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September 2020 cruise

 

Juneau

Skagway

ISP

Ketchikan

 

Taking my boyfriend on his first cruise.  He turns 40 in February 2020 so I am going to give it to him then.  Gotta admit - BF really likes his beer; he's a fan of the IPA. Any beers/microbreweries/beer tours we should check out?

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Well -- I am not a beer fan, but am married to a beer drinker who also does home brewing.  But here goes:

 

Juneau: Home of the Alaskan Brewing Company.  The actual brewing operation is out of downtown Juneau, but, at least in the past, they have run shuttles from their downtown retail operation to the brewery where they offer samples.  Check their website for up to date information.

 

Skagway:  Home of the Skagway Brewing Company.  They have a restaurant and bar in downtown Skagway.  

 

Icy Strait Point:  Icy Strait  Brewing is not located in the tourist compound but in Hoonah.  We were not in ISP this summer, but, unless it has moved, as you walk into Hoonah from ISP it is on the right (ocean) side of the road.  

 

Ketchikan:  I believe there is at least one micro brewery, but have never visited it.  Hopefully others are more informed than I am.

 

There are a number of microbreweries throughout the state.  Where we live, in Fairbanks, we have Hoo Doo and Silver Gulch.  Silver Gulch is available in other parts of the state.  Several of the Anchorage microbreweries also are large enough that their beers are also available outside of the immediate Anchorage area.  

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Take a look at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_breweries_in_Alaska 

 

Plenty of good suds here for your boyfriend.

I hope he realizes what a gem he has for a girlfriend. 

 

Also, if the ship you're on makes frequent runs in the Pacific NW, it's quite likely they will have Alaskan brewed beer on board. But you may have to hunt it down. Some bars may stock it, others will insist that it doesn't exist on the ship. He may be surprised at what he can track down.  When he finds something he likes, that's in short supply, ask the barman to set aside a few bottles for you. Then give him the tip he rightly deserves. If you can track down the beverages manager, he can be a revelation.

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Hopefully you will be embarking/dis-embarking in Vancouver. We have 75 - 100 micro breweries in Metro Vancouver. Most have some excellent IPA's.

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On 11/10/2019 at 12:01 PM, LadyMac72 said:

September 2020 cruise

 

Juneau

Skagway

ISP

Ketchikan

 

Taking my boyfriend on his first cruise.  He turns 40 in February 2020 so I am going to give it to him then.  Gotta admit - BF really likes his beer; he's a fan of the IPA. Any beers/microbreweries/beer tours we should check out?

Love, love, love Alaska Amber and Alaska White beer!

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Our cruise also had a few Alaska Brewing Company beers on board, and as a craft beer connoisseur and a history buff I also really loved the Spruce Tip Ale from Skagway Brewing Company. This beer provides a hefty dose of Vitamin C and was used to prevent sailors from getting scurvy in Alaska since citrus doesn't grow well there! 

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Wow, you had me at BEER lol.   (I'm the fan, & DH will just tag along)   Going to definitely add the brewery in Juneau to my list of things to do, thanks!

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Absolutely try the Spruce Tip Beer in Skagway!  You can't get it anywhere else, and it's good!

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