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The Year at a Glance

December 5, 2015

21st Annual Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

This is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.

Entry Fee: There is no cash entry fee for members of the Great Northern Brewers Club. Entries must be include their recipes.

This competition is open to all recognized styles of beer, mead and cider. Note that the 2008 BJCP style guidelines will be used to this competition.

Number of bottles required: For beers and sparkling meads and ciders please submit three 12-14 oz. bottles per entry and a complete recipe. Note that for still meads and ciders one may either enter one (two are required for carbonated entries) 22-30 oz. bottle or two 12-14 oz. bottles. No swing top bottles please though they will take them if that is all you have.

Entry Deadline: Entries should be dropped off on Saturday, November 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Arctic Brewing Supply. If entries absolutely cannot be dropped off on this day the organizer should be contacted and other arrangements should be made.

Those wishing to ship their entries (via private carrier only) please contact the organizer of information regarding the deadline and shipping location

Judged categories: All BJCP/AHA recognized categories of beer, mead and cider are allowed.

Judging: Judging will take place on December 5 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the SubZero Bistro & Microlounge room at Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House (612 F Street).

Grand Prize: The best beer (within reason) will be brewed by the Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Meads and ciders are not eligible for this grand prize.

The Best of Show winning entry may not necessarily receive the grand prize. It will be up to the brewers at Midnight Sun Brewing to decide whether or not they can or would like to try to brew the Best of Show winner. Due to difficulties associated with scaling up, brewing and possibly aging sour, spice, fruit, herb, vegetable beers the brewers may or may not wish to try to replicate such a beer. Suffice to say, one of the highest ranking beers in the competition will be brewed by the good folks at Midnight Sun Brewing.

The Grand Prize winner MUST be present when their beer is brewed at Midnight Sun. If you do not live in Alaska or are within driving distance of Anchorage you are eligible to win Best of Show but not the Grand Prize of having your beer brewered by Midnight Sun.

For more information regarding the main competition or if anybody interested in judging at this competition please contact the Peter Hall at president@greatnorthernbrewers.org.

January 22 & 23, 2016

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
555 West Fifth Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

January 22 at 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. (last pour is at 9:30 p.m.)
January 22 at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Connoisseur Session (last pour is at 4:45 p.m.)
January 23 at 6:00 -10:00 p.m. (last pour is at 9:30 p.m.)

Regular sessions: $45.00 per person which includes a 6 oz. commemorative tasting glass, 30 samples, an ID band, and an official program guide.
Connoisseur Session: $55.00 per person which includes a 6 oz. commemorative tasting glass, 30 samples, an ID band, and an official program guide. Breweries are encouraged to bring something special that will be only available during this session.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Sullivan Arena Box Office and online through Ticket Master http://www.ticketmaster.com/Great-Alaska-Beer-Barley-Festival-tickets/artist/2058603. Tickets will also be sold at the door should the sessions not be sold out prior to the event time.

Note that when purchasing tickets through Ticket Master there is an additional "convenience" charge of $10.40 per ticket for the regular sessions and $11.35 per ticket for the Connoisseur Session giving a total of $55.40 and $66.35 per ticket respectively.

Attendees MUST be at least 21 years old - NO EXCEPTIONS!

There will also be a commercial Best Barley Wine Competition as well as live music.

Snack-type food will be available for purchase.

Proceeds of the regular sessions will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Proceeds from the Connoisseur Session will benefit the Brewers Guild of Alaska.

For more information please go to: http://www.auroraproductions.net/beer-barley.html

The promoter of this event is Aurora Productions. Should you have any questions please contact them at:

Aurora Productions, Inc.
3401 Denali Street, Suite 202B
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907) 562-9911; Fax: (907) 562-9889

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are need to pour beers, hand out glasses and wristbands, help with event programs etc. Note that to pour beer current Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAM®) or Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) certification is required. For your help you will receive free admission to another session at the festival and a commemorative glass. If you are interested in helping please contact Auroa Productions at info@auroraproductions.net.

Pictures and Summaries of Previous Events:

1999 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2000 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2001 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2002 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2003 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2004 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2005 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2006 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2007 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2008 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2009 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2010 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2011 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2012 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition


Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2000

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2001

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2002

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2003

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2004

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2005

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2006

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2007

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2008

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2009

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2010

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2011

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2013

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2014

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2015

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2015. Upcoming events for which I have information are listed above and the details are given there. The dates of several of the events listed below may not be known at present (or at least not known to me). This information will be updated when I have more details. Most events listed here are annual events and although the exact dates may vary from year to year the approximate dates are correct and can be used as a guide to the remainder of the year as well as next year.

The Following Events are for the Year 2015

January 16 & 17

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 7

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

February 8

BJCP Examination Preparatory Course - Anchorage, Alaska

February 21

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

March 27-29

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 25

Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

May 1

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 2

Zymurgist Borealis National Homebrew Day Celebration/Big Brew - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 22 & 23

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 19 & 20

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 18

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 18

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

August 7 & 8

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 8

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

August 22

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

September 19

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

September 19

Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

September 19

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 26

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

September 26

HooDoo ChooChoo - On a train traveling from Fairbanks-Nenana-Fairbanks, Alaska

October 9

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

October 10

Great Alaska Beer Train - On a train traveling from Anchorage- Portage-Anchorage, Alaska

October 10

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

October 16 & 17

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

October 17

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

October 25

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Postponed until November 2016

Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance Beer and Wine Tasting - Seward, Alaska

December 5

Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

The Following Events are for the Year 2016

January 22 & 23

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 6

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

If you have any information regarding a beer related event that should be listed in this calendar please contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.


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