JUNEAU, Alaska  – Winter is coming to Alaska, but Alaskan Brewing is undeterred, welcoming the cool and wet winter weather with the always-anticipated release of its seasonal Winter Ale.

“This beer is one of our favorites in the brew house–especially as it gets colder here,” says Alaskan brewer Greg Morgan. “Sitka spruce trees carry a special significance to brewers, not just because we see them through every window of the brewery. In beer, the spruce tips add this really great, floral aroma that fills the brewery, and a subtly-sweet flavor that you’d never expect.”

Alaskan’s Winter Ale is brewed in the style of an English Old Ale–a traditionally malty, warming beer brewed in the fall and consumed through the winter. Alaskan’s take on this style is inspired by the seafaring adventurer Captain Cook, who discovered the pleasant flavor and scurvy-preventing value of spruce tips during one of his 18th century voyages in search of a Northwest Passage. (VIDEO: http://ow.ly/dVVhb)

This ale balances the sweet, heady aroma of Sitka spruce tips with a clean, crisp noble hop finish and its malty richness complements the alcohol warmth.
Alaskan Brewing Winter Ale