Last night, Thursday February 28th, I gave presentation entitled "The American Craft Beer Phenomenon and its Impact on Alaska" as part of the Kenai Peninsula College Showcase series of events. I spoke for an hour to about fifteen folks, who all seemed to manage to stay awake. Here are a few photos:
Glacier BrewHouse had announced that they will close next Tuesday (March 5) and be closed until 4 PM on Thursday, March 21st for some major refurbishment.
Lots of chatter about the new festival being produced by Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Company. We now have a date (20 April), a time (6 to 10 PM), a place (Tikahtnu Ballroom in the Dena'ina Center), and a name (The Culmination). Tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and will be $100, plus whatever Ticketmaster charges. Best of all, the list of brewers and beers on offer keeps growing and getting more and more phenomenal. Here's the latest list:
All Day IPA
Sour in the Rye
Heady Topper DIPA
Lawson’s Finest Liquids:
Double Sunshine IPA
Toast Black IPA
Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
Jester King Brewery:
Boxer’s Revenge - Organic Barrel Aged Wild Ale
Funk Metal – Sour Barrel Aged Stout
RU55 - Barrel Aged Sour Red
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales:
West Ashely – Saison aged in French oak Pinot Noir Barrels w/ Apricots.
Maiden Fields – Berliner Weisse
Chavez – Robust Porter
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales:
Love Child #2
Love Child #3
2010 Four Play
Belmont Station 14 Anniversary Beer
Blaugies/Hill Farmstead Collaboration:
Wheat is the new Hops
Prairie Ale (Saison bottled with Brett)
FV13 – Foudre aged sour for 4 years
Vrienden- Collaboration with New Belgium- Sour ale
Curiuex- Barrel aged Triple
Urban Farmhouse Ale (Saison)
Fleur de Ferme – Dark Farmhouse ale brewed with hibiscus, lavender, and chamomile.
Flemish Kiss- Barrel aged pale ale with brett Brux
Dark Lord Imperial Stout 2011
Dark Lord Imperial Stout 2012
In The Name of Suffering – Black IPA brewed for the band Eyehategod
Anchorage Brewing Company:
The Experiment Sour
Darkest Hour Belgian Imperial Stout
Hill Farmstead/Anchorage Brewing IPA
Captain Lawrence Brewing:
Extra Gold- American Style Trippel
St. Vincents Dubbel -Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Golden Delicious – Oak Aged American Style Tripple
Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ale:
Sobre Humano Palena’ole 2010
Collababiere – Collaboration with Stone/Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne – 2011
La Roja Grand Reserve
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project:
Surette – Provision Saison
Vieille – Artisanal Saison
Origins – Burgundy Sour
Black Raven Brewing:
Pour Les Oiseaux - Saison
New Belgium Brewing:
Gigantic Brewing Company - Beers to come
Stillwater Artisanal Ales – Beers to Come
The Billy Booth???
It will be a Pleasant surprise…
Lost Abbey – Beers to come
Pizza Port Brewing – Beers to come
Hill Farmstead Brewing – Beers to come
I don't know about you, but I definitely plan to be at The Culmination!
Moving on to other news, Kassik's Brewery was featured in a KTVA Channel 11 story. You can check it out here.
Kenai River Brewing has taken delivery of a new 20-barrel tank and a 3-head automated canning machine. Check out the video of their test run here. There will be more info on their expansion in my column in next week's Redoubt Reporter.
Now let's move on to some beer reviews.
I was in Anchorage for a very short time last week, but I stopped by King Street Brewing and got to try their brand new offering, Holy Water Tripel. This beer is part of this year's seasonal theme: The Year of Good & Evil. It poured a dark honey color with nice cream-colored head that left good lacing. The aroma was full of the spicy, earthy notes that I always associate with a Belgian yeast. On the palate, the beer was smooth and flavorful, with no harsh notes to detract from enjoying it. There was more spicy notes from the yeast, plus some good hop bitterness. At 8% ABV, this is a very nice take on this classic Belgian Abbey style; don't miss out on trying it.
Well, that's about it for this week. I'll be back next week with more news and reviews. Until then, keep drinking the good stuff!
Until Next Time, Cheers!