A co-worker just got back from a vacation trip to Alaska. He went the “local beer” route. Alaskan Brewery he found OK but nothing special. On the other hand he was impressed by Denali Brewing Company, and would eagerly seek it out if it were available. He says that it does make its way to the West Coast, but never out here. If it comes your way give it a shot.
His review: “Denali (http://denalibrewingcompany.com/) makes a phenomenal barrel-aged Saison and their Schwarzbier (German-styled black lager) and Chuli Stout are awesome too. “
Some unusual things make their way here. I just checked the Tap Cam at my favorite Growler & Gill, and they’re pouring Breckenridge Agave Wheat. I looked it up and it sounds like a mild session brew that might be quite good on a hot day (which will be coming eventually!) or with light fare. I also found a website with a fine name: Fermentedly Challenged.
Some unusual things COME from here, too. I wrote to you about Beyond Kombucha, and another local New York exotic is the Andean Brewing Company. I had their Kuka Beer which is brewed from maca, the high-altitude Peruvian crop. This was good stuff, very rich and flavorful, a little hard to describe (especially a couple of days after drinking it).
Among non-local, last night I had a basic Harpoon IPA, which was truly ordinary after some of the ones I’ve had recently. They’re from Vermont and from Boston, and a local tells me it’s “ubiquitous and it’s virtue is that it tastes better than Sam Adams.” Much better was Victory Dirt Wolf IPA, and I’m glad I picked up a 4-pack. Incidentally, that’s on tap at Growler & Gill today.