• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 4s

Local brewers kick off Alaska Beer Week

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:12 PM January 9, 2015

Alaska Beer Week is something locals wait for all year long, and brings together brewers and connoisseurs alike from all over the state to celebrate Alaska’s unique and diverse taste.

Glacier Brewhouse is going big with 22 brews on tap, like Oatmeal Stout and an Oak Aged Peated Scotch Ale. Head brewer Kevin Burton said with so many choices, it’s hard to choose a favorite.

“They’re kind of like you’re children. You don’t like to say. You just let people find out,” he laughed.

The company brews 100,000 gallons every year. Burton said Beer Week is a time to meet up with other brewers to celebrate what makes Alaska great.

“Beer. Beer keeps everything going. You can’t do anything without beer,” Burton said.

At the Midnight Sun Brewing Company, head brewer Lee Ellis knows how much Alaskans love their beer; their production is up 25 percent over last year.

“In the winter time we can usually leave work and go out to lunch and have a good time. Not this year,” Ellis said. “We had about two weeks where we were slow and able to shut down our brewhouse for one week to do some remodeling. That’s it. Otherwise, we’ve been in full production.”

Upstairs in the tasting room staff will release a number of new beers throughout the week, including one so fresh they don’t know what to call it.

“I’m very excited about this, we haven’t named it yet so we’re working on that. It’s a sea salt caramel chocolate porter that will be coming out at the end of the week,” said Darcy Kniefel, Midnight Sun’s beer ambassador.

The craft brew phenomenon has taken over in the past few years. The Beer Institute estimates the brewing industry has had a $226 million economic impact on the Last Frontier.

Kniefel said while our state may not have as many breweries as states in the Lower 48, we probably have some of the best beers around.

“With brewing I think Alaskans take a lot greater care with their beer,” she explained. “I think we also have incredible water that adds to the best parts of our beer. We’re just really crazy creative people. In those dark nights when these guys are writing recipes they’re doing amazing things.”

AK Beer Week culminates in the Beer and Barley Wine Festival on Jan. 16 and 17 at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage.

Latest Stories

  • APD: Motorcycle struck car in Old Seward Highway injury crash

    by Chris Klint on Jul 25, 14:53

    Anchorage police are still investigating a collision that left two people injured on the Old Seward Highway Saturday evening, when their motorcycle crashed into a convertible turning onto the highway. Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad had no update Tuesday on the conditions of Eric and Melanie Friedrich, those injured in the wreck at Old Seward and […]

  • Travel Tuesday: The Kratt brothers in Alaska

    by Daybreak Staff on Jul 25, 14:44

    If you’ve got kids, you likely know the Kratt brothers — hosts of Zoboomafoo and the Wild Kratts on PBS. The creative adventuring duo is in Alaska this week, to bring a taste of Alaska, in real time. Hosts Chris and Martin Kratt and the PBS crew have cameras and correspondents spread out across the state to […]

  • News

    Dimond Boulevard closed near Jewel Lake after gunfire inside suidical man’s home

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 25, 14:27

    Part of Dimond Boulevard in South Anchorage has been shut down Tuesday afternoon east of Jewel Lake Road, after police said a suicidal man inside a nearby home had fired a gun. Police were asking people to avoid the closed section of Dimond between Arlene and Blackberry streets, spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in a statement. […]

  • News

    Captain rescued from capsize near Kodiak jumps back in to save a crewman

    by Chris Klint on Jul 25, 13:14

    A capsized fishing vessel’s captain jumped back into frigid waters north of Kodiak after being rescued to save one of his crewmen, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The dramatic rescue, caught on camera by a rescue helicopter, took place Monday afternoon in Kupreanof Strait according to a statement from Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer […]

  • News

    Senate opens debate on health care reform, despite ‘no’ vote from Murkowski

    by CBS News on Jul 25, 10:54

    Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, voted against opening Senate debate on health care reform in a highly anticipated decision Tuesday — but the final decision was ultimately made by Vice President Mike Pence. CBS News reported that Murkowski, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposed opening debate on the American Health Care Act on […]

  • News

    King crab fishery to open for 5 days in Juneau area

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 10:36

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – It has been six years since it was legal to catch and haul home a pot full of red or blue king crab out of Juneau area waters. KTOO Public Media reports the Department of Fish and Game said Friday in a release the summer personal use red and blue king […]

  • Immigrant trapped in stifling San Antonio trailer says they shared one breathing hole

    by CBS News on Jul 25, 9:09

    We’re hearing the first accounts from survivors of human smuggling tragedy in San Antonio Texas. They describe their journey from Mexico to the back of a sweltering tractor trailer. When Adan Lara Vega and six people climbed into the back of that trailer in Laredo, Texas, he says it was pitch black and already full. An hour […]

  • News

    Kodiak mayor not pleased with plans for city’s DA position

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 6:58

    KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska city’s district attorney’s office is down its lead position, and officials say a replacement will not be hired. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday the Director of the Alaska Department of Law’s Criminal Division, John Skidmore, says instead of hiring another district attorney to replace former Kodiak District Attorney […]