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In my last couple of blogs, I talked about the upcoming Bodega-Fest (Saturday, September 14th) in Anchorage and Talkeetna Beer Festival (Saturday, September 28th) in -where else? - Talkeetna. If you can attend either or both, I'd highly recommend you do so, as I'm sure they will be excellent festivals. Let's get out and enjoy ourselves while we can, 'cause we'll be hip-deep in snow before you know it.
Speaking of getting out and enjoying yourself, Glacier BrewHouse will be having a Beer Dinner on Thursday, September 19th, starting at 6:30 pm. It's $69.95 per person, which includes even the tip. Here's the menu:
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Sounds like it will be some amazing food paired with exceptional beers, which is my definition of an outstanding beer dinner. Call 274-2739 for tickets.
Don't forget the Kassik's Brewery's upcoming Beer Dinner on September 11th at Jack Sprat Restaurant in Girdwood. It will be $75 per person and you can make reservations at 907-783-5225. It's a five course meal, and I haven't seen a food menu yet, but Kassik's has posted that their Abbey Ale, Orion's Quest Red Ale, Caribou Kilt Wee Heavy Scotch, Smoked Russian Imperial Stout, and award-winning Vanilla Blueberry Cream Ale will all be served.
I wrote last week about the coming closure of Ring of Fire Meadery in Homer. Thestarted a liquidation sale last Tuesday.All meads and merchandise - except cysers - are half price. There a limit of 25 750ml bottles per person per day. See my column in next week's Redoubt Reporter for more details on the closure.
Speaking of sales, Gold Hill Imported Beer and Fine Wines on the Parks Highway, just south of Fairbanks, will be having a Craft Beer Tent Sale today and tomorrow from noon to 9 pm. The sale will take place rain or shine, so if you're reading this in Fairbanks, you should check it out.
As long as we're talking about Fairbanks, Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company has a new brew on tap: Blueberry Groove, a Blueberry Wheat Ale. Here's how they describe it:
Using the same base as the Paystreak Hefeweizen, Pacific Northwest blueberries are added and the beer is then filtered. The banana esters and blueberry aroma come off the nose and go to the finish. 5.6% ABV, 13 IBUs.At HooDoo Brewing, their Stout is back on tap, replacing their XPA.
Denali Brewing in Talkeetna has announced that they will be releasing their Chuli Stout in cans soon. Here's a picture (lifted from their Facebook page) which shows what the news cans will look like.
That will give them four beers in cans: Mother Ale, Twister Creek IPA, Single Engine Red, and Chuli Stout.
Anchorage Brewing Company has announced that they will soon be releasing a batch of Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast brewed at their facility. Here's the graphic for it:
Snow Goose Pub/Sleeping Lady Brewery has a new cask version of their Braveheart Scottish Ale on tap; this one has heather flowers added to the cask.
At Midnight Sun Brewing Company, they've just released this year's batch of their justly famous Berserker Imperial Stout. You can find it at the brewery on in the stores around Anchorage; I don't think any has made it down here to the Peninsula yet.
I topped in for lunch at St. Elais Brewing Company yesterday. In addition to their usual regular beers, they were offering Island Girl, Flower Child XPA, Fair Trade Porter, and their Framboise Lambic.
I've also received word from Rob Weller of Specialty Imports that a couple of new brews from Gigantic Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon, have made it to Alaska. Here are the labels and descriptions:
High Fidelity, a dry-hopped pale ale, 5.9% ABV, 35 IBUs
Hellion, a dry-hopped Belgian Golden, Ale, 8.5% ABV, 23 IBUs
Given how much I've enjoyed most of Gigantic's previous releases, I'm definitely going to give both of these a try.
The second beer I tried was Milepost #2 from Denali Brewing Company's Flag Stop series, a
Well, that's it for this week. Hope you all enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and drink lots of great beer.
Until Next Time, Cheers!