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The Year at a Glance

April 13, 2019

14th 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 for $40.00 or at the door for $45.00 (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 and appetizers. The samples tend to be roughly 4-5 oz. each.

For additional information contact Michael Willis at (907) 474-7805 or mdwillis@alaska.edu.

May 5, 2019

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.

May 24 & 25 , 2019

27th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival - Haines, Alaska

This event consists of three parts.

On May 24 there is an BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition (see below for details) and a beer dinner. On May 26 there is a beer festival.

Beer Dinner: SOLD OUT

Location: Harriet Hall at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds

Time: May 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $80 per person.

Description: This will be five course gourmet dinner with each course paired craft beers. A menu of what the food will be may be found at: http://www.seakfair.org/events/beer-fest

The tickets will be mailed to you. The tickets and a valid photo ID are required for entry into the dinner.

For additional information contact the director of the Southeast Alaska State Fair office at (907) 766-2476 or director@seakfair.org.


Beer Festival: SOLD OUT

Must be at least 21 years old to attend!

Location: Dalton City located at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds

Time: May 25
Connoisseur's Tasting: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

General Tasting: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Connoisseur's Tasting: $60.00 per person

General Tasting $40.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.seakfair.org/events/beer-fest/. Note that there is also a service charge of $2.39 per person bringing the total up to $42.39 per person.

Description: Including in the cost are a custom sample glass and several beer samples. There will be a beer festival in which several breweries from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are represented. There will be live music on stage throughout the day. Food will be available for purchase from various vendors.

There will be a free shuttle service between downtown Haines and the fairgrounds.

Note that only a limited number of tickets are sold and will like sell out prior to the event which was the case for the past four years. If tickets are still availble they will also be sold at the event entrance.

Tickets purchased online will be mailed to you. The tickets and a valid photo ID are required for entry into the beer festival.


Homebrew Competition:

This is a AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

Accepted BJCP styles: All BJCP styles beer, mead and cider will be accepted. Only one entry per subcategory person is allowed (e.g one can entry a dry stout, a sweet stout and an oatmeal stout but not three sweet stouts).

Entry Fee: $5.00 for the first entry and $3.00 for each additional entry. Please make checks out to Robert Miller.

Number of bottles required: Two 12 oz. bottles per entry. The bottles should be free of ink, paint or labels.

Entries may be dropped off at:

Drop off deadline (by appointment only): May 20 at 5:00 p.m.

John Blasco
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling
5429 Shaune Drive
Juneau, AK 99801


(907) 780-5866


Drop off deadline: May 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Amanda Randles
Haines Brewing Company
296 Fair Drive
Haines, AK 99827

(907) 766-2476


Entry shipments must arrive before 3:00 p.m. on May 23.

Shipping entries can be done by Seaplanes, Harris Air or Alaska Marine Lines.

Attn: Amanda Randles
Haines Brewing Company
296 Fair Drive
Haines, AK 99827

(907) 766-2476




Drop off deadline: May 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Arctic Brewing Supply
8401 Sandlewood Place
Anchorage, AK 99507

(907) 561-5771


Drop off deadline (by appointment only): May 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Bobby Wilken
HooDoo Brewing Company
1951 Fox Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701





Drop off deadline: May 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Marko Marjanovic
Winterlong Brewery
83 Mount Sima Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

(867) 393-2223

Entries shipped via private carrier must be recieved at Alaskan Brewing Company no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 21.

Judging: The first flight of judging wiill take place starting at 9:00 a.m. on May 24. The second flight of judgine will take place starting at 1:00 p.m. on May 24. Judges and stewards will receive a free pass to the beer festival (but not the beer dinner).

The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 25 during the beer festival.

For additional information regarding the homebrew competition please go to: http://www.seakfair.org/beer-fest and/or contact Rob Miller at hainesbrewfest@gmail.com or (907) 303-0075.

The contacts for the 27th Annual Great Alaska Craftbeer and Homebrewer Festival in general are the Southeast Alaska State Fair director - (907) 766-2476 or director@seakfair.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

2017 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition

2018 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

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2018

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2019. 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.

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.


The Following Events are for the Year 2019

January 18 & 19

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 16

Frozen RiverFest - Soldotna, Alaska

March 3

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 4

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

May 24 & 25

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

Mid -July 14

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

Late July or Early August

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

Early August

Downriver Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

August 11

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Early September

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

Late September

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September

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

Late September

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Early October

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

Alaskan Homebrew Competition - Juneau, 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

Late October

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - Palmer, Alaska

Early November

Beers by the Bay - Seward, Alaska

Early December

Humpy's Big Fish Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

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