The people in charge at Matanuska Brewing seem to have a knack for taking things that have history in Alaska and successfully making something entirely different out of them, while keeping the spirit of the location. Matt Tomter, along with head brewer from Glacier Brewhouse, Kevin Burton, s…

Oktoberfest is halfway over. In Munich, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony on October 12, 1810, precipitating the annual event that clogs Munich and the surrounding communities with thirsty revelers every year. Traditionally, the celebration runs between the third weekend…

By Kellen Brent Pierce

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A record-breaking inferno of a summer is now in Alaska’s rear-view mirror. As the city’s annually-planted flower gardens being to wilt under the cold rain, most of the area food trucks are due to shutter and roll home for the winter, with the Oktoberfest Food Truck Party being the official l…

I may be taking some liberties with the English language, but I’m calling this week’s column a trifecta. This is the first time in my 22-year history of unerring weekly beer columns that I’ve been able to announce a new Alaska brewery three weeks in a row.

In November of 2013, I learned that Rhonda and Paul Langley were working on opening a brewery in Valdez. This was destined to be Valdez’s first post-prohibition brewing operation and I was pretty excited about it. Even back then, breweries were popping up all over in rural Alaska, and some w…

On August 18, 2018, an iconic Anchorage restaurant closed its doors after 54 years. Nearly 11 months later, a pair of young local restaurateurs re-opened those doors, looking to begin a new legacy with the Alleyway Grille.

The city of Palmer unanimously passed all three ordinances it took up on the agenda on Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting that followed an audit of the 2018 budget in a special meeting.

It’s about time. I started hearing rumors of a brewery starting in Valdez — another perfect and long overdue community for one — as far back as 2013. Growler Bay Brewing Company never materialized. “What a great name,” I thought when I interviewed Rhonda Langley about the prospects of becomi…

Do you have your ducks in a row? If you do, it means you’re prepared for one of the activities aligned with 49th State Brewing Company’s 907 Day. This event celebrates the fact that we’re Alaskans and proud of it. 907 is our area code, after all, and I’ve seen all manner of pride associated …

PALMER— The annual cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season, and this year’s high number of participants proved there’s a growing interest for up and coming gardeners.

There are a lot shittier things you can do to your body other than dump beer in it. I should know; I’ve dumped a hell of a lot of it into my own temple over the years and it hasn’t ruined me yet. That’s not a very scientific analysis of my consumption patterns and what it might nor might not…

It might seem too early to write about the changing season and incoming fall beers, but I don’t care. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m ready for a change in the weather. I remember being comfortable in the dog days of summer in Northern California where I grew up and padded along in the s…

By Beer by James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

I must be losing relevance in Alaska. Another new brewery escaped my foamy radar. I was informed of it opening by fellow beer writer Bill Howell from Soldotna. “Dammit,” I exclaimed to myself. “Where have I been?”

Years ago, there was a challenge that many people in Anchorage would attempt called the “Miracle Mile”. The task was to start at the Cheechako Bar and make your way down Fireweed to Spenard, and then up Spenard towards Minnesota Drive. Usually performed in groups, the goal was to stop at eve…

Like most Alaskans, I’m fond of hauling my coveted suds into remote places when my travels take me outside of populated areas. Obviously, hauling beer around takes some effort and planning, but modern packaging makes it a lot easier than it ever was. New packaging formats also do more to ens…

When it comes to beer, our locally brewed stuff is the best. There’s no doubt about that. But when it comes to the best beer in the world — ours included — you have to reach. I’m good at reaching. I do a lot of research. I follow trends. I look at what’s hot and chase it with abandon.

The gates of hell for me during this cruel pattern of smoky Satan’s Breath that relentlessly inhaled and exhaled over southcentral Alaska for the last number of weeks was standing in front of a plastic partition separating the two sections of a little cabin that shelters me from the elements…

By Beer by James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

In these long, hot days of summer, it’s important to care for your beer properly. In a short span of a couple of minutes, your coveted stash of beers can be ruined as it’s probably already a little road weary by the time you get it.

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…