About Alaskan Beer
Alaska is a sparsely populated state located in the northwest extremity of the United States. It has the coldest and longest winter with temperatures dropping below -76°F. Despite this, it continues to thrive through its local beer festivals. It is even considered to have a rich history of brewing.
Local Alaskans spend most of their time doing winter activities, such as fat-tire cycling and snowshoeing. After burning the calories they expend in the outdoors, they often reward themselves with good Alaskan beers. In 1880 the state encountered a ‘Beer Boom’, when Joseph Juneau, a miner and prospector, discovered the Silver Bow Basin in Alaska. This prompted thousands of miners, who were hoping to become rich, to migrate into the state. Entrepreneurs welcomed them with fermented beverages, rather than local water, as it was safer to drink. Drinking alcohol was actually prohibited during this time, since Alaska was declared an Indian country. However, a few federal agents turned a blind eye on this. The first Alaskan breweries opened in Sitka (1874) and Juneau (1886), but they only survived until the turn of the 20th century. In 1899, drinking establishments were legalized in Alaska, but breweries came and went as fortunes rose and fell.
From a single craft beer brewery, the entire state is now covered with a vibrant and dynamic craft beer culture. There are more than 20 breweries in Alaska with others on its way! Due to the climate, the taste of Alaskan beer is more robust and flavorful than in any other state or country. It makes it one of the best destinations for beer drinking.
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