This is it, folks. The sunset time is finally after 5 PM (woo!) but we've still got a ways to go before break-up. And why rush it? Hopefully you've been able to hit the slopes, take a trip somewhere warm (or are packing for one), or finally catch up on those shows that pile up during the summer. This is a local-heavy Beer Club, which both embraces winter and escapes from it.
Ninkasi is the result of a friendship formed in the early aughts, which resulted in Ninkasi's first batch of beer in June of 2006. The name is a reference to the mythological Sumerian goddess of fermentation and beer, and their most recent seasonal release is a nod to the psychedelic counterculture which Eugene is no stranger to.
This hazy, golden IPA has a smooth, pillowy mouthfeel and a mild hop bitterness on the finish. But the star flavors are the slightly sweet notes of fruity, tropical papaya and passionfruit.
Kenai River Spruce Tip Double IPA
A Burst Of Something Bright
If you ever find yourself traveling through the Kenai Peninsula and Soldotna, you owe it to yourself to swing through Kenai River Brewing. Their delicious new double IPA is proud of its land and history: it's brewed with locally harvested spruce tips, and a portion of its proceeds go to supporting the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust.
This full-bodied IPA is bursting with bright flavors that are both stone fruit and tropical, with a backdrop of earthy maltiness, citrus zest and subtle herbal bite. Their beers are unfiltered, so don't be surprised if there's a slight haze.
Turnagain Brewing bourbon Barrel-Aged Blackfire
The folks at Turnagain Brewing made a satisfying Belgian Dark Strong Ale with the original BlackFire, but it really leveled up after some time spent in bourbon barrels. Ted and Mary's story is one of migration to Alaska, and of wild home-brewing success. We are more than happy to add their Belgian-inspired beers to our rotation.
The barrel aging of BlackFire adds to its volume and ABV, and it is rich with flavors of roasty chocolate, mild vanilla, dried black cherries and just a hint of barrel character.
Kenai Brewing Tsalteshi trails series
Choose Your Own Trail!
The fourth and final beer this month presents you with a choice between four separate, beautifully designed beers that all benefit the Tsalteshi Trails Association.
Moose Gallop Ale: A crisp, thirst-quenching amber with slight malt toastiness and subtle hop bitterness.
Tsalteshi Trail Ale: This golden Rye Pale Ale is smooth and easy-drinking with a touch of rye on the finish.
Double Pole Black IPA: A silky Black IPA with roasty chocolate on the nose and lingering hops on the finish.
Rye'd Around It Porter: An oak-aged Imperial Porter that is rich, smooth and a bit creamy. Mmmm.