Brewery releases new beer Saturday

Previews brew at Chamber luncheon
Nancy Woizeschke, of the Alaskan Brewing Company, gives a talk about the company to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.

The days of the two-martini lunch may be long gone, but local business leaders got a chance to sample a new Pilot Series beer from Alaskan Brewing Company at the Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture on Thursday.


Alaska Brewing “Pack Leader” Nancy "Wo" Woizeschke and Ashley Johnston, communications manager, doled out modest amounts of Alaskan Brewing’s new Imperial Red pilot brew to lecture attendees.

Attendees received an education in ‘Beer Tasting 101.’

“I actually prefer this beer at a little bit of a warmer temperature,” Johnston said.

“This beer has a lot going on,” she said. “It has a really dynamic malt profile and a lot of different hop varieties that give different characters to both the aroma and the flavor.”

Give it a look. Is it clear? Does it have a foamy head?

“This will give a good indication of the mouth feel,” Johnston said.

Before the first sip, swirl the beer in the glass, Johnston said. Then stick your nose in the glass and give it two sniffs.

When sampling the new Imperial, look for hints of grapefruit, earthy, chamomile and a little bit of caramel, Johnston said.

“But not much [caramel] because the hops are pretty forward,” Johnston said.

A nice advantage of beer tasting over wine is there’s no need to spit out the beer.

“Bitterness is a flavor you taste at the back of your tongue,” she said. “Especially in beers like this that are hop forward you don’t really get the experience of the hop flavor until it gets to the back of your tongue.”

The flavor profile for the Imperial Red is the green, minty note of the beer’s showcase hop called Meridian.

Alaskan Brewing plans to have its new pilot brew available at the company’s brewery near Costco on Saturday. The beer is expected to be available in bars and liquor stores beginning Dec. 3.

Alaskan Brewing ships its beers to 14 U.S. states and to military installations around the world. The brewery has begun exporting its Smoked Porter to Europe.

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