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AK Beer Week is back: Here are the dinners, pairings and parties coming to Anchorage

  • Author: Robert Gant
  • Updated: January 23
  • Published January 22

A lineup of promotional tumblers for AK Beer Week 2020.

It’s the time of the year that Alaska celebrates all kinds of beers. Say cheers to flights, pairings and beer dinners. The week wraps up with the Alaska Craft Brew and Barley Wine Festival, but there’s fun for what “ales” you every day of the week.

For more information and updates on beer week, check out akbeerweek.com and Facebook.

AK Beer Week Kickoff Toast — There will be a few short words, beer tastings and a few surprises too. 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W. Sixth Ave. (facebook.com/humpysgreatalaskanalehouse)

Flights and Bites — Daily flights will be paired with a chef’s custom selections for beer week. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Daily from Saturday Jan. 25-Saturday Feb. 1, Midnight Sun Brewing, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive. (midnightsunbrewing.com)

BBA Girdwood Reserve — The bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, Girdwood Reserve, will be released to kick off beer week. Girdwood Reserve is blended with graham cracker, coconut, cacao nibs and vanilla beans to take you “into the realm of a pastry stout.” Noon-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Girdwood Brewing Company, 2700 Alyeska Highway (facebook.com/girdwoodbrewingco)

Yeast Geek Trial — Test your yeast knowledge at this beer tasting. Turnagain Brewing will provide small samples of three beers, each made with the same wort. One is fermented with a French Saison yeast, one with an Abby Ale yeast and one with a Wit yeast. If you correctly identify which is which you get a sticker to “proudly boast your yeast IQ.” 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Turnagain Brewing, 7920 King St. (facebook.com/TurnagainBrewing)

Tower of Sour — Eight local breweries will go head to head for the title of Champion of the Tower. Each night will have a new flight to judge. The brews with the most votes continue on to the semifinals and then the battle royale. The winners and new flights are announced each morning. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26-Thursday, Jan 30. Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W 6th Ave. (facebook.com/humpysgreatalaskanalehouse)

Brunch Bowl — Enjoy a “beerunch” while watching the NFL Pro Bowl. The chef has created a special brunch paired with various award-winning and eclectic beers for the event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W. Sixth Ave. (facebook.com/humpysgreatalaskanalehouse)

Talkeetna Takeover — Denali Brewing Company Beers, Denali Spirits Cocktails and Holocene Sparkling Glacier Water with CBD will take over Sub Zero Service Industry Night for an evening of Talkeetna drinking. Free family meal with Taps card or Service Industry paycheck stub. 6-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W 6th Ave. (facebook.com/alaskabeerweek)

Burgers and Beer Pairings — Burgers made with six ounce Alaska beef patties will be paired with a new beer for six days. Beers include Alaska 8 Star Lager, 907 Frontier Style Lager, Far North By Northwest Sour Ale, McCarthy Stout, Baked Blonde and Hoppy Cream Ale. $8-$10. 11 a.m.-midnight. Monday, Jan. 27-Saturday, Feb. 1, 49th State Brewing, 717 West Third Ave. (49statebrewing.com)

Craft Beer and Artisan Grilled Cheese — Fromagio’s Artisan Cheese and Alaskan Brewing Co. are teaming up to create a special grilled cheese themed beer dinner and tasting. Each course will feature a unique grilled cheese sandwich made with international cheese and a variety of breads paired with award winning beers and new releases. $30. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, O’Malley’s on the Green, 3651 Omalley Road (facebook.com/omalleysonthegreen)

Kinley’s Beer Dinner — There will be a five-course meal of diverse foods from confit to curry. Each course comes with a new Girdwood Brewing Co. beer, including Crow Creek Gold Pilsner, dysFUNktional Sour, Space Tornado NEIPA, No Woman No Cryo NEIPA, Avy Savvy double NEIPA and Girdwood Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. $65. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, Kinley’s Restaurant and Bar, 3230 Seward Highway (facebook.com/girdwoodbrewingco)

Humpy’s “Legendary” Beer Dinner — Billy O will dive into the cellar and share a reserve of beer. Chef Farley and Brian will pair the beers with enticing courses. $100. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, SubZero Microlounge, 612 F St. (brownpapertickets.com)

Cynosure Tap Takeover — Meet Cynosure brewer Clark Pelz. A special bar-bite menu by Shane Moore will be available. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, South Restaurant + Coffeehouse, 11124 Old Seward Highway (facebook.com/CynosureBrewing)

Fairbanks Friday — HooDoo Brewing and Black Spruce Brewing are bringing special kegs from Fairbanks down into Anchorage. 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House, 610 W. Sixth Ave, (facebook.com/humpysgreatalaskanalehouse)

Alaska Craft Brew & Barley Wine Festival — Beer Week finishes with a bang, with this festival featuring more than 75 of the region’s best breweries, with more than 300 of the finest pale ales, stouts, pilsners, porters, specialty brews, barley wines, Belgian ales and more. Admission includes a 6 oz. commemorative sampler cup and 20 tickets for samples. The Connoisseur Session will feature specialty beers provided by the breweries that will not be available during the regular session. $45 for general sessions, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, and $55 for the Connoisseur Session, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. At the Dena’ina Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. (alaskacraftbrewandbarleywine.com)

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