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The Year at a Glance

April 12, 2014

Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

The styles for this year's competition will be limited to the following categories: Category 4 - Dark Lager (A. American Dark Lager, B. Munich Dunker, C. Schwarzbier); Category 7 - Amber Hybrid Beer (A. Northern German Altbier, B. California Common, C. Düsseldorf Altbier); Category 8 - English Pale Ale (A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter, B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter, C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter [English Pale Ale]); Category 12 - Porter (A. Brown Porterr, B. Robust Porter, C. Baltic Porter]); Category 16 - Belgian and French Ale (A. Witbier; B. Belgian Pale Ale; C. Saison; D. Bière de Garde; E. Belgian Specialty Ale; Category 21 - Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (A. Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer; B. Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer).

In addition to the above BJCP categories there is also the Brewer's Challenge. This year's Brewer'sCchallenge is the summer Shanty.

Okay to Europeans a Shanty is a German wheat beer to which clear lemon-lime soda has been added. However, the American version of this beverage can use any kind of citrus juice. When entering the summer shanty category one most declare which style is being entered. If entering the American style the type of citrus juice must also be specified.

Beers entered in the five traditional categoriesare eligible for Best of Show. The summer shanty, however, is not.

One of the winning beers will be brewed commerically at Snow Goose and served on their deck this summer. The "Brewers Choice" award may not necessarily go to the overall Best of Show winner. This award will determined by the head brewer of Snowy Goose along with the Best of Show judging panel based upon the ease at which the recipe may be scaled up, turnaround time etc.

Entry Fee: There is not a monetary entry fee. A recipe for each entry is required along with the appropriate forms completed.

Number of bottles required: Three 10-16 oz. bottles

Entries should be dropped off at:
Sleeping Lady Brewing Company
717 West 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 277-7716

Entry Deadline: Entries may be dropped off at the Snow Goose basement on Friday, April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Judging: Will take place on Saturday, April 12 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the basement of the Snow Goose Restaurant.

Recipe and Bottle ID forms may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/compcenter.php.

For more information contact Dan Bosch at (907) 344-2335.

April 19, 2014

9th Annual Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

All attendees must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

The Pub - UAF's Wood Center
505 Yukon Drive

Fairbanks, AK 99775

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

Cost:Tickets may be purchased at The Pub in advance or at the door for $25.00 (cash & credit cards accepted).

Description: This event is dedicated to breweries in Alaska. Attendees will have to opportunity to sample beer from breweries throughout the state.

With admittance one will receive a sample glass and 20 tickets for sample. The samples tend to be roughly 3 oz. each. Additional tickets will not be sold because of the relatively large number of tickets provided initially.

For additional information contact Donald Crocker at (907) 474-7805 or djcrocker@alaska.edu.

May 3, 2014

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

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 3 starting at about noon off of Chena Pump Road at the Chena Pump Campgrounds.

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.

July 12, 2014

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

Location: Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company's Beer Garden (2195 Old Steese Highway)

Time: 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is $20.00 which gets you a total of 10 samples and a tasting glass. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Silver Gulch's retail store or at the gate on July 12.

Description: There will be over 150 beers available for sampling. Note that multiple tickets may be required to sample some of the rare or harder to find beers. Food will be available to purchase.

For more information contact Silver Gulch at (907) 452-2739.

The above information is as of 02/22/2014. The date and time are not likely to change though some of the other details may change a bit.

July 19, 2014

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

The Grand Prize for Best of Show is $500!

Prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

Entry Fee: Please include a check or money order for $5.00 per entry. Checks or money orders should be made out to Scott Stihler.

Number of bottles required: Three 12-16 oz. brown or green bottles per entry. Crown topped bottles are preferred but flip-top (i.e. Grolsch type bottles) are okay. The bottles should be free of any ink, paint or labels. Entries with labels will be disqualified and the corresponding entry fees will be considered donations to the prize fund!

Entries will be accepted: June 23 to July 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. - No Exceptions!

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 19th at the Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company in Fox starting at about 10:00 a.m. The best entry from each of the seven judged categories will be entered into the final round of judging to determine the Best of Show.

The Judged Categories

Bock - 5
A. Maibock/Helles Bock
B. Traditional Bock
C. Doppelbock
D. Eisbock

English Pale Ale - 8
A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)

American Ale - 10
A. American Pale Ale
B. American Amber Ale
C. American Brown Ale

Porter - 12
Brown Porter
Robust Porter
Baltic Porter

Stout - 13
Dry Stout
Sweet Stout
Oatmeal Stout
D. Foreign Extra Stout
E. American Stout
F. Imperial Stout

India Pale Ale (IPA) - 14
A. English IPA
B. American IPA
C. Imperial IPA


Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 20/21A
Fruit Beer - 20
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 21A

In the above table the numbers represent the BJCP categories while the letters correspond to the subcategories. The category names have been linked to the corresponding BJCP webpage in which the respective categories are described.

Note that depending upon the number of entries in each of the seven categories it may be necessary to consolidate two underrepresented categories or subcategories into a single one.

Entry Shipping: Entries should be shipped by FedEx, UPS etc. to the following address:

c/o Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company
2195 Old Steese Highway
Fox, Alaska 99712
(907) 452-2739

There is no mail delivery to the above address! Items mailed to that address go to a post office not frequented by the folks at Silver Gulch. Aside from the legalities (or lack thereof) of sending entries via the U.S. Postal Service, doing so more than likely will result in them not being picked up in time for the competition. Please do NOT use the U.S. Mail for shipment of your entries!!!

Shipping to Alaska is a bit more expensive than doing so in the contiguous United States. To save yourself some money you might wish to consider entering the competition with a friend and sharing the shipping costs.

Please note that FedEx Overnight Delivery and UPS Red to Alaska are NOT delivered the next day. Although one pays for this service such packages are delivered in two business days. Likewise, FedEx Second-day Delivery and UPS Blue to Alaska are really delivered in three to five business days. Please keep this in mind when shipping your entries.

Due to the large area covered by the 99712 zip code* NONE of the private carriers (e.g. FedEx Ground, UPS Ground, DHL, Airbourne Express etc.) will ship to the brewery via their ground based service. Please do NOT ship your entries by ground based carriers. Although this service is less expensive, the entries will likely not arrive at their intended destination until well after the competition.

When packaging your entries please be sure to use large amounts of bubble wrap and other packing materials. An employee of FedEx suggested that packages should be able to sustain a three-four foot fall and remain intact. Although this may seem a bit excessive please note should it become apparent that entries have broken in transit, some shipping companies may not deliver your package; such packages would simply be thrown away.

We recommend placing each bottle within a large zip-lock bag prior to bubble wrapping. We also recommend placing the paperwork and entry fees in a ziplock bag. If shipping multiple entries please place all of the paperwork at the top of the package to act as a sort of packing list. Lining the shipping box with a garbage bag which is then sealed around all of the entries, packing materials etc. is also not a bad idea. Taking such precautions should ensure that the package still be delivered despite any mishaps which may happen along the way.

I believe shipping via FedEx tends to be a bit less expensive than UPS. However, one should be warned that FedEx has changed their alcohol shipping policy. All declared and undeclared alcohol shipments that break are treated as dangerous goods spills. The FedEx policy for alcohol shipping is such that only known shippers are allowed to do so.

If a package containing a homebrew entry were to break AND leak, the Dangerous Goods person at FedEx would be required by policy to contact their legal department.

Although with proper packaging one can guard against entry breakage and possible leaks things still can happen. Therefore, please use extreme caution should you choose to ship your homebrew entries via FedEx.

Entry Drop off: Entries may also be dropped off at the Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company's retail store after 4:00 p.m. on week days and after 11:00 a.m. on weekends. Please have the entries in six-pack carriers and/or boxes (i.e. make the entries as self-contained as possible). Note that on the final day (i.e. July 16) entries are due by 5:30 p.m.

Entry/Bottle ID Forms: The Entry and Bottle ID Forms may be printed from the links below. We recommend you use them, however, the standard AHA/BJCP forms may also be used. If the AHA/BJCP forms are used please be sure to include your T-shirt size and e-mail address. Since bottles have been known to break in transit we recommend putting the Entry Form and your check or money order in a separate zip-lock bag. Also please attach Bottle ID Forms to each of the three bottles per entry with rubber bands (Please do NOT use tape or glue!). If the tape or glue is used to attached these forms to the bottles, the offending entry or entries may be disqualified and the entry fee considered a donation to the cause. Whether or not such an entry is disqualified depends upon the degree to which the tape and/or glue was used AND mood of the Registrar and Organizer at the time said entry or entries were checked in. Yes, these criteria are rather arbitrary. However, one can avoid this issue entirely by simply NOT taping or gluing the Bottle ID forms to the bottles.

Three bottles per entry are required just in case there are sufficient entries to warrant multiple flights during the initial round of judging. Also the additional bottles are added insurance against the loss of an entire entry due to breakage. Because of the logistics involved unused bottles will not be returned. Sorry.

Please indicate on the Entry Form which of Category and Subcategory to which you wish to entry your beer. A complete listing of the BJCP style guidelines may be found at the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php.

Note that one MUST indicate the Classic Beer Style for entries in the Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category. Please indicate the classic beer style in the space provided on the Entry Form and include the category number and subcategory letter. For example, for a Honeydew Melon, Caraway and Fennel Seed Doppelbock the classic beer style would be Category 5: Bock; Subcategory D: Doppelbock. If you do not indicate the classic beer style for Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer entries then beer styles will be randomly assigned to each of these entries!

Extra awards: In addition to the normal competition we have the Battered Bottle Cap Award for the most humorous beer name and the Globe Trotter Award for the farthest traveled entry. We also give out the Club Spirit Award which is to recognize and honor homebrew clubs which support our competition. Individuals who support the competition above and beyond the call of duty are also recognized. Three or more separate entrants specifying their respective homebrew club will receive the Club Spirit Award. Individuals with five or more entries and, therefore, have plenty of club spirit all by themselves, will also receive this prestigious award. In 2009 we introduced The Order of the Bronze Hyphen. A hyphen as in what separates the words anal and retentive. This award is given to those entrants who show a high degree of attention to detail and legibility when filling out their paperwork. These entrants not only filled out the paperwork completely and legibly but they also took measures to prevent and contain breakages without being excessive.

A few FYI's for new entrants:
(1) This is pretty much an internet based competition. We will notify you of developments with respect to the competition via e-mail.

(2) We try to stay out of the way of the good folks at Silver Gulch as much as possible. We will come in on the evening/night of the final day in which entries are accepted (i.e. July 16) to check them in. Please use your tracking number to check on the status of the entry package. Please do NOT call Silver Gulch! If there are problems with the tracking, contact the shipping carrier your used (e.g. UPS). The good folks at Silver Gulch do not have time to go looking for your package. Please do not bother them.

(3) Please check your e-mail on Thursday, July 17. After checking in entries we send an e-mail to the entrants telling them that their entries arrived okay. If there is some sort of problem with an entry we will notify you at that time as well. Since we often do not finish checking in entries until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m., the e-mails may not be sent out until the next morning. We generally send them out when we get back home but if we are particularly tired we may blow that off until the morning/afternoon (i.e. later in the day). If you do not hear from us sometime on Thursday then there may be some sort of problem and you should contact us ASAP.

If you do not have an e-mail account and there is some sort of problem we will call you some time on Thursday.

(4) We will notify the Best of Show winner with a phone call from the Silver Gulch shortly after the overall winner has been determined. We are generally finished with the judging between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ADT (i.e. 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EDT).

(5) A results webpage is constructed and generally posted on the Sunday following the competition. We will send out an e-mail notifying the entrants that the results are posted and provide a direct link to the results webpage. Please do not ask us for the results prior to this.

(6) On the Monday following the competition (i.e. July 21) a certified check for $500 will be mailed to the Best of Show winner via U.S.P.S. Express Mail.

(7) The entrants' prize packages and competition score sheets are generally mail out 2-3 weeks following the competition. An e-mail will be sent out to the entrants notifying them that the prize packages are on the way.

We need experienced judges to help out with the judging on July 19!!!

If you'd like to judge or need more information about the E.T. Barnett Homebrew Competition please contact Scott Stihler at home - (907) 474-2138, work - (907) 474-5450 or stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com.

* Note that I was curious as to exactly how large an area is covered by the 99712 zip code. I went online (http://www.zip-codes.com/zip-code/99712/zip-code-99712.asp) and found that the 99712 zip code encompasses about 3,530 sq. miles (9,144 sq. km). This is greater than the areas of the states of Delaware (2,489 sq. miles/6,446 sq. km) and Rhode Island (1,545 sq. miles/4,001 sq. km). In fact, it is over twice the area of Rhode Island. Hmmm...the area of the 99712 zip code turned out to be a bit larger than I had expected.

Who was E.T. Barnette?

Forms Needed for the E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

Entry Form (HTML)

Entry Form (PDF)

Bottle ID Form (HTML)

Bottle ID Form (PDF)

E.T. Barnette's Competition Advise

(click the images to hear what he has to say)

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

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2014. 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 2014

January 17 & 18

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 1

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

February 9 - Apri1 13

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

April 4-6

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 5

Beer & Swine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

April 12

Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 3

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

May 17

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, AK

May 23 & 24

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 15-22

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 12

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 19

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 9

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska


Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska


Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

September 13

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September

Alaska Meadery Equinox Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Late September

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

October 4

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

Early October

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

October 17 & 18

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Late October

Southeast Alaska Autumn Pour - Juneau., Alaska


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