• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 38s

What’s brewing in Alaska

By Emily Carlson 10:33 PM January 1, 2014

Alaskan beer lovers can use technology to keep track of what's on tap around them

ANCHORAGE - “We don’t make wine, we’re not on the Mediterranean, we make beer in these kinds of places,” said Alaskan beer lover JJ Tranquilla.

But if you’re not a beer head, and faced with an endless list of beers to choose from, how in the world do you know what to order?

That’s where Tranquilla’s brainchild comes in. He’s worn nearly every hat in the beer-making industry. Tranquilla is a beer expert, but he knows it’s impossible for everyone else to be one, too.

“You overhear a conversation or a waiter will be talking to a customer and describing a beer completely incorrectly,” he said. “This app, it kinda solves the problem.”

That app is called “The Beer Up Here.” It lists all of Alaska’s 22 breweries and all of their beer. You can see the alcohol content, the style, the color, even how much hops.

“We make world-class beer up here,” he said. “Our beer is as good as anywhere else in world and we’ve got the awards to prove it.”

Tranquilla’s app will only get bigger and better. Alaska is in the middle of a beer renaissance, he said. Small, craft breweries are popping up all over the state, breweries that cater to the mature, sophisticated palate, made in small batches for local restaurants.

“There’s a lot of these breweries that are just simply serving their community,” he said. “They’re like the local corner store serving the people who just live there.”

It begins each day at Broken Tooth Brewery in the hops room. Brewers load the barley and spice the beer with a variety of ingredients like orange, juniper berries, and of course, hops.

Head brewer Tyler Jones is constantly scouring for new recipes. Broken Tooth releases a new craft beer about once a week. Before it can be sipped at local restaurants, it’s on Tranquilla’s app for all beer lovers to see.

“There’s competition to put out high-quality, interesting beers. And they’ll tell you when you’ve done something wrong. They are not bashful about letting you know,” Jones said of customers.

While the market for sub-premium beer like Busch is decreasing, the demand for craft beer is drastically increasing, by 13 percent in 2012, according to the Brewer’s Association.

When you consider Alaska is the least-densely populated state, with just a half million people old enough to be legal beer drinkers, there’s only one conclusion: Alaskans not only like beer, they like good beer.

“It’s kind of like indie beer, craft beer is always coming up with different styles, different ways to push the envelope on already established styles,” Tranquilla said.

Now, with the flick of a finger, anyone can be a beer aficionado. You don’t have to be an expert to drink Alaskan beer. The only requirement “up here” is that you never put a cap on your love for beer and always demand your pint is fresh, foamy and overflowing with taste.

You can download the “Beer Up Here” at the app store for your iPhone or iPad. The app will cost you about $5.

Latest Stories

  • Crime

    Police ask for help locating woman wanted on felony warrant

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 01, 12:10

    Anchorage police are asking the public for help locating a woman wanted on a felony warrant who is also a person of interest in recent theft cases. Chelsea Weeks, 25, has an arrest warrant for violating probation after she was convicted of fraudulent use of an access device, meaning she likely stole someone’s credit card, […]

  • Politics

    Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 12:06

    The Senate Finance Committee has included in its version of the state budget language rejecting monetary terms included in contracts for more than a dozen units for the upcoming fiscal year. The committee also adopted language removing salary increases for employees not covered by unions. Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said that action would require separate […]

  • News

    Officer’s widow seeks judgment from Hoonah for poor training

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 11:05

    A jury will decide a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a Hoonah police officer gunned down in 2010. The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/TTNtem) the widow of Officer Matthew Tokuoka is seeking damages from the city of Hoonah, claiming officers were inadequately trained to deal with citizens who are mentally ill. Hoonah resident John […]

  • Anchorage Centennial

    Aaron Leggett talks about his role in Anchorage centennial documentary

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 01, 10:45

    Hundreds of years ago, before anyone dreamed of a railroad or city, the Dena’ina subsisted off this land. A history touched on by Alaska Native Aaron Leggett, who joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about his ancestors and his role in the documentary, “Anchorage Is…” “So, my people, the Dena’ina, are the indigenous inhabitants of Southcentral […]

  • Lifestyle

    Scientists say polar bears won’t thrive on land food

    by Associated Press on Apr 01, 10:22

    A paper published Wednesday says polar bears forced onto land because of melting ice are unlikely to find enough food to replace their diet of seals. U.S. Geological Survey research biologist Karyn Rode says only small numbers of polar bears are using food found on land and may burn more calories foraging than they take […]

  • News

    APD: Driver strikes 4 parked cars, building after losing control of vehicle

    by Hope Miller on Apr 01, 10:11

    A driver struck four parked vehicles and caused “extensive damage” to a building in Eagle River Tuesday night after losing control of his vehicle, police say, but no one was harmed. Around 8:45 p.m., Anchorage Police Department dispatch received a call that a Chevrolet Suburban, which was towing three all-terrain vehicles on a trailer, had […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, April 1

    by Brett Shepard on Apr 01, 9:05

    Southcentral More of the same. Mostly cloudy again with some rain showers over the Prince William Sound and eastern Kenai Peninsula. Southeast Cloudy skies with rain at times. Interior Mostly to partly cloudy skies and mild. North Slope Mostly cloudy with some snow to the west. Western Alaska Mostly cloudy with some showers over the […]

  • Crime

    Guilty plea for meth, mail fraud ringleader

    by Kate McPherson on Apr 01, 8:44

    The leader of a mail theft ring pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud, identity theft and drug dealing just days before his trial was set to begin. “We were looking at one point at 50 to 60 witnesses,” said Erin Bennett, a special assistant U.S. attorney who was preparing for Jonathon Escalante’s case. Bennett […]