JUNEAU - Juneau's own Alaskan Brewing Co. brought home four international medals for quality from the World Beer Cup in San Diego, Calif., last month.
Alaskan Summer Ale and Alaskan Smoked Porter both took Gold medals in their respective categories, in the golden/blonde ale and smoke-flavored beer categories. The Alaskan Barley Wine and Alaskan Jalapeno IPA won bronze medals among barley wines and fruit or vegetable-flavored beers.
This year, 644 breweries from 58 countries attended to compete in 91 beer style categories. The judges were 129 professional brewers and industry experts, who did blind tastings of the nearly 3,000 beers.
Alaskan Jalapeno IPA is part of Alaskan Brewing's "Rough Draft" series and is available on draft only with limited distribution in Alaska.