Talkeetna Brewfest

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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

Talkeetna Brewfest

Northern Susitna Institute

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Kassik’s

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Nestled in the woods off the main road on the Kenai, almost to Nikiski, is the Kassik’s brewery, tasting room and the house where owners Debara and Frank Kassik live with their black lab, Molly. This was our last stop of the trip and it was raining. That didn’t stop us, though, and Debara was more than helpful in suggesting creative places for beer photos, going so far as to build a little bonfire for a few shots. Debara and Frank opened several bottled beers for us, too – beers not on tap. Brewers Luke and Dreaux helped in not letting that beer go to waste. Standup guys! Kassik’s probably has some of the more interesting beer names – Orion’s Quest Red Ale, Roughneck Stout, Pretty Fly for a White IPA, Your Mom Abbey Ale…

www.kassiksbrew.com