Inspired by the documentary "Beer Wars" I have taken on the daunting task of profiling a different beer every day in the month of November. The idea is to shine a light on some of the fabulous beers that don't have huge advertising budgets and don't command shelf space in the local super markets. These are the beers that you will find in the local taverns served by people who know and love beer.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Day 29 "Alaskan IPA" from Alaskan Brewing company.
Surfing in Alaska??? You bet. The inspiration for this beer is comes from Alaska's own surf mecca Yakutat. The label features a surfer riding a wave while Mount Saint Elias looms at an impressive elevation of 18,000 feet in the background. Who would have thought to go surfing in Alaska? Probably the same adventuresome folks that will enjoy this bold and tasty brew. I normally stick to the Alaskan Amber but had to try the IPA since I had never seen it on tap before.
Tasting notes come from the http://www.alaskanbeer.com/ website; "Alaskan IPA is honey gold in color with a fruity, citrus aroma. An enticing blend of hops and our dry hopping process, in which hops are added directly to tanks during fermentation, give this brew a very intense, complex aromatic character with a refreshing hop finish."
I enjoyed my Alaskan IPA at Plainfield Station (see day 28 for more info) where we braved the cold(but sunny) weather to enjoy the back yard/picnic area. The kids played football and others played horseshoes while I sat back enjoyed the late afternoon sun and sipped my Alaskan IPA.
Alaska has a long history of brewing and beer drinkers from the explores in the 1700s through the miner's gold rush there was plenty of local beer to be had. Of course prohibition put a damper on most of the local production. In 1986 Marcy and Geoff Larson opened the first brewing company in Juneau since prohibition and the Alaskan Brewing Company has flourished ever since.