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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.

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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.

I really wanted to share a copy of my 2007 Spartan Warrior Imperial Stout with David Short, head brewer at 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage when I talked to him about this weekend's release of Fallen Comrade, a beer brewed as part of the bigger national Fallen Comrade project started …

I’m not surprised to learn of Alaskan Brewing Company’s winning a gold medal for the brewery’s Alaskan Spruce IPA at this year’s World Beer Cup in Nashville. Alaskan’s Plant Manager, Curtis Holmes has had a long time to tinker with the ingredient – spruce tips – that spice this style of beer…

I learned through Facebook that Barnaby Brewing Company was getting ready to celebrate an anniversary. I reviewed my notes when I covered the opening of Juneau's second brewery a year ago in April. It sure didn't seem that long ago, but I'm not very good with dates. There are 33 breweries in…

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I needed to get the hell out of Alaska for a while. I’d been thinking about it because I was approaching burnout at work. The only day I’d taken off so far since last year was Christmas Day and before that, it was October 15 when I ran down to Hope and bugged out of my remote mining camp, hu…

Denali Brewing Company founder Sassan Mossanen built a remote wilderness cabin in 1995. 

Easter's on Sunday. I'm probably boring, but the occasion doesn't do much for me. My kids are grown and gone along with the hidden candy and colorful eggs. I don't remember Easter as a kid, although there's a family picture with me and my brother and sister standing in our California snow-fr…

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Winter's on its way out. Here are some sure signs. The roads are shit. In the early morning on my way to the doldrums of my day job , it's like driving on the surface of the moon, only worse. The filling-rattling bumps and jars as I try to get out of my neighborhood are agonizing. I want a b…

I’ve been to beer events in some pretty unusual places. I've been to beer events on a boats, planes and trains. I've been to beer events on busses and bicycles. I spent three days at Sierra Nevada's in-house Beer Camp in Chico, California. I even went to a beer event at the Playboy Mansion i…

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Alaska's craft beer footprint will get bigger when Matanuska Brewing Company starts pouring beer next month. Matanuska Brewing Company is slated to become Palmer's third brewery following Arkose Brewery and Bleeding Heart Brewing Company, in the small but busy hamlet north of Anchorage.

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I've wanted to write about New England Style IPAs for quite some time now. I didn't know they existed until I walked into Anchorage Brewing Company quite a while ago and tasted one. I was instantly smitten. If you haven't tried one, you will be too.

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"We're going through our terrible twos," says Bleeding Heart Brewery's Zach Lanphier of the brewery's progress when I called to check in. "At our heart, we're still the same brash, confident brewery we were when we first started."

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I can't think of a better way to start out a new year than announcing a new brewery. New breweries aren't an oddity in Alaska anymore, so any announcement might not be earth-shattering. It's always good news to me. If you're a craft beer lover up here today, you should be just as excited as …

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Alaskan Brewing Company gets a bad rap. Some of the craft beer lovers I hang with tell me they think Alaskan only produces pedestrian beers. I disagree.

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Saint Patrick—the foremost patron saint of Ireland—would turn over in his grave if he knew how much the world parties in honor of the Feast of Saint Patrick that’s held every March 17, his traditionally recognized death date. Beer’s a lot different now than it was back in AD 461 when he kicked off.

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This is my 37th year of reveling in Rondy events. The first year found me and my fledgling group standing on a sidewalk in front of what’s now the Glacier Brewhouse. Craft beer was in its infancy, but that didn’t stop us from passing around bottles of beer as we watched the parade go by. Bee…

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I was in the Air Force the first time I visited Phoenix. I was sent down on a temporary assignment to Luke Air Force Base to learn the intricacies of the weapons system on the new F15E fighter bomber. It’s doubtful I would have gone there for any other reason. Back then, the beer scene was a…

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My inspiration for the love of beer comes from a number of sources, but it’s the people I drink beer with that inspire me most. Beer is the most social of all beverages, so drinking it alone makes no sense.

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Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. I’m a horrible gifter, but small occasions give me even more grief. Cards are trite by themselves. Jewelry works in a pinch, but it gets redundant quick. The best occasions are ones I can gift with beer, and since beer goes with anything, so why not?

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I'm not going to say I'm tired of winter because we're just now getting one for the first time in a couple of years. We got spoiled.

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I don't want to jinx what's left of summer, but I was sitting around in Hope this weekend and noticed that some of the soft vegetal undergrowth is starting to rot. I was doing some weed whacking around my little camp and stepped in a decaying slimy black mushroom. I recalled that on my drive…

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In October of last year, I reached out to Danyelle Kimp, founder and brewmaster at QUAKE! Brewing Company. I did this after hearing about his original location on West Tudor Road, a stone's throw from where I work. My co-workers actually saw it before me and came running into my office abuzz…