Today is National IPA Day! For me, everyday is IPA day, but it’s nice to know that there’s a day especially dedicated to this hoppy style of brew. I’m celebrating in the small community of McCarthy, Alaska, where IPA is the most popular style of beer aside from PBR. I feel the only reason people drink PBR here over IPA is the price. IPA requires a lot of hops, which makes it more expensive. When I brew a five gallon batch and I dry hop the beer to make it an IPA, I lose a gallon due to hop absorption. I need a huge french press to squeeze out the hops from the beer!
On Saturday Maria and I went to Cynosure Brewing
, and were drinking a really fresh dry-hopped Hazy IPA called #005. We convinced the local restaurant in McCarthy “The Potato” to purchase a keg per our recommendation. The owner and beer purchaser for The Potato was an easy sell on a keg of IPA. She said that IPA is the most popular beer they sell at the restaurant! So the #005 is here and I can stop on in for a draft of the freshest IPA around. I have a 1/6 barrel keg, here at my cabin, of Glacier Brewhouse
IPA, which I had bought a few days before I made it into Cynosure.
In honor of the important holiday, tonight I will be having a little IPA tasting. I have a couple of different selections from Anchorage Brewing and Broken Tooth Brewing, as well as the keg. Cheers to hoppy beers! IPA all the way!
Enjoying Cynosure Brewing’s #005 hazy IPA at The Potato in McCarthy, Alaska.
is one of the newer breweries in Anchorage. If you haven’t been there yet, go check it out. Cynosure is a term that originally denoted the constellation Ursa Minor, or the star Polaris that it contains. I enjoyed a spontaneous live painting session there yesterday. The owners, Clark and Cynthia, have been working really hard putting this beautiful brewery together right in the middle of Anchorage. Clark used to be the head brewer at Broken Tooth Brewing
, and does all the brewing himself. Last night there were ten beers on tap! Although a couple of Clark’s Belgian beers have high original gravities, the majority of the brews are sessionable and won’t put you to bed after one glass. I grabbed a glass of the Wit (pictured in this painting), which has always been a favorite style of mine, and this one is true to style, one of the best Alaskan brewed witbiers. Be sure to sample as many of these beers as you can. A few I found noteworthy were the Schwartzbier, or black lager, the Clouds (a dry hopped lager), and the cherry sour. You won’t find a hop-bomb IPA at this brewery.
When we go out to Kincaid park, we like to stop here on the way home, as it is directly en route. Not only conveniently located to visit after biking, or skiing, it also has the right kind of beer for Après-ski. Every time I go to this place I feel extremely welcomed. This is a true hometown brewery, built with heartfelt attention to detail. I hope you get in before it becomes too busy and, God-forbid you have to wait in a long line for the very affordable ($5 glasses and $12 growlers) delicious offerings available.
Cheers to Cynosure! A family owned brewery that makes you feel like you belong.
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Thirsty Thursday Beer Painting #114. Wit Beer by Cynosure Brewing. By Scott Clendaniel. 8″x10″, oil on panel.