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February 19 - April 30, 2017

Beer Tasting and Palette Training Class - Anchorage, Alaska

Description of the Study Course: This course is limited to 40 people. There will be a waiting list for those to take the place of anyone who does not show up for the first class.

Classes will be held:
February 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, and 26
April 2, 9, 23, and 30

Time: The first class of the The Beer Tasting and Palette Training course will be on February 19 starting at 5:00 p.m.

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

Costs: $50.00 which is due at the first class.

This class is intended to prepare people to take the BJCP Tasting Examination.

The next examination to be held in Anchorage will be on May 14. The BJCP Tasting Examination is limited to 12 people so not everybody taking this year's course will be able to take the next examination.

For more information about the short course and/or the BJCP ecaminations please contact Kevin Sobolesky at metkonig@gmail.com or (907) 903-1056.

February 24 & 25, 2017

Fairbanks Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

Carlson Center
2010 2nd Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 451-7800

Friday, February 24 at 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 -11:00 p.m.

Attendees MUST be at least 21 years old - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Costs: $40.00 which covers admission and beer samples. There is a $5.00 Military Discount so their cost would be $35.00.

Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www1.ticketmaster.com. Note, however, there is a variable rate(depending upon the amount spent) service fee associated with the use of this form. For a single ticket the fee is $13.80 and for two tickets the fee would be $24.10 bringing the total costs to $53.80 and $104.10 respectively. The corresponding fees for the military are $13.65 and $23.80 with total costs of $48.65 and $93.80 respectively. Once purchased one can print the tickets out yourself or have them mailed to you for an additional $4.50 for standard mail or $14.50 for three business day delivery.

One can save on the service fee by purchasing regular tickets directly from the Carlson Center and purchasing military tickets from Gene's Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM (3400 South Cushman Street).

Description: The first 1000 people will receive a commemorative glass. There will be 75 beers to sample for 40 breweries. Technically there is no limit to the number of beers once can sample. However, in practice that is not the case. If one is seen to be overindulging you will likely be cut off. As always moderating is the best policy. Drink beers and maintain an even-keel.

Food will be available for purchase. Food Booths and Food Trucks will compete for the "Best Bacon Dish".

If you have any questions please contact Steel Head Productions at mike@robbinsalaska.com.

February 25, 2017

Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Examination - Juneau, Alaska

Only 12 people are allowed to take the examination at a time.

Prior to taking the BJCP Tasting Examination an online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion (http://bjcp.coursewebs.com) must be taken and passed. One need not take this entrance examintion if one has taken the BJCP exam before or scored at least 60 points in the essay section of the old exam (what the BJCP is calling the Legacy Beer Exam).

Details of the Entrance Examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf.

A study guide may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Study_Guide.pdf.

Time: To be determined

Location: Alaska Brewing Company (530 East Benson #3)

Cost: Online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion: $10.00
The BJCP Beer Judging Examination): $40.00 (
($15.00 for retakes)

Description of Examination: The BJCP Beer Judging Examination consists of critically evaluating six beers during a 90 minute period.

For more information about the 2017 BJCP examination please contact Joy Will at (907) 780-5866 or hr@alaskanbeer.com.

March 4, 2017

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

This is a BJCP Sanctioned competition.

All recognized BJCP styles of beer will be accepted. No meads or ciders will be accepted, however.

Because of the large number of categories in the 2015 BJCP style guideline, entries in this competition will be consolidated and judge in the follow broad categories: Lager, Stout/Port, Imperial ( > 8% alcohol), Belgian/French Ale, IPA/Pale Ale, Wild/Sour/Brettamyces, and Other. Within each of these groups the beers will be evaluated based upon how well the fit their individual style categories/subcategories.

Note that you still need to indicate the BJCP Style Category and Subcategory on your entry form.

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Forms and BJCP style information are available at http://www.bjcp.org.

Bottles per Entry: Three 12 oz. bottles

Entry Deadline: Entries may be dropped off on February 27 - March 2 at Resolution Brewing (3024 Mountain View Drive ) from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and on March 3 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 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, March 4 in the basement of 49th State Brewing Company Anchorage (717 W. 3rd Avenue) starting at noon.

As a grand prize for Best of Show (B.O.S.) the winning beer will be brewed by 49th State Brewing. Note that should the B.O.S. beer not be practical for 49th State to brew and sell another winning beer will be selected and brewed by 49th State Brewing.

For more information contact Chris Ferguson at fergchri@gmail.com or (907) 317-3663.

May 6, 2017

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

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 7 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 14, 2017

Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Examination - Juneau, Alaska

Only 12 people are allowed to take the examination at a time.

Prior to taking the BJCP Tasting Examination an online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examintion (http://bjcp.coursewebs.com) must be taken and passed. One need not take this entrance examintion if one has taken the BJCP exam before or scored at least 60 points in the essay section of the old exam (what the BJCP is calling the Legacy Beer Exam).

Details of the Entrance Examination may be found at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Entrance_Exam.pdf.

A study guide may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Study_Guide.pdf.

Time: To be determined

Location: To be determined

Cost: Online BJCP Beer Judge Entrance Examination: $10.00
The BJCP Beer Judging Examination): $40.00 (
($15.00 for retakes)

Description of Examination: The BJCP Beer Judging Examination consists of critically evaluating six beers during a 90 minute period.

The next BJCP examination will be given in Juneau on February 11, 2018. For more information about the 2017 BJCP examination please contact Kevin Soboleskyl at (907) 903-1056 or metkonig@gmail.com .

July 15, 2017

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 19 to July 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. - No Exceptions!

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, July 15th 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*

Dark European Lager - 8
A. Munich Dunkel
B. Schwarzbier

British Bitter - 11
A. Ordinary Bitter
Best Bitter
C. Strong Bitter

Dark British Beer - 16
A. Sweet Stout
B. Oatmeal Stout
C. Tropical Stout
D. Foreign Extra Stout

Pale American Ale - 18
Blonde Ale
B. American Pale Ale

Amber and Brown American Beer - 19
American Amber Ale
B. California Common
C. American Brown Ale

Belgian Ale - 24
A. Witbier
B. Belgian Pale Ale
Bière de Garde

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 29A, 29B and 30A
Fruit Beer - 29A
Fruit and Spice Beer - 29B
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer - 30A

*In this table, the numbers represent the BJCP categories while the letters correspond to the subcategories. Information regarding the above categories and subcategories may be found by at: http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

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. We have never actually done this though.

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

c/o Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company
2195 Old Steese Highway North
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 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 or group of friends and sharing the shipping costs.

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

For several years we've been telling folks that due to the large area covered by the 99712 zip code* none of the private carriers (e.g. UPS Ground, DHL, Airbourne Express etc.) will ship to the brewery via their ground based service. This may not necessarily be the case.  Apparently at least some private carriers will deliver to Silver Gulch via their ground based shipping. There is a caveat to this, however. We’ve heard that the delivery times for ground based shipments are extremely variable and one cannot depend on items being delivered by a particular date. We therefore, still suggest shipping your entries by means of Overnight or Second-day Delivery.

Note that we do not know if shipping to Fox via ground is universal. You should check with your carrier and confirm that your package will indeed be shipped by the carrier all the way to Fox. Previously problems arose from ground based shipping because the entries reached Anchorage and then were mailed to Fox. Apart from this being illegal the entries were not received. At any rate, if you decide to use ground based shipping please ship your items as soon as possible.

When packaging your entries please be sure to use large amounts of bubble wrap and other packing materials.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.

Please note that FedEx no longer delivers to Fox. Entries shipped via FedEx will end up sitting in a warehouse near the airport in Fairbanks. Such entries will not be received and, therefore, will not be entered into the competition. In February 2017 I double checked on this to see if it was still indeed the case and it is. Please do NOT ship your 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; make the entries as self-contained as possible with the bottles, paperwork and entry fees all together. Do not attempt to give the entry fees to the folks at Silver Gulch separately. On the final day (i.e. July 13), 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 on that form. 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.

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://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

In the Belgian Ale Category (24) if entering the subcategory 24C (Bièr de Garde) please indicate on the Entry Form the color of your Bièr de Garde entry (i.e. brown, amber or blond).

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 Tomato Anise Seed Hefeweizen , the classic style would be Cateogory 10: German Wheat Beer, Subcategory 10A: Weissbier. 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 follow directions and 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 13) 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 13. 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 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 17) 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 3-4 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 15!!!

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

Bottle ID Form

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

2015 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

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2017. 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.

- Anc

The Following Events are for the Year 2017

January 20 & 21

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 18

Frozen RiverFest - Soldotna, Alaska

February 19 - April 30

Beer Tasting and Palette Training Class - Anchorage, Alaska

February 24 & 25

Fairbanks Beer Festival

February 25

BJCP Examination - Juneau, Alaska

March 4

Fur Rondy Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

March 31-April 2

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

April 1

Equinox Mead Competition - Talkeetna, Alaska


Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late April

Alaska IPA Masters Championship - Anchorage, Alaska

May 6

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

May 14

BJCP Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

Late May

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

May 26 & 27

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska


Euphoria - Healy, Alaska

July 15

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

July 15

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 12

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Late August

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska


Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 23

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

Early October

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

Early October

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

Early October

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

Early October

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

Late October

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

Late October

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Late October

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Early November

Beers by the Bay - 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.


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