Alaskan Brewing Company

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Alaskan Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1986 (1986)
Headquarters Juneau, Alaska, United States
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Products Beer
Owner Geoff and Marcy Larson

Alaskan Brewing Company, a regional brewery in Juneau, Alaska, USA, was founded in 1986. The company's beers have won awards at regional, national, and international beer competitions.[1] The brewery was founded in Juneau, Alaska by Marcy and Geoff Larson, who are still in charge of the company. By sales volume, it is the twelfth largest craft brewery in the United States, as of 2013.[2]

Alaskan Brewing produces seven year-round beers, four limited release seasonal ales and several specialty beers with limited distribution each year. The beers are available in seventeen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


The Alaskan Brewing Company was founded in 1986 by Geoff and Marcy Larson. The brewery was the 67th brewing company opened in the United States and the first to open in Juneau since Prohibition.

While researching beers, Marcy found the shipping records from the Douglas Brewing Company, which existed from 1899-1907, listing the ingredients for the beers it made, along with a newspaper article that explained the brewing process. Geoff brewed one of the beers and they both enjoyed it. The beer is still brewed today and is called Alaskan Amber. The brewery opened in December 1986, with Geoff and Marcy, and ten volunteers.

Today, the Alaskan Brewing Company is the Great American Beer Festival's most award-winning craft brewery. The company has expanded its distribution to sixteen other western states and in 2012, the Alaskan Brewing Company was ranked number 16 on the Brewers Association's "Top 50 Craft Brewing Company" list, which is based on beer sales volume.[3]


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Alaskan Brewing Company

The Alaskan Brewing Company brews seven year-round beers, four seasonal beers, and two limited edition beers. The year-round beers are: Alaskan Amber, Freeride APA, Icy Bay IPA, Alaskan White, Hopothermia, Imperial Red Ale, and Alaskan Stout. The seasonal beers consist of: Alaskan Summer Ale, Alaskan Winter Ale, and annual spring and fall releases. The limited edition beers are: Alaskan Smoked Porter and the Alaskan Pilot Series, which consists of seven beers that go through a rotation.[4] Available beers have changed through the years with several like Alaska Pale being discontinued for reasons including lack of available specialty hops.[5]

Name Original Gravity ABV Bitterness
Alaskan Amber 1.054 5.3% 18 22
Freeride APA 1.047 5.3% 40 14
Alaskan Stout 1.065 5.8% 28 119
Icy Bay IPA 1.057 6.2% 65 9
Hopothermia 1.076 8.5% 70 20
Imperial Red Ale 1.061 8.5% 80 35
Alaskan White Ale 1.047 5.3% 15 7
Alaskan Winter Ale 1.066 6.4% 27 17
Alaskan Summer Ale 1.048 5.3% 18 8
Alaskan Smoked Porter 1.065 6.5% 45 92

See also


  1. "Awards". Alaskan Brewing Company.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Alaskan Brewery Caps Bottles and Costs with USDA Energy Grant". United States Department of Agriculture. January 24, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2012". Brewers Association. Retrieved April 20, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Our Beer". Alaskan Brewing Company. Retrieved April 20, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Alaskan Brewing Company - Hop Availability Forces Alaskan Brewing to Discontinue Alaskan Pale Ale". Alaskan Brewing Company. Retrieved 2015-05-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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