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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 .

May 26 & 27 , 2017

25th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival - Haines, Alaska

This event consists of three parts.

On May 27 there is an BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition (see below for details) and a beer dinner. On May 28 there is a beer festival.

Beer Dinner: SOLD OUT

Location: Harriet Hall at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds

Time: May 26 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:

Must be at least 21 years old to attend!

Location: Dalton City located at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds

Time: May 27
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.brownpapertickets.com/event/2801012. 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 or shipped (do not mail) to:

Attn: David Wilson
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling
5429 Shaune Drive
Juneau, AK 99801


Haines Brewing Company
108 White Fang Way
Dalton City Southeast Alaska Fairgrounds
Haines, AK 99827




Arctic Brewing Supply
8401 Sandlewood Place
Anchorage, AK 99507



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

Entry Deadline: Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at the Anchorage location, 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the Juneau and Fairbanks locations and Wednesday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Haines.

Entries shipped via private carrier must be recieved at Alaskan Brewing Company no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 22.

Judging: Will take place starting at 9:00 a.m. on May 26. 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 27 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 boscohound@gmail.com or (907) 303-0065.

The contacts for the 24th Annual Great Alaska Craftbeer and Homebrewer Festival in general are the Southeast Alaska State Fair director - (907) 766-2476 or director@seakfair.org

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)


The above "animations" were made using the MyTalkingPet app.



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.

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

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

Early August

Augtoberfest - Healy, Alaska

August 12

Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival - Soldotna, 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

October 28

Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest - 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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