June Brewery # 2 – Barnaby Brewing Co.

North to Alaska and JUNEau to visit Barnaby Brewing Co.

Let’s grab a couple taster trays to try out the following from the BBC.

OMG I Love Trees – Imperial Spruce Tip Blonde

Theresa’s Meadow – Altbier

Jiggle Jiggle Wiggle Wiggle – Tropical Stout

Rodeo Clowns – Flanders Red

Slack Tide – BA English Barley Wine aged in Cherry Brandy Barrels

Guava Blood Orange – Imperial American Sour Aged in Tequila Barrels

Don’t Forget Brewery Tour # 3 – Alaskan Brewing Co.

Recent posts have been about old school breweries like Dogfish Head and Deschutes but for the final, “hey, remember me” brewery we head north, to Alaska.

Let’s reconnect with a few of their beers…

Fireweed Blonde – “A classic light-bodied American Blonde Ale, Fireweed Blonde is brewed with a touch of fireweed honey to balance the slight hop bitterness. Sometimes called the “champagne of honey,” fireweed honey is the result of honeybees harvesting nectar from the vibrant fireweed plants that bloom in summer throughout Alaska.”

Amber – “Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.”

SMaSH Galaxy – “Single Malt and Single Hop Double IPA, brewed with only Australian Galaxy hops and Premium Northwest Pilsner Malt. The Galaxy hops take center stage and are joined by the very intense bitterness typical of this variety of hops.”

Smoked Porter – “The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience. Alaskan Smoked Porter is produced in limited “vintages” each year on November 1 and unlike most beers, may be aged in the bottle much like fine wine.”

Holiday Ale # 19 – CoHoHo from Midnight Sun

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That is one hop crazed fish on the label from Midnight Sun.  Or maybe crazed from the juniper berries?  “CoHoHo begins with generous measures of pale two-row and specialty malts along with spirit-boosters like brown sugar and honey. Hefty doses of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops beautifully balance that outrageous malt bill while juniper berries heighten the festive character of this exuberant beer.”

Alaska Brewery # 3

Next on the tour of Alaskan beer is Gold Rush!

Based in Skagway they have a nice core set of beers to warm up the coldest of beer hearts.
Dewey Dark Lager
Gold Dredge Red
Honey Bear Blonde
Long Bay Lager
Smugglers Cove Red IPA
White Pass Pilsner

Alaska Brewery # 2

Our second Alaskan stop is Skagway Brewing.

Here is their mining/historical named line-up:
Klondike Gold (5.7%)
A refreshing American wheat with more hops and less yeast flavor than its German counterpart, the Weisen.

Prospector Pale (5.7%)
A west coast pale ale with a medium to light body and a citric hop aroma.

Red Star Amber (6.6%)
A warm and rich ale with more body and a smooth malt finish.

Chilkoot Trail IPA (5.4%)
An American IPA, with a golden copper color and an earthy hop finish.

Spruce Tip Ale (5.5%)
A seasonal ale with a creamy rich head and young spruce tips adding crispness and vigor.

Boom Town Brown (5.6%)
A smooth and robust ale with a toasty flavor and a subtle hop aroma.

*This is my favorite*
Blue Top Porter (5.2%)
A creamy rich delight made especially to nourish and rejuvenate the
working class of Skagway.

Oosik stout (6.9%)
A full bodied oatmeal stout that’s roasty & smooth on the palette.

Scottish Wee Heavy (8.9%)
A Scottish barley wine with a smooth flavor.

50 from 50 – Alaska

Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter has always been a beer that I avoided mostly because I am not terribly fond of smoke mixed with beer. I have had a couple rauchbiers that did not hit my palate right. This one is probably the best but I still am not fond of the style…
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