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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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Thursday, 02 January 2014 19:13

Alaskan ESB returns as Spring Seasonal in 2014
After five-year hiatus, an award-winning favorite of the Alaskan Brew Crew is back

JUNEAU, Alaska (January 2, 2014) – Alaskan Brewing Co. today announced the return of an award-winning beer that hasn’t come out of a bottle since 2008. Alaskan ESB has a 25-year history and is available once again as part of the Rotating Spring Seasonal release.

Starting in 1989, Alaskan ESB went through various limited releases, and in 1995 it was released as a year-round product called Alaskan Frontier Ale. “Frontier Ale quickly became the crew favorite as it was the hoppiest Alaskan beer that was available on a regular basis at that time,” says Alaskan Brewing Plant Manager Curtis Holmes.

That hoppy and balanced flavor was also more widely recognized, and Alaskan Frontier Ale - renamed Alaskan ESB in 1998 - won more than 20 national and international awards through the years, including three Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

Alaskan ESB is slightly darker and much hoppier than Alaskan’s flagship beer, the alt-style Amber. It has an exquisite copper color derived from Crystal malt that also gives the beer roasted overtones.  ESB has a lively citrus bouquet and flavor and a crisp finish resulting from a generous blend of the finest quality Cascade and Centennial hops.

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Friday, 29 November 2013 20:41

Alaskan Brewing Gives Thanks to SAIL

Brewery able to contribute $20,000 to Southeast Alaska Independent Living

Juneau, Alaska (November 29, 2013) – Alaskan Brewing Co. presented Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) with a check for $20,000 at a pre-Thanksgiving lunch at the brewery. The money comes from funds raised at a few events and from tips gathered at the brewery gift shop this summer.

“Every year we contribute the money from the tip jar in the brewery’s gift shop to a non-profit, and this year we raised about $12,000 in tips that we were able to give to SAIL,” said Linda Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at Alaskan Brewing. “The rest of the money comes chiefly from the ‘No Umbrellas’ fashion show, which this year brought in about $8,000.”group-photo-1-web-release

SAIL was voted this year’s Alaskan Brewing charitable organization by the brew crew at the beginning of the year. Thomas said the crew appreciated SAIL’s commitment to improving the lives of Southeast Alaskans through a variety of programs to increase mobility and independence.

The check presented this week is in addition to funds raised earlier this year at the “High Gravity Games” at Eaglecrest Ski Area, which amounted to about $4,000. In total, the brewery has given $24,000 to SAIL so far this year. Thomas said there were a couple of reasons the gift shop was able to raise a substantial amount through tips this year.

“We had a great year for visitors at the gift shop – plus terrific weather which meant lots of thirsty people dropping by the brewery to sample our beers,” explained Thomas. “And the addition of the growler bar at the brewery increased traffic and tips, which was great to see.”

Thomas said the amount given to SAIL by year end may increase a bit, because there is still another month of tips to gather at the gift shop during December.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 22:38
The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is held every year at the GABF, & Alaskan Brewing has served every year, making it one of a select group of breweries to do so. At this year's event, organizer Rick Lyke recognized Alaskan & the other breweries that have poured every year - including Avery, Stone, Sierra-Nevada, Dogfish Head & Boston Beer Co., among others.

Representatives and founders of those breweries were on hand to accept the awards, including our own Geoff Larson, on the far left. The tasting is a benefit for
Pints for Prostates, a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to communicate the importance of regular health screenings & early detection in the fight against prostate cancer.
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Pictured above:
Geoff Larson, Alaskan Brewing Co.
Taylor Rees, Great Divide Brewing
Bill Manley, Sierra Nevada Brewing
Rick Lyke, Pints for Prostates
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Adam Avery, Avery Brewing
Jim Koch, Boston Beer
Brett Joyce, Rogue Ales
These are 7 of the 9 breweries that have poured all 5 years at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. Not pictured (they arrived moments after the presentation) were representatives of Stone Brewing and New Belgium Brewing.

Thanks to all the breweries that participate and the folks who put together this great event every year!
 
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:23

Alaskan Brewing Collects Two Awards at European Beer Star Competition

Alaskan Smoked Porter and Alaskan Oatmeal Stout both recognized at annual event


Juneau, Alaska (Sept. 19, 2013) – Alaskan Brewing Company was recognized with two medals at the European Beer Star 2013 awards ceremony held Sept. 18 in Munich, Germany. Alaskan Oatmeal Stout and Alaskan Smoked Porter were both recognized with Silver Medals, two of the 37 medals won by US brewers in this annual international beer competition. Germany held on to the top medal count with a total of 56.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:03

Alaskan Brewing announces expansion into New Mexico

Juneau brewery partners with Premier Distributing to bring a “taste of Alaska” to the Land of Enchantment

Juneau, Alaska (August 27, 2013) - Beer drinkers in New Mexico will soon enjoy brews from the Last Frontier when Alaskan Brewing brings their bottled "taste of Alaska" to the Land of Enchantment this September. Alaskan Brewing Co. is partnering with Premier Distributing to bring their award-winning beers to market throughout the state.

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Monday, 15 July 2013 18:08

Alaskan Brewing Takes Gold Medal at 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship

JUNEAU, Alaska (July 4, 2013)–Alaskan Brewing Co. was awarded a gold medal in the “American Pale Ale” category at the 2013 United States Open Beer Championship for its Freeride American Pale Ale. Breweries from around the world sent in more than 2500 beers representing 68 different categories for the championship, the only brewery competition to include professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. Judges from England, Canada and the United States announced the winners this week.

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