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 here. First 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.
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.
We 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!
Address: 650 E. Steel Loop, Palmer, AK 99645
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