Hello everyone. Some of you know, though most of you don’t, that I’ve spent the last 5 weeks traveling, experimenting with new brews, and narrowly escaping death. While getting my haircut in Alaska by a biker woman whose name escapes me (I want to say it was Larry or Lari, but we’re just going to call her Tank because this is, after all, our blog and one should be allowed to do as much), it was revealed to me that Anchorage has quite a respectable microbrewery called Midnight Sun. After snipping and shampooing my hair, Tank scribbled a pirate treasure map on a blue post- it note leading me to this mysterious brewery, so my friend and I decided to hunt it down. After a few confusing turns, mullets, and men dressed in fatigues and smelling like fish (have I gone too far stereotyping Alaska?), we pulled up to this red brick building with metal stairs and industrial doors, walked through the back, and encountered a magnificent oasis of beer!
We promptly planted ourselves at a table on the patio and, like hyperactive squirrels hoarding nuts like nobody else’s bidness, started ordering as many beers as we could off their menu without getting cut off. Among my favorites were Kodiak Brown Ale and Gluttony.
At 5% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) and 24 IBU (International Bitter Units), Kodiak Brown Ale is a smooth and interesting brew. Experts by now, you’ll undoubtedly identify nuts, caramel, and toasted malt. It reminded me of coffee cake because of the subtle brown sugar and coffee tones, and I hope I’m not the only one because that’s a big reason why I was such a fan. Nonetheless, Kodiak Brown Ale is the perfect balance between lighter and darker brews for those of you who are on the fence.
Now, make room for Gluttony from their series of 7 deadly sins. WOW! With 10.5% ABV and 200 IBU, this TRIPLE IPA does work like a mother stabbing ninja, son! I mean it. If you don’t want to end up like Gibson or Lohan, I strongly propose you stay planted after a pint of this demolisher. For those of you still on the fence between lighter beers and hop bombs, prepare to be electrocuted. If you can recall my previous review of Stone Brewing Company’s Ruination, which boasted an impressive 100+ IBU, you should understand by now what I’m referring to. Gluttony is deliciously bitter and pungent with a strong pine and citrusy character – I’m thinking grapefruit and orange. Now, if you like bitter but you’re intimidated by the 200 IBU stat, not to worry. Although Gluttony seems overpowering at first, the bitter finish is short to medium so your palate will be asking for more. Either way, I highly recommend trying it if you ever have the chance.
Although Midnight Sun Brewing Company has only been around since 1995, it is quickly securing itself as a major contender for quality domestic beer (yes… despite the conventional wisdom I received from public education, Alaska IS one of our….50 states?). I was surprised to learn that Midnight Sun Brewing Company received an A+ from Beer Advocate, considering I’ve never heard of them until now and because Stone Brewing Company, highly revered and one of my personal favorites, received an A. If you ever spot Midnight Sun Brews, you would be wise to take the opportunity to impress, and/or demolish, your Motley mates.