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The Year at a Glance

February 7, 2015

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Creek Park (44149 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, Alaska)

Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is $10.00 for admittance to the event. Children 12 and under get in free.

To sample beer in the beer garden also requires the purchase of an event mug for $5.00. Samples are then $2.00 per 4 oz. pour. The beer garden is, of course, restricted to those of at least 21 years old.

Description: This is an outdoor event with live music, bonfires, games, food vendorsand a beer garden. The following establishments will be represent in the beer garden: Arkose Brewery, Baranof Island Brewing, Broken Tooth Brewing, Celestial Meads, Denali Brewing, Homer Brewing, Kenai River Brewing, Midnight Sun Brewing, Specialty Imports, and St. Elias Brewing.

Additional information may be found at: https://www.facebook.com/FrozenRiverFest.

February 8 - April 27, 2015

Study Course for the Beer Judge Certification Program Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

Description of the Study Course: This course is limited to 30 people.

Classes will be held:
February 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19 and 27

Time: The first class of the preparatory course will be on February 8 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Location: The preparatory and examination course will be held in at Café Amsterdam (530 East Benson #3).

Costs: $50.00 which covers the cost of a 250-300 page, 3-ring bound study guide and the costs of the commercial beers sampled and evaluated during the course. The $50.00 fee is due at the first class.

Note that the BJCP Tasting Examination is limited to only 12 participants. To accommodate this fact two tasting examinations will be given. The first will take place om May 10th and the second one will take place sometime during September. I assume sort of lottery will be employed to select the people taking the two examinations.

Note that the Beer Written Proficiency Examination will be given on October 17th. This exam is for those attempting to become judges at National or higher level. As such it is restricted to folks having taken the Tasting Examination and optained a score of at least 80%.

Prior to taking the BJCP one will need to take and pass the BJCP Entrance Examination. The cost of the examination is $10.00. Information regarding this examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf. Although this examination is taken online it is highly recommended that one study for it first. It is not an easy examination and one must complete it within one hour. After taking and pass the BJCP Entrance Examination one has up to a year to take the Tasting Examination.

Things happen. It is recommended that one take BJCP Entrance Examination AFTER one has secured a slot to take the Tasting Examination.

The BJCP Style Guidelines are being revised. In anticipation of this the May examination will be based upon the old (i.e. 2008) guidelines. The September examination should employ the new guidelines.

For more information regarding the BJCP, examination and competition schedules and a BJCP examination study guide (a different study guide than the one used in the short course) go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org.

For more information about the short course and/or the BJCP ecaminations please contact Kevin Sobolesky at metkonig@gmail.com.

February 21, 2015

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

This is a BJCP Sanctioned competition.

All recognized BJCP styles of beer, mead and cider will be accepted.

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for current members of the Great Northern Brewers Club. Otherwise it is $5.00 per entry (please make checks out to the Great Northern Brewers Club). Also fill out and enclose a National Homebrew Competition entry/recipe form for each entry following the most current BJCP/AHA style guidelines. Forms and BJCP style information are available at http://www.bjcp.org.

Bottles per Entry: Three 12 oz. bottles (mead and ciders may use three 12 oz. bottles or one 750 ml bottle)

Entry Deadline: Entries may be dropped off on Saturday, January 41 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to drop off entries at this time please contact the organizer and make other arrangements.

Shipping Entries: Entries may be shipped via private carrier (e.g. UPS, DHL, FedEx etc.) to:
Arctic Brewing Supply
Fur Rondy HBC
8401 Sandlewood Place
Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 561-5771

If entries are being shipped please contact the organizer first.

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, February 21st in the Snow Goose Restaurant basement starting at 10:00 a.m.

There will be two Best of Show awards. One for beers and one for mead/cider.

The Fur Rondy Side Challenge this year is Mild (BJCP category 11A).The winner of the Mild Ale Side Challenge will be given the opportunity to assist Arksose Brewery with brewing their Maiden Mild this spring.

For more information contact Jeff Shearer at shearer.jeff@gmail.com or (907) 782-6060.

May 2, 2015

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

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 2 starting at about noon off of Chena Pump Road at the Chena Pump Campgrounds (Google Maps refers to it as the Tanana Wayside and Boat Launch).

Come and join us in our celebration of National Homebrew Day in which we commemorate the legalization of homebrewing.

There will be a a potluck and, of course, homebrew/mead to share and sample.

The meeting will take place rain or snow or shine.

...and now for a bit of history. The Cranston Bill (introduced by Senator Alan Cranston of California) legalized homebrewing on the federal level by calling for an exemption from taxation of beer brewed at home for personal or family use. H.R. 1337, which included the Cranston Bill, was signed on October 14, 1978 by President"Jimmy" Carter. The tax exemption and, therefore, the legalization of homebrewing went into effect on February 1, 1979.


Shown above is a view of the campgrounds seen from Chena Pump Road (coming from the Geist Road).We usually meet at the shelter shown on the right.

The coordinates of the shelter we meet at are about: 64.795° N, 147.953° W.

For more information contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.

August 8, 2015

5th Annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Sports Center (538 Arena Drive)

Time: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per person which includes admission, a sample glass and eight 4-oz. samples. Additional samples may be purchased for two for $3.00 or 12 for $15.00.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at St. Elias Brewing Company, Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop and Kenai River Brewing Company, Seward Brewing or at the Sports Center the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased in Anchorage at La Bodega.

Online ticket sales will probably be available closer to the event date. Details will be given here when they become available.

Description: Breweries from throughout Alaska will be present with beers to sample. There will be live music and food will be available for purchase. This is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Soldotna. Profits from this event will employed to fund local Rotary Club projects.

Discounted cab rides from the event will be provided by Alaska Cab.

If you have any questions or for additional information please visit http://www.kenaibeerfest.com.

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


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

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

Early April

Beer & Swine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska


Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 2

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


The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

May 22 & 23

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

Late June

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska


Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska


E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 8

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska


Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

September 26

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

Late September

Celestial Meads Equinox Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Early October

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

Early October

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska


Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska


Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska


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

Early November

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska


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


Southeast Alaska Autumn Pour - Juneau, 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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