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…

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I took some time away from work and the mainstream and got off the grid for a little while just to disconnect. I was not totally isolated, but wanted to see what it felt like to get out of the big city for an extended period of time. I was essentially away between July 2 and July 26 with one…

Palmer’s three bars along South Colony Way closed for 72 hours in response to reports of a person who had tested positive for COVID-19 that went to Klondike Mike’s on Friday night.

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Jason Anderson grew up thinking he’d be a Royal. Not one of Lorde’s Royals, but an MLB Royal. Growing up in Kansas City, Anderson tells me he quickly grew tired of the college baseball life and pivoted, enrolling in culinary school.

As the bar industry tries to survive the pandemic, one of the best things that customers can do to help out is by following the rules that are now in place. Always wear a mask when entering a location and when not actively drinking or eating, make sure to sign in to the logs that are provide…

If you’ve become accustomed to driving certain routes through downtown Anchorage, you may have to switch your routine. Specific portions of downtown streets have been blocked off for the foreseeable future, and for the best possible reason — to make room for more safe seating at your favorit…

A local business owner and senator are calling into question the legality of the list of businesses included in COVID-19 contact tracing published by the Anchorage Department of Health on July 3.

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Despite the abysmal impact that COVID-19 has had on both the local and national economies, there is still, here in Alaska, the occasional glint of normalcy to be seen, bringing comfort like iridescent ribbons of aurora to break up an otherwise endless dark.

The building at 531 East Fifth Avenue, just west of Fairbanks Street, is one of the most undersold landmarks in all of Anchorage. I’m amazed that tourists aren’t led there by Segway or e-bike or pedal pub or whatever fancy contraption next becomes the big guided tour vehicle du jour.

In two more days we’ll celebrate our country’s 244th birthday. There’s a lot to be said about that I suppose. This isn’t the same world that I entered over 60 years ago and grew up in, but why focus on the negative when the Fourth of July weekend celebrates another birthday for me, too?

After two decades in the bar and restaurant industry I am still pleasantly surprised when a new product makes me truly excited to work with it. I experience similar feelings when a new location inspires me and makes me proud to be part of this unique field of work. The Summer Solstice Martin…

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I’m premature by a little over a week for my annual Fourth of July column where in preparation for writing, I ceremoniously slam a 16-ounce can of Budweiser because it’s about the most American beer I can get.

Elliot Jackson makes no bones about his plans to build Howling Wolf Brewing Company in Seward this summer as part of an expansion of an ongoing business conglomerate. This massive attraction will radically re-define what I think of Seward while adding a second brewery to the little hamlet so…