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Tasting three vintages of Alaskan Smoked Porter

By William Brand
Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 10:55 am in Uncategorized.

Alaskan Smoked Porter: A Good Reason to Collect Beer

By William Brand
Friday, September 29th, 2006 at 8:48 am in General.

At the Great American Beer Festival…Do you squirrel away bottles of great beer that you really like? I do. I have, for instance, in an old dorm refrigerator in the garage, a single sample of the last seven or eight Sierra Nevada Barleywine Style Ales. I never touch them because,  well I’m waiting for the right moment.

Last night at the GABF, I learned something about collecting beer. Geoff and Marcy Larson, who founded Alaskan Brewing in Juneau in 1986 were pouring samples of four “vintages” of their primo, prize-winning Alaskan Smoked Porter**** at their booth. In fact, the line of punters waiting for their sample was the longest in the vast, 188,000 square-foot hall, lined with brewers offering well 1,647 different beers. READ THE REST OF THIS POST….

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