A BREWERY BECAUSE OF ALASKA
Alaska is a far away place and many things there seem to only happen or exist within its borders. It is the 49th state but still, very much, a land of it’s own. Their beer is just one classic example of a unique Alaskan product.
Many areas in the Lower 48 are known or associated with their special brand of beer – Genesee in upstate NY, Iron City in Pittsburgh, Coors in the Rockies, and so on. I guess each of these locales or regions have their own particular slant on how to brew their local beer. Having experienced all (at one time or another), I prefer the craft beers produced in Alaska.
There are several small breweries now located throughout the state. Talkeetna, Sitka, Anchorage and other areas are producing quality local beers. While producing our North to Alaska TV series, we visited the original Alaska brew masters – The Alaska Brewing Company in Juneau. Their cold-aging process produces a smooth, rich beer and the use of glacial-fed water, spruce tips, alder and other local ingredients makes these truly authentic brews.
So when the weather here in Florida gets too damn hot, my fishing dock in Alaska and accompanying beer cooler start calling my name. A cold Alaskan Amber or a White Ale…..a trout on the line…..my dog beside me…..yeah, it’s time.
If you’re in Alaska this summer, check out the Alaska Brewing tour in Juneau and/or other breweries in the state. Sample some of their products during your travels and post a pic with your favorite(s).