JUNEAU, Alaska — There’s still snow on the ground in Juneau, but in other parts of the country it’s already getting downright warm, and Alaskan Brewing is releasing their always-anticipated seasonal Summer Ale in April for all their fans dwelling in warmer climates — and those of us still dreaming of summer in Alaska.
“This is a favorite here in the brief Alaskan summers,” says Alaskan Brewer Rob Day. “A lot of us from the Brew Crew fish in our spare time, and our summer excursions can include close encounters of the marine kind. So our Summer Ale was inspired by fresh Alaskan seafood and the amazing experiences that we can have on the water, like coming face to face with an Orca.”
Alaskan Summer Ale is brewed in the style of a Kolsch, successfully balancing a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability—the brew clocks in at a sessionalble 5.3% ABV—are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer. Alaskan recommends that drinkers enjoy this beer with delicately flavored foods like fresh, wild Alaska crab or halibut or try it as an accompaniment to salads. No matter how you like to drink it, be warned — like an Alaska summer, Alaskan Summer Ale won’t last long, and will be gone before you know it — so enjoy it now!
First brewed in Alaskan’s original, 10 barrel brewhouse in 1997, the beer became part of the brewery’s Rough Draft series. After meeting great success with each limited edition release, the enthusiastic reception led the Brew Crew to bring it to market as a permanent summer seasonal. The Summer Ale, with its iconic Killer Whale label, won a gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup, a silver at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival, and was named one of the Top 12 Session Ales of 2012 by Modern Brewery Age— at least three reasons that Alaskan Summer Ale fans wish it was available even after the fleeting summer season.
The Alaskan Summer Ale joins the recently released Freeride APA on shelves in Alaskan Brewing Co.’s 14 state distribution area.
About Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in the remote, coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients, and glacier-fed water. The pristine location of Alaskan beer has inspired the brewery to apply innovative thinking and a respect for the local environment to their growth, making Alaskan an industry leader in sustainability. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, White, IPA, Freeride APA, Stout, Winter Ale, Spring Black IPA, Summer Ale, the award-winning Smoked Porter, and an array of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series.