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The Year at a Glance

January 19 & 20, 2018

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

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

January 20 at 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. (last pour is at 9:30 p.m.)
January 21 at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Connoisseur Session (last pour is at 4:45 p.m.)
January 21 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 https://m.ticketmaster.com/ticket/search.do?articles=tmus&query=beer+and+barley. Online sales were not avaiable as of noon on November 17. 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. Last year there was a 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 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.

February 17, 2018

Frozen RiverFest - Soldotna, Alaska

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

Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is free for non-drinkers. The cost is $20.00 is includes a custom festival mug and two drink tokens good for two 8 oz. pours Additonal tokens may be purchased for $3.00 each.

Description: This is an outdoor event with live music, bonfires, games, food vendors, etc.

If you have any questions please contact the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce (this year's event organizers) at andy@soldotnachamber.com or call (907) 262-9814.

May 5, 2018

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

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 5 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.

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

2017 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

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2016

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2017

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2018. 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 2018

January 19 & 20

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 17

Frozen RiverFest - Soldotna, Alaska

Early March

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska


Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 5

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

May 25 & 26

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

Late June

Euphoria Denali - Healy, Alaska


E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska


Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

Late July

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Early August

Downriver Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska


Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Early September

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 22

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September - Early October

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

Early October

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Early October

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

Early October

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska


Alaskan Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

Late October

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - Palmer, Alaska

Early November

Beers by the Bay - Seward, Alaska

Early November

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, 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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