2018 Year in Review

Here are 18 cool things that happened at the brewery in 2018.

4 January: Alyeska IPA can release, our first of the year. We would go on to release 17 more one-off brews in 6-packs this year. The best part was working with some amazing local artists in the process. Alyeska IPA cans were wrapped by Will Ingram’s snap of the mountain at night.

20 January: Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival. We were there. With flair. We brought our 2017 Russian Imperial Stout, Frontiersman IPA, Mat Maid Milk Stout, and #nofilter Hefe.

9 March: Tap Takeover at Tailgaters in Wasilla. Also James’s birthday. Karaoke might have been involved.

22 March: Bridge-pocalypse. Times was hard, but the taproom was open.

1 April: Mat Maid Milk Stout wins Dr. Fermento’s Statewide March Madness Beer Bracket Challenge. The finals were at Koots. We were over the moon.

10 April: Named one of America’s Fastest Growing Craft Breweries of 2017 by the Brewers Association. Here’s Damian making it happen.

19-20 April: Spring Fairbanks trip, with a tap takeover at Lavelle’s Taphouse and a Flite Nite at The Banks Alehouse, among other festivities. Here's to road miles and new friends!

28 April: Breakup Shakeup BBQ competition at the brewery. Sheesh. How awesome is that?

4 May: The fourth was with us that day.

5 May: Port Ashton Porter can release. A collab with the cool folks at Port Ashton Lodge. Later in June we would spend a few days hanging out at Port Ashton with, of course, a few cans of the porter in our tackle boxes.

2 July: Voted Best of the Valley by Frontiersman (newspaper) readers. Ah, shucks, guys.

28 July: Launch of our own kombucha range. We’ve put out six different flavors so far, plus our regular OG blend of Assam and Gunpowder.

4 August: The first ever official Valley Trash Day. Stay classy, Mat-Su valley.

20 October: Our Oktoberfest party, complete with fresh new steins and a can release of our first ever Oktoberfest beer. By the Spirit Photography was responsible for the rad labels.

28 October: Jake and Jamie win first place at the Mighty Mat-Su Boofest’s costume competition. Ironically they went as participation trophies.

28 November: A new 30bbl fermenter arrived. More stainless steel makes for happy brewers.

30 November: 7.2 earthquake. Our full tanks (holding approx. 10,000 pounds of beer) shifted four inches. Luckily everyone was safe tho.

8 December: 3rd Birthday Bash. To celebrate we released our first ever barrel-aged beer: Old Matanuska Maid, with label art by Ani Manova. Beautiful art. Beautiful beer. Damian made it happen, again.