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Monday, 06 October 2014 18:06
Alaskan Brewing Co. wins bronze at the Great American Beer Festival®

Alaskan Smoked Porter wins an unprecedented 21st medal

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Denver, CO - Oct. 4, 2014 Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter won a record-breaking 21st medal, a bronze, at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.

“It is very rewarding to see that a beer that we have been making since 1988 is still recognized as one of the best in the world,” said Plant Manager Curtis Holmes, who was on hand with other members of the Alaskan Brew Crew to collect the award (pictured below). “We feel like it is a one-of-a-kind beer and we couldn’t be happier that the judges at GABF agree.”

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:34

Sept. 18, 2014

Premiere of Jeremy Jones’ “Higher” at Squaw Valley Brings Alaska to the World

Alaskan Brewing Partners with TGR and Jones Snowboards to bring the film to 30 locations

higher-smTeton Gravity Research, or TGR, premiered its newest film, the Jeremy Jones epic finale to a trilogy of films, “Higher,” on Sept 6 at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe in California. The premiere brought in thousands of people to see Jones’ journey that is the culmination of 6 years of film work, which began with “Deeper” in 2010 and “Further” in 2012.

“So much of these films are shot in the extreme backcountry of Alaska, that it seemed like a perfect match for Alaskan to be the beer poured at the premiere of the film, and more showings throughout our western states,” said Will Race, Promotions Manager for Alaskan Brewing. “An added bonus for us is the number of Alaskan riders featured in the film, including Lucas Merli of Juneau and Ryland Bell from Elfin Cove and Fairbanks. It’s great to see this next generation of extreme snowboarders coming to the forefront, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:28

Pumpkin Porter Released as Alaskan Brewing’s First Ever Fall Seasonal Release

From Pilot Series to Seasonal – the Perfect Pairing for Autumn Fare Now Hitting Shelves

August 20, 2014  --  Alaskan Pumpkin Porter is the newest seasonal release from Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Company, available in 12-oz bottles and on draft in the 17 states where the brewery now distributes. Introduced as a Pilot Series last year, response was so strong that a seasonal slot was a natural next step.

pumpkin_porter-sm1“We’ve been known for our Smoked Porter for years, so we built on that foundation to give a unique perspective on a pumpkin beer,” said Alaskan brewer Brent Kesey. “We wanted to give that great pumpkin pie flavor but not go overboard on sweetness, and that’s where the smoky flavor comes in.”

By using some of Alaskan’s famous alder wood-smoked malt in the brew, this pumpkin ale avoids a cloying taste and instead leaves a clean, slightly smoky aftertaste. The resulting robust, full-bodied porter also has a, frankly, crazy amount of pumpkin – over 11 pounds per barrel.

A native plant of North America, pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe.

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Friday, 08 August 2014 21:37

Brew Dogs Survive in the Last Frontier with Alaskan Brewing Co.
Stranded, without supplies, they get resourceful and brew beer

JUNEAU, Alaska (August 8, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Company recently hosted the Brew Dogs in Juneau, where they collaborated on a beer that would allow them to survive in the rugged wilderness. The episode will premier this Wednesday, August 13 on the Esquire Network at 9pm eastern time, and at 8pm throughout Alaska. Check local listings for times in your area.

brewdogs-1-smBrew Dogs is in its second successful season on the Esquire Network. James Watt and Martin Dickie, owners of the UK’s fastest-growing brewery, Brew Dog, travel across America visiting different American beer towns, celebrating distinctive craft beers and creating their own locally-inspired drafts.

After cutting themselves off from civilization in the Alaskan wilderness, James and Martin team up with the Alaskan Brewing Company to create a survivalist beer. Using only local ingredients with some simple camping supplies, and a few scavenged float plane parts, they work with Alaskan Brewer Steve Sano to create a beer based on the ancient style of a Kvass. They collected glacial ice from an ice cave that has since collapsed, and worked with a local naturalist to find other unique ingredients.

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Friday, 13 June 2014 00:42

Alaskan Brewing and Filson join forces on limited edition cooler

(June 12, 2014 – Juneau) --  Alaskan Brewing Co. is releasing a limited edition cooler, manufactured by the iconic American outfitter, Filson. Built with Filson’s high-quality fabric and Bridle Leather, this insulated cooler bag is perfect for carrying Alaskan Brewing beer.

filsonbag-1-web“Alaska is all about journeys – a lot of the people who make the journey here do it with one purpose – to go farther than those who came before them,” said Tom West, one of Alaskan Brewing’s first employees, who has been with the brewery for over 27 years. “That spirit of exploration is alive and well here at Alaskan Brewing, and we always want our fans to be able to have an ice-cold beer at the end of any journey.”

That’s why Alaskan Brewing hired Filson to create a one-of-a-kind soft canvas cooler that is guaranteed to survive summer expeditions for years to come–providing cold refreshments in the most remote locations.

“At Filson, we manufacture goods that last from decade to decade,” said Alan Kirk, CEO of Filson, “focusing on achieving the highest possible quality.”

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 19:11

Texas Has a Chance to Be in the Next Great Alaskan Gold Rush

Alaskan Brewing Co. Hides 3 Golden Tickets in Texas and Partners with Local Stores and Pubs to Give Away $15,000 in Alaskan Gold


Dallas, Texas (June 5, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Co. has announced that they are giving away $15,000 in Alaskan gold nuggets. Three specially- coded golden tickets have been hidden in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. Each ticket is worth $5,000 dollars in Alaskan gold.

The promotion is inspired, like many of Alaskan Brewing’s beer recipes, by the Gold Rush history of Alaska and will launch on Friday June 6th.amber-pint-gold-web

Select bars and taverns across the state will be releasing weekly clues to aid would-be urban prospectors who can visit to get in on the rush – and previous weeks’ clue recaps will be announced at alaskanbeer.com.

Founded in 1986, the Alaskan Brewing Co. was inspired by the Gold Rush. While researching brewing in Alaska, Co-founder Marcy Larson unearthed shipping records from Douglas City Brewing Co. (1899-1907) that listed ingredients for its popular beers and a newspaper article that described the way it was brewed. Co-founder Geoff Larson homebrewed a batch of the Gold Rush-era brew and they could see what made it so popular. That beer is now known as Alaskan Amber, the brewery’s flagship product.

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Friday, 18 April 2014 01:02

New Territories, Brewery Expansion, and Cans!

Alaskan expands facility, moves into Michigan and South Dakota and offers cans

JUNEAU, Alaska (April 17, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Company today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning line, and the beginning of distribution into South Dakota and Michigan.

“It’s a huge day for us here at Alaskan,” said co-founder Geoff Larson. “We have so much going on, and it is all focused on bringing our beer to new consumers, in new locations and in new packages – while taking care of all the loyal customers who have gotten us this far.”

The facility expansion broke ground this week, and will allow for Alaskan to join its two existing buildings together, in order to make more room for packaging and warehousing. Larson said it will also bring greater efficiency to operations, as forklifts will be used to move supplies and product instead of the current system of trucking beer between the two buildings.

The expansion will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase allowing for increased warehouse and production capacity completed by February 2015. The concept for the second phase will eventually allow for new retail space to expand the brewery’s gift shop and tasting room.

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Friday, 21 March 2014 17:37

Icy Bay IPA Refreshes Recipe – Reflects Intensity of Alaska Surf
Inspired by Alaskans Living the Life

icybayipa_label-smJUNEAU, Alaska (March 20, 2014) – The Alaskan Brewing Company has updated its IPA, which was first released year-round in 2007. As inspiration for the new flavor profile, the Brew Crew looked to the intense experience of Alaskans who travel the state’s coastlines in search of epic surf. One of those Alaskans is photographer Scott Dickerson, who provided the photo now on bottles of newly-released Icy Bay IPA.

“The photo on the label is of my brother,  Frederick, surfing the waters near Yakutat –one of Alaska’s most amazing surf destinations,” said Dickerson. “That was on a mid-winter trip where we explored and surfed across 800 miles of coastline in the fishing boat Milo.”

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Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:02

Alaskan Brewing Co. Chooses 2014 Non-Profit Partner
Trail Mix, Local Trail Stewards, Chosen to Share in Brewery’s Fundraising Efforts

JUNEAU, Alaska (March 7, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Company has chosen Trail Mix Inc. to be the beneficiary of many of its fundraising efforts for 2014. The brewery has a tradition of choosing a new non-profit partner every year.

“The choice is made completely by our crew through a voting process,” said Andy Kline, Communications Manager for the brewery. “We start with a list of local non-profits, and then every crew member votes for the one they would most like to see receive our donation for the coming year.”

Last year, Alaskan Brewing was able to donate over $24,000 to the non-profit chosen for 2013, Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), through the proceeds of a number of charity events and through the donation of the brewery’s gift shop tip jar. Past non-profit partners have included the Red Cross, The Glory Hole, Southeast Alaskan Food Bank, AWARE, Cancer Connection, the Gastineau Humane Society, Hospice & Homecare of Juneau and SEADOGS.

“Our crew has a tough job every year deciding which organization to sponsor,” said Kline. “There are so many deserving non-profits here in Juneau, representing so many people working to make this a great community. It’s part of what makes this such a wonderful place to live and, of course, make beer!”

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 02:31

Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA Released as Newest Pilot Series
Double IPA Features Peppery Flavor and Heat

JUNEAU, Alaska (March 5, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Company’s newest Pilot Series release is a Double IPA brewed with jalapeño peppers, available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft throughout the 15 states where Alaskan is distributed.  

jalapeno-sm“Our brewers were on a quest to brew up a hop-forward beer with a smooth malt body and just enough heat to stave off the Alaskan cold,” said brewer Rob Day. “They were interested in maximizing the jalapeño to showcase its flavor and aroma.”

Alaskan Jalapeño Imperial IPA is made from glacier-fed water, the finest quality Centennial, Sterling, Magnum, and Apollo hops, premium two-row and specialty malts, and a whole lot of fresh jalapeños.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 01:35

Hopothermia Released as Alaskan’s Newest Year-Round Beer
Fabled Double IPA is built to stand up to the Alaskan wilderness

JUNEAU, Alaska (January 6, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Company’s newest year-round release is a bold Double IPA called Hopothermia, which will be sold in four-packs and on draft in all 15 states where Alaskan products are distributed.  

In Alaska, a legend has grown around this big beer: The Legend of the Lone Brewer.  Celebrated in verse, song, and a few questionable limericks – the tale lives on of the Lone Brewer creating a beer for the ages in order to hold back the very wilderness in which he lived. To accomplish this, legend has it that he called upon the many wild creatures who became his woodland friends for guidance and wisdom. And that influence can still be tasted in this beer today.

The strong malt backbone rests like a massive hibernating grizzly against the fierce wolverine strength of the hop profile.  Like a moose in the forest, the strong hop flavors of Nugget and Apollo appear out of nowhere. Actually, they are added in the brew kettle to provide a green, floral aroma and citrus hop base. The later addition of Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops add notes of spicy grapefruit and orange, which might remind one of a friendly beaver. That could be a stretch.

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