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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…

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Last week, the Alaskans Own Community Supported Fishery (CSF) delivered its first monthly seafood shares to members in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, and Seattle. This summer’s seafood shares will include some of Southeast Alaska’s most prized seafood species, including winter king sal…

Right up to the point where I’d been COVID-displaced from where I worked on International and C Streets, I’d watched with increasing interest as the old TGI Friday restaurant and bar on the southwest corner of Tudor and C Streets started to transform every day on my way to and from work. An …

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For many Alaskans, getting “trapped in town” — meaning being stuck in the state with no chance of getting out for a previously planned vacation, or just because sometimes being up here for extended periods can seem a little confining – can be pretty depressing.

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Juneau’s Devil’s Club Brewery’s humble opening just two years ago in April didn’t prepare the three Juneau born and raised owners for the explosive popularity and instantaneous cult following their brewery, taproom and beer would create.

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Anchorage’s first official Rondy Beer Festival went off without a hitch. Sure, when it comes to beer festivals, some things can always be improved, but this event on Saturday, March 7 was a fundraiser for Priceless Alaska and that non-profit is around $34k fatter as a result of the Rondy Rot…

Anchorage Brewing Company is one of Alaska’s most defining breweries. Making this statement is tough for me because each of our over 40 local breweries add to what defines beer in up here. Each brewery contributes to how our beer profile stands out, here and elsewhere. How do we look to peop…

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Rondy used to bore me. I got up here in ‘79, but didn’t experience my first Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Festival until 1980. The whole thing was gritty and seemed to be struggling to be glitzy and relevant. As a budding amateur photographer I set out to capture the best of it. I didn’t know any…

Alaskans are full of entrepreneurial spirit and Magnetic North Brewing Company’s owner/brewer Jeremiah Christian is a good example of someone who wants to bring a brewing dream to life, but in a different way.

Ms. Fermento doesn’t drink beer, so getting beer for Valentine’s Day is more about me than it is for her. Ms. Fermento doesn’t dislike beer; she tastes almost everything I drink. Beer is just not her beverage of choice, although by exposure, she knows a hell of a lot about the substance. Sti…

A favorite of mine since 2017 is Alaskan Brewing Company’s Spruce IPA. I love spruce beers. Not everyone does, but spruce is a favorite ingredient in specialty beers for me. Like most everyone else, I enjoy a good IPA, so this style combination is a winner.

There’s still time to get your tickets to the 2020 Alaska Craft Brew and Barleywine Festival that takes place this Friday and Saturday. If you fancy yourself an Alaskan beer aficionado, you should attend one of the three sessions during the two-day event. This year’s gig is an upgraded versi…

A flourless chocolate cake is the "must-have" little black dress of desserts. Minimal, simple and universally pleasing, it's a classic for all occasions. And, short of intravenous therapy, it's one of the most intense forms of chocolate consumption you will experience. A tiny sliver of this …

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There is a reason that I am the one that writes this column. I have been a professional in the bar industry in Anchorage since the day I turned 21. I actually served a legal drink before I consumed a legal drink. This has been an industry that has been part of my life for all of my formative…

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A favorite of mine since 2017 is Alaskan Brewing Company’s Spruce IPA. I love spruce beers. Not everyone does, but spruce is a favorite ingredient in specialty beers for me. Like most everyone else, I enjoy a good IPA, so this style combination is a winner.

Happy New Year! How do I start a beer column going into a new year and a new decade? Of course, I drink something. I want something reflective. I need something that looks both forward and back.

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My Dec. 5 beer column recapped the painful-to-hear announcement from Steve Shepherd — event organizer of the 26 year Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival – that he’d jerked the plug on the gig a mere eight weeks before the 2020 event’s January 17 and 18 dates. It wasn’t so much my news,…

Frosted Axe Throwing had their Grand Opening celebration less than a month ago. The new business located on Fireweed Road was approached by someone looking for a donation for a charity event that was happening and without hesitation gave some time for people to come try out the service that …

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Kassik’s Brewery in Nikiski – just north of Kenai – has been for sale for the last couple of years. I first heard of the offering from the real estate agent. He called or emailed me – I can’t remember now — suggesting that a column about the sale might tease an interested party out of the ba…

The holidays are here, and no matter where you stand with family, religion or soul-crushing commercialism, any event that brings people together to enjoy a Dionysian spread of food and drinks is objectively good and commendable. Ironically it is the sheer variety of foods on holiday dinner t…

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It’s about two weeks away from Christmas — about the time of year I should be thinking about Christmas shopping, but I dislike the whole concept enough that I push it to the back of my mind and think about what beer I’m going to buy for myself over the holiday season. It’s a recurring theme …

People who have never been in the bar and restaurant industry will truly never know what it is like to be part of this weird and wild community. Around the country bartenders have the same complaints and anecdotes about the ridiculous things that happen with customers and behind the scenes. …

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By Beer by James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

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Americans are twice as likely to get food poisoning from food served in restaurants compared to food prepared at home. Here in Alaska you can find recent food safety inspection reports for your favorite restaurants (Warning! After you read the inspection reports they may not be your favorite…

Cross wine off your drink list for Thanksgiving dinner. Write in beer instead. Beer is as mainstream and sophisticated as wine is and worthy of a place setting during the holidays.

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The South, or at least Huntsville and Nashville grew up immensely in terms of craft beer since my last visit to that area about five years ago.