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The Year at a Glance

September 23, 2017

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

Location: Juneau Arts & Culture Center (350 Whittier Street)

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Tickets may be purchased starting on July. The regular ticket price is $35.00. VIP tickets which gets allows you to get in one half hour early (i.e. 12:30 p.m.) are $60.00. Non-drinking tickets are $10.00.
Tickets may be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-brewfest-2017-juneau-alaska-tickets-35742481725#tickets

Included in the ticket price are admission, a sample glass and 2 oz. samples.

Description: This event is a fund raiser for the Juneau Housing First and Rotary Club of Juneau.

This event is organized by the Rotary Club of Juneau.

If you have any questions please the "Brew Crew" at crew@capbrewfest.com or use their online form.


September 23, 2017

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

The Zymurgist Borealis Homebrew Club will meet on Saturday, September 23 at the Chena Pump Campgrounds.

The festivities will start at around noon or so.

There will be a potluck of good food and, of course, plenty of great beer/mead to sample. This event is free to anybody interested in learning about homebrewing.

The meeting will take place rain or snow or shine.

 

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.

In Google Earth the campgrounds is designated as Tanana Wayside and Boat Launch.

For more information contact Scott Stihler at stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com or (907) 474-2138.


September 30, 2017

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: $199 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 starting August 23at: https://alaskarailroad.com/ride-a-train/event-trains/hoodoo-choo-choo or by calling (907) 265-2494 or (800) 544-0552.


October 6, 2017

Eagle River Brewfest - 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: $50.00 and may be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club in Eagle River (11700 Old Glenn Highway) or over the phone with a credit card with Tracy - (907) 694-5437. If one wishes to pay in person you Oshould call first to make sure somebody is there before making the trip to Eagle River.

Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3057697. Note that online sales have service fee of $2.74 per ticket.

Asssuming the events does not sell out tickets may be purchased at the door for $60.00.

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

Description: The price includes samples of beer from across the state and complementary appetizers. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Here is a tentative list of breweries/meaderies that will be present: 49th State Brewing, Arkose Brewing, Broken Tooth Brwing, Denali Brewing/Alaskan Meadery, Glacier Brewhouse, Midnight Sun Brewing, and Odd Man Rush Brewing.

A shuttle van will be available for anyone needing a ride home after the event.

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 7, 2017

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

OKTOBERFEST:

Location:
Valdez Convention & Civic Center
314 Clifton Drive
Valdez, AK 99686

Time: 7:00 p.m. - ?

Costs:
General admission: $45.00 which includes a full buffet dinner with German-style food and dessert, a pint glass and one pint of beer.

People's Choice Tasting Room are and General Admission Combination: $55.00 Êwhich general admission plus a "Flight Deck" of four craft beers made by breweries in Alaska. These ticket holders can vote on the People's Choice Award.

Tickets may be purchased at the Valdez Visitors Center (309 Fairbanks Drive) and A Rogues Garden (354 Fairbanks Drive).

Tickets may also be purchased online at: https://valdezoktoberfest.ticketspice.com/2017-oktoberfest-home-brew-competition.


Note there is a charge of $1.35 per ticket for use of this service. One can purchase punch cards for beer samples at this site for $20.00 per four cards. Each cards is good for one pint sized sample or four 4 oz. samples.

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HOME BREW COMPETITION:

This is a BJCP Sanctioned Competition.

The following categories will be judged: Lager, Stout/Porter, Imperial (alcohol content 8% and up), IPA/Pale, and Specialty Beer

BJCP style guidelines may be foundÊat: https://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

Entry Fee: $10.00 per entry

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

Entry deadlines:
In Anchorage entries will be accepted until Tuesday, October 3 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place).

In Valdez or if shipping thedeadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3.

In Valdez or shipping entries should bedropped off/shipped to:
Valdez Visitor Information Center
104 Chenega Street
Valdez, AK 99686

One should fill out the registration and recipe form which are found at: http://valdezalaska.org/sites/default/files/2016%20Registration%20Packet.pdf and submit them (with the appropriate payment) in advance to:

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

Judging: Judging will take place during the day on October 7th at the Valdez Civic Center (314 Clifton Drive). Best of Show judging will take place that evening.

Prizes: The prize for Best of Show is $500.00!


Note that winners of the Specialty Beer category 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 will receive $250.00! Second places in each of those categories will receive $150.00!

The winnerof the Specialty Beer category will receive a $100.00 gift certificate from Arctic Brewing Supply.

If you have any questionsÊplease contact Christopher Ferguson at fergchri@gmail.com or (907) 317-3663.


October 7, 2017

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: $179 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 a multi-course dinner prepared by the Glacier Brewhouse paired with six, 1/2 pints of Glacier Brewhouse beers. Additional beers are available for purchase.

Tickets may purchased 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 8, 2017

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.

This competition is open to all BJCP recognized categories of beer. However, there is a restriction of which categories may be eligible for the Best of Show (BOS). For a complete listing of the recognized style guidelines please go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

In general, BOS is restricted to Wild/Sour/Brettanomyces Beer, IPA/Pale Ale, Lager, Stout/Porte, Belgian/French Beer, and Imperial Beer (i.e. 8% alcohol and up). This listing is kind of general and bit confusing. A much more detailed (and useful) list of categories and subcategories eligible for the BOS as well as a break down of point cut-offs for First, Second and Third Places as well as BOS may be found at AnchorTown2017.pdf.

Entrants are restricted to no more that one entry per subcategory.

Entry Fee: Free

Number of bottles required: Three 10-12 oz. bottles per entry.

Entry deadline: Entries will be accepted on Saturday, September 30 at Arctic Brewing Supply (8401 Sandlewood Place) from 12:00-6:00 p.m.

For shipped entries please contact Mike Fisher in advance for a shipping address, entry deadline etc.

Judging: Judging will take place on Sunday, October 8 at the King Street Brewing Company (7924 King Street) starting at 10:00 a.m.

There is also a side competition which is "Harvest Beers"and is intended to highlight autumn harvest ingredients.

King Street Brewing will brew one of the beers from the Best of Show round. It may not necessarily be the Best of Show winning beer. The King Street folks will select a beer based upon the ability to scale up the recipe, commercial viability and their personal preference.

For additional information please contact Mike Fisher at mikefisher@gmail.com or (907) 280-9135.


October 14, 2017

Alaskan Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

This is a AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.

All BJCP recognized categories of beer, cider and mead are allowed. For a complete listing of the recognized style guidelines as well as Entry and Bottle ID Forms please go to the following URL: http://www.bjcp.org.

The competition is open to all BJCP recognized beer styles. The 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines may be found at: http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.

Multiple entries per sub-style are acceptable.

There is also a side competition, The Challenge Cup. This competition involves beers brewed with spruce tips. Alaskan Brewing will even provide interested homebrewers with Sitka spruce tips from Gustavus. Spruce tips will be send to homebrewers who sign up May-August at https://alaskanbeer.com/homebrew.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry for the first entry and $3.00 per entry for additional entries. For example, seven entries would come to $23.00 ($5.00 for the initial entry and $3.00 per entry for the remaining six entries). Please make checks payable to Alaskan Brewing Company.

Number of Bottles: Please submit two 12 oz. bottles (with Bottle ID forms attached with rubber bands).

Entry Deadline: Entries will be accepted September 18 - October 6.

Shipping/Drop off location (Juneau):
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company
5429 Shaune Drive 
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Drop off location (Fairbanks):
Gavora's Fine Wine
250 3rd Street, No. 2
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Note that homebrewers dropping off entries at Gavora's will receive 10% off any homebrewing supplies purchased when they drop off their entries.

Drop off locations (Ancorage):
Arctic Brewing Supply
8401 Sandlewood Place
Anchorage, AK 99507

Gold Rush Liquor
8661 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99515

The maximum number of entries that will be accepted is 200 (first come first served) so get your entries in early.

Judging: Judging will take place on Saturday, October 14 starting at 12:00? p.m. at the Twisted Fish Company Alaskan Grill (505 S. Franklin Street).

Awards: The Best of Show winner will receive $500! plus a change to brew their beer one Alaskan Brewing one barrel system with one of their brewers. The winner of the Challenge Cup will have the opportunity to brew their beer on the one barrel system as well. The Challenge Cup winner will also recieve "...the Challenge Cup for a year - a specially designed trophy meant for sharing throughout the year." Perhaps the coolest thing about both the BOS and Challenge Cups is that Alaskan Brewing Company will fly you to Juneau so you can brew your beer on their system!

More detailed information regarding the competition may be found at: https://alaskanbeer.com/homebrew.

For additional information please contact Melody Crosby at mcrosby@alaskanbeer.com or (907) 780-5866.


October 28, 2017

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - Palmer, Alaska

Location: Raven Hall at the Alaska State Fair grounds

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

Cost: The cost is $30 per person 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 sizedÊnon-alcoholic beverage. There is a $3.00 and $1.00 "convenience fee"per ticket for general admission and designated drivers respectively.

Tickets are available online at: http://alaskastatefair.org/mighty-matanuska-brewfest. This link will become active after the Alaska State Fair is over (i.e. after September 22nd).

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.

There will be live music, dancing, a costume contest, and a raffle. Food will also be available for purchase.

If you have any questions please contact Sheri Musgrave at (907) 746-7173 or sheri@alaskastatefair.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

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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

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.

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

April 15

Taste of Alaska Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

May 6

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

May 14

BJCP Examination - Anchorage, Alaska

May 26 & 27

Great Alaska Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival - Haines, Alaska

June 23 & 24

Euphoria Denali - Healy, Alaska

July 15

E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition - Fox, Alaska

July 15

Golden Days Beer Fest - Fox, Alaska

July 29

The Culmination Beer Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

August 5

Downriver Beer Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

August 11 & 12

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 12

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, Alaska

September 9

Alaska Crafted Festival - Anchorage, Alaska

September 16

Talkeetna Beer Festival - Talkeetna, Alaska

September 23

Capital Brewfest - Juneau, Alaska

September 23

Zymurgist Borealis Septemberfest - Fairbanks, Alaska

September 30

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

Eagle River Brewfest - Eagle River, Alaska

October 7

Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, Alaska

October 7

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

October 8

Anchor Town Invitational Homebrew Competition - Anchorage, Alaska

October 14

Alaskan Homebrew Competition - Juneau, Alaska

October 28

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - Palmer, Alaska

November 4

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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