|Kassik's 5th Anniversary Party|
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Last Thursday evening, St. Elias Brewing Company continued their First Thursday tradition of tapping a cask-conditioned beer. I'd missed the last two tappings and darn near missed this one, thanks to construction delays on the Sterling Highway. When I walked into the place, Zach Henry was just setting the cask up on the bar and getting it ready to tap. I walked over to get a picture, at which point Zach announced that I would be the guest tapper that evening. Despite all the time I've spent hanging around in bars, this was a first for me. Here are a few of photos (courtesy of Brandi Kerley), so you can see how it went:
|Safety brief from Mr. Henry before conducting the evolution.|
|Lining up the mallet with the spigot.|
|Looks like we have penetration.|
|All done. Someone hand me a glass.|
St. Elias has another new beer on tap: Lucid, a Belgian Pale Ale that was barrel-aged for over a year. It poured a cloudy honey color, with a small, fast-dissipating head. The aroma was of hops and some woody notes. It was nice and light on the palate, with good hop bitterness, then with a nice woody tang on the finish. This beer wasn't aged in a "wet" bourbon cask, so you should expect no whiskey; it's just wood. At 5.7% ABV, it's much more sessionable than the usual barrel-aged offerings from St. Elias.
On the debit side of the ledger, the much beloved Tin Hat has finally gone; my friend Curt and I got a couple of goblets on Friday, and were sitting at the bar as the keg blew. It will be missed.
Over at Kenai River Brewing, the march towards their second canned offering continues. They've just brewed a triple batch of their Sunken Isle IPA, and I can't wait to grab a six-pack of that next month to take out on the river. This week's beer special is Arctic XPA, at $8 a growler or $2.50 a glass.
Besides the Lucid reviewed above, I didn't get to try any new brews this week, as I was too busy drinking old favorites. Among them, I had a nice bottle of Anchor Brewing's Porter; it's a beer I've been drinking for about 25 years, and it's still amazing. Last month it was on draft at The Back Door Bar in Kenai. I don't know if it still is, but if so, it's worth the trip. If not, you can find it at Save-U-More or Country Liquors.
Well, that's about it for this week. Cross your fingers for some better weather; we need some sunshine!
Until Next Time, Cheers!