First, in Anchorage there's the 2nd Annual Bodega-Fest. I've written about it in preceding blogs, but since then I've gotten a look at the beer list for it. Based on what's being offered, this should be an absolutely fabulous event. If you're going to be in anchorage this Saturday, you should really check it out. It's at The Chalet in Kincaid Park from 2 to 8 PM and only costs $25. Tickets on sale at La Bodega.
And don't forget the Gourmet Beer Dinner at the Twister Creek Restaurant at 8 PM tomorrow night. I don't know if there are any seats left, but call 733-2537 to make your reservations.
Back in my September 7th blog, I reported that Arkose Brewing would be having their 1st Anniversary Dinner on 6 October at Rusty's Restaurant in Palmer. Well, they have now released the menu for that affair and it looks delicious:
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Speaking of Talkeetna, there's big news from Denali Brewing Company. They have taken delivery of their new Wild Goose canning line. Here's a picture that I liberated from their Facebook page:
There's not a lot happening on the local front, as the brewers gear up to support all these festivals. However, when I stopped at St. Elias Brewing last Friday, Zach Henry was in the process of putting a new beer on tap. He seemed to be unsure of what it would be called, but the sample I had was very nice. It could be called either an American Brown Ale or a Brown Porter, I'd say. I'm sure it's on tap by now, so you can stop by to try it out.
Let's move on to beer reviews:
First, here's another beer from Outside, courtesy of a generous colleague where I work: The Poet Oatmeal Stout from New Holland Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It poured a nice opaque color with a big tan-colored head. The nose was of roast malt with some chocolate notes; very rich. On the palate, the beer was quite creamy, with the soft, silky mouthfeel that I always look for in an oatmeal stout. There was plenty of good, clean roast flavor. A very nice oatmeal stout and at 5.2% ABV, a beer you can easily have more than one of. It would make a great paring with a nice steak or just about any sort of chocolate dessert. Too bad they don't distribute to Alaska.
Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project. This beer is a stingo, an old and relatively rare style of beer from the North of England, perhaps best known today in the example made by Samuel Smith's Brewery, Sam Smith's Yorkshire Stingo Ale (see my review on 8/31/2010). It is oak-aged, giving it a tartness which was said to "sting" the tongue, hence the name. The Collaboration #3 Stingo poured a dark chestnut color in the glass, with a thick, tan-colored head. The aroma was of malt, roasted nuts and woody notes; no significant hop presence. On the palate the flavor profile was quite complex, with elements from both the malt and the wood blending and contrasting. At various times I thought I picked up old leather, roasted walnuts, caramel, vanilla, and who knows how many more. An extremely rare style of beer, I feel very privileged to have been able to drink and enjoy it. 8.5% ABV.
Well, that's about it for this week. I should have some more new beers to write about next week. Between now and then, try to stay dry and save me a seat in the ark...
Until Next Time, Cheers!