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drinking with the weather

6 Sep
Oh so tasty

Oh so tasty

Look…summer is not over here in the Pacific NW.  I refuse to believe it.  We have 80+ degree days coming up!  But, since it was rainy and slightly cooler the last two days, I decided to drink something a little more appropriate for the weather.  This little guy has been sitting in the beer fridge for a while now, just waiting for some mist, some fog…hell, even some gray skies. Hello Alaskan Brewing Imperial Red Ale!
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Reader’s Choice 6: Alaskan Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Perseverance Stout

3 Sep


It’s that time again. What time, you ask? Time for me to review a beer selected by our readers. This one took some time because there was a tie for months, but finally the special 25th Anniversary Perseverance Ale, a Russian Imperial Stout by Alaskan Brewing Company prevailed. I’m not sure when I picked this one up, but it was released September 2011. I’ve been hanging on to this one for a while but not because I haven’t wanted to enjoy it. So, thank you, our awesome and tasteful readers for picking this one out of my cellar. Here goes. Continue reading

Winter’s Wonder

25 Dec


Well I was preparing for a long winters nap before Christmas dinner but Brian had other ideas.  There is beer to drink.  I was immediately handed a pint of spruce beer, Alaskan’s Winter.  Spruce beer  is an all-American style of beer, but it is not for everyone.  However, I am always up for at least one pint.  I have said this before, but Siletz’s (now Calapooia) made the best spruce beer and the standard to which I compare all others to.  Siletz’s beer had a clear spruce flavor while still being a beer.

On to the Alaskan Winter…this beer is interesting.  The berry notes from this beer are unmistakable: boysenberries, very clearly  boysenberry.  I guess this is from the spruce tip.  Overall,  the beer is slightly sweet, medium-light body with this berry flavor carrying form start to finish.  This is a one note beer, simple but I still found it enjoyable.

How does it compare to the Siletz spruce ale?  It doesn’t, there just isn’t that spruce flavor to directly offset the sweetness of the malt.  I don’t want this to deter anyone from trying this beer because it is not bad but if you have had a spruce beer in the past and really enjoyed it, this is not your spruce beer.

Well, I hope you had a wonderful holiday, with plenty of cheer….family, friends and of course beer.

Kicking off Cinco de Mayo with a Black IPA?

10 May

With Miranda still groggy from sleeping off the Blue dot she had the night before, I sat down with a pile of avocados to make the guacamole for the Cinco de Mayo party. While I was working, Brian handed me half of an Alaskan Black IPA. Sure, a Modelo would have been a more appropriate beverage for this party, but the day was young, and there was always room for a Mexican beer or two. Continue reading

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