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
As we were driving back from Homer, JJ called Brian and I and asked if we could do Midnight Sun in Anchorage as soon as we got back to town. Sure, why not? We had some food in the loft above the brewery and then set out to photograph the 21 beers they currently have available, some just on draft, some in bottles, a few in cans, and got through everything in a fairly timely manner. We checked out the actual brewery on the ground floor and got introduced to the salmon tap that pees beer when its fin is pressed…strange and yet totally awesome. Not quite as awesome as the framed photo of Bill Murray, though. Midnight Sun has a TON of beers, so we will back there soon.