The Stew’s Drink Brews: Arkose Brewing Co

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One new thing we’re doing here at EmilyinAlaska is sharing our love of beer. Matt & I have long been beer fans (although I would by no means say we have a sophisticated pallet). We just enjoy trying different beers, learning what we like and don’t like, and pretending like we’re being super classy when all we’re doing is just getting buzzed. (Sorry Mom & Dad!)

So, we have decided to partake on an adventure to go to all of the breweries in Alaska (22 of them) and highlight our favorite beers. You can follow the journey hereFirst up: Arkose Brewing Co in beautiful Palmer, AK.

The Arkose Brewing Co. gets its name from the breathtakingly beautiful view of the Arkose ridge from the brewery doors. It’s a very small microbrewery, but the owner has such passion about what he’s doing, it was immensely enjoyable.IMG_8160

To try the beers, we did a flight where we got to choose 4 beers to sample. I went with everything minus the Boxcar Porter and the High Ridge Double Red. (I’m not a big fan of dark beers.)IMG_8161

The tasting room is small, but filled with good beer and cool art. One awesome thing about this brewery is that they have a monthly event called “Beer Meets Canvas” where you pay $30 and show up to drink a few beers and learn how to paint something really cool. Back in the Carolina’s we had something similar called Wine & Design.

Since Palmer is a small community, the owner and his wife (the artist who teaches the class) said it is a great way to get involved in the community and offer different activities.
IMG_8162We were also able to swing a tour of the facility. We go on a lot of brewery tours (mainly for the chance to drink free or cheap beer), so we understand the basic concepts of the brewing process. This was actually one of the better tours we’d been on: the guy was so excited to share his stuff and we learned some new information about the sump pumps they use to move the wort around. I was super into it!

When it was time to go, I felt like we had become friends with the owner; enough to the point where I tried to high-five him when he went for a handshake. Well, I guess it wouldn’t be a social outing if I didn’t embarrass myself some how. I would go back again and bring friends. It’s right behind the State Fairgrounds, so I am hoping to be there again shortly when the fair starts next month!

The Stats:

Website: ArkoseBrewery.com
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ddress: 650 E. Steel Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-746-2337
Hours: Tues – Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-8pm

Brewery Recommends: Winter Ale and Bitter Earth ESB
Emily Recommends: Green Chair Kolsch
Matt Recommends: Bitter Earth ESB

 

A Truly Alaskan Adventure: Dip Netting

Yesterday was a dream Alaskan day. I got to experience something I never imagined or considered I’d be doing. But sure enough, there I was at the mouth of the Kenai River out to my waist in rolling waves with a 5 ft. wide net at the end of a 10 ft. pole catching salmon as they tried to swim upstream.

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That’s me in the blue

Dip netting is this super cool way of fishing where you essentially stand with a giant net waiting for fish to swim into it. I really loved it because it is purely luck. It takes no skill, and you don’t have to worry about being quiet or making too much movement. It is also an extremely Alaskan thing: only permanent residents who have lived here for at least a year can do it. You also are required to get a permit, and there is a limit on the number of fish you can catch. Since Matt & I share a house hold, we are allowed to catch up to 35 salmon (25 for the head of house, 10 for each additional household member) and 10 flounder. Since Stephanie lives by herself, she could only catch up to 25 salmon and 10 halibut. Fish & Game is super strict about these rules. If they find out you were fishing without being a permanent 1 yr+ resident, they come to your house and fine you. If you don’t have your fishing license, permit, and government issued ID on you while fishing and they ask you for it, they fine you. Because Matt & I shared a permit, we could not both dip net at the same time, we had to alternate to share the permit.

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DIY: Bottle Opener and Lid Catcher

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Last time I was in Juneau, I picked up a really cool bottle opener for Matt that was a moose head, where the moose’s mouth opened the bottled drink. It was so awesome, we really struggled to figure out where to put it because we wanted it to be accessible everywhere. Continue reading

My Week Back South | Pt. 1: South Carolina

I know, I know! I’m a bit delayed. I’ve been back from 10 days spent in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia for almost a week now and I bet most of you didn’t even know I was down there!

I flew down Thursday June 26th for a long weekend, that I ended up extending for an extra week (what’s the point of having vacation if you don’t use it!)

The purpose for my trip was to watch my friends Ben & Tara get married, but I used it as a chance to see some of my favorite things that I’ve missed since being in Alaska!  Continue reading

DIY: Wine Box Endtables

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Hello! Currently I’m down in Tiger, Georgia spending some time at a getaway cabin Matt & I bought back in 2012 before we even considered moving thousands of miles away to Alaska. The cabin is one of our favorite places, and used to be our weekend getaway with Sasha. Since we are quite far now, we always detour here any time we come to the south for any reason (I was down for the weekend to see some adorable friends get married).

One of my favorite things about Tiger is that our favorite vineyard is less than 2 miles from our cabin: the Tiger Mountain Vineyard! (The proximity is one of the reasons why I loved the cabin so much)

When we were decorating our cabin, we tried to find ways to incorporate the local parts of the area into a 600 sq. foot room. We were obviously pressed for space, so we came up with a great idea for end tables that don’t take up a lot of space, provide storage, and reflect the local area! See below for the easiest instructions ever.

Step 1: purchase wine boxes. We got ours from Tiger Mtn Vineyard, because duh, we love them and they’re our neighbors. (Don’t worry, if you can’t find your own, Tiger Mtn Vineyards sells them on their website here for $30/each)

IMG_7910Step 2: Attach to wall. We used a standard shelf bracket from home depot, centered on the box base. For height, we put it at the same level as the pillow. (Similar bracket found here)

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Voila! You now have the most wine-centric end table ever! I love ours because they’re big enough for all the things we need: phone & charger, alarm clock, flashlight, and multiple books! What else do you need at a cabin in the woods?

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Officially Half-Marathoners | Mayor’s (Half) Marathon

I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to write this post.

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On Saturday, Matt & I ran our first half-marathon. In 2010, I had (half-assed) trained for a half to be run in Myrtle Beach, but it snowed the night before so I got out of it. (Yay for snow, saving my untrained ass!)

We almost had a repeat incident on Saturday. I half-assed my training, blaming shin splints as an excuse for skipping my long runs. Matt did no training at all. Mentally, we weren’t prepared at all. I was quite concerned. Continue reading

Today’s The Day

It’s here. The morning of the half marathon. The first half marathon I will attempt since one in Myrtle Beach 2010 that got snowed out.

IMG_7697 I am terrified. But, I’ve got Matt running with/past me, so that makes me feel better. IMG_7696I obviously don’t expect to win, but I am hoping not to die. My number one goal is to finish. With the knee and shin issues I’ve been having, I’m worried that it won’t be a pretty finish, but that I will cry my way across the finish line.

 

But that’s ok.

 

I’ll let you all know how it goes when we’re done! Wish us luck!

 

weekend

We had a super lazy weekend at Chateau Stewart. I spent a lot of time toggling back and forth between Dawson’s Creek season 4 and Orange is the New Black season 2.

IMG_7603 This was a great weekend for Netflix.IMG_7605We also took time out of our busy TV schedule to go to the cinema. We don’t usually go, but we were feeling crazy and carefree and went to see 22 Jump Street. IT WAS HILARIOUS. One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time, and filled with so many jokes on itself. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard at a movie in a while.
IMG_7604 Sunday was a busy day for us: It was Moose’s last day at home before she goes off to a two-week intensive doggy training camp. We’re promised that she will be returned to us an obedient member of dog society. As much as we’re going to miss her, it is going to be amazing to have the barking and food aggression under control, as well as help make it to where we can take her camping and hiking without worrying about her running away or being mean to other dogs.

We spent several hours with her and Sasha at one of the many dog parks in town. One thing I really love about Anchorage is their dog parks. Back in Greenville it was a tiny plot of dirt fenced in. In Anchorage, the dog parks are huge wooded areas where the dogs can actually explore, be wild, and RUN.

Our favorite dog park happens to have a lake at it, and per usual, Moose fell in.

IMG_7606 Sasha also was her ever reliable self and walked through every puddle she saw. Our walk was unfortunately cut short because of some aggressive moose in the area. I guess two mama’s gave birth near a popular walking path, and we didn’t want to risk one of our pups irritating them and getting kicked by a moose, or worse, getting us chased by one. (Those suckers are fast!)IMG_7609After a fun time at the dog park, Matt & I did some spring cleaning and completely reorganized the garage. We moved some stuff around, vacuumed all the animal hair (so much hair) and now have enough room to actually park BOTH of our vehicles. We will totally take advantage of that come winter, but right now the weather has been so nice we’ve been fine parking outside.
IMG_7614 We finished off a lazy weekend with a 4-mile bike ride around our part of town. We found some bike paths I didn’t realize were so close to our house, and we even did some off-roading!IMG_7612 It was terrifying. I’m NOT an off-roader. So of course I took a bike riding selfie. What can I say? I make helmets look cool.IMG_7613maybe not.

 

It was great to really relax and be lazy. Next weekend is the Mayor’s Half Marathon, and Matt & I are running it. I’m pretty nervous about it, since I’ve been dealing with a lot of shin pain and have the feeling I will be walking a lot of the race. Wish us luck!

Anyone else have a Netflix binge this weekend?

 

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

My friend Megan was in town last week, and by far our favorite thing that we did was head down to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center at Mile 79 on the Seward Highway (South of Anchorage, just before you reach Whittier).

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We went on Monday when I got off work, with clear skies, a little bit of a breeze, and temps in the 50s. We wore hoodies and wind-proof jackets and were perfectly comfortable. Continue reading

Crusing in Prince William Sound: Phillips Glacier Cruise Review

One thing that has always sounded cool to me was to do a Glacier Cruise while in Alaska. As y’all know, I love glaciers and since my friend Megan was coming up from the South to visit, I thought it would be a perfect experience.

I booked our cruise with the Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise company. My cruise was free, due to a familiarization offer I received since Big Wildlife Runs helps recommend attractions for runners who travel in from out of town. All opinions are my own. I paid for Megan & Matt’s cruise.

We chose to do our cruise on Saturday, June 8th. It leaves out of Whittier, Alaska, a town about an hour south of Anchorage. In my opinion, there are two cool things in Whittier: going out on the water and going through the amazing tunnel. The Whittier Tunnel is a 2.5 mile long tunnel carved through a mountain that connects the town of Whittier to the rest of Alaska, basically. It’s one lane, so you have to queue up to go through, and trains also pass through it. It’s really cool, and definitely something to do once if you’re in the area. It’s also $12 to go through it (roundtrip), so definitely plan some type of activity in Whittier if you’re going through. Continue reading