Alaskan Winter Ale
Brewed by Alaskan Brewing Company
Alaskan Winter Ale returns. Inspired by the 18th century brewing practices of
Captain Cook during his northwestern expeditions and brewed with Sitka spruce
tips hand-picked from the small town of Gustavus, at the entrance to Glacier Bay
National Park – Alaskan Winter Ale is the uniquely Alaskan way to celebrate the
We brew with over a ton (literally!) of freshly-harvested Sitka spruce tips to
create the unmistakable floral aroma and sweet spruce flavors found in our
drinkable winter warmer. The full body and complex flavors also make Alaskan
Winter Ale a perfect companion, or ingredient, to your holiday meals.
Style: English Olde Ale. Traditionally malty with the warming sensation
of alcohol, olde ales are brewed in the fall and winter as winter warmers.
Specifications: ABV 6.4%, Bitterness: 27 IBU, Color: 17 SRM
Flavor Profile: Brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale, this
copper-colored ale balances the sweet heady aroma of spruce tips with the clean
crisp finish of noble hops. The malty richness is complemented by the warming
sensation of alcohol.
History: From seafaring adventurers to the homebrewers of today, adding
spruce tips to beer has a rich history in Southeast Alaska.
Recommendations: A perfect winter warmer or accompaniment to holiday
fare. Serve with roast goose, turkey, lamb or as a nice complement to holiday
breads, pound cake, or apple pie. Visit our online recipe database for a
collection of Winter Ale recipes.
Packaging: Available throughout the western states in 15.5 and 5.17
gallon Sankey kegs and in the 12 oz 6-pks, 12pks and caseware, and 22 oz 12 pks.
The Story Behind the Label
Throughout Southeast Alaska, bald eagles can be spotted landing atop the
towering old growth forests of Sitka spruce trees. As many as 3,000 bald eagles
congregate among these evergreen trees on the shores of the Chilkat River for
the last large run of salmon before winter. Sitka spruce trees carry a
significance of their own to local Alaskans. The tender new growth of the spruce
tips lends a delicious, yet subtly sweet floral aroma to teas, jelly and now our
Alaskan Winter Ale.