However, just because I've been ill, beer news hasn't stopped happening. A big announcement from Alaskan Brewing Company: they are following in the footsteps of Sierra Nevada Brewing and moving to get rid of twist-off caps on their 12-oz. bottles. Pry-off caps are much better at protecting beer, and better protected beer means greatly improve quality and consistency. The sacrifice in convenience is minimal, in my opinion, so the trade-off is well worth it. A tip of the cap to the folks at Alaskan for doing the right thing.
Locally, tomorrow night (Friday, 10 Feb) is The Taste of the Kenai Event, and many local food vendors, including the local breweries, will be taking part. It will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center, from 6 to 9 PM. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from the Kenai Peninsula Tourism & Marketing Council office. It's a great chance to experience the best in food & drink that the Peninsula has to offer, and a fine way to spend a Friday night.
Zach Henry's new Vanilla Bean Porter at St. Elias Brewing has been getting some rave reviews from my friends, especially the folks who were able to get it from the cask last Friday. I'm looking forward to trying it as soon as I shake this head cold.
Kassik's Brewery just released a new batch of their award-winning Carribou Kilt Wee Heavy Scotch Ale last Tuesday. I think I'll make a run out their way this weekend and get me some!
Normally, I'd say things are going well at Kenai River Brewing, but after I saw this on their Facebook page this morning, I'm not so sure:
|Forky strikes back!|
Could it be that Joe Gilman's absence is being keenly felt? Say it ain't so, Joe!
Now for some reviews:
Well, that's about it for this week. Hopefully the next time I take keyboard in hand, I'll be back to 100% in the tasting department and will have some more interesting brews to report.
Until Next Time, Cheers!