An article about the top 10 places to drink beer appears in the September/October issue of Draft magazine. The story assumes its readers can travel (or imagine traveling) to global destinations blessed with fabulous brews.
It tags Romania as the place to go for the ultimate Halloween pint via ghostly encounters with frightfully dark beers such as Ursus Black and Graf Dracula, for example, and even highlights the availability of fresh Harpoon IPA during the 2008 Farm Aid Concert in Massachusetts.
The list's ninth entry centers on the October Herring Fair in Finland, where eccentric fish fans can try traditional sahti beers.
Reading about these quirky events and singular beers got me thinking about the low-carbon life with no money, no time, no consumption, no travel.
If you're trapped in the cold trench of Spenard, how can you even dream about heading to the Langley Cranberry Festival in British Columbia or the Shuki Taisai Grand Autumn Festival in Nikko City, Japan, for beer?
What does your Top 10 Places to Drink Beer list look like if you can go only as far as your legs will carry you?
1. A patch of beach along the Coastal Trail to gulp Urban Wilderness Pale Ale from a can. Six-packs cost $6.99 at the Sleeping Lady Brewing Co./Snow Goose Restaurant at 717 W. Third Ave. (www.alaskabeers.com)
2. The Ultimate Frisbee course on the Chester Creek Trail for beer of any kind, type or quality. Carry more than one; some guys carry growlers.
3. Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse for the biggest, loudest, broadest selection of beers in town. As a bonus for football fans, the food and beer joint at 610 W. Sixth Ave. will be showing NFL games and will start opening at 9 a.m. on Sundays. (www.humpys.com)
4. Cafe Amsterdam, 530 E. Benson Blvd., Suite 3, for a late breakfast and early beer. Drink whatever the bartender recommends, even if it sounds French. (www.cafe-amsterdam.com)
5. The boulders by Point Woronzof after a brisk ride through the sand with a pack full of anything produced by the Stone Brewing Co. -- Ruination and Levitation in particular. (www.stonebrew.com).
6. Mowing the lawn or hauling trash with Inversion IPA by the Deschutes Brewery. This beer sustains a comforting spunk and tastes good even when warm. (www.deschutesbrewery. com)
7. The Bear Tooth Theatrepub for any beer and zombie stripper flicks and family films with the kids. (www.beartooth theatre.net)
8. The Office Cocktail Lounge for any local brew on tap or a bottle of Coors for old times' sake. (www.officecocktail lounge.com)
9. Block parties and potlucks with Gingerly Mead, the fermented honey beverage that will win the hearts of friends and weird neighbors alike. (www.celestialmeads.com)
10. The bathtub with Mars by Midnight Sun Brewing Co. The red, steamy beer deserves a soak. (www.midnightsunbrewing.com)
Memorial in beer
Midnight Sun will honor the late Dave "Yano" Yanoshek with a commemorative beer release from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the brewery, 7329 Arctic Blvd.
Yanoshek drowned while fishing and boating last summer and leaves a legacy of home brewing, Scouting, laughing and spending time with his family.
The brewery designed the mighty Viking Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale with dark-roasted malts, star anise, Belgian yeast and sweet-ripened raisins to capture Yanoshek's giant and giving personality.
The complex, powerful (12 percent alcohol by volume) and slightly sweet beer will be sold in bottles only, with all proceeds going to the Yanoshek family.
Find Daily News reporter Dawnell Smith at adn.com/contact/dsmith or call 257-4587.