I was kicking around on Instagram the other day, and chanced across a video post by Reid McDonald, one of the principals at Odd Man Rush Brewing in Eagle River. It was odd. He was in the brewery tasting room bathroom.

“This has been a truly fascinating project,” says Turnagain Brewing Company brewer/owner Ted Rosenzweig. “I mean, I really felt fortunate that I was pushed into it,” he says of a truly unique and difficult beer to produce that’s being released today at the brewery at 7920 King Street. By thi…

It’s no secret that craft beer brewing has become enormously popular in Alaska over the past decade or so. A trend that slowly emerged in the 1990s and 2000s, with a handful of micro-breweries and home brewing supply shops opening up in the state’s major urban centers, has exploded since 201…

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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated the world over. It's commonly associated with beer. And, it's commonly associated with the world-renowned Guinness Stout from the St. James Brewery (Guinness) that was established in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease for an unused brewery in…

Sarah Perez makes no bones about who she is, what she wants, and where she’s going. If you run across her at a beer event – or out at Bleeding Heart Brewing Company, where she’s the manager and associate brewer, her soft nature belies her rock-solid core and steadfast determination in this c…

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Bleeding Heart Brewery and its energetic cast of characters have relocated from their funky location in the backwoods Palmer farmlands to some equally quirky digs closer to the center of town. This actually happened last year, but the brewery’s on Valley time, so that’s irrelevant. 

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As editor for the Anchorage Press, a key attribute of Matt Hickman’s job is to notice stuff. I’m glad he loves beer because when Hickman notices standout beer, he always lets me know.

Valentine’s Day is for lovers. That’s a cliché. Valentine’s Day can be a beer day if you know what to look for and where to find beer-inspired celebratory elements. I can work this angle because I love beer, and love to give, but would rather enjoy and give beer than chocolates, flowers or o…

I almost exclusively chase new these days since there are so many of them on the market that it’s hard for me to keep up with them. I still have my favorites and return to them often enough, but when I find a new local selection, I just can’t resist. 

During this pandemic we have seen a lot of locations close and still others that are barely getting by. This is affecting more than just the bar and restaurant industry, as salons, retail stores, and artists are having to adapt to new regulations and rules. There is also the challenge of cus…

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I don’t know if it was the prospect of getting my very first case of beer in the mail, or the thought of beer that’s not available up here being sent to me from outside that got me so excited. I was wringing my hands in anticipation waiting for my Athletic Brewing Company beer to get here.

This whole COVID confinement thing freed up a lot of time for me, not that I wanted it to. I’d rather be back running through my favorite breweries and watering holes and sampling the fermented wares of our local craft brewers instead of hanging out and drinking beer at home while I tinker w…

This is normally my favorite time of year when it comes to beer. Sure, Oktoberfest is way up there in a season that has a keen focus on beer, but mid-January is the time when AK Beer Week kicks off, and Alaska’s craft brewing scene brings out all the finery in terms of events that include br…

The location at 338 West 4th Ave. has always been a place to drink. For over a hundred years the space has been a place to grab a cocktail, but that wasn’t even its original address. After the earthquake in 1964 the address was moved to Its new location on the corner of 4th and D. Regardless…

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As I look back on 2020 and what caught my attention in terms of craft beer, although I’m not writing anything new, COVID’s screwed things up enormously. Personally, COVID’s re-defined how I drink beer these days (mostly at home) and what I drink (mostly local beer). The first redefinition su…

Under E0-17, announced Tuesday by Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson, Anchorage bars and restaurants will be able to open back up at 25% capacity. For many the announcement was a sigh of relief. Others are worried about the portion of the EO that prohibits serving alcohol after 11 p.m., whic…

I looked back at my beer consumption patterns over this past year as part of my annual holiday ritual. At the end of every year, I always wonder how much beer I drank, what I drank, and where I drank it.

Who made up the rules for Christmas dinner? Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole are all great, but why do we only eat them at the end of November and December? Part of being an adult means that you can prepare delicious foods like this whenever you want. It also means…

My traditional Christmas shopping routine is COVID-dashed this year. Normally it starts on a bar stool - usually at Humpy’s or Glacier Brewhouse downtown - where I muster up enough liquid courage to plod along and engage in the very kind of purchasing I hate – unplanned, spontaneous, and wit…

There are few places in town with outdoor seating, and those that are able to offer it have very limited seating… and Alaskan winters can be quite cold. This week we continue with a collection of traditional holiday cocktails and liqueurs that you can make at home as gifts or simply to enjoy…

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Libations that are enjoyed vary greatly between the summer and winter months. While some people will always enjoy a cold beer no matter what time of year, the type may vary from things like a Kolsch or pilsner in the summer, to a stout or porter in the winter. The whiskey that mixes well wit…

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Libations that are enjoyed vary greatly between the summer and winter months. While some people will always enjoy a cold beer no matter what time of year, the type may vary from things like a Kolsch or pilsner in the summer, to a stout or porter in the winter. The whiskey that mixes well wit…

I had a dream the other night in which I was drinking a very crisp, snappy, tall lager in an upscale, crowded bar in a big city. I’m guessing the dream took place San Francisco, since I grew up around there and used to hang in that city in my formative years. It had that feeling, anyway. 

On Monday, November 30th, local favorite restaurant The Lucky Wishbone celebrated its 65th anniversary of business operating on the edge of downtown Anchorage. George and Peggy Brown opened the restaurant in 1955, just 11 years after the couple was married. What started as a small place to g…

Established in the fall of 1981, Darwin’s Theory in downtown Anchorage is a location that is known for traditions and holds fond memories for both its patrons and its staff. 

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How does a brewer conduct a 12 day beer celebration - that’s typically an in-house gig - in the middle of a pandemic? Glacier Brewhouse’s annual The 12 Days of Barleywine event takes place between December 10 and December 21 this year, assuming the brewhouse will be open. What if the ever- l…

It looks like the holidays are going to be different this year. What is a normally a time for huge get togethers and stopping in to see multiple friends and family members is just not a safe idea. 

In 2002, Oskar Blues Brewing Company was the first brewery to package craft beer in cans. With various degrees of resistance, the rest of the industry followed. 

After nearly a year hiatus, a pair of local farm boys reopened Bleeding Heart Brewery under the water tower over the weekend.

Ms. Fermento pointed out a pretty cool deal at 49th State Brewing Company that sent me that way chasing the offer to buy a six pack, four pack or 22 ounce bomber bottle of their packaged beer at the brewery and get another one of equal or lesser value for .49 cents. What beer lover could pas…

Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that may be true due to you getting a healthy start to your day. However, there is an argument that the most important meal of the week is brunch, given that not only does it feed your body, but it is usually enjoyed w…

To sum up Odd Man Rush (OMR) owner/operator Brian “Swanny” Swanson’s reaction to the time between opening the brewery the very first day and the five year anniversary on September 25, it’s been a very heartfelt and humbling experience for him and the two other owner/operators, Reid McDonald …

I’m always excited when I hear about venues opening that have a keen focus on beer and especially those that are inspired by the rich diversity that our local craft brews have to offer. Yeah, food and ambiance is important too, but when beer comes first, the place gets high marks from me.

I’m always excited when I hear about venues opening that have a keen focus on beer and especially those that are inspired by the rich diversity that our local craft brews have to offer. Yeah, food and ambiance is important too, but when beer comes first, the place gets high marks from me.

One of the most anticipated events each fall in Anchorage is the annual Pirate Pub Crawl. For over a decade thousands of swashbuckling scallywags descended upon downtown Anchorage in order to complete their map, drink, dance, and raise money for the Blood Bank of Alaska. This year it would b…

September is National Recovery Month, an observance that has been held for 31 years in hopes to educate and inform Americans about substance abuse treatment and mental health services in order to live healthier and more rewarding lives. Year round, Van’s Dive Bar has a menu that they have cr…

Anchorage Brewing Company’s owner/brewer Gabe Fletcher is having a coolship built, even though he already has one. Actually, it’s more than that. He’s building a special room for the coolship that he’s having built to realize a dream come true. Okay, back up even more. Fletcher’s adding 5,50…

Bars and restaurants are back! You can eat indoor — with a lot of restrictions. 

There is no set date for when things will return to normal. Businesses continue to shift and adapt to the changing mandates and get by as best they can. As of the time of this writing, bars still do not have a set date that they will reopen but restaurants are making the best of outdoor seat…

“It’s all fun,” says Harbor Mountain Brewing Company’s owner, general manager and head brewer Zach Anderson. I haven’t heard too many other brewery owners on approach to pouring suds call opening a brewery as “all fun,” but Anderson’s in a unique situation in a unique location and had some o…

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On Friday, July 31, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz dropped what many felt to be a bomb on Anchorage's service industry. Dubbed a "Four Week Reset," Executive Order 15 called for the closure of bars, nightclubs, bingo halls, and theaters beginning on Monday, August 3 — just two days after the order wa…

It was during the first couple of days of August that I felt it. Something just felt different. At first I couldn’t identify it on that lightly overcast early evening. I was at a friend of mine’s house drinking a beer in the fading light on the back deck and all of the sudden, her solar powe…

Last Friday at Matanuska Brewing Company’s midtown location, every got lei’d.

When the original hunker down order began in March of this year bars and restaurants had to get creative and change the way that they do business, one of the regulations that was changed in order to help these businesses make a little more money was being able to offer beer and wine to go an…

This doesn’t feel right because it doesn’t fit my overall writing objective as a beer columnist, but it’s difficult not to weigh in politically on the EO-15 issue that’s driving beer into the streets. So, here I go.

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There is a side effect to this pandemic that not many of us saw coming. We are forced to realize that many of our friends and family are fucking idiots. Due to E0-15, bars and restaurants cannot allow service indoors. Some restaurants decided to ignore the order and continue service. Fox New…

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Calm down, Karen. This one might not even pertain to you. There appear to be two groups of people emerging from the “COVID is not a big deal” vs. “wtf is wrong with you people” rap battle that is consuming our calendar year.

Anchorage Downtown Partnership Announces Partial Closure of E Street as Part of the “Open Streets ANC” Initiative

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There’s a new beer machine around. I like beer machines. I like anything that has to do with beer, but being a guy, cool machinery has some extra special appeal.

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Last Friday, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz ordered the city of Anchorage two steps forward, one step back. Emergency Order- or EO-15 mandated the second closure of indoor dining since March. Bars and restaurants that had just begun to adjust to the new-normal of barely-sustainable daily receipts wer…