Summer Ale

Summer Ale

Kölsch-style Ale

Based on the traditional style of Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany.


Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.


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


  • Original Gravity: 1.048
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Bitterness: 18 IBU
  • Color: 8 SRM


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Enjoy this Kölsch-style beer with delicately flavored foods like fresh, wild Alaska crab or halibut or try it as an accompaniment to salads. Either way, like summer, Alaskan Summer Ale won’t last all year – so enjoy it now!


Brewed in our original brewhouse in 1997, this beer is part of our Rough Draft series and has met success with each limited edition release. The enthusiastic reception led the Brew Crew to bring it to the West Coast as a summer seasonal. A gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup and silver at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival have Alaskan Summer Ale fans wishing it was available in every season.




  • West Coast Brew Fest—Silver: Mixed
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold: Golden or Blonde Ale
  • Denver International Beer Festival—Gold: Kölsch


  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold: Golden or Blonde Ale
  • Denver International Beer Festival—Gold: Light Lagers/Ales
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Bronze: German-Style Kölsch


  • US Open Beer Championship—Gold: Bitter
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold: Golden or Blonde Ale
  • West Coast Brew Fest—Third: Mixed



  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver: German-style Kölsch
  • North American Beer Awards—Silver: German-style Kölsch
  • West Coast Brew Fest—Gold: Kölsch-style Ale
  • Australian International Beer Awards—Bronze: German-style Kölsch


  • Great American Beer Festival—Silver: Golden or Blonde Ale
  • Colorado State Fair—Silver: Kölsch
  • West Coast Brew Fest—First: Mixed
  • World Beer Cup—Gold: Golden or Blonde Ale


  • Los Angeles County Fair—Bronze: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch


  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch
  • California Brewers Festival—Second: Light Ales


  • North American Beer Awards—Gold: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch
  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch


  • Los Angeles County Fair—Silver: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch


  • Los Angeles County Fair—Gold: German-style Kölsch/Köln-style Kölsch


The Story Behind the Label

Summer excursions on Alaska waters often include up-close encounters with a host of marine life, the most impressive being the killer whale or orca. Male orcas grow to nearly 30 feet in length with dorsal fins reaching upwards of six feet. The gray or white saddle patch found behind an orca’s dorsal fin is a characteristic used to identify individual whales. In the same way, a cold Alaskan Summer Ale can identify individuals with an appreciation for great beer.

Summer Label