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.

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…