Drinking on the Last Frontier

11 a.m. last Saturday of the month
  • Local Host Bill Howell

This show is a celebration of craft brewing on the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska. Bill Howell is the author of four books on craft brewing in Alaska, teaches a beer appreciation class at Kenai Peninsula College, has been brewing and tasting craft beers for 30 years and is uncapping his vast knowledge for listeners. He’ll share news from the beer world, interviews with local brewers, reviews of beer-related books and gadgets, deep dives into beer styles, suggestions for beer and food pairings and much more.

August 2021: Beer fests are back

Aug 27, 2021
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Cheers to the return of beer festivals! Bill visits with brewers at the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival on Aug. 14 in Soldotna, as well as Black Spruce Brewing Company and Dr. Fermento himself, James Roberts. Plus, fall for the Oktoberfest beer style.

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Zach Henry from St. Elias Brewing joins Bill Howell for a live edition of Drinking on the Last Frontier for KDLL's spring membership drive May 15. Thanks to everyone who called in!

Whose beer is it, anyway? Bill answers that question, plus the mysterious magic of the gueuze. Plus interviews with Brian Hall, of the new Alaska Craft Beer Podcast, Mike Healy of Skagway Brewing Co. and Clarke Pelz of Cynosure Brewing in Anchorage.

Cheers!

In this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, host Bill Howell recommends beer and cheese pairings, proper serving temperatures for beer and offers his hopes for a quick end to the hard seltzer trend. Plus, interviews with Haines Brewing Co. and Fairbanks’ Lat65 Brewing Co.

Don't forget your favorite brews with Flagship February, plus a look at the ancient Egyptian history of brewing and what's new with Big Delta Brewing and Kenai River Brewing Co. Cheers!

Sen. Peter Micciche's attempt to update the state's alcohol laws is starting yet another round through the legislative process. Will 2021 be the year it makes it to the finish line? Stay tuned to find out.
Plus, Bill chats with Lee Ellis, head of brewery operations at Midnight Sun Brewing Company and president of the Brewer's Guild of Alaska, and Jake Wade, operations manager of Bear Paw River Brewing in Wasilla.
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Welcome Growler Bay Brewing, in Valdez, to the Alaska craft beer family. Plus, interviews with Barnaby Brewing Co. in Juneau and Double Shovel Cider Co. in Anchorage and a return to the simple pleasure (but not-so-simple to brew) pilsner. Cheers to surviving 2020!

Bill takes listener questions on a live, membership-drive edition of Drinking on the Last Friontier. Cheers!

Kenai River Brewing Co.

Pumpkin beer has come a long way since its roots in colonial America. Learn its history on this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier. Plus, Bill visits with Odd Man Rush Brewing in Eagle River, Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer and Kodiak Island Brewing Co. Cheers!

Grace Ridge Brewing

Tour the craft beer scene in Alaska as Bill checks in with Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Valdez Brewing Co. and the new Lat 65 Bewing Co. in Fairbanks.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill talks to Erik Slater, of Seward Brewing Co., and delves into what makes British beer worth a slow pour.

Kenai River Brewing

Doug Hogue with Kenai River Brewing joins Bill for a live Drinking on the Last Frontier as past of KDLL's 2020 Spring Membership Drive. Your questions, their answers and the debut of the Champski.

There’s a lot brewing at Kassik’s these days — new beers, new branding and a new season of food trucks on site. Bill hears from Hoodoo Brewing in Fairbanks and Midnight Sun in Anchorage on how Alaska breweries are staying in business during COVID-19. And, ever wonder why your favorite IPA starts to lose its appeal? The lupulin threshold shift might be to blame. Find out more in this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier.

St. Elias Brewing

Breweries are being crafty to survive the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic — St. Elias took the shutdown as a chance to remodel, Baleen Brewing in Ketchikan is rethinking its expansion timeline and Magnetic North Brewingin Anchorage is focusing on homebrew. Listen to this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier to find out more.

Kenai River Brewing

In this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill takes a look at how breweries are coping with government mandates on social distancing, with an interview with Doug Hogue of Kenai River Brewing. Plus, a look behind the scenes at the role of distributors in Alaska, a sampling of the stout beer stye and some recommended reading to get you through quarantine.

Bill visits with brewers at Frozen Riverfest and hears from Cooper Landing Brewing on the progress of their new building. Plus, flagship beers, beer and food pairings and a review of an online beer course.
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Bill gets the scoop on the new Alaska Craft Brew & Barley Wine Festival, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, in Anchorage.

James Roberts

Tune in to the December Drinking on the Last Frontier for a beer year in review with Dr. Fermento, interviews with the new owners of Kassik's and a new homebrew supply shop in town, a winter warmer beer style and more!

Girdwood Brewing Co.

Raise a glass to the holiday season. Join Bill for beer news (including some good regulatory news for Alaska craft breweries, for once), a look at how Alaska compares to other alcohol quota states, an interview with Bearpaw River Brewing Company, a guide for pairing holiday menus with craft beers, learn about the barley wine beer style and get some gift ideas for the beer lover in your life. 

Zach Henry from St. Elias Brewing in Soldotna joins Bill to answer listener questions on a special, live, membership-drive edition of Drinking on the Last Frontier.
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On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill looks into the latest proposal to constrict activities at brewery tap rooms in Alaska, with guests Lee Ellis, president of the Brewers Guild of Alaska, and Doug Hogue, with Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill visits with Alaska brewing veterans Glacier Brewhouse and the newest kids on the brewing block — Lazy Mountain Brewing. Plus, a recap of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, a taste of the Oktoberfest beer style and a quick look at the art of the slow pour.

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Cheers to July! On this month's show, Bill has a preview of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, celebrates the pilsner style and discusses a controversial tap room decision to ground tasting flights and refuse outside growlers.

More information on the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival can be found here.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill gets the lowdown on summer highlights from Midnight Sun Brewing and 49th State Brewing, plus a feature on the history of beer gardens and the return of beer gear.

Kenai River Brewing

Kenai River Brewing shares its plans for reopening Kenai Joe's in a special, live segment of the show. And speaking of reopening, Barnaby Brewing in Juneau tells Bill about recovering from a fire that shut them down for about a year.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill checks in on efforts to update Alaska's liquor licensing regulations, expecially pertaining to craft breweries. Plus, a visit with Devil's Club Brewing Co. in Juneau and a mammoth brewing undertaking in Fairbanks. Cheers!
 

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, find out more about Odd Man Rush Brewing in Eagle River and Baleen Brewing Co. in Ketchikan, and learn how to drink beer to save farms.

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

Join host Bill Howell on this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier for a report from Frozen River Fest, a visit with Gakona Brewing Company and an apples-to-pears comparison of ciders and perries. Cheers!

January 2019: Big future for small breweries

Jan 26, 2019

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill and Jim Roberts, aka "Dr. Fermento," consider the big future for small breweries in Alaska, and Bill visits with two such brewers, Carey Fristoe of Black Spruce in Fairbanks, and Don Stead of Grace Ridge, in Homer. Plus, the history of winter warmers and a controversial move to ground beer-tasting flights in Haines.
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Join Bill this month for a beer year in review, preview of Alaska Beer Week and a look at the history and future of brewing in Skagway. Cheers!

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