Alaskan Brewing Company will always be one of my favorite breweries if for no other reason than I lived in Juneau, AK for awhile as I was being introduced to craft beer. At that time, the brewery was called Chinook Brewing Company. Chinook (now Alaskan) Amber (5.3% ABV, IBUs 18) was the beer of choice in town and today remains their flagship beer.
When I lived in Juneau, the people there were rugged and innovative, and this new project that Alaskan Brewing Company has created is a great example of this.
Juneau, Alaska (January 15, 2013)—The Alaskan Brewing Company is now operating with a new fuel source: beer. More specifically, they are using the wet grain known as “spent grain,” left over from the brewing process, as the sole fuel source for their new steam boiler. Alaskan is the first craft brewery in the world to use this brewing by-product in this way, reducing the company’s fuel oil consumption in brewhouse operations by 60-70 percent.
“We have the unique honor of brewing craft beer in this stunning and remote place,” explains Alaskan Brewing Co-founder Geoff Larson. “But in order to grow as a small business here in Alaska and continue having a positive effect on our community, we have to take special efforts to look beyond the traditional to more innovative ways of brewing. Reducing our energy use makes good business sense, and good sense for this beautiful place where we live and play.”
In 2011, Alaskan Brewing Company celebrated 15 years with the release of their Perserverance Ale. Alaskan Brewing distributes to Minnesota and Wisconsin, which is as close as it currently gets to Michiana. Luckily I have a very kind sister-in-law who lives in the Twin Cities.
About Alaskan Brewing Company
Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in the remote, coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients, and glacier-fed water. The pristine location and popularity of Alaskan beer has inspired the brewery to apply innovative thinking and a respect for the local environment to their growth, making Alaskan an industry leader in sustainability. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, IPA, Stout, Winter Ale, Summer Ale, Black IPA the award-winning Smoked Porter, and an array of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series. Visit www.alaskanbeer.com to learn more and connect with Alaskan at Facebook.com/AlaskanBrewingCo and @AlaskanBrewing on Twitter.