Hot on the heels of the Alaskan Brewing Co’s recent World Beer Cup awards (see juneauempire.com/local/2012-05-13/alaskan-brewing-wins-big-olympics-beer) comes a great excuse to sample their wares -- and those of other Alaska-based brewers: Southeast Alaska Beer Week. Now in its third year, this week long celebration of Alaska beer is the brainchild of Alaska Brewing Co. brewer and quality control analyst Rachael Juzeler, who was inspired by similar events in other states.
“The craft beer industry is a quickly growing entity and with grassroots support and (with) the immense influx of Beer Weeks throughout the states, we have the opportunity to celebrate, bring recognition to, and acknowledge the vitality of craft beer in our own little corner of the world,” Juzeler said in a release.
As in years past, beer week is scheduled to fall in between American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20) and the Juneau Maritime Festival (re-scheduled for Friday), and the 20th annual Great Alaska Craftbeer And Homebrew Festival in Haines (also called Brew Fest, scheduled for May 25-26).
Southeast Alaska Beer Week begins Friday, with a “20 Alaska Beers on Tap” event at the Alaskan Bar, and continues Saturday with a dinner featuring beer pairings at the Prospector. Here’s a look at the full schedule.
SE Alaska Beer Week, May 18-26
Friday, May 18: Made In Alaska Beers On Tap at The Alaskan Bar. Also Friday, the Juneau Maritime Festival. The Maritime Festival runs from 3-9 p.m. at Marine Park and Plaza, and includes a beer garden featuring Alaskan Brewing Co. beers, as well as a wide variety of food, live performances, and more than 40 exhibitors.
Saturday, May 19: Alaskan Brewing Beer Dinner at The Prospector
Sunday, May 20: Midnight Sun Brewing Beer Brunch at The Baranof
Tuesday, May 22: Deschutes Brewing Beer Dinner at Zephyr.
Wednesday, May 23: Merchant Du Vin Beer Dinner at The Flight Deck
Thursday, May 24: Kenai Brewing Beer Tasting & Meet The Brewer at The Rendezvous
Friday, May 25: Haines Beer Festival Gourmet Brewers’ Dinner at Harriet Hall in Haines (already sold out; to get on the wait list, email email@example.com).
Saturday May 26: Great Alaska Craftbeer And Homebrew Festival in Haines (less than 50 tickets are left; to purchase, visit www.seakfair.org). Beer tasting begns at 1 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m. in Dalton City. Event also includes live music and a variety of food options.
Those wishing to enter their homebrew in the festival’s Homebrew Competition still have a chance: the drop off deadline is Tuesday, May 22. Entries must be received by 5 p.m.. two bottles are required per entry. Entry fees are $5 for the first entry, $3 each additional entry. Juneau residents can drop off their entries at the Alaskan Brewing Co. (780-5866); in Haines, drop them off at Haines Brewing (766-3823). Home brew judging will take place on the fairgrounds on Friday, May 25, and the award ceremony will be held Saturday during the festival. For more information about the Homebrew competition, contact the Fair office 766-2476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on Southeast Alaska Beer Week, contact Juzeler at email@example.com