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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:12

Alaskan Brewing Co. Chooses 2015 Non-Profit Partner
Gastineau Humane Society Chosen to Share in Brewery’s Fundraising Efforts

JUNEAU, Alaska (February 18, 2015) – Alaskan Brewing Company has chosen Gastineau Humane Society (GHS) to be the beneficiary of many of its fundraising efforts for 2015. The brewery has a tradition of choosing a new non-profit partner every year.

“The choice is made by our crew through a voting process,” said Marcy Larson, co-Founder of Alaskan Brewing Co. “We start with a list of local non-profits, and then we ask every crew member to vote 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 $14,000 to the non-profit chosen for 2014, Trail Mix, 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 Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), The Red Cross, The Glory Hole, Southeast Alaskan Food Bank, AWARE, Cancer Connection, Hospice & Homecare of Juneau and SEADOGS.

“Every year our crew has a tough job in deciding which non-profit to work with,” said Larson. “They are all so deserving and that’s a part of what makes Juneau such a special place to live and to make beer!”

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:20


Big Mountain Pale Ale joins the seasonal line up with bright and bold hop flavors

JUNEAU, Alaska (January 15, 2015) – With the new year, Alaskan Brewing is releasing a new beer – the rotating Spring Seasonal this year will be Big Mountain Pale Ale. Made with a variety of hops, its flavors range from tropical fruit to resinous pine.

big_mountain-sm“Big Mountain is a flavor departure for us, with a very new combination of hops that we have never used in our bottled beers before,” said David Wilson, Alaskan’s head of Quality Assurance. “The most distinct flavors and aroma come from Simcoe and Mosaic hops, which bring a stone fruit and berry taste and aroma, but also have a very complex nose and a flavor of tropical fruit and herbs.”

Wilson said Pale Ales are an exciting category, because they can bring a great amount of hop flavor and aroma, without the high bitterness levels typical of India Pale Ales. Alaskan Brewing already produces a very popular Pale Ale, the Freeride APA, which gets much of its distinct flavor from Citra, Centennial and Cascade hops. In contrast to Freeride, Big Mountain is slightly more bitter and higher in alcohol content at 5.8% ABV.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:44

Black Beers for Black Friday

Three new releases the perfect pairing for Black Friday madness

db-sp14-webJUNEAU, Alaska (November 25, 2014) – It’s coming just as sure as the days are getting shorter – Black Friday will soon be upon us, and Alaskan Brewing is recommending three new releases to combat the craziness. With the release of Double Black IPA, 2014 Smoked Porter, and the Smoked Porter Vintage Pack, Alaskan gives craft beer fans dark beers for the dark winter nights ahead.

Double Black IPA is part of the Alaskan Pilot Series – bigger beers offered in bigger bottles with bigger tastes. The aroma of Alaskan Double Black IPA consists of fresh, citrus notes from Northwest hops and the heavy, dry bouquet of roasted grains. Brewed with an array of dark malts, Alaskan Double Black IPA features the distinctive flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate with a subtle toasted sweetness. Large hop additions late in the boil, and dry-hopping after fermentation, lighten and refresh the overall perception and flavor of the beer. It finishes with a dry palate and lingering warmth and bitterness.

This month also marks the annual release of Alaskan’s vaunted Smoked Porter. This 2014 vintage has big shoes to fill, as this is the most awarded beer in the history of the Great American Beer Festival, with 21 awards to its name. It most recently won a bronze this year in the smoked beer category for the 2013 vintage. Our Smoked Porter is made by smoking malts over alder wood in a smoker that was originally used for salmon. These malts combined with the deep rich porter used as the base beer, bring forward in the aroma and flavor notes of bacon, campfire and roasted malt.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:17

Alaskan Winter Ale Now Available

Spruce Tips a key ingredient in Seasonal Favorite

winter220JUNEAU, Alaska (November 12, 2014) – As winter descends upon Alaska, Alaskan Brewing Co. is again releasing its unique Winter Ale. This seasonal brew made with locally harvested spruce tips is an annual favorite, and should see its fans through another scurvy-free winter.

That’s right, scurvy. Alaskan's Winter Ale is brewed in the style of an English Old Ale–a traditionally malty, warming beer brewed in the fall and consumed through the winter. Alaskan’s take on this style is inspired by none other than seafaring adventurer Captain James Cook, who discovered the pleasant flavor and scurvy-preventing value of Sitka spruce tips during one of his 18th century voyages in search of a Northwest Passage.

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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


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

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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