Alaskan Brewing Company

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Alaskan Brewing Company
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1986 (1986)
HeadquartersJuneau, Alaska, United States 58°21′26″N 134°29′22″W / 58.35722°N 134.48944°W / 58.35722; -134.48944Coordinates: 58°21′26″N 134°29′22″W / 58.35722°N 134.48944°W / 58.35722; -134.48944
OwnerGeoff and Marcy Larson

Alaskan Brewing Company, a regional brewery in Juneau, Alaska, United States, was founded in 1986. The company's beers have won awards at regional, national, and international beer competitions.[1] The brewery was founded in Juneau, Alaska by Marcy and Geoff Larson, who are still in charge of the company. By sales volume, it is the 19th largest craft brewery in the United States, as of 2016.[2]

Alaskan Brewing produces seven year-round beers, four limited release seasonal ales and several specialty beers with limited distribution each year. The beers are available in 22 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


The Alaskan Brewing Company was founded in 1986 by Geoff and Marcy Larson. The brewery was the 67th brewing company opened in the United States and the first to open in Juneau since Prohibition.

While researching beers, Marcy found the shipping records from the Douglas City Brewing Company, which existed from 1899-1907, listing the ingredients for the beers it made, along with a newspaper article that explained the brewing process. Geoff brewed one of the beers and they both enjoyed it. The beer is still brewed today and is called Alaskan Amber. The brewery opened in December 1986, with Geoff and Marcy, and ten volunteers.

Today, the Alaskan Brewing Company is the Great American Beer Festival's most award-winning craft brewery. The company has expanded its distribution to twenty other western and mid-western states and in 2012, the Alaskan Brewing Company was ranked number 16 on the Brewers Association's "Top 50 Craft Brewing Company" list, which is based on beer sales volume.[3]


Alaskan Brewing Company

The Alaskan Brewing Company brews eight year-round beers, four seasonal beers, and several limited edition beers. The year-round beers are: Alaskan Amber, Freeride APA, Icy Bay IPA, Kicker Session IPA, Alaskan White, Hopothermia, Big Mountain Pale Ale, and Husky IPA. The seasonal beers consist of: Spruce IPA (January - April), Kölsch (May - August), and Cranberry Tart (September - December), as well as Winter Ale (November - December). The limited edition beers are: Alaskan Smoked Porter and the Alaskan Pilot Series, which consists of beers that go through a rotation of three to four a year, as well as the Boundary Range Hop Pack.[4] Available beers have changed through the years with several like Alaska Pale being discontinued for reasons including lack of available specialty hops.[5]

Name Original Gravity ABV Bitterness
Amber Ale 1.054 5.3% 18 22
Icy Bay IPA 1.057 6.2% 65 9
White Ale 1.048 5.3% 15 7
Freeride APA 1.047 5.3% 40 14
Hopothermia 1.076 8.5% 70 20
Kicker Session IPA 1.040 4.5% 45 9
Big Mountain Pale Ale 1.050 5.7% 45 15
Husky IPA 1.060 7.0% 50 5
Smoked Porter 1.068 6.5% 45 92

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  1. ^ "Awards". Alaskan Brewing Company. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10.
  2. ^ Berman, Abby (March 15, 2017). "Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries of 2016".
  3. ^ "Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2012". Brewers Association. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Our Beer". Alaskan Brewing Company. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Alaskan Brewing Company - Hop Availability Forces Alaskan Brewing to Discontinue Alaskan Pale Ale". Alaskan Brewing Company. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-05-09.

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