When you think of beer brewed in the Last Frontier, what's the first thing that comes to mind? If you immediately imagine a perfectly chilled brew made with pure glacial water, spruce tips and a hint of alder smoke, you're definitely thinking of Alaskan Brewing Co.
This Juneau-based brewery started making its iconic beers in 1986, but its recipes are much older. Inspired by a Gold Rush-era beer recipe from a Juneau-area brewery, founders Marcy and Geoff Larson started making their own version with plenty of local flavor. One of the first craft breweries in the United States, Alaskan Brewing Co. has gone on to become one of the top award-winning breweries in the nation.
If you only try one Alaskan beer, make sure it's the Amber alt-style ale, the brewery's first. This German-inspired beer gets its malty flavor and smoothness from slow fermentation and glacier-fed water. The intensely hoppy Icy Bay IPA and the bold Hopothermia American double IPA are other popular bottles available year-round.
Grab a bottle of the seasonal Spruce IPA for a uniquely Alaskan brew. If you want to sample a little of everything, you can't go wrong with the Boundary Range Hop Pack or the Frontier Pack.