NovemBEER is here! And what would I like to drink this November? Hazy IPA! This painting depicts Patterns DIPA at Anchorage Brewing Company, served up in a Teku glass just like you would receive if you were to show up to Gabe Fletcher’s tasting room right there at the brewery.
My friend Sam is a huge fan of Anchorage Brewing, and when he was here for AK Beer Week in 2015 we went over to the new brewery before it was even open and peeked through the windows. We weren’t the only ones, because Greg Koch, the owner of Stone Brewing also showed up hoping to get a tour of the new facility. Somebody called Gabe to see if he would come let us in, but it was his wife’s birthday, so we were out of luck. Sam was telling me in the parking lot that he was really excited to see what ABC would be doing with IPAs because he heard that there were going to be steel tanks at the new facility. Sam is from Philadelphia and he had tasted some ABC collaboration IPAs at Tired Hands Brewing, so he knew something I didn’t, because up to that point ABC had only made delicious funky sours, imperial stout, and barleywine. Well, now the word is out that Gabe makes redankulous IPA. Averaging $18-$20 for a 4 pack of 16 oz limited edition cans. I would argue it’s well worth the cost and is right on par with what Tired Hands is putting out in Philly. I personally love the KUIU, Lines, Crazy Rays, all the Patterns (IPA, DIPA, and TIPA versions), and the Anchorage version of Alien Church is excellent. So if you love hazy East coast style IPA get over to ABC to get some of the steel tank goodness available in the limited edition cans and on draft. Of course it is limited quantities and you can pretty much only get it at the source!
I love that ABC uses the Teku glass. Your beer lasts longer as you drink it rather than a standard shaker pint which tapers at the bottom. It looks classy as well, like a special wine glass for beer fans. And it holds 14 oz to the top. These glasses enhance the aroma of the beer and funnel the flavor right into your nose, which is especially important for these fresh IPAs!
Cheers to hazy East coast IPAs, a style that just keeps evolving! Although I would call Gabe’s version Anchorage style IPA!