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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

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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
Sprucy

Sprucy

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

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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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