only on your chest, but on your face as well.  If you sip on this beer regularly, you will become an Alaskan!

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Beer painting of brewtality espresso black lager by midnight sun brewing year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.08. Brewtality Espresso Black Lager by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 127

The daily beer painting is of none other than my world famous homebrew known as Clendan Ale.  I know that I said I was going to brew smaller batches, around the one-gallon size, but this Year of Beer project has actually required more commercial beer than normal.  I am proud to show off my Clendan Ale, as it is the perfect example of a session ale!  Right in there at 4.2%, this is a perfect all day sipper.  I still won’t operate heavy equipment after drinking it, or any other beer for that matter.

This beer is 100% Centennial hops with a small hop bursting sequence for the last 15 minutes of the boil.  It tastes like a fruity, hoppy pale ale.  I like Centennial hops, half the formula for a Pacific Northwest pale ale, the other half being Cascade.  I’m almost done brewing for the season, as all my fermenters are full, and the temperatures are getting too high for fermentation (yes, even in Alaska)!  This weekend I’ll brew a couple of batches of beer for my sister’s wedding in July, and that will be it for the year.

Cabin building season is here!  What could be better than homebrew after a full day of building a log home?  Well, the Benner Clendaniel Homestead is getting more homelike every season, hoping to enclose the house next summer 2015!

Here’s a shout-out to Coach Mac at Begich Middle School, who inspired me to paint this homebrew beer painting!  Hope your track and field team did really well yesterday!

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beer painting of homebrew pale ale in a kerr mason pint jar year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.07. Clendan Ale Homebrewed Pale Ale in a Kerr Mason Pint Jar. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 125

The daily beer painting is of Cerveza Pacifico Clara, better known as just Pacifico, in honor of Cinco de Mayo.  This beer is widely popular with American tourists, surfers and just about anybody who has time to drink a beer on, or near Mexican and California Pacific Coast beaches.  Brewed in Mazatlan, this Mexican pilsner style beer is called Clara for its light coloration as opposed to negra or obscura, which refers to dark beer.  Save your bottles if you are in Mexico as there is not only a return on the bottles but they will also be sent back to the brewery for refilling.  Reusing bottles is a smarter alternative to recycling, and I wish the USA would do the same thing.  We used to, until the mid 1980’s.  Canada is saving billions by refilling!  Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, it’s also Earth Week!

This beer is best with a lime, enjoyed on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and a cool breeze on your face.  After three of these in the hot Mexican sun you will be ready for a Spanish lesson at night.  Just keep the tequila pouring after dark with a Pacifico for hydration, and you may even think you are fluent in Spanish.

So why do Americans celebrate Cinco De Mayo?  Contrary to popular belief, this is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which happens to be in September.  This holiday isn’t even celebrated in all of Mexico, mostly just in a part of the country called the State of Puebla.  The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla, and celebrates the unlikely, decisive victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862, which was basically a big bloody gunfight.  Go ahead America, celebrate an obscure Mexican holiday.  It’s a great time to grab a Pacifico, slam a lime into the neck of the bottle, hit a tequila-saturated margarita in a salt-encrusted glass and vibe to a Mariachi band, because Cinco De Mayo is here and that’s how the fraternity boys want you to play it.

Salud, Pacifico!  May your beer forever cool the tongues, and warm the hearts of as many people partying on the beaches of the Pacific Coast as possible.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer painting of pacifico clara cindo de mayo year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.05. Pacifico Clara. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 124

Go To IPA from Stone Brewing Company is the daily beer painting!  Where ya goin’ Stone?  Go To IPA is a sessionable brew that won’t make you so drunk that you can’t lift your right arm, phew!  I wouldn’t be able to paint if that was the case, and after a case of other IPAs I am only ready for bed.  Not that I could drink a case of Go To and still function, but I would be better off than if I were to try to drink a whole boat load of Ruination!  Actually, this beer is kinda thin, but when you look at the percentage, only a few pilsners come in this light.  I think Bud Light and Coors Light are right there, at the 4.5% mark.  The difference is this beer has some flavor, actually, those other beers do as well, but you have to drink them cold to avoid their flavor.  Go To IPA, bursting full of hops, and nothing but malted barley for the grains, will taste good even if you let it sit out and paint it all day, like I did.

I brew lighter beer because I want to hydrate as I drink and not worry about drinking too much.  So, I am totally in line with session beer.  Way to be Stone!  You are on the cutting edge of the beer community, and I know whatever you are doing, the rest of the beer world will soon follow.

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Beer Painting of Go To IPA by Stone Brewing Company Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.04. Go To IPA by Stone Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 122

The daily beer painting is of Deschutes Brewing Company’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  This beer has been a favorite of mine as long as Deschutes has been brewing it.  It was originally named Imperial IPA when it first came out in January 2007, then the name was changed in 2009 to Experimental IPA when the brewers started using different hops.  Heavy on the Centennial and Cascade hops, this beer comes in with serious bitterness at 99 IBUs.  Also, hold onto your hats!  An 8.8% alcohol content means don’t use your chainsaw or any other power tools after imbibing this particular brew.  And 504 calories per 22 oz serving means you better hit the gym, or at least a pre-beer run.  I have to run for 5 miles to burn off that many beer calories!

Cheers to Deschutes, one of my favorite breweries!  Bend, Oregon how many breweries do you need?!  Last time I checked you had one brewery per 10,000 people and new breweries were springing up left and right!  Way to go! Leading the pack of some of the best beer in the world!

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Beer Painting of Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.02. Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.