Alaska is home to a thriving craft beverage scene that seems to be growing more and more each day. If you don’t have time to put together your own personal beer and spirits tour of Alaska during your vacation here, we have a solution for you: the first-ever Alaska Crafted Festival happening in downtown Anchorage on May 21. For guests of the Westmark Anchorage hotel, the chance to taste more than 20 varieties all in one place is truly just around the corner!
The festival will take place at 6th Ave. and F Street as brewers and distillers from across the state team up to present tastings of their products to thirsty and enthusiastic attendees. From 5-10 p.m., sample a huge variety of craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits from different regions of Alaska.
Additionally, the festival will feature Alaska bands representing regions from around the state. Listen to local favorites like the Young Fangs from Fairbanks, the Denali Cooks from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Blackwater Railroad Company from Seward and Nervis Rex from Anchorage. Don’t forget the food either; there will be delicious local fare to satisfy every appetite as well as some tasty samples to try in between drinks.
Festivalgoers will be able to attend a specialty talk from a local beer expert and watch two different mixology competitions – one featuring SteamDot coffee cocktails and another featuring gin from the four participating distilleries. There will be demonstrations instructing how to make your own beer and coffee cocktails and, later on, a round of rapid-fire beer trivia to test your knowledge gained over the course of the evening. When you need to take a break from imbibing, head to the games area where backyard classics such as cornhole, giant Jenga and giant beer pong (played with buckets and volleyballs) will be set up for your enjoyment.
The brewers and distillers traveling to the festival can be found listed at this link. Pro tip: check out a few of them beforehand so you know ahead of time which products you’re most excited to taste.
We’ll see you at the festival – the party of the year and the perfect way to kick off another incredible Alaska summer. Bottoms up!