Happy Fourth! It’s time to think about our forefathers and how hard they worked to quit paying their taxes! Alaskans are as patriotic as any other people from anywhere in the USA. We are also not a group to turn down another party! My brother for example is running in a crazy race up the side of a mountain in Seward, Alaska today with hundreds of other people. Why? Because it’s the Fourth of July. At my cabin home in McCarthy, Alaska (population ~ 50 during the winter) the McCarthy Lodge puts on a wicked Fourth of July parade and celebration lasting late into the night! Events include the egg toss, pie-eating contest, pepper-eating contest, or maybe you want to test your manhood on the monkey log! The fun is at an apex on the Fourth of July. What am I doing this Fourth? Well, I am smoking fish in Anchorage that I processed all day yesterday, then going to a BBQ.
Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company is depicted in this Fourth of July beer painting. A nice summer refresher, Anchor claims this is an IPA, and maybe for 1975, the year this beer came out, it was. Anchor states that this was the first IPA to be commercially brewed in America. Naturally carbonated, this was a fizzy one for sure, threatening to spill out of my pint glass! This is a single hop creation, Cascade all the way! Even for the dry hopping, which is why they call this an IPA. I would say it’s more of an American Pale Ale, which can often be dry hopped without being called an IPA. I tasted a slight metallic flavor in this one. I wish Anchor (and all breweries for that matter) would print the brewed-on date on bottles.
Cheers to craft beer! Anchor Brewing has been crafting for much longer than other West Coast breweries! Here’s to American brewing tradition! Happy Fourth of July!