Alaskan Brewing Co.: Good beers, sustainable brewing

two beer bottles

Alaskan White and Alaskan Amber

Alaskan Brewing Co. of Juneau is kind of a standard in Southeast Alaska. Everywhere we had a beer between Juneau and Sitka, Alaskan brews were available on tap or in bottles. The brewery is right outside of Juneau and open for tours. My two favorite brews were Alaskan Amber and Alaskan White, a witbier. Sadly, it looks like the closest states to NC that would distribute Alaskan beers would be Texas or Wisconsin. Glad I enjoyed it while I could!

Cool fact: Because Juneau is accessible only by boat or plane, everything has to be shipped in and shipped out. Brewers often share spent grain with nearby farmers, but with no livestock nearby, Alaskan Brewing dried and shipped spent grains to farmers in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years. But in 2011, the brewery began using the spent grain as a biofuel to power a steam boiler. The company expects this process to replace its oil use by 65 percent.

Beer taps at the Hanger, Juneau

Beer taps at the Hangar, Juneau

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