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The Year at a Glance

October 4, 2014

Great Alaska Beer Train - On an Alaska Railroad train traveling from Anchorage to Portage and back

Space is limited! Reservations are required.

Time: The train departs Anchorage at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The train departs from the Alaska Railroad Depot (411W. 1st Avenue).

Cost: $169 per person ( must be at least 21 years of age). Included with the price of admission is, of course, the ride of the train, plus an assortment of appetizers prepared by the Glacier Brewhouse paired with six, 1/2 pints of Glacier Brewhouse beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased online at: http://www.alaskarailroad.com/Tickets/DayToursSearch/DayToursDetails/tabid/583/Default.aspx as well as from the Alaska Railroad Depot and Glacier Brewhouse (737 W. 5th Avenue) or by calling (800) 544-0552 or (907) 265-3494. Payment is due at the time of booking and all sales are final.


October 10, 2014

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska

Location: The Eagle River Lions Club (16630 Eagle River Road) which is in Eagle River on the corner of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road.

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $60.00 and may be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club in Eagle River (11700 Old Glenn Highway). One should call 694-5437 to make sure somebody is there before making the trip to Eagle River.

This event usually sells out weeks before the event so get your tickets as soon as you can.

Description: The price includes a high end buffet style dinner, a commemorative pint glass and samples from Alaskan Brewing, Arkose Brewing, Broken Tooth Brewing, Celestial Meadery, Denali Brewing, Glacier Brewhouse, Midnight Sun Brewing, and Sleeping Lady Brewing. Seating is limited. There will also be an ongoing silent aution. Towards the end of the evening there will be also be a "live" aution.

This is a fun raise for the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club. The sole purpuse of the evening's festivities is to raise money for them.


October 17 & 18, 2014

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

Location: Ravens Hall at the Alaska State Fair grounds

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

Cost: The cost is $30 per day which includes admittance, commemorative tasting glass and 20 three-oz. samples. Additional beer samples will not be available for purchase. For Designated drivers the cost is $10 which includes admittance and one full sized non-alcoholic beverage.

Tickets are available online at: http://alaskastatefair.org/2014-brewfest.

Note that you may either print the tickets yourself or you can have them mailed to you. If they are mailed to you there is a charge of $4.50. The mailing charge applies per transaction not per ticket.

The price of the tickets are $30.00 per day. Designated drives can get in for $10.00 per day. Note that if ordering online there is a $3.00 and $1.00 "convenience fee"per ticket respectively.

Using the above link one can also arrange to ride the Magic Bus which leaves from Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot in Anchorage. The bus leaves for the festival on both days at 5:00 p.m. Buses depart for the return trip at 10:00 p.m. and arrive at Chilkoot Charlie's at about 11:00 p.m. The cost which includes admission is $50.00 per person per day plus a $3.50 "convenience fee" for each ticket.


October 17 & 18, 2014

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

This is following BJCP guidelines though it is unclear as to whether or not it is actually a BJCP sanctioned competition.

The following categories will be judged: Oktoberfest (3B), American Pale Ale (10A), Stout (13A-F), IPA (14A-C), Specialty Beer (23), Traditional Mead (24).

BJCP style guidelines may be found at: http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php.

Entry Fee: $10.00 per entry

Number of bottles required: Three 12 oz. unmarked bottles with bottle ID forms attached with rubber bands.

Entry deadline: In Anchorage entries will be accepted on Thursday, October 10 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place).

In Valdez or if shipping the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11.

Entries should be dropped off or shipped to:

Valdez Visitor Information Center
104 Chenega Street
Valdez, AK 99686
Fax: (907) 835-4845

One should fill out the registration and recipe form attached here and submit them (with the appropriate payment) in advance to:

Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 1603
Valdez, AK 99686

In Anchorage entries may be dropped off at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) until October 10th.

Judging: Mead judging will take place on Friday, October 17 at the Valdez Visitors Information Center starting at around 6:30 p.m. or so. The remaining categories will be judged Saturday, October 18.

Those wishing to help with the judging should fill out and mail in the above registration form.

Prizes: The prize for Best of Show is $1,000.00! Note that winners of the mead and Specialty Beer categories will not be eligible for the Best of Show prize or the other cash prizes.. First places in each of the remaining four BJCP categories (i.e. Oktoberfest, American Pale Ale, Stout, and IPA) will receive $500.00! Second places in each of those categories will receive $250.00!

The winner of the Specialty Beer category will receive a $100.00 gift certificate from Arctic Brewing Supply and the winner of the Mead category will receive a Valdez gift package.

If you have any questions please contact Brian Noonan at noonan.brian@yahoo.com or (781) 856-9037.


October 18, 2014

HooDoo Choo Choo - On an Alaska Railroad train traveling from Fairbanks to Nenana and back

Space is limited! Reservations are required.

Time: The train departs Anchorage at 4:00 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

Location: The train departs from the Alaska Railroad Depot (1745 Johansen Expressway).

Cost: $169 per person ( must be at least 21 years of age). Included with the price of admission is, of course, the ride of the train, plus hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Lavelle's Bistro paired with six, 1/2 pints of HooDoo Brewing beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased by online at: http://www.alaskarailroad.com/Tickets/DayToursSearch/DayToursSearchResults/tabid/582/Default.aspx or by calling (907) 265-2494 or (800) 544-0552.


November 1, 2014

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Alaska Aviation Museum (4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, Alaska)

Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: The cost is $35.00 advaned purchase ($40.00 at the door) which includes admittance, a commemorative tasting glass and 15 sample tickets. Additional samples can purchased for 10 for $5.00.

Tickets are available at La Bodega in the Metro Mall (530 East Benson Boulevard) or online at http://www.bodegafest.com. Note that for online purchases there is an additional charge of $2.22 per ticket.
Also note that for online purchases one can print out the ticket or have it mailed to you via 1st Class Mail for no additional charge. To have tickets mailedto you via Priority Mail or Express Mail incur additional charges for $5.05 and $18.11 per ticket order respectively.

Description: There will be beer, mead and cider from Alaska and the Pacific northwest available to sample. All proceeds will benefit Alaska Public Media.

There will be live music and food will be available for purchase.



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

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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 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

April 19

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, Alaska

May 23 & 24

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 20-21

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 12

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 19

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

August 1 & 2

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 9

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

September 13

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

September 14

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

September 20

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

September 20

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 20

Celestial Meads Equinox Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

October 4

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

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska

October 17 & 18

Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska

October 17 & 18

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

October 18

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

Late October

Southeast Alaska Autumn Pour - Juneau., Alaska

November 1

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska

Mid-November

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.

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