A road trip of Interior and Southcentral Alaska is an excellent approach for discovering the regions’ best sights: the tallest mountain in North America, the largest wild salmon in the world as well as a myriad of adventures. And almost every town from Fairbanks to Homer is home to at least one brewery offering après adventure ales.
Many beers are named after local sights; consider choosing your own adventure by letting beer be your guide. Following is a framework for a brewery-centered road trip.
Begin north of Fairbanks in Fox at the Silver Gulch brewpub (silvergulch.com) – the northernmost brewery in the United States. Brewed with local spring water, the Silver Gulch’s beers were originally started in five-gallon batches and have now expanded to 750 gallons. Should you be brave enough to visit in winter, warm up with a 40 Below Imperial Stout, follow it with a Northern Light ale and then head outside to watch the aurora borealis dance across the cold night sky.
Drive south along the Parks Highway to Talkeetna, whose brewery celebrates the sky-filling view of