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The term “Bitter” was originally used by pub customers in England in the mid-1800s to differentiate orders from less hoppy pale ales. The term Extra Special Bitter denotes a slightly higher alcohol content than other bitters.


Alaskan ESB is darker and hoppier and is brewed and fermented at different temperatures than our Alt-style Amber. It has an exquisite copper color derived from Crystal malt that also gives the beer roasted overtones.  ESB has a crisp finish resulting from the use of premium Northwest hops. 


One of our favorite beers has returned!  Alaskan ESB was a popular brewhouse choice for our crew, and has been requested to return to our lineup by many consumers. Winner of three Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival, and recognized as a gold medal and champion ale in many other competitions. In all, Alaskan ESB has received over 20 awards in National and International beer competitions.  


Alaskan ESB is made from glacier-fed water and a generous blend of the finest quality Cascade and Centennial hops and premium two-row and specialty Crystal and Pale malts. Our water originates in the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Ice Field and from the more than 90 inches of rainfall we receive each year. 


Complements spicy Asian and Mexican food, robust soups, stews. Stands up to strong flavors, and is ideal with wild game.

Produced from 1948 to 1967, the single-engine de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver is a workhorse in the Alaskan backcountry, connecting communities to vital services and to each other. Over 1,600 were produced to answer the demand for versatile short takeoff and landing planes for use in rural areas. Although engineers warned that would lead to low cruising speed, one pilot replied "You only have to be faster than a dog sled".  Many are now over 60 years old, but the Beavers continue to provide products like fresh Alaskan Beer to remote lodges, and the only access to the outside world for many small communities throughout rural Alaska, whether fitted with wheels, skis or floats.

More on the release of ESB here!

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