Contemporary culture has a fascination and newfound love for craft beers. With this new trend in craft breweries, going on brewery tours and beer tastings has become an essential part of any traveler’s vacation. Fortunately for you, Alaska has plenty of breweries to check out when you’re traveling around in your Alaska car rentals. Avis Alaska car rentals has compiled a list of local breweries to visit and test, as well as information on each one to help you decide which to tour.
Alaskan Brewing Company
The Alaskan Brewing Company was one of the original breweries to return craft brewing to Alaska. Founded nearly 30 years ago in 1986, the Alaskan Brewing Company is located at 5429 Shaune Drive, Juneau. This brewery is known for beers that have won awards in regional, national, and international competitions.
The Alaskan Brewing Co. has 7 year round beers, as well as 4 seasonal beers and 2 limited edition beers in their archive. Their limited edition beers are the Smoked Porter and Pilot Series: Imperial Rye. Their seasonal beers are their winter and summer ales, Fall 2014’s was a Pumpkin Porter, and their Spring 2015 is the Big Mountain Pale Ale. Their year round brews include White, Amber, Hopothermia, Stout, Imperial Red, Freeride APA, and Icy Bay IPA. The Alaskan Brewing Co. truly does have a pint for everyone to enjoy. If you’re a real beer lover you’ll want to try them all, so make sure to assign a DD for your Alaska car rentals.
Anchorage Brewing Company
Located at 148 West 91st Ave, Anchorage, the Anchorage Brewing Company has 5 beers to offer its visitors. The Galaxy White IPA is a stronger beer, at 7% alcohol and will thrill the explorative side of any drinker. Another IPA on tap is Bitter Monk Belgian-Style Double IPA with 9% alcohol. Love Buzz Saison perfectly couples peppery notes with a citrusy hint to push you head over heels for this 8% beer. The Tide and Its Takers offers up a lemon-cream-pie hops with floral and wood notes matched with a delicate vanilla – what doesn’t this triple offer up? Finally the Rondy Brew Saison finishes the collection with the lightest alcohol content at 6.5%.
All of Anchorage Brewing Company’s beers are bottled with brettanomyces. This guarantees that the beer will continue to alter and evolve as it ages in the bottle.
Kodiak Island Brewery
The Kodiak Island Brewery was founded in 2003 and continues to use only pure island water, organic malts, and premium imported specialty malts in their beers. Located at 117 Lower Mill Bay Road on Kodiak Island, the brewery offers up 5 year round craft beers – all of which you can sample in the tap room.
Their beers include the Snowshoe session IPA, Liquid Sunshine steam brew, North Pacific Scottish ale, Wing-Nut Brown brown ale, and Sarah Pale pale ale. Their beers maintain a relatively common alcohol content, ranging from 4.5% to 6%. They also have a variety of special brews, seasonals, and occasionals.
Other breweries across Alaska
These certainly are not the only breweries you can visit in your Alaska car rentals. In fact, Alaska has quite the range of craft breweries to visit. Even those we haven’t listed are certainly worth visiting. A few other breweries to watch for are:
- 49th State Brewing Company
- Arkose Brewery
- Bearpaw River Brewing Company
- Broken Tooth Brewing Company
- Denali Brewing Company
- Gakona Brewing Company
- Growler Bay Brewing Company
- Glacier Brewhouse
- Hoodoo Brewing Company
- Kenai River Brewing Company
- Last Frontier Brewing Company
- Midnight Sun Brewing Company
- Resolution Brewing Company
- Silver Gulch Brewing Company
- Skagway Brewing Company
- Sleeping Lady Brewing Company
One of the best ways to get to know a state is through its beer, but it’s also important to drive safely. For the best vehicles to explore Alaska and its culture (beer and otherwise!), reserve your Alaska car rentals from Avis today.