I can’t take or plan any trips right now. So lately, maybe like you, I spend a lot of time drinking beer from a bag, thinking about guacamole in beer and gazing at beer gardens and taprooms from around the world, via Instagram.
“One day I will go to there.” is about all I can think or plan on.
Today I thought, “Hey, I wonder what the Alaskan Brewing beer garden looks like? I bet it’s pretty fucking gorgeous.” Juneau looks beautiful as all beautiful gets (see picture above, dude).
I bet that beer garden is a stunerrrr..
Well, kinda? I guess? … Actually, I’m disappointed.
I like the mountain thick with trees. THAT is a nice view, one I expect. But the garden? It leaves something to be desired.
Most noticeably, that green cyclone fence! It looks hideous in that environment.
I’ll accept it in an urban taproom setting from a young brewery just trying to do their best with the space they have. But not from a craft brewery in one of the prettiest spots in the world. A brewery that has been around since the 80s.
Also, the plants. Look at the sadness. They’re trying. But still.
The tables and Easy-Ups are ok-ish. But they also give off a “best we could do with $200 bucks” kinda vibe.
I have sadly never been to Alaskan Brewing’s beer garden, so I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Maybe they have never had an outdoor beer garden because it’s cold as hell all the time, but they created one because of the pandemic and that’s why it’s so underwhelming.
I’m just kinda losing it because of the COVID thing and bored, and picking fights nobody cares to pick. Hi.
A good time to get reacquainted
Alaskan Brewing. Located in Juneau, Alaska. They have been around since freaking 1986 people! From what I have gathered, still owned by original owners, Marcy and Geoff Larson – a fact that is amazing to me in these days of buyouts.
The Larsons were the first people to open a brewery in Juneau since prohibition.
They sound like a wonderful example of a successful independent brewery that has never gotten too greedy or over-its-skis.
I have a new respect for them and will look out for a six-pack of theirs to pick up soon and will happily look the other way if I see a cyclone fence on the package.