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Two weeks before Halloween, I took a picture of a skinny aisle in the Fred Meyer store on DeBarr. One side of the aisle featured Halloween stuff, and on the other side was – you guessed it – Christmas stuff. The display went from orange on the right to red and green on the left in a span of …

An annual beer event for me is celebrating the release of Alaskan Brewing Company’s legendary Alaskan Smoked Porter. The date is never specific, but it’s always “around November 1.” Nobody tells a good beer when it’s ready, after all, but Alaskan’s got it dialed to the point where I usually …

I was ecstatic when Tent City Taphouse first opened its doors — as any self-respecting beer fan should have been. While alehouses and brewpubs in Anchorage are a dime a dozen, here was a place with exclusive brews from all across the state, showcasing some of my favorite lesser-known breweri…

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“It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We were literally laying floor tile the weekend before that. Two hours before the grand opening, we’re out there in the tap room laying down the carpet floor tile with glue we hoped would keep them down,” says Dana Walukiewicz, co-owner of King Stre…

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As much as I love cooking at home, there’s one particular technique I can’t be bothered with—deep frying. True, there’s nothing as satisfying as whipping up a batch of French fries or a perfectly crisp tonkatsu, but the thought of dealing with scalding hot oil and the unmistakable odor of fr…

In May of 2014, I found out that plans were in the works to open a brewery in Mountain View. I thought it the brewery was a little incongruent with the social scene there, but owner/brewer Brandon Hall was confident that his new venture would be a success. Apparently, so was Mountain View’s …

If there’s a coffee shop you visit frequently, you may walk in each morning with your favorite barista already preparing your regular order – “the usual,” they say with a familiar smile. While this might just mean you love your morning caffeine fix, it can have different connotations when yo…

My palate really doesn’t know what to do with me; it’s as confused as I am these days. Last Sunday, I mowed my lawn. I didn’t do it to adjust the height of the grass. I did it to suck up the leaves that were blown from the trees, then covered with snow prematurely this year, after which we’v…

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Believe it or not, there was a time when Anchorage was a happening, cosmopolitan destination for national and international travelers of business, pleasure and everywhere in between.

It sure seems like a lot longer ago than nine years when the retired German fire crew transport truck pulled up in front of the Fairbanks airport and picked me up to go and participate in brewing Hoo Doo Brewing Company’s first beer. When I set about writing about the anniversary of the city…

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Pel’meni Restaurant

If you’ve lived in Alaska long enough, chances are you’ve spent a vacation or two over in our neighboring state of Hawaii. Hell, even thinking about it makes me want to book the next flight to Maui and bask on a warm, sandy beach with crystalline blue waters. Indeed, there is no better place…

On Saturday, October 16, from 1-4 pm, the 4th Annual Alaska Crafted Beer Festival will take place at the Alaska Aviation Air Museum. This immediately follows the Friday, October 15, 7 pm – first ever – Beer Awards Night at the Broken Blender. 

It’s pumpkin beer season. Let’s get this over with. 

I decided to get a booster shot of the COVID vaccine this week, prompted by rising case counts and general hysteria wrought by this pandemic. I don’t regret my decision in the slightest, but my reaction this time around rendered me into a pathetic state. Chief among my symptoms were a throbb…

Americans today apply the term “foodie” to anyone who loves gourmet dining. But foodie culture isn’t limited to restaurants. More importantly, far fewer than the many who claim to be foodies truly deserve the label. “Authentic” foodies, according to experts, not only crave new and different …

COVID’s messing with our craft beer community again and our breweries need your help. If you’re afraid that the new, more contagious Delta variant of COVID might shut down bars, breweries and events where people are gathered, you might want to consider attending the October 16, 1-4 pm Alaska…

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When you hear the words “El Dorado”, your mind may conjure up images of the mythical city made of gold. As a self-described cinephile, I personally think back to the animated film The Road to El Dorado—a fairly decent movie by my standards, though it certainly doesn’t hold a candle to DreamW…

It appears that COVID is going rob us out of the full contingent of Oktoberfest parties that punctuate the fall season between now and the end of October. Traditionally – at least in Munich where the real deal takes place — O’Fest is celebrated between the second week in September and the fi…

Alaskans should already be familiar with Midnight Sun Brewing Co. as the oldest brewery in Anchorage and pioneers for our thriving beer community. As such, there’s no need for introduction to their ales, which are found pretty much everywhere and have been covered extensively by Dr. Fermento…

“We’re doing all right,” replied Homer Brewing Company’s Karen Berger, when I asked how her and her brewer/partner Stephen McCasland were doing as Berger, the longtime chai maker and McCasland, the longtime brewer approached the brewery’s 25th anniversary on September 21. 

Of all Japan’s wondrous contributions to the world, their cuisine may perhaps rank the highest. And there is no better example of the skillful ingenuity and absolute mastery employed in their cooking than sushi. Originating from an ancient Chinese technique as a means to preserve fish, sushi…

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When the events unfolded in front of me, like everyone else, 9/11 instantly became indelible. It’s one of those events that I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first became aware of it. 

It’s no surprise that Tommy’s Burger Stop serves up some of Anchorage’s best burgers. Consider the fact that they’ve been voted as the Press Picks’ Best Burger for several consecutive years. My two cents? Their popularity is due in large part to their usage of fresh ingredients, a proprietar…

After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  AFDF is proud to announce the 2021-22 Alaska Symphony of Seafood, including the Call for Product and  exciting new changes to the event. The deadline for entry into this year’s competition is October 04,  2021. The Call for Product can be do…

It occurs to me that Filipino cuisine is one of the least recognized out of all the foods originating from Southeast Asia. That’s in spite of the fact that Filipino Americans make up a significant portion of our nation’s AAPI population—most notably in Alaska cities such as Kodiak and Juneau.

During the event of my sister in law’s week-long visit from Denver that ended Tuesday evening, despite her not being a big beer lover, I did manage to use the guise of dining out to drag her through some places I hadn’t been to in a while, or at all, and actually exposed her to some of our h…

The Alaska Craft Beer and Barleywine Festival didn’t happen this year. You know the reason. But when COVID restrictions started to ease up, our brewers got restless, and beer festivals started to foam up once again. Brewers and beer lovers alike welcome them back; I didn’t realize how much I…

Throughout the history of Alaska, seafood has always maintained an inextricable link with the culture and heritage of its inhabitants since man first arrived via the Bering Land Bridge 15,000 years ago. To this day, the bounty of Alaskan waters is a major source of economic value to the stat…

It’s berry-picking season, one of my favorite times of year.

Glacier Brewhouse and Anchorage East Rotary’s Adam Sikorski teamed up with Priceless, Alaska, a local organization dedicated to “restoring hope & redefining worth for human trafficking survivors in Alaska”

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Few foods speak to my soul quite like pizza. Among many reasons, there’s the beautiful simplicity in its design, its convenient portability, and the fact you can find it just about anywhere. This fervent desire likely began in my youth, as I grew up watching hours of Ninja Turtles and celebr…

Kendall Greenleaf’s vision is to capitalize on the vast natural resources in and around Delta Junction to see it identified as one of Alaska’s primer contributors to a sustainable lifestyle and environment through responsible community development that includes a brewery, among other things. 

After decades in the bar and restaurant industry I have encountered the most amazing and investing individuals. The co-workers and customers that I have met have often become part of a family of humans that I take with me wherever I go. Not always physically, but always in my heart. 

News flash: It’s been hot as hell lately.

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It’s been a long time coming, and somewhat overdue as far as I’m concerned – I’m always impatient for good beer — but Bearpaw River Brewing Company is expanding to include an additional 8,000 square-feet of production space, a beautiful beer garden in the making, and a diverse food menu that…

If you’ve ever wanted to get your foot in the brewing world’s door, now’s the time. Virtually every brewery in the state is looking for help. Like in all industries, it seems like Americans aren’t returning to work post-pandemic like labor and economic forecasters thought they would. There a…

El Jefe Taco Joint

Shanghai Tea Garden

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Stoney Creek BrewHouse brewer/owner Gregory Haas told me that his not-so-official, official opening date was on May 1st this year. “Well, my first delivery was 1 May, so let’s go with that for opening,” he texted me when we started exchanging information in advance of a great conversation wi…

My standard, go-to IPA is King Street IPA in the 16 ounce canned format. I’d say I’m tired of IPA at this point, but still drink a lot of it.  A fair amount is devoted to King Street because my palate’s tuned to what I consider a very stylistic, middle of the road flavor profile IPA that’s n…

I already know what I’ll be drinking on the 4th of July as my celebratory beer. I always find something patriotic to enjoy through the special weekend, and it’s special in more ways than one to me for two reasons. I’m a veteran, and the 4th of July week every year is my anniversary week with…

Tent City Taphouse opened in the middle of the pandemic last year, and against great odds, quickly bubbled to the top of my list of Alaska beer venues as the most purposely local. Not only do all of the beers on the taps at the downtown Anchorage restaurant boast Alaska suds, Tent City is ab…

Southern food was the most popular in households during the pandemic.Half believe that the growth of food delivery apps has led to inferior culinary skills.Infographic illustrating results across America.

Most people know me as the beer guy. I am that guy, but I’m also a foodie. Food and beer are inseparable, and the only reason I don’t write about food as well as writing about beer, or exclusively, is that I don’t have the vocabulary.

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing like a terrifying encounter with a brown bear on the island of Afognak, Alaska, to inspire an audiobook project featuring “MeatEater” host Steven Rinella. 

Since the start of the pandemic, 15% say they’re more likely to start drinking earlier in the day.However, only 39% of people say they would be open and honest about their pre-midday drinking habits.15% admit they look forward to special occasions as an excuse to drink alcohol earlier in the…

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To say that the Coronavirus didn’t affect Alaska’s craft breweries would be presumptuous, and actually flat out wrong.