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The Year at a Glance

March 27-29, 2015

6th Annual Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

This is a loosely organized series of events which show cases Denali Brewing Company and other establishments in Talkeetna and homebrewing.

Below is a tentative schedule of events:

Friday, March 27:
7:00 p.m. - Beer Dinner at the Denali Brewpub (formerly Twister Creek Restaurant) - A multi-course meal featuring Denali Brewing Beer. Last year's Golden Carboy winning beer, Jeff Shearer's Saison, was brewed up by Denali Brewing Company and will be tapped for the first time during the dinner. The cost is $69.00 per person. Space is limited call (907) 733-2537 or e-mail shawns@denalibrewing.com to make reservations.

Friday, March 27:
7:00 p.m. - Burger & Brews at the West Rib Pub & Grill - Have a burger with Jeff Shearer's Saison and get a Denali Brewing Company can Cozy for free.

Saturday, March 28:
9:00 a.m. - Keg and Growler fill drop offs and Denali Brewpub and the Spur Road Tasting Room
Starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day one can drop off kegs at Denali Brewpub and Denali Brewing Company's tasting room (on Spur Road) to have them cleaned and filled for your trip home on Sunday or Monday. Growler orders can also be made at that time. Denali Brewpub will accept kegs and growlers 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p..m and the Spur Road Tasting Room will accept them 1:00-8:00 p.m. Note that keg pick-up will be at the Spur Road location regardless of where the kegs were dropped off.

10:00 a.m. - Beer Bakin' at the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe
Learn about baking with beer with a class taught at the Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe. One of the things they will be making is pretzels. There is a $5.00 material fees. This class is limited to 12 people so call (907) 733-6887 to reserve your spot.

12:00 p.m. (Noon) - Deadline for entries in the Golden Carboy Homebrew Contest
Entries should be turned in the the Denali Brewing Company's tasting room. Entries will be accepted Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This not a sanctioned homebrew competition. This is a mellow people's choice sort of affair without score sheets. Local Talkeetna residents and the brew crew at Denali Brewing will sample the beers and decide which beer they like the most. That beer will be declared the Best of Talkeetna Beer Trippin' 2015 and awarded the infamous Golden Carboy. That beer will be brewed by Denali Brewing Company and served during the next Talkeetna Beer Trippin'.

1:00 p.m. - Beer and Pizza at Mountain High Pizza Pie
Again you pay for what you want in terms of pizza and beer. Denali Brewing will tap a few special beers for this event.

3:00-5:00 p.m. - Homebrew Taste and Share
A section of the Twister Creek Restaurant will be devoted to homebrewing and homebrewers. Bring your best homebrew to share with others. This event is open only to members of the Great Northern Brewers Club so be sure to bring your membership card. However, memberships can be purchased for $30.00.

5:30 p.m. - 2015 Golden Carboy Award
The winner of the 2015 Golden Carboy will be announced at the Denali Brewpub.

9:30 p.m. Taping of the Cask
One of Denali Brewing's beers has been cask conditioned for this event. This beer will betapped at this time at the Fairview Innt.

10:00 p.m. - Fairview Inn - Come and listen to live music.

Sunday, March 29:
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Keg fill pick ups
Pick up your growlers at (Denali Brewpub 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or the Spur Road Tasting Room 1:00-8:00 p.m.) or kegs Denali Brewing'sTasting Room (Spur Road ) at 1:00-8:00 p.m. before heading home.

10:00 a.m. - Farewell Breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse
Again you pay for what you want. The Roadhouse's breakfasts are a great way to counteract possible over indulgences the night before. As a bit of the hair of the dog beer brewed by the homebrew class of the Northern Susitna Institute's Folk School will be available. All proceeds from the sale of this beer will go directly to the Northern Susitna Institute.

1:00 p.m. -Denali Brewing CompanyTour (Spur Road, Mile 2 Talkeetna Spur Road)
Come and see the brewery behind all those wonderful beers you've been drinking all weekend long.

Lodging in Talkeetna includes (but is not limited to) the following establishments: a B&B on C, Chinook Wind Cabins, Main Street Suites, Talkeetna Cabins, and the Talkeetna Roadhouse.

April 18, 2015

10th 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 $30.00 or at the door for $35.00 (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 2, 2015

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

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, May 2 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.

August 8, 2015

5th Annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

Location: Soldotna Sports Center (538 Arena Drive)

Time: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per person which includes admission, a sample glass and eight 4-oz. samples. Additional samples may be purchased for two for $3.00 or 12 for $15.00.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at St. Elias Brewing Company, Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop and Kenai River Brewing Company, Seward Brewing or at the Sports Center the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased in Anchorage at La Bodega.

Online ticket sales will probably be available closer to the event date. Details will be given here when they become available.

Description: Breweries from throughout Alaska will be present with beers to sample. There will be live music and food will be available for purchase. This is a fund raiser for the Rotary Club of Soldotna. Profits from this event will employed to fund local Rotary Club projects.

Discounted cab rides from the event will be provided by Alaska Cab.

If you have any questions or for additional information please visit http://www.kenaibeerfest.com.

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

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest 2014

Below is a listing of beer-related events taking place in Alaska during 2015. 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 2015

January 16 & 17

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

February 7

Frozen River Fest - Soldotna, Alaska

February 8

BJCP Examination Preparatory Course - Anchorage, Alaska

February 21

Fur Rendezvous Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Talkeetna Beer Trippin' - Talkeetna, Alaska

Early April

Beer & Swine Festival - Anchorage, Alaska


Snow Goose Breakup Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 2

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


The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

May 22 & 23

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

Late June

Solstice Beer Fest - Healy, Alaska

July 18

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 18

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 8

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska


Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

September 26

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Late September

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

Late September

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

Late September

Celestial Meads Equinox Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

Early October

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

Early October

Eagle River Brew Fest - Eagle River, Alaska


Mighty Matanuska Brewfest - Palmer, Alaska


Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska


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

Early November

Bodega-Fest - Anchorage, Alaska


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


Southeast Alaska Autumn Pour - Juneau, 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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