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What’s on tap at Beer Week

By Heather Hintze 10:22 PM January 10, 2014

The 10-day festival highlights the best brews in Alaska

ANCHORAGE - Get your pint glasses ready. It’s time for Beer Week!

Alaska is home to more than 20 microbreweries.

King Street Brewing is one of the newest kids on the block, having set up shop in Anchorage two years ago.

In preparation for Beer Week, owner Shane Kingry filtered some of the latest brew to make sure there was enough to last through all the events.

“It cleans it up aesthetically, but it also cleans up the flavor and makes it a little more crisper,” Kingry said.

The 10-day festival is a chance for brewers to show off their best products, he said.

“Everybody tries to step the bar up a little bit,” Kingry said. “Be it a quality or there’s a lot of creativity and different beer styles that come around.”

King Street focuses on classic, full-flavored beers. It debuted a new brew, a German-style Bock for Beer Week.

“There’s a little bit of raisin and plum flavors to it a little bit,” Kingry said. “It comes from the malt that we use. There’s also a little bit of chocolate, very minor, that appears at different points throughout the sip.”

At Midnight Sun Brewing Company, brewers get down to business while up in the tasting room it’s all about pleasure … Pleasure Town IPA that is.

“We’re using a San Diego super yeast which gives it a little sweetness but not overpowering and sticky sweet,” said Beer Ambasador Darcy Kniefel. “And we’re using very citrusy hops. So it’s lovely, crisp, a little tropical, fruity and beautiful hops into it.”

Staff are glad to see more microbreweries popping up around Alaska. They said people are finally starting to recognize good beer comes from the Last Froniter.

“We are definitely picking up a big name in the United States as well as all over the world,” Kniefel said. “We get requests from everywhere from Thailand to over into Europe — everyone is looking for Alaskan beer. Not just because it’s Alaskan, it’s that niche, but also because it’s really good beer. It’s something we happen to do extremely well.”

With so many stouts and lagers to choose from, Beer Week has the cure to whatever ales you. Click here for more information about the event.

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