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rough_draft_export_logo_squareALASKAN ROUGH DRAFT EXPORT SERIES:

Alaskan Brewing has a unique research and development process for new recipes where anyone in the company can work with a brewer develop and brew a recipe on the 1-barrel pilot brew system with free reign to wander far away from traditional styles, ingredients and processes. For years, the favorites of these experimental recipes have been shared only in very limited draft releases - or "Rough Drafts" - with those lucky enough to live and imbibe in our home state of Alaska.

But now, Alaskan Brewing is "exporting" a selection of the best of these brews to taps outside of Alaska through the draft-only Rough Draft Export Series!

New for 2014:

Hop Turn IPAhop_turn_ipa-1

Original Gravity: 1.065
Alcohol (by volume): 7.5%

Bitterness: 45 IBUs

Color: 8 SRM

Style: German IPA

Glacier-fed water, Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malt, Magnum and Sterling hops

Brewer's Notes:
A Hop Turn is an extreme maneuver in skiing and snowboarding designed to change direction quickly and negotiate the steepest terrain in the world. In skiing the technique is also known as
a pedal-hop turn and was invented in the Alps in the early 1970’s when skiers first started to negotiate descents that could go over 60° in steepness and could run for 4,000 feet. The same technique is now used in snowboarding on the steepest chutes in Alaska’s biggest mountain ranges – by the world’s best riders like Jeremy Jones, who is always in search of terrain that is Further, Deeper and Higher.  Our Hop Turn IPA also takes its inspiration from Europe – using a Pilsner malt for a distinctive old-world taste. With a floral, peppery, lemony aroma, crystal-clear pale straw color, brisk flavor and lively 7.5 percent ABV, Hop Turn is a radical take on an American IPA.

Alaskan Gold Creek Ale


Original Gravity: 1.038
Alcohol (by volume): 4.5%
Bitterness: 30 IBUs
Color: 4 SRM

Domestic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts bring a unique old-world base to this refreshing beer. With Magnum and Sterling hops providing bite to the taste, and Halletauer hops delivering a bright note to the aroma.

Brewer's Notes:

It’s been a long day prospecting, so put down the pick axe and pick up a cold glass of Alaskan Gold Creek Ale. With a spicy, lemony, Pilsner aroma and a light body with a crisp clean finish, you’ll find riches in this golden ale. And with a sessionable 4.5 % ABV, you might make the time for more than just one. 

Gold Creek runs through Downtown Juneau in the valley that separates Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts. It flows from Silverbow Basin, where Chief Kowee took Joe Juneau to discover the first major gold find in the area. The first strike yielded approximately 1,000 pounds of gold ore, and the subsequent gold rush led to the establishment of Juneau. A number of breweries soon followed to quench the thirst of the many miners and merchants who worked here. Today, Gold Creek flows with the same glacier-fed water that we use in all of our beers. The spirit of adventure that brought those early fortune-seekers to Alaska is still alive and well in Alaska, and you can taste a little of that adventure in every beer we make.


Alaskan Taku River Red Ale



Glacier-fed water, 4 different Caramel Malts, and Apollo, El Dorado, Summit, Meridian, Centennial and Citra hops.

Brewer’s Notes:

Our salute to a vital river drainage near Juneau that attracts a wide variety of adventurers and wildlife to its abundant surroundings, this flavorful brew holds discovery around every corner. With a wide variety of hops added throughout the brewing process, Taku River Red Ale has as many twists and turns in its flavor profile a wild Alaskan river.

The Taku River stretches hundreds of miles from its source in British Columbia to Taku Inlet just south of Juneau, Alaska. The Taku River System is the largest producer of salmon in Southeast Alaska, and all five species of Pacific salmon—Chinook (King), Sockeye (Red), Coho (Silver), Chum (Dog), and Pink (Humpies)  — spawn in this 7,000 square-mile watershed each year.

Taku River Red Ale is a sessionable salute to the Alaskan Imperial Red Ale, first released in December of 2012 in the Pilot Series.  Similar citrus notes of chamomile, grapefruit and Meyer lemon brighten the minty and herbal aroma. A zesty array of hop flavors particularly Meridian meld with the nutty, roasted caramel from the brew's six malt build. 

Original Gravity: 13.4 (1.055)

Alcohol by Volume: 5.7%

Bitterness: 55 IBUs

Color: 30 SRM (Mahogany Red/Light Brown)

Style: Red Ale

Sentinel Rye Pale Ale:
American Pale Ales are known for showcasing American hop varietals and this brew focuses palates toward several classic, new, and even experimental hop types in convert with loamy and peppery flavors of malted rye, Summit and Magnum hops lend a sturdy hop backbone to this deep bronze-colored beer, while the new Calypso hops add bright fruit characters. Mosaic hops feature a floral essence and new, still unnamed experimental hop variety brings it all together with notes of blueberry and cocconut. 

A full crystal malt bill provides a backdrop of toasted bread-crust, toffee, and caramel notes to the complex hop aroma and flavor profile characterized by delicate hints of pear, apple, lavender, and tropical fruit. Malted rye adds a subtle spiciness to both the aroma and finish of this pale ale recipe. 

Sentinel Rye Pale Ale Brewer's Notes:
Sentinel Island's lighthouse rises stark and tall above Lynn Canal, guiding Southeast Alaska's fishing fleet and other seafaring wanderers safely through often rough seas. Much like this weatherworn icon of Lynn Canal, Alaskan Sentinel Rye Pale Ale is resilient beer worth searching for. The full circle of flavors in Sentinl Reye pair well with hearty, savory dishes with a hint of spice like black bean burgers, Cajun blackened fish, and pepper jack cheese.


Original Gravity: 1.055

Alcohol (by volume): 5.7%

Bitterness: 45 IBUs

Color: 16 SRM

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