|What's the solstice?|
For our breweries here on the Kenai, this time of year means all-out production, trying to keep up with the surging demand from the tourists visiting our fair state. Still, as busy as everyone is, I have a few snippets of news:
Kenai River's Beer of the Week is Skilak Scottish. $8 growlers and $2.50 pints.
St. Elias Brewing will be releasing their Sunfire Saison again any day now (see my review of last year's version on 6/22/2010). This was a wonderful beer and I'm looking forward to trying it again. Zach reports that he'll be replacing his Pipedream Rauchbier with a brown ale (no name yet). There will be another cask-conditioned beer tapped on First Thursday, 7 July, at 7 PM. LATE ADDITION: The Sunfire Saison is on tap now, along with Medusa, "a monstrous ale fermented with apricots then aged in Oak White Wine Barrels". ABV is about 10%, so watch your step!
Kassik's reports that their Imperial Spice Honey Wheat is about gone, to be replaced by their Big Nutz Imperial Brown. They are also thinking of bottling their Otter Creek Amber next, though they will likely change its name.
Anchorage Brewing Company, Gabe Fletcher's new brewery, has released its first beer, Whiteout Wit. I missed the release party at the Snow Goose in Anchorage on 6/19, but managed to score a couple of bottles at La Bodega the day before. As a reminder, all of these beers will be barrel-aged and triple-fermented (primary, barrel, & bottle-conditioned). They'll all be released exclusively in 750 ml corked bottles.
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|So long, old friend!|
While it's unfortunate that Flying Dog is pulling out, I'm happy to report that other breweries are starting to filter into Alaska. Case in point, Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City. I've written about their outstanding brews, usually when I was able to taste them on my travels or I picked up a bottle and brought it back to Alaska. However, we're now starting to see their beers put in an appearance in the stores up here. I'm still waiting to see some of their Tank 7 Farmhouse Saison (reviewed on 9/27/2010) or their Dark Truth Imperial Stout (3/9/2011) but many of their other brews are available in Anchorage, especially The Sixth Glass (8/2/2010). This is a really exceptional quadrupel and I'm very happy that Alaskans now have access to it.
I did pick up another beer in Anchorage: Brasserie D'Achouffe's McChouffe Belgian Brown Ale. I decided to give this a try after tasting their collaboration Ommegang last month, Gnomegang. McChouffe is ostensibly their take on a Scotch Ale, which is probably my favorite style of beer, so...
Well, that's about it for now. As we all know, summer in Alaska is always much too short a season. So let's get outside and enjoy it (with a beer in hand) while it lasts.
Until Next Time, Cheers!