Kodiak brewers honor Russian landmark

New beer pays homage to oldest Russian-built structure in Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

KODIAK - The Kodiak Island Brewing Co. is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the oldest Russian-built structure still standing in Alaska.

The brewery has unveiled its Russian Imperial Stout, in the style of 18th century beers originally brewed for the court of Catherine the Great.

The "Baranov Bicentennial Russian Imperial Stout" is more than just a clever name for the beer. Brewery owner Ben Millstein says it was brewed with two separate additions of centennial hops, making it a true bicentennial beer.

It has an 8 percent alcohol content, with a deep, rich, black color, and a hint of molasses, making it a good beer to drink with a meal, or perhaps dessert.

The occasion for the specialty beer is the bicentennial anniversary of the National Historic Landmark known as the Russian American Magazin. The oldest Russian-built structure in the state is home to the Kodiak Historical Society's Baranov Museum.

The historical society's board of directors was brainstorming ways to raise money for building restorations, when they hit upon the idea of partnering with the brewery. Executive Director Katie Oliver said.

A dollar from every growler of Baranov Bicentennial sold will go to the historical society.

Any funds raised will help the society address some structural issues with the Baranov Museum building, she said.

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