Jake Walgenbach

Sterling is in a bit of a beer purgatory. While Sterling-ites have several options to the west and Cooper Landing Brewing to the east, there’s no Sterling-specific place for them to get their brew on.

Five residents are moving toward opening a brewery in the unincorporated community, across from Sterling Elementary School near Swanson River Road. They’re calling it “Naptowne Brewing” — an homage to the town’s early roots, and their family history.

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