New tanks were installed at the Alaskan Brewing Company last week to meet growing demand in the Pacific Northwest. The large stainless steel tanks were manufactured in Missouri, shipped across the country to Seattle then barged up to Juneau. “The success of the Seasonal Alaskan Summer Ale in addition to increased demand for our year-round products this year made additional tanks a necessity,” says Plant Manager, Curtis Holmes. “We are geared up for a great year.” It appears to be just in time as early 2003 numbers show Alaskan Brewing Company up nearly 15%.
The Juneau based brewery added one 400-barrel tank and one 1300-barrel tank without the usual fanfare of winter snowstorms, having only to contend with cloudy skies and a slight wind. “Aside from not having our usual snowstorm, the only difference for this installation was negotiating the road to the brewery. A stoplight and median were installed off the main highway that wasn’t there last year, so there was a little head scratching before our trucker could figure out how to negotiate the turn while hauling the longer, 47-foot tank,” Holmes adds.
Alaskan Brewing Company distributes throughout Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Northern California. Founded in 1986, Alaskan Brewing Company is the oldest operating brewery in the State of Alaska. The Juneau-based brewery also brews Alaskan Amber, Pale, ESB and Stout year round as well as Alaskan Winter Ale, Summer Ale and the internationally renowned Alaskan Smoked Porter on a seasonal basis.