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49th State Brewing wins bronze at Great American Beer Festival

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The competition was stiff but so is the stout: An Alaska-made wood-and-barrel-aged strong stout named “The Intrepid” was the only Alaska beer to win any prize at the 202 Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Sept. 10. It won the bronze medal in the category it competed in; there were 186 entries in that category.

Founded in 2010 in the commercial area of the Denali Borough, 49th State Brewing’s current owners are Jason Motyka and David McCarthy, who expanded the business from Denali Park to Anchorage in 2016. They are two-time SBA Alaska Small Business Persons of the Year.

Although The Intrepid is not listed on the company’s online menu, that will probably change, now that it has a medal around its neck.

The Great American Beer Festival is the nation’s largest beer festival, and 290 medals were awarded by the Brewers Association for 97 beer categories covering 175 beer styles, including subcategories. Awards were for gold, silver and bronze. This year the festival was canceled due to the concern for large crowds in an indoor space and the risk of spreading Covid-19.

But typically the festival is the American brewing industry’s top public tasting opportunity and competition. Attendees can taste more than 4,000 beers from over 800 of the nation’s breweries, all arranged alphabetically in the festival hall. The association is hoping to return in 2022 for its 40th anniversary festival.

Alaska has more than 40 craft breweries, or one for every 18,000 Alaskans.

View all the beer winners at this link.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Is there a pot festival?

  • Its really Too bad Alaska can’t become known as a state for 40 water distilleries! At least you can’t get drunk off water, you just get bloated.

    • Nothing wrong with a little nip from time to time Jen. Even Noah partook of the fermented grape from time to time.

  • We are a state of alcoholics Jen

    • Always carry a small flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore, always carry a small snake.

      -WC Fields

  • “ The competition was stiff but so is the stout: An Alaska-made wood-and-barrel-aged strong stout named “The Intrepid” was the only Alaska beer to win any prize at the 202 Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Sept. 10. ”
    “ This year the festival was canceled due to the concern for large crowds in an indoor space and the risk of spreading Covid-19.”
    I’m confused… Did The Intrepid earn 3rd last year?

  • 49th State Brewing Co. is in Healy, 10 miles north of the canyon AKA “Glitter Gulch”.
    They are only open in the summer. They have a restaraunt in there. I stopeed in with a friend last summer, and the half-baked “host” demanded our personal information
    “for contact tracing” before we could be seated. We turned around and left. I will not go back there, and advise others not to either. – M.John

    • Yeah business were required by law back then to obtain your contact information just in case. Don’t hold him accountable for that. They were hiring thousands of contact tracers down here back then. But can you imagine the cluster in trying to keep track of all that? Talk about job security.

      • No, they were not. Not by any borough code, state law, or federal law. Period. And I DO hold any business requiring contact tracing, masks or vaccine proof completely accountable for their choices.

        • Just sign in as Ethan Berkowitz.

          I did several times.

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