Alaska Alcohol and Marijunana Control Office

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.

A bill overhauling Alaska’s alcohol laws made it to the halfway point in the Legislature on Wednesday. Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche, was voted out of the Senate and sent over to the House.

Micciche calls it a grand compromise hashed out by the factions that have been at odds over the state’s existing alcohol regulations.

“This bill a true compromise. All stakeholders got something but no stakeholder group got everything,” Micciche said. “The bill modernizes the reorganizes the 35-year old hodgepodge of alcohol statutes in Alaska into a comprehensive, reorganized Title 4 Rewrite. The primary focus is on public health and safety. It provides clarity for licensees, local governments, law enforcement and the public and will result in a common-sense, consistent and less unnecessarily burdensome regulation of the alcohol beverage industry.”

Lucy's Market

As a customer, the hardest thing about ordering a beer or wine at a café is deciding which offering you’d like with your meal. For the business, though, at least in Alaska, getting to the point of being able to offer those beverages can be a long and time-consuming process.

Lucy’s Market on Homestead Lane in Soldotna is hoping to be able to serve wine and beer and is in the last couple of weeks of an attempt to be licensed to do so.

“Largely because we want to be able to offer classes — wine-pairing classes, have special dinner events,” said owner Kelsey Shields. “Basically, we want to be able to open up the door to do those kinds of things, and in order to do so, we have to have this license. As a bonus, on a daily basis, we would also be able to offer people a glass of wine or pint of beer with their food.”

When cannabis first made inroads to social acceptability starting about 20 years ago, it was through medical marijuana. There was enough clinical and anecdotal evidence by that point that there were ingredients in cannabis that soothed anxiety in terminally ill patients, gave appetites back to cancer patients and was good for reducing inter-ocular pressure for what would become a small "epidemic" of "glaucoma." Now recreational cannabis, in the form of marijuana, is widely available, and on its coattails comes CBD, a cannabinoid in cannabis like THC.

Kenai Elks Lodge licensed again

Apr 4, 2018

As we previously reported, the Kenai Elks Club has been having issues with the state of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office concerning its liquor license.

It turns out, just days after the Kenai City Council — for a second time — criticized the AMCO for mishandling the license renewal, the office issued the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk a temporary liquor permit.