Amber

Amber
Alaskan Amber

Alt-Style Ale

The name of this beer style comes from the German word “alt” meaning “old”. This refers to the aging that alts undergo since they ferment more slowly and at colder temperatures than most ales. Slow fermentation helps condition the flavors in Alaskan Amber, contributing to its overall balance and smoothness.

Flavor

Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced.

Ingredients

Alaskan Amber is made from glacier-fed water and a generous blend of the finest quality European and Pacific Northwest hop varieties and premium two-row pale and specialty malts.  Our water originates in the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Ice Field and the more than 90 inches of rainfall we receive each year.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.054
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Bitterness: 18 IBU
  • Color: 22 SRM

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Smooth and richly malted, this altbier goes well with king or silver salmon, flavorful meats and hearty Italian dishes. Also pairs nicely with delicate cheeses, artichokes and roasted red peppers – a perfect accompaniment to gourmet pizzas.

History

Alaskan Amber is based on a recipe from a turn-of-the-century brewery in the Juneau area. It was voted “Best Beer in the Nation” in the 1988 Great American Beer Festival Consumer Poll.

The Story Behind the Label

There are no roads connecting the remote coastal community of Juneau, Alaska to the Lower 48 or even the rest of the state. Everything must travel by air or sea. Oceangoing vessels, from fishing trollers to small skiffs, are a common sight as they travel the icy waters of Southeast Alaska. Each evening fishermen from all walks of life return to a safe harbor and close the day with a cold Alaskan Amber.

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Awards

Recent

2016

  • Los Angeles International Beer Competition—Bronze: Irish-style Red Ale

2012

  • World Beer Cup—Silver: Irish-style Red Ale

2011

  • Los Angeles County Fair—Bronze: Irish-style Red Ale
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Bronze: Irish-Style Red Ale
  • European Beer Star Awards—Gold: Red or Amber Lager

2010

  • North American Brewing Awards—Gold: Irish Red:
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Silver: Dusseldorf-Style Altbier
  • West Coast Brew Fest—2nd Place: Mixed
  • Capitol Food & Wine Fest—Best in Show:Amber/Pale

2009

  • Northwest Brewing News—Best in the Northwest: Amber Ale
  • US Open Beer Championship—Silver Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • West Coast Brew Fest—Bronze Medal: Alt-style Ale
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Silver Medal: Irish-style Red Ale

Past

2008

  • European Beer Star Awards—Bronze Medal: Düsseldorf Style Altbier
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • Colorado State Fair—Silver Medal: Northern German Altbier
  • North American Beer Awards—Gold Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • San Diego County Fair—Bronze Medal: Mixed
  • West Coast Brew Fest—2nd Place: Mixed
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Bronze Medal: Amber Ale

2007

  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • l Dorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival—1st Place: Amber
  • San Diego County Fair—2nd Place: Amber Hybrid Beer (North German Altbier)
  • North American Beer Awards—Gold Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • West Coast Brewfest—3rd Place: Mixed

2006

  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold Medal: Irish-style Red Ale
  • North American Beer Awards—Gold Medal: Scottish & Irish Ales
  • Spring Beer & Wine Fest—Silver Medal

2004

  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold Medal: German-style brown ale/Düsseldorf Style

2003

  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver Medal: German-style brown ale/Düsseldorf Style

1999

  • North American Beer Awards—Gold Medal: Brown Ale

1991

  • The Chicago Beer Society—Best of Show & Gold Medal: Ale

1990

  • The Chicago Beer Society—Best of Show & Gold Medal: Ale
  • Great American Beer Festival—Gold Medal Winner: “Alt” Beer

1988

  • Great American Beer Festival—“Best Beer in the Nation”: Consumer Poll
  • Great American Beer Festival—Gold Medal Winner: “Alt” Beer

1987

  • Great American Beer Festival—Gold Medal Winner: “Alt” Beer
  • Great American Beer Festival—3rd Place: Consumer Poll