It was a crystal clear Autumn day at the 2013 Talkeetna Brewfest. The festival is a benefit event for the Northern Susitna Institute, a collaborative nonprofit educational organization based in Talkeetna. The small town north of Anchorage is a welcoming, tight-knit community. The festival felt like a small get together of good friends in a cozy cabin, complete with a band jamming away in the loft. A fine selection of local craft breweries were on hand for the event including King Street, 49th State, Broken Tooth, Kenai River, Denali, HooDoo, Alaskan, Arkose, Silver Gultch, Glacier, Kassik’s, Midnight Sun, Anchorage and more. A great time was had by all. -JJ
Tourist season is upon us, and Glacier BrewHouse was packed when we walked in to look for Kevin Burton to get some beer pictures done. The brewers were expecting a roomful of brewing supplies, too, but Kevin made time for us and we got our photos done. I got a few sips of beer, but I’d really like to return to Glacier for a full glass of IPA and some food soon. Kevin took us down to the basement after the photos were done to show us beer being aged in wood barrels. The basement also houses all the tanks of beer that are directly hooked up to the taps upstairs so there is no need to change out kegs. Thanks to Kevin for all your help – and your insistence on a photo with Led Zeppelin – we look forward to working with you in the future.