Craft Beer Feature

Brewing with history

Alaska has a rich history of brewing. From the explorers of the 1700s through the Gold Rush, many a thirsty Alaskan has been able to enjoy locally made beers.

In 1986, 28-year-olds Marcy and Geoff Larson reignited that tradition when they opened the Alaskan Brewing Company, the 67th independent brewery in the country and the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition.

While researching brewing in Alaska, Marcy unearthed shipping records from Douglas City Brewing Co. (1899-1907) that listed ingredients for its popular beers and a newspaper article that described the way it was brewed. Geoff homebrewed a batch of the Gold Rush-era brew and they could see what made it so popular. That beer is now known as Alaskan Amber.

In December 1986, Alaskan Brewing Co. officially began operations when Geoff, Marcy and 10 volunteers spent 12 hours hand packaging the first 253 cases of Alaskan Amber for distribution in Juneau, Alaska. From that very humble beginning, Alaskan Brewing Co. has grown to become one of the most award-winning craft breweries in the history of the Great American Beer Festival and expanded distribution to 20 states.

Try these great beers all month for a great price while they are our Craft Beer feature.

Alaskan Brewing Only $7.99 6pk

Alaskan Amber Rich malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced. Alaskan Amber is made from glacier-fed water and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties and premium two-row pale and specialty malts.

The water originates in the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Ice Field and the more than 90 inches of rainfall Juneau receives each year.

Alaskan White Ale has a soft, slightly sweet base with the unique spice aroma of coriander and crisp, citrus finish of orange peel. A light and effervescent body combined with the smooth palate creates a complex and delicate beer that is deliciously refreshing in any season.

Alaskan White Ale is made from glacier-fed water and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties, wheat and two-row specialty malts.

Alaskan Spruce IPA is brewed with Sitka Spruce tips – a flavorful, Alaskan twist on the American IPA. Spruce IPA is high in clarity, with a dark gold color. Bold hops give prominent notes of citrus, pine, and resin. This beer offers big citrus and pine flavor up front, ending with a light malt sweetness and berry-like spruce character.

Try these three Great beers for only $7.99 all month.