(Anchorage, AK) – Anchorage Brewing, a new project from Gabe Fletcher, formerly of Midnight Sun Brewing, will release its first beers soon.
Well, that’s not exactly accurate since the brewery already released a sneak peek of Anticipation Double IPA earlier this year. That and every other beer Anchorage will be doing is brewed at Sleeping Lady Brewing’s facility according to the Alaskan Beer blog. Howell updated in mid-March, “[Fletcher] reports that he has at last gotten all of his final approvals and is fully licensed and ready to ‘get some brew out.’”
Each beer is triple fermented: first in the tank with a Belgian yeast, second in french oak barrels with brett, and finally in the bottle with a third yeast for natural carbonation.
Here are the label descriptions for the first three beers to be approved, each packaged in cork-and-caged 750s.
Bitter Monk Belgian-style Double IPA: Ale brewed with Apollo, Citra and Simcoe hops. Dry hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. 100 IBUs. Second fermentation in Chardonnay barrels.
Love Buzz Saison: Ale brewed with Hobbs Family rose hips, peppercorns, and fresh orange peels. Dry-hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Second fermentation in Pinot Noir barrels.
Whiteout Wit Bier: Ale brewed with lemon peel, black peppercorns and coriander. Second fermentation in
A while back, Howell posted a few more 2011 releases to watch out for:
The Tide and Its Takers Triple. Made with Sorachi and Styrian Golding hops. Aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels. 9% ABV & 30 IBUs.
Brettality Belgian Black Bier. Made with Summit and Amarillo hops. Cabernet Grapes added to the French oak Cabernet barrels. 8.5% ABV & 25 IBUs.
Darkest Hour Belgian Imperial Stout. Made with Summit hops, molasses, dark brown sugar, and Italian black licorice. Aged in Pinot Noir barrels. 13% ABV & 33 IBUs.
Fletcher posted on the brewery’s website in November that there are currently 140 barrels “in its cellars.”
Also of note, each label features the signature of Fletcher and a second person. One features his wife, another features Tom Dalldorf of Celebrator Beer News and another features Alaskan-based beer columnist, Dr. James “Fermento” Roberts.
The Shelton Brothers will be handling distribution for the brewery. I’ve contacted them in hopes of getting more info about availability.