Up here in the Great Land, everything is big. Alaska is the biggest in the Union by a considerable margin. We joke that Texans better not make us mad, or we’ll divide Alaska in half, and make Texas the third largest State. One thing we love here in Alaska is big IPAs. There is a big craft brewery named after the biggest mountain on the continent, Denali Brewing Co. They just came out with a beer called the Big DIPA, which references our state flag and depicts Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper on the can. A Double IPA is often referred to as a DIPA, hence the Big DIPA name. The beer is full of hop flavor, and I recommend picking up a six-pack, but remember that this beer is not session-able, unless you’re a 350lb logger. Cheers to Alaska, and Denali’s Dig DIPA! May the stars guide your beer purchase tonight!
This week’s featured Thirsty Thursday beer painting is of Denali Brewing Company’s Louisville Sour, which is a Sour Barrel Ale. You may ask, what a Sour Barrel beer actually is. There is not really a guideline for this style, but I’ll do my best to describe this particular beer. This tart and zangy beer is fermented in oak barrels, which introduce a boatload of critters (micro-organisms) into the fermentation process. Namely, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces; each bringing a particular flavor. The strongest flavor in this beer is the sour Lactobacillus. Denali’s stub-bottled beer is as refreshing as a tart lemonade on a warm summer day.
If you love baseball, nothing is sweeter than going to an Alaska Baseball League game on a sunny day. Alaska may not grow lemons, but we home-grow some great college, minor-league, wood bat baseball. Catching the last few innings of a double-header under the midnight sun at one of the five stadiums in Alaska is an experience. The mountain views can be distracting. Keep your eye on the ball, because some of these kids can hit! There is nothing worse than getting a foul ball right in your beer cup. This year the Mat-Su Miners are the league champions, which is very fitting as Louisville Sour is brewed an hour and a half down the road in Talkeetna. You won’t find this beer at the ballpark, and may have to be at the right place, at the right time to find it anywhere else, for that matter. Once it hits the shelves, it sells out fast! Sour beer fans will tell you, Denali Brewing hit Louisville Sour right out of the park!