Drinking on the Last Frontier

11 a.m. the fourth 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.

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.

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

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.
Cheers!
 

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!

Nov. 24, 2018: Cheers to holiday beers

Nov 26, 2018
Courtesy of St. Elias Brewing Co.

Cheers to the holidays! On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell, Bill has ideas of beer pairings with favorite holiday foods, plus a look at what’s on tap at St. Elias Brewing, and a visit with Kodiak Island Brewery.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill looks back at the beginnings of seasonal beers and ahead to the unsure future of beer magazines. Plus, hear what's brewing at Baranoff Island, in Sitka, and Midnight Sun and Cynosure in Anchorage. Cheers!

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Where there's smoke there's good beer flavor and let's hear it for the women in brewing history. Bill also checks in with Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer and get details about the Cooper Landing's plans to build a new brewery.

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

This month, Bill reports from the eighth annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival and compares the craft brewing industry in Maine vs. Alaska.

Bill visits with two relatively new breweries in Alaska's craft beer landscape — Resolution Brewing in Anchorage and Bearpaw River Brewing in Wasilla.

In this month's Drinking in the Last Frontier, get a taste of the latest brew at St. Elias, made with locally grown hops. And hop on over to your 'third place,' perhaps to try this month's beer style, the gueuze.

Girdwood Brewing Co.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill recaps the action/nonaction on an effort to revise Alaska's alcohol regulations. After that, sample the beers of Scandinavia, take a craft beer tour of San Fransisco and journey up the road to Girdwood Brewing Co.

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On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell, go behind the scenes of the Beer 49 channel, back in time for a Burton ale, in the back room of Kenai River Brewing Co. to see its new canning machine and to your backyard for the makings of birch beer.

Elaine Howell

In the March episode of Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill visits Country Liquor for a look at the retail craft of stocking unique beers and ponders brewery secession planning to see who will pick up the tab for breweries in the next generation. Plus, the magic of yeast in brewing science, the return of beer gear and the kick of coffee beers. Cheers!

Join Bill Howell on this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier for dispatches from Frozen River Fest, a conversation with Denali Brewing Co., thoughts on alcohol education and a flavor of brewing science — hops.

In January's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill reports on the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's decision to prohibit anything loosely considered live entertainment from brewery tap rooms, but at least the popular trend of beer dinners can still serve up a good time. This month's beer style is barley wine, of which Kassik's has a three-peat winner. And visit Colorado in the beer travels segment, where Bill lifts a glass to Denver, home of the Great American Beer Festival and Falling Rock Tap House.

Kenai River Brewing

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, host Bill Howell has a preview of Alaska Beer Week, catches the first tap of Kenai River Brewing's new Tsalteshi Trails Ale and visits with Sen. Peter Micciche about the proposed overhaul of state liquor licensing.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill revisits the history of alcohol in Alaska and visits with Doug Hogue of Kenai River Brewing about new additions to the brewery. Also, gift suggestions for the craft been lover on your gift list. Cheers!

Join Bill for a tour of Cooper Landing Brewing, a taste of brewing science and a talk about taboo beer labels.

As part of KDLL’s fall membership drive, we’re featuring KDLL’s original feature shows.

Here are excerpts from Kenai Garden Talk, Adventure Talks and Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell.

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