Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski is soaking in as much information as she can about craft brewing.
Thanks @BluejacketDC for walking me through your brewery so I can share stories w/ Alaska’s craft brewers back home! pic.twitter.com/MO3bKsBZjV — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) February 11, 2015
According to staff, the impromptu trip to the Yards Park area came about after Murkowski struck up a conversation with Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s resident beer guru Greg Engert at last month’s “Brewing Up History ” event. “With Alaska a hot spot for growlers, Senator Murkowski asked Bluejacket Brewmaster Greg Engert about the evolution of the growler culture in the last decade and what historical ties they have to earlier America,” a Murkowski aide explained to HOH in an email. “She exchanged stories with Greg about how breweries are a unique way for a community to express its identity — like the spruce tips that the Haines Brewing Company uses in some of their brews.”
Murkowski has made it her job to become as intimately acquainted with the burgeoning industry as possible.
In a recent op-ed penned for the Alaska Dispatch News, she laundry lists a half-dozen breweries — including HooDoo Brewing Co. , Kodiak Island Brewing Co. , Haines Brewing Company , Alaskan Brewing Co. , Baranof Island Brewing Company and Denali Brewing Company — she’s visited across the El Dorado of the North.
Per Team Murkowski, those educational encounters have taught her a couple of things. “She has developed a taste for hops … within reason, of course,” an aide said, tapping Bluejacket’s Clamor Imperial IPA as a fast favorite.
The harder lesson has been coming to grips with the absence of Alaskan-born beers in the District. “There is a woeful lack of Alaska suds in Washington, D.C., and most of the East Coast — simply because of the economics of getting it from there to here,” Team Murkowski said, adding that the office brings Alaskan Brewing Co. products in special every so often to sate fans “until we get back home.”
Dry those tears, thirsty ex-pats.
From the looks of things, Engert appears to have a fully functioning pipeline to Anchorage Brewing Company up and running at Church Key. The bottled beer menu (500-plus offerings, and counting) lists approaching a dozen Alaskan brews, including:
A Deal With the Devil Barleywine
Galaxy White IPA
AK Alive! Wild Ale
The Tide and Its Takers Triple
Arctic Saison, Batch #2
Rondy Brew Saison
Love Buzz Saison
Darkest Hour Imperial Stout
Give a yell if you ever need a drinking buddy, senator!
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