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…

By Beer by James ‘Dr. Fermento’ Roberts

Valley Trash is a status symbol. It means something if you live in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Being Valley Trash is a badge of dubious honor, but it's risen to stature and distinction over the years. Being Valley Trash predates being a Spenardian, for those of you with that particular br…

I’ve got a great way for you to get out to the Valley and explore Palmer’s bustling beer community and support small businesses at the same time. Although the concept isn’t new, the city’s Taste of Palmer event - with a keen focus on beer and food - provides you with a great excuse to get ou…

When Alex and Lynn Perez were thinking of a name for their second restaurant, they chose to pay homage to Haute Quarter Grill, their original venture that had brought them success. One booth became the most desired seating for the many groups of family and friends to Haute Quarter, given it’…

June 13 will mark 25 years since James Maurer and Billy Opinsky first opened Humpy’s. Whether that silver anniversary celebration will be one of joy or sorrow for the business partners who’ve been friends since their days at West High, may hinge on what happens Friday at the Nesbit Courthous…

There are others, but the most lasting achievement in my lifelong beer adventures is being able to wander into Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse in downtown Anchorage and see my dollar in a frame on the wall. I was Humpy’s first patron, and it wasn’t by happenstance.

South Restaurant on Old Seward Highway hasn’t been around that long. This summer will mark the locations fourth year in business, but it seems like it always should have been there. Bartender Samantha Lavin agrees, “It was filling a void that needed to be filled.” she said. Between the fresh…

Any foodie worth his/her/or their weight in gold, or, in this case in shawarma, knows that the Falafel King on Gambell Street, just past 9th Ave., has always had the best falafel and shawarma in town. The iconic Anchorage mom-and-pop eatery has undergone a change in ownership due to unavoida…

I wandered up here in 1979. Beer wasn't a big deal in Alaska back then. I got here a week before Anchorage's only brewery - Prinz Brau - closed up. I missed a chance to visit by mere days. I was bummed. At the same time - not that I was looking for it - I was amazed to find out that Budweise…

The Great Alaskan Bush Company is one of the most legendary drinking establishments in Anchorage, in Alaska, the country, oh hell, let’s just say it — The Bush Company is world famous, and with good reason. It is more than just another strip club, always striving to provide the best in enter…

Flying shrimp tails, food puns and spinning eggs! These are some of the visuals that come to mind when you think of Benihana. Being seated at communal tables surrounding a hibachi grill, guests enjoy Teppanyaki from their personal chef and each experience is unique depending on who you are s…

People drink beer in the cold. I know; I've seen me do it. It's normal for many months out of the year up here, and most of the time, we do it out of necessity. But we do enjoy it. Who can discount the experience of being bundled up outside somewhere around a nice fire with a good beer as pa…

On February 16, Spenard Roadhouse will be having a party to celebrate its 10th Anniversary as the premier location on the West side of Anchorage for bacon, tater tots, and most importantly, whiskey. For those who don’t partake in the fun and creative cocktails at the Roadhouse, they may have…

IPA’s are the fastest evolving style of beer on earth. For the uninformed, IPA stands for India Pale Ale. I’m amazed that when I ask around, some of the younger or newer hopheads out there don’t know this.