Anchorage Mosaic Saison recently hit shelves. The Alaskan brewery actually released this new offering on Mother’s Day, but as you can imagine (and if you have a map of North America) it takes a little time for Anchorage beers to make it to other markets.
Anchorage Mosaic Saison uses just Mosaic hops, and is fermented with two saison yeast, and two strains of Brettanomyces. Fermented in oak tanks (seen in the background).
Available now in 750ml bottles.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Release: May/June, 2015
Image via Anchorage Brewing Company
Taking a good bit of us by surprise – Anchorage Brewing Company (Anchorage, AK) officially has beers on the shelf in Georgia. White Out Wit, and Galaxy White IPA are the first offerings. The beers come through Savannah Distributing.
Anchorage was founded by Gabe Fletcher, opening early last year. The brewery specializes in barrel fermentation and brettanoymyces yeasts. (Wild & funky, baby!)
More on the first beers:
White Out Wit – Witbier,6.5% ABV, 20 IBUs. Aged in Chardonnay barrels
Unique to the north and feared by man and beast, the WHITEOUT comes without warning.
With quiet ferocity, how quickly this force erases the sensations and reduces any creature to its most basic elements. When enveloped in one, sight, sound and even tactile sensation are ripped away, as snowflakes in motion swallow all sense of being, leaving one to cower, hunker down and wait it out, hoping that it passes quickly or that the end is merciful. Of variable and unknown duration minutes seem like eternity in a whiteout.
Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink fresh or age to bring out the funk.
Both are available in 750’s
A quick look inside the inner workings of a brewery. Mikkeller, a Danish gypsy brewer, just bottled Invasion IPA at Anchorage Brewing. So named, because it’s the first time Mikkeller has bottled their own creations (not collaborations with other U.S. brewers) on American soil.
Some are questioning the prematurity of the – best of 2011 list. (Just the first week of November still right? My rent check still hasn’t cleared.) Either way, here is the list. One thing to note, beer – especially craft beer, is about as opinionated as a presidential election. Be sure to head over to the full article for the full story.
Goose Island – Pepe Nero
Firestone Walker – Abacus
Brooklyn Brewing – The Concoction
Nebraska Brewing – Hop God
New Belgium – Le Terroir
Stone Brewing – Sublimely Self Righteous
Weihenstephaner -Original Premium
Aspall – Dry English Draft Cider
Boulevard/Deschutes – Collab #2 White IPA
Anchorage Brewing – Bitter Monk
De Musketiers – Troubadour Magma
Odell Brewing – Friek
21st Amendment – Hop Crisis
Heineken – New Castle Brown
Crooked Stave – W.W.B.R.
Lost Abbey – Red Poppy
Koningshoeven – La Trappe Isid’or
Unibroue – Quelque Chose
Sixpoint Craft – Sweet Action
Shorts – The Gambler
Almanac Beer – Summer 2010
Stillwater/The Brewer’s Art – The Debutante
White Birch – Tavern Ale
Tide and it’s Takers Triple is next for the young brewery – a triple with Sorachi Ace & Stryian Golding hops, aged in French oak with brett.
Anadromous Belgian Black Bier. Summit Hops. Pinot Noir barrels. Brewed with Kodiak Salmon Berries and brett. Triple Fermented. 8.5% ABV & 30 IBU’s. November release.
Darkest Hour Belgian Imperial Stout. Summit Hops Brewed with molasses, brown sugar & Italian black licorice. Double barrel aging: Rye Whiskey & Pinot Noir barrels. 13% ABV & 33 IBU’s. December Release.
Anchorage also is debuting (or debuted at this point) Anticipation Imperial Stout, 9%. A collaboration with Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage, and Sleepy Lady Brewing.
The above beers join Bitter Monk & Love Buzz Saison, and Whiteout Wit.
By all estimates this is Anchorage Brewing Company’s 5th beer release. The Tide and it’s Takers Triple features brettanomyces, and French oak chardonnay barrel aging. The label features a dual message from Gabe Fletcher (Anchorage) and Sam Calagione (Dogfish)
This is an unshored ale. Wild and Remote; there’s a beer where the sea used to be. I believe there will be many takers for this tide. It begins with a soft and spicy floral nose. The brett notes are measured and reverberate around the lemon-cream-pie hops like ripples around a buoy in the beam sea. Wood notes drift and float by and bring a bit of vanilla toward the end but mostly the wood does the important work of softening the heat of a multi-phase fermentation that is three fathoms deep. Putting a snifter of this beer up to your lips is like putting a conch shell up to your ear. Lifting right up against the Atlantic Ocean here in Delaware nothing says welcome home to me as much as the rhythmic crashing of an incoming surf on the land and I get that familiar feeling while drinking The Tide and Its Takers. Like a powerful ocean you cannot take this beer for granted. It’s complex, it has a lunar-pull that makes you reflexively go for the next sip, and it puts you in the right mood to appreciate life and nature’s bounty. To paraphrase folk-punk Michelle Shocked, You know you’re in the largest state of mind in the union when you’re anchored down in Anchorage. Cheers!
Style: Triple (barrel aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles, corked & caged
9% ABV, 30 IBUs