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September 2021: Don't sip standing up

Sep 25, 2021

For this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill does a deep dive into the wild world of quirky alcohol laws, plus a plug for better alcohol education, a look at the pilsner beer style and a visit with Adam Keele of Lat 65 Brewing Co. in Fairbanks. Cheers!
 

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.

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

Outdoor, in-person beer festivals return after the dark year of COVID, including the 10th annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival. Bill gets an update from KP beerfest organizer Matt Pyhala and muses on what makes a good beer festival (hint: quality, not quantity). Plus, interviews with Girdwood Brewing and Darcy Kniefel, with the 2021 Alaska Craft Brew Festival, on July's Drinking on the Last Frontier.
Cheers!

On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, aging beer in whisky barrels is a great way to add class to craft brews. Plus, Bill checks in on the new location for Bearpaw River Brewing Co. in Wasilla, the new construction for Grace Ridge Brewing Co. in Homer and the newcomer brewery to the peninsula’s beer scene — Stoney Creek Brewhouse in Seward.

Cheers!

Gherkin Radio Theatre offers a double-header for episode four:

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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!

The hunter becomes the hunted after a mishap at sea in Richard Connell’s 1924 classic, “The Most Dangerous Game.” Starring Ranger Fox as Rainsford, Ben Weagraff as General Zaroff and Stephen White as Whitney.

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.
Cheers!

Merry Christmas from the fine folks at Gherkin Radio Theater, starring Ranger Fox, Mary May, Alyssa Murphy, Shaylon Cochran and Elizabeth Huntley, with music by Derek Poppin and Maria Allison, produced by Dr. Stephen White.

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!

Gherkin Radio Theater presents, "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tolling Bell," starting Starring Dr. Stephen White, Shaylon Cochran, Ranger Fox, Ben Weagraff, Mary May, Elizabeth Huntley, Alyssa Murphy and Katy Sams, with an original score by Lucia Larezza.

Kenai River Brewing Co.

Bill has your beer needs covered for the holidays — beer pairings for holiday meals, demystifying seasonal brewing and gift suggestions for the beer lover on your gift list. Plus, an interview with Stefan Marty, co-owner of Bleeding Heart Brewery, now open in their new location in Palmer.

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.
Cheers!

Join Elizabeth Appleby for a discussion on backcountry ice skating — where to go, when to go, what gear to use, safety and more.

Bill gets the scoop on the new Alaska Craft Brew & Barley Wine Festival, held Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, in Anchorage.

Tag along with Tony Doyle and Craig Barnard on a ski tour of the Southern Kenai Peninsula and the mountains across Kachemak Bay.

 

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!

If I Built A Car

Dec 5, 2019

Park your boring old car, Dad, and let Jack tell you about the cool car he's going to have someday, in "If I Built a Car," by Chris Van Dusen, read by Audrey Hobart-Anderson.

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. 

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