Chris Fernandez, known in bartending circles as “Pootie” is quite possibly one of the friendliest men to ever serve you a drink. Fernandez has been at the game for over a decade. After starting his career at TGI Friday’s on Tudor road, he soon moved to the downtown area with a job at Platinu…

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By Beer by James Dr. Fermento Roberts

I was 36 years old. It would be four years before I started writing about beer for the Anchorage Press, but I was as excited as if I was scooping one of the most historical beer events to happen in Anchorage. I was in Air Force fatigues standing in line outside of Humpy’s Great Alaskan Aleho…

I probably don’t have to tell you a whole lot about Alaska’s LGBTQ community and Pride Month. It’s a big deal up here. I’m a beer guy, and tying the entirely of Pride and beer together is really out of my league unless I can point to specific examples where one element supports the other. Th…

I’m not a sports fan at all. I don’t follow any game, but I appreciate the athleticism, structure and overall gamesmanship of the whole concept. Sporting events to me are synonymous with cheap, expensive beer, so on the very rare occasions I attend an organized sporting event, I tend to abstain.

For many years I noticed people harvesting plants along local trails, but had only a passing interest in what they were collecting. Most, that I could tell, seemed to be older folks, with roots in Asia, the Pacific Islands, or Alaska’s Native community. Few, if any, appeared to be Euro-Ameri…

“We are both climbers and we needed something to do when we aren’t climbing,” says Amber Jackson of her and her fiancé’s – Tom Chambers – decision to open Midtown Anchorage’s first Brewery, Onsite Brewing Company.

On the first day of May in the center of most German towns and villages, the maibaum or maypole is stood up and winter’s cold and darkness officially get the boot in this annual celebration. It’s called Maifest, and it goes back centuries. What started out as a pagan ritual has evolved into …

I’m not a marketing guy, but I know cool stuff when I see it. I don’t know how it happens, but when something catches my eye, it works. Have you seen Alaskan Brewing Company’s new label art on their four core canned beer offerings? If you haven’t, check it out.

Mike Jipping didn’t start out as a local craft soda manufacturer when he was putting plans together to launch Beach Tribe Soda Works with the goal of “brewing fresh artisanal craft beverages to inspire a local adventure community.”

I started to write about wheat beers a couple of weeks ago during our fake summer. Ma Nature came along and blew snow down my open collar just to piss me off and keep me off outdoor decks where wheat beer drinking is at its finest.

“You always meet people, you always have fun, and there is just something about an Irish pub,” says Ann Fink-Nelson, one of the many owners of McGinley’s Irish Pub in downtown Anchorage. “There are nine of us, my brother, my sister, myself, Dan and his brother, a construction guy, a Merrill …

This year’s false summer was a doozy. We get a false summer every year, but it’s worse this year. We had the typical run of gorgeous weather that fakes me into washing my truck prematurely, but this year, once it hit, it stuck around. So far we’ve had the warmest spring on record. That all c…

The two stupidest questions that I’m asked regularly are, “what’s your favorite beer?” and “have you ever been to Germany?”

Is Matanuska Brewing Company a brewery, or what? How many Matanuska Brewing Companies are there? I know of three of them with a fourth on the way. And, at the same time, is there enough room for that much beer from one brewery around here?

I’m not much of a technology kind of guy. I struggle with simple things like consumer electronics like stereo stuff and computers. I dreaded it when my home computer shit the bed two years ago. Maybe it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, but new one still doesn’t work right and hasn’t met my expe…

By Beer by James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

Valley Trash is a status symbol. It means something if you live in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Being Valley Trash is a badge of dubious honor, but it's risen to stature and distinction over the years. Being Valley Trash predates being a Spenardian, for those of you with that particular br…

I’ve got a great way for you to get out to the Valley and explore Palmer’s bustling beer community and support small businesses at the same time. Although the concept isn’t new, the city’s Taste of Palmer event - with a keen focus on beer and food - provides you with a great excuse to get ou…

When Alex and Lynn Perez were thinking of a name for their second restaurant, they chose to pay homage to Haute Quarter Grill, their original venture that had brought them success. One booth became the most desired seating for the many groups of family and friends to Haute Quarter, given it’…

June 13 will mark 25 years since James Maurer and Billy Opinsky first opened Humpy’s. Whether that silver anniversary celebration will be one of joy or sorrow for the business partners who’ve been friends since their days at West High, may hinge on what happens Friday at the Nesbit Courthous…

There are others, but the most lasting achievement in my lifelong beer adventures is being able to wander into Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse in downtown Anchorage and see my dollar in a frame on the wall. I was Humpy’s first patron, and it wasn’t by happenstance.

South Restaurant on Old Seward Highway hasn’t been around that long. This summer will mark the locations fourth year in business, but it seems like it always should have been there. Bartender Samantha Lavin agrees, “It was filling a void that needed to be filled.” she said. Between the fresh…

Any foodie worth his/her/or their weight in gold, or, in this case in shawarma, knows that the Falafel King on Gambell Street, just past 9th Ave., has always had the best falafel and shawarma in town. The iconic Anchorage mom-and-pop eatery has undergone a change in ownership due to unavoida…

I wandered up here in 1979. Beer wasn't a big deal in Alaska back then. I got here a week before Anchorage's only brewery - Prinz Brau - closed up. I missed a chance to visit by mere days. I was bummed. At the same time - not that I was looking for it - I was amazed to find out that Budweise…

The Great Alaskan Bush Company is one of the most legendary drinking establishments in Anchorage, in Alaska, the country, oh hell, let’s just say it — The Bush Company is world famous, and with good reason. It is more than just another strip club, always striving to provide the best in enter…

Flying shrimp tails, food puns and spinning eggs! These are some of the visuals that come to mind when you think of Benihana. Being seated at communal tables surrounding a hibachi grill, guests enjoy Teppanyaki from their personal chef and each experience is unique depending on who you are s…

People drink beer in the cold. I know; I've seen me do it. It's normal for many months out of the year up here, and most of the time, we do it out of necessity. But we do enjoy it. Who can discount the experience of being bundled up outside somewhere around a nice fire with a good beer as pa…

On February 16, Spenard Roadhouse will be having a party to celebrate its 10th Anniversary as the premier location on the West side of Anchorage for bacon, tater tots, and most importantly, whiskey. For those who don’t partake in the fun and creative cocktails at the Roadhouse, they may have…

IPA’s are the fastest evolving style of beer on earth. For the uninformed, IPA stands for India Pale Ale. I’m amazed that when I ask around, some of the younger or newer hopheads out there don’t know this.

Imagine a restaurant where a diabetic, a gluten-free diner, a ketogenic eater and a vegan can sit at the same table enjoying their meal as a group without any of the diners having to make culinary compromises.

When Van’s Dive Bar arrived on the local nightlife scene in January of 2016, people thought they knew what to expect from its self-effacing name. In the three years that it has been open, the thriving music and comedy venue on 5th and Juneau have continued to surprise. Casual and eclectic, t…

I survived Alaska Beer Week, better known as AK Beer Week. Despite all of the fun, it was a grind, but I made it through. Still, I'd do it all over again next week if it happened.

Touring a commercial brewery is a real treat. I've toured many: big and small. Small breweries are fun and typically more laid back, but the big breweries have a real show with state-of-the-art mass production and just the sheer volume of ingredients, packaging and the beer. The best ones ar…

If you want to know where to get a good drink, figure out where the bartenders go when they are not serving them. For many years The Avenue Bar at 338 W. 4th Ave has been a spot for the service industry to hang out and connect with one other. With a friendly staff and an open space, even if …

As we launch into the sudsy 9th Annual AK Beer Week, let’s fast forward to the anchor event, the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival (GABBF). The 10-day AK Beer Week kicks off tomorrow night – Friday, January 11 with the first gig at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse with a toast by your…

The 9th Annual Alaska Beer Week — AK Beer Week as it’s known in beer circles — kicks off next Friday and runs between January 11th and Sunday, January 20th this year. This starts one of the toughest endurance tests I undergo every year, and if there’s one time I can honestly say “I’m beered …

I try to keep up with all of the beer stuff going on around the state, but with the day job chewing up most of my waking hours, it’s hard to get out and chase it. I find myself living beer vicariously from my garage refrigerator, mostly, other people’s social media posts, and my occasional –…

I try to keep up with all of the beer stuff going on around the state, but with the day job chewing up most of my waking hours, it’s hard to get out and chase it. I find myself living beer vicariously from my garage refrigerator, mostly, other people’s social media posts, and my occasional –…

I just got one of the best Christmas gifts ever. On December 15, Elizabeth Brewing Company opened in its namesake community about 45 minutes northeast of Colorado Springs. Big deal, right? Breweries continue to pop up all over the United States reflecting America’s ongoing love affair with beer.