Alaska: Malt Mecca


Back in May, I joined a few other drink writers for a tour of Alaskan breweries and distilleries. I wrote up the results of that trip for Mixology:

Sitting outside the brewpub at Kassik’s in Nikiski, Alaska, alongside a group of drink writers making our way through a couple tasting trays of beer, our experience was initially the kind one might enjoy at any number of breweries across the United States. There were solid renditions of classic styles with cheeky names, like their Morning Wood English IPA. Head brewer Frank Kassik stood by, genial but not particularly talkative, and I thought we’d soon be moving on to our next brewery stop. But it turned out that those ten beers were just the warm up. Soon his wife, Debara, appeared bearing the big guns: Bomber bottles of Statny Statny stout brewed with licorice and molasses, Big Nutz imperial brown ale, smoked Russian imperial stout aged in oak barrels, and Buffalo Head barleywine.

Suddenly this tasting was getting a lot more interesting, shifting into the darker, richer, maltier ales that I’d anticipated most on this trip north. As the outdoor chill set in and the abv of the beers got higher, the only thing that could have made this tasting more uniquely Alaskan would have been encountering a moose —­­ which we did, about five minutes drive from the brewery.

Read the whole thing here.


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  1. Hi! I’m a producer for the new show “Afternoon Live” @ 3 on KATU-TV. The show premieres on Monday, September 12th @ 3. I was wondering if you’d like to be a guest on our show? We’d promote your book. I would like to have you on any Friday in September. Because the show airs LIVE between 3 & 4…I thought it’d be really fun to have your segment be right before 4…and you could prepare a fun, happy hour drink…or maybe 2! I hope you can do it! Let me know! Thanks!

    -Katie Arthur, Producer, “Afternoon Live”

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