The Great Brewery Exploration

The Stew’s Drink Brews: Midnight Sun Brewing Company

July 24, 2013

I guess my wine wednesdays are really turning into brewery review wednesdays, due to the lack of wineries in Alaska. (I know, it is quite traumatizing.)

Recently, Matt & I went to Midnight Sun Brewing Company, located in Anchorage, Alaska. We’d been there before, and they’ve got some really delicious beers and offer great food to snack on while your there. It’s a great family environment, so you always see a lot of families.

It’s also the Second Oldest Brewery in Alaska! (Oldest is in Juneau)

IMG_2650I feel like the available beers is always changing – they typically have 16 beers on tap, and some sodas for those too young to drink. One cool thing about the food menu is that they feature a special meal every day! Sometimes it’s chili, sometimes a sandwich. Either way, it always looks delicious!

We're partial to the cheese plate, ourselves

We’re partial to the cheese plate, ourselves

Sometimes, you can even see celebrities! When Matt & I were in Anchorage in Februrary, we saw Blake Anderson from the Comedy Central show Workaholics.

Celebrity Spotted: Blake Anderson

Celebrity Spotted: Blake Anderson. Creeper Mode: Extreme

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He even tweeted that he was in the same city.

Aside from good beer that you can drink in The Loft, take home in growlers, or buy by the keg, they also have a really good tour.

We go on a lot of beer tours. It’s kind of a cool thing that Matt & I do, because it teaches us about beer and we usually get free samples. We’ve been on enough of them that we generally know the steps of micro-brewing, and the ingredients used and we mainly just want to learn what distinguishes this brewery from others. (Consider it the Marketing and Travel&Tourism Degree in me coming out).

This brewery offered an exceptional tour, filled with knowledge and good samplings. The guy, Dave, who was giving the tour doesn’t even work at the brewery. He apparently just came on the tour so often, they asked if he wanted to start giving them. He gets paid in beer.

Dave

Dave

Our tour started off with a sample of the Sockeye Red IPA. Good beer, but the tap to dispense it was amazing!IMG_2659You lift the fish’s arm and beer comes out it’s nether regions. So cool, everyone loved it.

We also got to try some of the barley and hops they use for their beer.

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Barley – Not Delicious

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Hops – only tastes good in beer. (In My Opinion)

A lot of people were asking good questions that would have stumped most volunteer tour guides, but Dave was super knowledgable about general brewing and Midnight Sun’s brewing process. He clearly had been well-trained – a refreshing thing considering the last beer tour we went on.

Overall, if you come to visit us in Anchorage, you can be sure this will be a stop during your trip.

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