ALASKA

The 49th state.
Capital: Juneau
Motto: North to the future
Flower: forget-me-not
Bird: Willow ptarmigan

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

Anchorage

Six beers stay on tap at all times – Blonde Ale, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, Stout, IPA, and American Pale Ale. These classics range from 4.9% to 6% ABV. There is nothing outlandish about these beers – all are respectable, time-honored styles. However, there are rotating taps offering specialty beers, such as Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA, or their breakfast beer, OJ Hefe. Currently, the ABV of the specialty beers ranges from 4.4% to 10%.
King Street offers something for every taste, even blends like Black IPA, which is 1/3 Stout and 2/3 IPA, or Dunkelweizen, which is 1/4 Stout and 3/4 Hefe. Apart from purchasing from the tap, patrons can buy growlers, cans, or specialty beers in bottles to go.

Anchorage

Moose’s Tooth opened for business in June of 1996. The founding fathers of this Anchorage icon were, perhaps, an unlikely duo: a couple of fresh-faced college friends who decided to give up careers in Computer Science and Law respectively. Rod Hancock went from rock-climbing world wanderer to master pizza inventor. And when he wasn’t ski adventuring himself, Matt Jones dove headfirst into his bathtub of homebrew (just kidding...kind of). Their college days spent scheming and dreaming over pizza and micro-brews in the early heyday of Portland’s craft beer scene instilled them with a brilliant-yet-dangerous thought: We could do this. Along the way, they roped Rod’s brother Warren into the company (the Hancock brothers are still active participants in the businesses to this day). They opened their doors that first night, and the city of Anchorage has pretty much been waiting, beers in hand, for an empty table ever since

Kodiak Island

Founded by Ben Millstein in 2003, Kodiak Island Brewing Company started with a humble home brewing passion & a great dream. Today it supplies locals & tourists with a wide variety of premium craft beers. As the first and only brewery on Alaskas's emerald island, KIBC nurtures craft beer cultre in this frontier paradise with innovation, quality, and tradition. Beers like local favorite Snowshoe Session IPA & award winning Spruce Tip Wheat Wine only scratch the surface of the repertoire.

  

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Pure Island water, organic base malts and the finest imported specialty malts are used in our 10 Barrel system to produce a plethera of the finest international beers styles. Beers are served fresh on draft or aged in barrels for specialties

Talkeetna

Denali Brewing Company is a locally owned microbrewery in Talkeetna, Alaska. Nestled in the heart of the Upper Susitna Valley and on the banks of the confluence of three mighty rivers, this charming community boasts breathtaking views of Denali and the Alaska Range. Talkeetna is a mecca for those who love really big mountains, exhilarating outdoor adventures… and good beer!
Our brewery found its home in downtown Talkeetna and opened to the public in the summer of 2009. By 2011 our brewery operations out grew our Main Street location. We realized the need to expand to a 30-barrel operation. In late fall of 2011, production began at what is now the headquarters for Denali Brewing at Mile 2 of the Talkeetna Spur Road. The growth enabled us to develop beer packaging, canning our signature ales and allowing higher quality and consistent distribution.

Juneau

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.

Atlas Medstaff reviews Cranberry Tart HERE

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The brewery facilities were originally constructed throughout the 1997 season, and incorporate the efforts (blood, sweat and tears!) of the founders and local craftsmen. The results speak for themselves. Co-located with the newly renovated pub & dining facilities, the 12,000 square foot brewery is an awe-inspiring work of process technology.


The brewing vessels were purchased used from the Conner's Brewery in St. Catherines, Canada and have a total capacity of 375 barrels. From start to finish, the brewing process takes 1 long day with up to an additional six plus weeks for fermentation and aging. After the beer has been conditioned, it is cold-filtered through a state-of-the-art German system and then bottled on the 200 bottle-per-minute bottling system. This system cleans, fills, caps, labels and repacks the bottles back in their cases, and the rest is history.

Homer

We are a production brewery with a retail area that sells beers directly from the taps by the ½ gallon growler or 16 & 32 oz bottle to go. “Fresh Traditional Country Ales To Go”.

Our taproom offers sample “flights” or pints to enjoy while you watch how a brewery works. We have an ever-changing array of HBC merchandise to peruse as you sip. Open every day with the exception of a few winter holidays, you can find us there beginning at noon. Hours vary slightly by season, but you can bet on noon to about 6pm, 7 days a week. Current hours and updates can be found on Facebook. We don’t give tours like you would find in a large brewery, but when you walk in the door, you will find yourself “on tour”. The brewhouse is open to see the workings of the brewers as you select your beer or shop around the retail area. We are always happy to answer any questions you have about the process or general local information.

Growler sales are also available at Fritz Creek General Store and The Grog Shop. Our beers can be found on tap at Homer’s fine eating and drinking establishments.

 

Anchorage

The Glacier BrewHouse, established in 1996 by Chris Anderson and Bob Acree, is an upscale brewpub located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The brewery is a 15bbl single infusion mash system and constantly ranks in the top ten (out of about 1,200) in the United States for brewpub beer production. The brewery specializes in English and American West Coast style beers along with an elaborate oak aging program. In 2012, the brewery produced 4500 barrels of draft only – with half being served on premise and half sold for distribution throughout Alaska and Washington.

Anchorage

At Anchorage Brewing Company we have an unwavering commitment to making the world more interesting by taking extreme steps to produce some of the most unique beers ever made.

 

Atlas Medstaff reviews "Darkest Hour." HERE

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Denali and Anchorage

Craft brewing as well as great food is of paramount importance at the 49th State Brewing Co. From start to finish we want to provide our guests with a product that we are proud to call our own and a dining experience that is second to none. We consider the entire experience at the 49th as reflective of our craft, and this all begins with glacial aquifers, fine malts and hops, and yeast. Therefore, at the 49th you’ll have beer served by a staff of Cicerone Certified beer servers, proper glassware to accompany various styles of beer, a hearty menu to meet any hunger. And at the 49th, we hold the belief that every good beer should be paired with a good song. We offer entertainment throughout the summer, celebrating beer and music under the Alaskan sun or in one of our premium venue spaces.
More than a place to have a beer and a bite, the 49th State Brewing Co is a place to make memories, at our signature brewpubs in Denali and Anchorage!

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Denali

In Denali, we are privileged to share the stories of the human connection to a vast and wild landscape. Subsistence hunting, trapping and gathering occur today just as they did hundreds of years ago. Denali also serves as a barometer for change.

As permafrost thaws, glaciers shrink, and tree lines rise, we feel humbled to care for this living laboratory that is so critical to understanding the effects of climate change on our global community. More than anything else, we hope you celebrate the true ideal of national parks here in Denali, a place that has been set aside to connect people to America’s past, a place that protects present wildlife and amazing landscapes for your enjoyment and that of future generations, and a place that celebrates the individual’s opportunity to experience inspiration, reflection, awe, and wonder.

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Day trip from Juneau

Bounded by Canada on the east, this Wilderness is highlighted by two sheer-walled fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, both narrow and deep and over 30 miles long. At the head of both fjords tidewater glaciers calve regularly into the sea, making a boat approach to their faces dangerous. Floating chunks of ice, some the size of a three-story building often block access to the end of the fjords, especially in summer. Permanent ice, in fact, covers about one-fifth of the Wilderness. In 1899, a naval crewman named Ford paddled into a narrow waterway connected to Endicott Arm and was trapped for six terrible hours in the ripping tidal surge. Hence the name Fords Terror. Rugged mountains dominate the landmass of the area with steep valleys sparkling with high waterfalls. A young Alaska rain forest of spruce and hemlock grows to an elevation of about 1,500 feet. Wildlife includes brown and black bears, mountain goats, wolves, a few Sitka black-tailed deer, and many smaller furbearing animals. Harbor seals rear their young on ice floating in the fjords, and whales and sea lions are often seen in the water. Bald eagles and shorebirds are common near the coastline.

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Seward

At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature. Wildlife thrives in icy waters and lush forests around this vast expanse of ice. Sugpiaq people relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea. Today, shrinking glaciers bear witness to the effects of our changing climate.

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Connects: Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, AK

The Alaska Highway begins at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, BC. The first 613 miles/987 km of the Alaska Highway are in British Columbia, where it is designated BC Highway 97 North. The highway travels in a northwesterly direction to the Yukon  border near Watson Lake, YT (Historical Mile 635). From there it continues as Yukon Highway 1, crossing 577 miles/929 km of Yukon to Port Alcan on the Alaska border. The Alaska Highway crosses into Alaska at Historical Mile 1221.8, where it becomes Alaska Route 2. From this international border, it is 200 miles/322 km to Delta Junction, AK (Historical Mile 1422), the official end of the Alaska Highway, and 298 miles to Fairbanks, the unofficial end of the highway, at Historical Mile 1520.

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Juneau area

Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska’s Inside Passage boasts wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery — habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.

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Anchorage and Juneau

While many travelers think they have to head to Canada or northern Europe to see the Northern Lights, you can actually spot this phenomenon without leaving the United States. Northern Alaska is ideal for Americans wanting a chance to see the aurora borealis. It may be cold in winter (temperatures can drop to -30°F), but the inland Alaskan Arctic — where skies tend to be clearer — is one of the best places in the world to see this famous light show.

The Northern Lights occur because of solar activity, and because the sun is presently near what is called solar minimum, some aurora hunters have decided to postpone their trips. This is misguided, however. Although there is a smaller chance now of experiencing a full-on auroral storm than during solar maximum, there will be nightly displays of Northern Lights right through the moment solar maximum returns in 2024. The real trick is finding clear skies.

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Coulee City

In the heart of the Grand Coulee lies one of the natural wonders of North America—the Dry Falls cataract. This 3.5-mile-wide chasm of basalt, with a drop of 400 feet, was left high and dry thousands of years ago as the last of several Ice Age floods swept through the Grand Coulee. This is one of the most extraordinary landscapes to be found along the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail.

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Sedro-Woolley

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth's changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

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Juneau


No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier. The Juneau Icefield's most visible ambassador, 13-mile long Mendenhall Glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the Forest Service's historic visitor center. Here's what you'll find here:

Modern, accessible visitor center (nominal entry fee, federal rec passes accepted) with movie every 20 minutes, interactive exhibits, telescopes, ranger talks, children’s activities and bookstore
Spectacular views of Mendenhall Glacier and icebergs floating in the lake
Trails, easy to moderate, through the forest and along the lake
Wildlife-- mountain goats, bears, beavers, spawning salmon in season
Nugget Falls cascading down the mountainside near the glacier
No food or drink other than water, May through September due to bear activ

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Skagway

With cries of "Gold! Gold! in the Klondike!" there unfolded in the Yukon and Alaska a brief but fascinating adventure, which has captured the imagination of people around the world ever since. In August 1896 when Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon Territory, they had no idea they they would set off one of the greatest gold rushes in history. Beginning in 1897, an army of hopeful goldseekers, unaware that most of the good Klondike claims were already staked, boarded ships in Seattle and other Pacific port cities and headed north toward the vision of riches to be had for the taking.

All through the summer and on into the winter of 1897-98, stampeders poured into the newly created Alaskan tent and shack towns of Skagway and Dyea - the jumping off points for the 600-mile trek to the goldfields.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Anchorage

Alaska Denali Winery is an on-premise wine-making facility.  We specialize in crafting personal, micro-brewed batch of wine that meet the discerning palates of our customers.  Wines can be made for special occasions such as a wedding or party, or just to add a personal touch to your wine cellar.
The wine is selected by you and your friends and family at a pre-scheduled wine tasting, and once you decide which wines are your favorite, we immediately start the brewing process in our production facility.  You are able and welcome to participate in this process.
When your wine is completed, we invite you back to bottle, cork, and cap your wine with your friends.  This part of the process is very hands on and is always fun for everyone.

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Our wines are recognized internationally and are a favorite locally.
We have 15 varietals available for tasting at any time. Our wines run a full range, from dry (such as the Alaska Chardonnay, featuring rhubarb) to medium-bodied (the Blueberry Mirlo, a blend of Merlot and blueberry) and sweet (such as the Pomegranate wine or the Alaskan Port). Ask us about pairing suggestions: the Blu Zin goes well with chicken alfredo or tomato bisque, while the Strawberry Rhubarb goes well with honey glazed salmon, green salad with black pepper, and brie—all great inspirations to take a few bottles home.

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Alaska Berries was the first, and currently is the only, winery in the state that is certified as Alaska Grown.
We grow the fruit and berries used in the production of our handcrafted wines and jams. "From the bush to the bottle" allows us complete control of the entire process. This insures the highest quality fruit is picked at its peak of ripeness. Visiting our winery, you will see the care and consideration that is given to our farm and our unique wines.


Our Wines, Jams and Syrups
are made from the fruit we grow on our farm. All of our products are certified Alaskan Grown. You can see by visiting our farm, we take great pride in providing a complete chain of control from planting and care, through final handling of all our products. Our fruit is picked during the peak of ripeness and we only use top quality fruit in all our products. Since the entire process takes place on our farm, we have complete control over everything and insure harvesting and processing by the most hygienic and sanitary means possible. This provides our customers with only top quality products.

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