Business Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

ESB named Champion Ale

JUNEAU - Alaskan ESB was named Champion Ale at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2002 on April 16 in London. Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing was the only American brewery awarded champion status.

Alaskan ESB also won the gold medal in class 3 of the International Ale Competition on its way to being named champion. Alaskan Smoked Porter won a bronze medal in class 3 of the International Specialty Beer Competition.

"We feel incredibly honored to be recognized like this on an international level," said Alaskan's co-founder, Marcy Larson. "Our crew takes personal pride in their jobs and it shows in every batch we brew. This serves as a reminder that we make world-class beer."

This is the second international medal for Alaskan ESB and the fourth international medal for the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Both beers have been awarded numerous medals in domestic competitions.

The Brewing Industry International Awards is global and recognizes excellence in eight categories made up of 24 classes. The world's oldest beer competition, the awards have occurred since 1886.

Business center hosts customer service seminar

JUNEAU - John Scheerans, owner and operator of Alaska-In-Depth, an educational tour business, will present a seminar on customer service excellence for the Juneau Small Business Development Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

The seminar is directed toward the small business owner or manager and discusses strategies toward development of an overall customer service program.

Scheerans is the former general manager for Alaska Discovery, Princess Tours-Kenai Princess Lodge and Glacier Bay Lodge.

Call Juneau SBDC at 463-3789 for additional information or to preregister for the seminar. Space is limited.

Fenton Art Glass signing set

JUNEAU - Scentiments in the Nugget Mall will host a Fenton Art Glass signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

Scott Fenton, assistant national sales manager of Fenton Art Glass and great-grandson of the founder, will meet with collectors of Fenton's glassware and answer questions about the product and the factory in Williamstown, W.Va. Fenton will autograph purchases during the event.

Guests may register for a door prize and take the Fenton Glass Factory video tour, which profiles the factory and explains the Fenton method of producing handmade glassware.

Fenton Art Glass Co. is celebrating its 97th year of producing handmade glass giftware. It has been owned and operated by the Fenton family since 1905.

Costa Rica honors Heritage Coffee

JUNEAU - Heritage Coffee Co., one of the state's largest roasters of specialty coffees, announced April 17 that it received a recognition award from the president of Costa Rica, Dr. Miguel Angel Rodriguez. The award celebrates Juneau-based Heritage's continued support of the Costa Rican coffee industry, demonstrated by the company's multi-year contracts that support quality initiatives, consistency and price sustainability with growers.

Rodriguez praised Heritage's long-term history of purchasing coffee contracts with coffee plantations in Costa Rica's Tarrazu region.

"We are honored to receive this award from President Miguel Angel Rodriguez, and we are proud to continue to support the La Minita and La Magnolia plantations and the local economy in Tarrazu, Costa Rica, which is 95 percent dependent on its coffee crops," said Heritage President Grady Saunders. "These long-term contracts not only protect these growing communities, but they sustain our relationship with the top producers and maintain the quality of our raw beans."

The Heritage contracts and others patterned after them provide economic stability for coffee growers. With assurances of a stable export market, they are able to maintain socially and environmentally friendly growing practices, according to a company press release.

Heritage is a specialty coffee roaster founded by Saunders in 1974. It maintains wholesale and retail operations with five locations throughout Juneau, including full-service cafes and drive-up kiosks.

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