FireTap Alehouse & North Coast Brewery

Author: Mike  //  Category: Wine

Dear Oenophile
Alaska Beer Week runs from Jan 14th to Jan 29th with the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival being the lynch pin. For our part we will be working with North Coast Brewing out of Mendocino and FireTap Ale House on Old Seward Hwy.
North Coast Brewing started in 1988 in Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. The partners at the time wanted to run a brew pub, restaurant, brewery and most importantly live on the Mendocino coast! They could have built in a more metropolitan area but where’s the fun in that? As time went on their beers began to get quite the reputation. Just think, these guys were pre craft beer! What a crystal ball.
North Coast makes beautiful beers, ales and stouts. I find their beers to have an above average snap and acidity that lifts the palate yet there is a creaminess that just works! We will be trying their full range; Wheat, IPA, Saison, Belgian, Stout and the barrel aged brews a stout and an ale, aged 12 to 18 months in Whisky, Rye or Bourbon barrels. These brews are potent too at 12% to 14% alcohol.
Firetap is working on a menu to match these rich and flavorful beers. I can’t wait!
The Particulars
Wednesday, January 20th, 6pm, FireTap Ale House Old Seward Hwy, $50.00 per reservation.
Reservations can be made by calling 907 677 9050 or emailing mike@anchoragewinehouse.com

The Beers
MEET AND GREET
Puck – Petite Saison
“Puck (has) the perfect blend of spicy dryness and fruity mouthfeel that make this release so special. While not too bitter, the presence of a light citrus flavor throughout makes the beer utterly refreshing”
Aaron Fowler, Akronite Magazine
FIRST COURSE
Blue Star Wheat Beer – American Wheat Beer
“A rich entry leads to smooth, medium-bodied toasted malt palate with nice dry citrus (bitter lemon) and mild, bittering hops. This shows great balance and sorts plenty of flavors in a stylish manner.”
Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago
PranQster – Belgian-Style Golden Ale
“PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor, and a clean finish.
SECOND COURSE
Steller IPA – India Pale Ale
Muscat, spruce tips, and pennyroyal, North Coast Steller IPA is redolent of resinous terpenes: myrcene, linalool, pinene, and geraniol. An unparalleled hop happening.
THIRD COURSE
North Coat Brother Thelonious – Belgian-Style Strong Dark
Designed after a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale,” this beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9.4%.
Old Stock Ale (Barrel Aged)
Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer added layers of complexity and flavor.
FOURTH COURSE
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
“…The beer pours out with a frothy tan head that would make Starbucks envious. It’s loaded with chocolate and coffee aromas, some roasty notes and bready yeast. It’s a rich mouthful, sweet, even luscious, but nicely balanced by the hops….” TomBedell.com
Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin
Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout, Old Rasputin, for a year to 18 months in freshly emptied spirits barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of these special releases, like their predecessors, make them a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Thank You
Mike McVittie, CSW
Wine Manager
Anchorage Wine House

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