Gabe Fletcher, the head honcho at Anchorage Brewing, started his career at Midnight Sun, another Alaskan brewing company. After 13 years of helping cultivate an image of creating adventurous beers, Fletcher decided to part ways with Midnight Sun and strike out on his own. In 2011, Fletcher released his first Anchorage beer. Turns out Fletcher’s meticulous attention to detail and brewing expertise combined to make some amazing beer. The brewery took off, eventually moving to its own brick and mortar in 2014. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of recent Anchorage beers to arrive in our cooler — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Anchorage Beer Flight.
Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Anchorage Beer Flight
A delicious IPA brewed with Mareko Maumasi of Maumasi Fire Arts — arguably one of the best chef knife makers in the world. Maumasi flew up to Anchorage to help Fletcher dial in his skills as a knife maker. With this IPA they used a few new hopping techniques and tried some new techniques with the phantasm powder, as well as double dry hop it with Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin, and Mosaic. Boozy and sweet on the nose, and juicy, juicy, and sweet.
Heavy, indeed. This bold oat stout fermented and aged in a Missouri oak foeder, plus conditioned on piles of toasted coconut has a wonderful touch of woodiness coming through the mocha body, along with a hint of vanilla. Coconut adds a tropical aroma and a long, almost creamy finish.
Brewed with honey, Southern Passion and Eukanot hops, dry hopped with Enigma, Vic Secret, and Simcoe, this double IPA is on the light side with unique, fruit salad hoppiness, and a clean honey finish.