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The Year at a Glance

October 1, 2016

HooDoo Choo Choo - On an Alaska Railroad train traveling from Fairbanks to Nenana and back

Space is limited! Reservations are required.

Time: The train departs Anchorage at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The train departs from the Alaska Railroad Depot (1745 Johansen Expressway).

Cost: $199 per person ( must be at least 21 years of age). Included with the price of admission is, of course, the ride of the train, plus hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Lavelle's Bistro paired with six, 1/2 pints of HooDoo Brewing beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased starting September 4th at: https://alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/event-trains/hoodoo-choo-choo or by calling (907) 265-2494 or (800) 544-0552.


October 1, 2016

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

This is following BJCP guidelines though it is unclear as to whether or not it is actually a BJCP sanctioned competition.

The following categories (2008 BJCP Style Guidelines) will be judged: Oktoberfest (3B), American Pale Ale (10A), Stout (13A-F), IPA (14A-C),and Specialty Beer (23).

BJCP style guidelines may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php.

Entry Fee: $10.00 per entry

Number of bottles required: Three 12 oz. unmarked bottles with bottle ID forms attached with rubber bands.

Entry deadline: In Anchorage entries will be accepted on Tuesday, September 27at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place).

In Valdez or if shipping the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28.

Entries should be dropped off or shipped to:

Valdez Visitor Information Center
104 Chenega Street
Valdez, AK 99686
Fax: (907) 835-4845

One should fill out the registration and recipe form which are found at: http://valdezalaska.org/sites/default/files/2016%20Registration%20Packet.pdf and submit them (with the appropriate payment) in advance to:

Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 1603
Valdez, AK 99686

In Anchorage entries may be dropped off at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) until October 10th.

Judging: Judging will take place during the day on October 1st. Best of Show judging will take place that evening.

Prizes: The prize for Best of Show is $500.00! Note that winners of the Specialty Beer category will not be eligible for the Best of Show prize or the other cash prizes. First places in each of the remaining four BJCP categories (i.e. Oktoberfest, American Pale Ale, Stout, and IPA) will receive $250.00! Second places in each of those categories will receive $150.00!

The winner of the Specialty Beer category will receive a $100.00 gift certificate from Arctic Brewing Supply.

If you have any questions please contact Selah Bauer at sbauer@valdezalaska.org or (907) 835-2984.


October 7, 2016

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Location: The Eagle River Lions Club (16630 Eagle River Road) which is in Eagle River on the corner of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road.

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 and may be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club in Eagle River (11700 Old Glenn Highway) or over the phone with a credit card with Tracy - (907) 694-5437. If one wishes to pay in person you Oshould call first to make sure somebody is there before making the trip to Eagle River.

Tickets may be purchased online at: http://m.bpt.me/event/2596368. Note that online sales have service fee of $2.74 per ticket.

Asssuming the events does not sell out tickets may be purchased at the door for $60.00.

This event usually sells out weeks before the event so get your tickets as soon as you can.

Description: The price includes samples of beer from across the state and complementary appetizers. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Here is a tentative list of breweries/meaderies that will be present: 49th State Brewing, Alaskan Brewing, Arkose Brewing, Broken Tooth Brwing, Celestial Meads, Denali Brewing. Glacier Brewhouse, King Street Brewing, Midnight Sun Brewing, and Odd Man Rush Brewing.

This is a fun raise for the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club. The sole purpuse of the evening's festivities is to raise money for them.


October 8, 2016

Great Alaska Beer Train - On an Alaska Railroad train traveling from Anchorage to Portage and back

Space is limited! Reservations are required.

Time: The train departs Anchorage at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The train departs from the Alaska Railroad Depot (411W. 1st Avenue).

Cost: $179 per person ( must be at least 21 years of age). Included with the price of admission is, of course, the ride of the train, plus a multi-course dinner prepared by the Glacier Brewhouse paired with six, 1/2 pints of Glacier Brewhouse beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased from the Alaska Railroad Depot and Glacier Brewhouse (737 W. 5th Avenue) or by calling (800) 544-0552 or (907) 265-3494. Payment is due at the time of booking and all sales are final.


October 22, 2016

Southeast Alaska's Autumn Pour - Juneau, Alaska

This is a AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.

All BJCP recognized categories of beer, cider and mead are allowed. For a complete listing of the recognized style guidelines as well as Entry and Bottle ID Forms please go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org.

The competition is open to all BJCP recognized beer styles. This competition will be using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf).

Multiple entries per sub-style are acceptable.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry for the first entry and $3.00 per entry for additional entries. For example, seven entries would come to $23.00 ($5.00 for the initial entry and $3.00 per entry for the remaining six entries). Please make checks payable to Alaskan Brewing Company.

Number of Bottles: Please submit two 12 oz. bottles (with attached Bottle ID forms).

Entry Deadline: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, October 17.

Shipping/Drop off location (Juneau):
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company
5429 Shaune Drive 
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, October 22 starting at 12:00 p.m. at the Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company.

Winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Friday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. as part of First Friday at the Alaskan Brewing Depot (219 S. Franklin Street).

For additional information please contact Melody Crosby at mcrosby@alaskanbeer.com or (907) 780-5866.


October 23, 2016

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, AK

This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

All BJCP recognized categories of beer. For a complete listing of the recognized style guidelines please go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

Entry Fee: Free

Number of bottles required: Three 10-12 oz. bottles for beer and for meads two 10-14 oz. bottles or one 750 ml bottle

Entry deadline: Entries will be accepted on Saturday, October 22 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) from 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Shipped entries, however, must be received by Wednesday, October 19.

For shipped entries please contact Mike Fisher in advance for a shipping address.

Judging: Judging will take place on Sunday, October 23 at the King Street Brewing Company (7924 King Street) starting at 10:00 a.m.

There is also a side competition which is simply put "Funky Fermentables" and is intended to highlight nontradition beer ingredients.n

For additional information please contact Mike Fisher at mikefisher@gmail.com or (907) 280-9135.


October 29, 2016

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Location: Ravens Hall at the Alaska State Fair grounds

Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is $30 per person which includes admittance,Êcommemorative tasting glass and 20 three-oz. samples. Additional beerÊsamples will not be available for purchase. For Designated driversÊthe cost is $10 which includes admittance and one full sizedÊnon-alcoholic beverage. There is a $3.00 andÊ$1.00 "convenience fee"per ticket for general admission and designated drivers respectively.

Tickets are available online at: http://alaskastatefair.org/mighty-matanuska-brewfest. This link will become active after the Alaska State Fair is over (i.e. after September 5th).

Note that you may either print the tickets yourself or you can have them mailed to you. If they are mailed to you there is a charge of $4.50. The mailing charge applies per transaction not per ticket.

If you have any questions please contact She Musgrave at (907) 746-7173 or sheri@alaskastatefair.org.



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

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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

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2016


Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2016. 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.

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The Following Events are for the Year 2016

January 22 & 23

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 6

BJCP Examination - Juneau, Alaska

February 14-May 1

BJCP Study Course - Anchorage, Alaska

February 20

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

March 5

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

April 1-3

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 2

Anchorage On Tap Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

April 16

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

April 30

Alaska IPA Masters Championship - Anchorage, Alaska

May 7

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

May 7 & 15

BJCP Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

May 21

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

May 27 & 28

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 17 & 18

Euphoria - Healy, Alaska

July 16

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

July 16

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

August 4-6

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 13

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

August 20

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

September 17

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

September 17

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

September 17

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 24

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

October 1

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

October 1

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

October 8

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

October 22

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

October 23

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

October 29

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Early December

Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, 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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