Alaskan Brewing Hits Chicago

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This past September, Alaskan Brewing Company invaded the Chicago market. The Alaskan Brewing Company has been independently owned and operated since 1986 by Marcy and Geoff Larson. Their website boasts, "Alaskan beers reflect many of the same characteristics of beers that were brewed here during the gold rush era. From the historically based Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, Alaskan beers reflect Juneau’s local brewing history and innovation." Pretty impressive, huh?

This brewing company lists about 14 different beers in their arsenal of hops and ale. From the seasonal to the limited edition, there is something for everyone. Even if your aren't a hardcore beer aficionado, you will find something that tweaks your interest. I had the amazing opportunity to attend one of their launch events at Frontier Restaurant in Chicago's trendy West Town Neighborhood. They brilliantly paired native Alaskan cuisine with nine of of their ales. Alaskan king crab, elk chili, smoked salmon, venison sliders, and much more paired randomly with each beer to transport you to the Alaskan frontier.

The room was filled with bloggers, restaurateurs, salesman, liquor managers, distributors and beer aficionados. Plenty of conversation, excellent service by the Frontier staff, cheat sheets, chotskies, and great beer. My personal favorites were the White and the Husky IPA. The White Ale is light and refreshing with notes of citrus and a nutty finish. The Husky IPA is more golden in color with tropical notes with a tangerine finish. You can find all of the descriptions on their website:

Overall, Alaskan is impressive on several levels. From their business model and three part mission statements to their humble beginnings and intricate lineup, you can't help but enjoy. As always,  Cheers!


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