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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 21: Alaskan Winter presented by Not So Professional Beer Blog

Alaskan Winter

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 21: Alaskan Winter presented by Not So Professional Beer Blog

To celebrate the Holiday Season, and have teamed up with beer bloggers around the country to host the first annual beer bloggers advent calendar. This is the season of sharing and we intend to share our love of beer with you. 31Bloggers Blogging – click here for the running list of beers/bloggers.

Commercial Description:
Throughout Southeast Alaska, bald eagles can be spotted landing atop the towering old growth forests of Sitka spruce trees. As many as 3,000 bald eagles congregate among these evergreen trees on the shores of the Chilkat River for the last large run of salmon before winter. Sitka spruce trees carry a significance of their own to local Alaskans. The tender new growth of the spruce tips lends a delicious, yet subtly sweet floral aroma to teas, jelly and now our Alaskan Winter Ale.


  • Style: Winter Warmer / English Olde Ale
  • ABV: 6.4%
  • Bitterness: 22 IBUs
  • Hops: Unspecified European & Northwest varieties
  • Special Ingredients: Sitka spruce tips


Nico from 21st ammend and Sanjay from Not So Professional Beer Blog

Why I selected the Alaskan Winter:

I’m a big fan of winter seasonal beers. My favorites are those that offer something unique or unexpected. Brewed with spruce tips, Alaskan’s Winter Ale fits the bill. It’s amber in color and has the aroma and flavor of caramel along with distinctive notes of evergreen. Winter is not overly malty, hoppy, or spiced. The subtle, but flavorful addition of spruce tips, provide the twist that makes this a unique beer that I like to revisit every winter.

Alaskan Winter - bottle

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About Not So Professional Beer Blog:
I started writing my blog to document my explorations of craft beer, homebrewing, and beer culture. As native of Illinois, I avoided beer like the plague after being subjected to the omnipresent mass produced industrial lagers that dominated my early adulthood. While visiting Portland in the mid-90’s, I realized that beer could actually taste great! Join me as I explore homebrewing and the great craft beers of the Northwest and beyond.

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About Alaskan Brewing Company:
Alaska has a rich history of brewing. From the explorers of the 1700s through the Gold Rush, many a thirsty Alaskan has been able to enjoy locally made beers.

In 1986, 28-year-olds Marcy and Geoff Larson reignited that tradition when they opened the Alaskan Brewing Company, the 67th brewery in the country and the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition. Alaskan beers reflect many of the same characteristics of beers that were brewed here during the gold rush era. From the historically based Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, Alaskan beers reflect Juneau’s local brewing history and innovation.

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