Homer Brewing

I have a buddy that recently moved from Willow, Alaska to Homer, Alaska and suggested I come out for a few days. He wanted to check out some of the local streams for his guiding business. After a tough day wandering some local creeks looking for fishable water, we needed some beer to create a beer batter. He told me their were two breweries in Homer a surprise given the town has less than 6,000 residents, but he preferred Homer Brewing.

They had 4 or 5 flagships taps and 3 or 4 seasonal taps and 2 kinds of house made chai. I was game to try all of the beer and figured the chai could wait. The Scottish ale was lovely and a perfect base for our beer batter, so we got a growler filled. The other options a best bitter, ESB, pale, porter, stout, and oktoberfest were all worthy choices, but it is what they saved for last that required I write this post.

After we tried what we thought was everything, we were given a tasting glass of something I can only describe as a brownish and purple haze. The haze and color were new to me, but it smelled of a snowy pine forest, so I had to try it. I was told it was a spruce tip ale that was a result of a small roof cave in from a spruce tree during a batch of the Scottish ale. It was the most interesting beer I had in 2018 and we got an additional growler to take home for the rest of the week.


Evan Turner

Entrepreneur in Residence


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