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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…

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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.

According to Brewerks brewer/owner Chad Ringler, “the money is all going in one direction right now.” He’s guardedly optimistic he’ll be pouring beer at his tastefully appointed new brewery at 625 W. 59th Street by solstice this year. At the same time, Ringler will be realizing a life-long d…

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It’s not that you can’t find great BBQ in places like Anchorage, Plano, Boston or San Antonio, but you really need to choose well or you may not like what you get. In Anchorage and Plano, you are more likely to step into an average BBQ restaurant than into a great one, as there are more plac…

“We’ve done a real 180 in the last two months business-wise, now that occupancy and seating capacity have gone back up,” says Midnight Sun Brewing Company (MSBC) President Lee Ellis, who is also the Board President of the Brewers’ Guild of Alaska (BGA). Ellis is of course talking about the r…

I don’t know what it is about Cinco de Mayo up here, but it’s not the party it used to be. You know what I’m talking about, right? Recall those parties with gallons of Corona in longneck presentation from stainless steel wash tubs and chunks of ice, the lime quarters stuffed into the neck of…

The one thing that Anchorage’s Tent City Alehouse has on the other multi-brewery craft beer destinations in town is untold variety from the far corners of our state. This translates into beers you can’t get anywhere else unless you go directly to these select, typically non-distributing brew…

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…