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Hopothermia brewed by Alaskan Brewing in Juneau, Alaska
Alaskan Hopothermia brewed by Alaskan Brewing in Juneau, Alaska
Hopothermia is an
American Double India Pale Ale. THis DIPA is as big and bold as the mythical
lone brewer himself. Legend has it that he first came up with this beer,
with the help of his woodland friends, to fight against the long frigid
winter nights endured by all of the pioneers of the Last Frontier. Much of
the history of Hopothermia is lost to the mists of time. We know that the
windswept lone brewer dreamt of a Double IPA so bold and packed full of hop
flavor that it could keep the wild wolves from the door of his remote cabin.
We know he was able to converse with the creatures of the woods - except for
the bears who slept through the cold winter, and the mink, who were just
really super rude. And we know he skillfully crafted a beer that became the
stuff of legend.
Nugget and Apollo hops added in the brew kettle provide a green, floral aroma
and citrus hop base, while the later addition of Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial
hops add notes of spicy grapefruit and orange - complimenting the resilient malt
There are strange brews made where glaciers cascade
By the brewers who know no bounds.
For they stuff in the hops 'til the temperature drops
And then call for a few more rounds.
In Alaska, it seems, every brewer dreams
of a bold Double IPA.
Hopothermia's the beer, in the Last Frontier
That will keep the wild wolves at bay.
The Story behind Hopothermia's Label
The legend of Hopothermia begins as any Alaskan tale should, on a frozen
landscape with wolves howling and a vast dark moonless sky of swirling Northern
Lights above. It was on that long-ago night that a lone brewer stood against the
harsh winds with only his beard to protect him, and dreamt of a beer so full of
hop flavor, so jam packed with the spirit of frontier Alaska, it could freeze
your very soul and one of your thumbs.
All that winter, as moose, wolverines, and one beaver peered through his remote
cabin window, he feverishly labored to make a beer that could face down the
harsh elements - that could conquer not only thirst - but fear itself.
After the thaw, the lone brewer had vanished, leaving behind only a few recipes
scrawled on scraps of paper, a sock puppet, and a hand-whittled keg. In that keg
he left his legacy - Hopothermia.
Respect this beer. Wear layers. Lots of wool. Mittens? Open a bottle and then,
sshh . . . Listen for the windswept cry of a lone wolf.
History of Alaskan Brewing
Alaska has a rich history of brewing. From the explorers of the 1700s through
the Gold Rush, many a thirsty Alaskan has been able to enjoy locally made beers.
In 1986, 28-year-olds Marcy and Geoff Larson reignited that tradition when they
opened the Alaskan Brewing Company, the 67th brewery in the country and the
first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition. Alaskan beers reflect many of the
same characteristics of beers that were brewed here during the gold rush era.
From the historically based Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka
spruce tips, Alaskan beers reflect Juneau's local brewing history and
Marcy and Geoff were drawn to the beauty and adventure of Alaska, but finding a
livelihood that would allow them to stay was a challenge. "Why not start a
brewery?" a friend suggested. Other than the extreme financial and logistical
challenges of brewing beer in the Last Frontier, they couldn't think of why not.
Maybe the idea wasn't so far-fetched. After all, Geoff was a chemical engineer
and a homebrewer and was married to Marcy, an adventure-seeking accountant and
aspiring bush pilot. Together they brought a unique skill set to the task of
opening a brewery in Alaska.
While researching brewing in Alaska, Marcy unearthed shipping records from
Douglas City Brewing Co. (1899-1907) that listed ingredients for its popular
beers and a newspaper article that described the way it was brewed. Geoff
homebrewed a batch of the Gold Rush-era brew and they could see what made it so
popular. That beer is now known as Alaskan Amber.
In December 1986, Alaskan Brewing Co. officially began operations when Geoff,
Marcy and 10 volunteers spent 12 hours hand packaging the first 253 cases of
Alaskan Amber for distribution in Juneau, Alaska. From that very humble
beginning, Alaskan Brewing Co. has grown to become the most award-winning craft
brewery in the history of the Great American Beer Festival and expanded
distribution to 12 western states.