Geoff Larson and his wife Marcy are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their Juneau, Alaska-based brewery, Alaskan Brewing Co. Brewing craft beer in a remote town with no roads led Geoff and his crew to find better, more sustainable ways to brew their award-winning beer.
Geoff and Marcy have constantly been inspired to brew with the flavors and history of coastal Alaska. The brewery’ s flagship recipe for Alaskan Amber is based on a recipe pieced together from shipping and newspaper records from a Gold Rush-era brewery in Juneau. First brewed in 1988 with malt self-smoked over alder wood, Alaskan Smoked Porter became one of the first commercially available American smoked beers and one of the most award-winning craft beers in the nation. With decades of smoking malt under his belt, Geoff has co-written a book with Ray Daniels on the topic, Smoked Beers: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes (Brewers Publications, 2001) and is an expert on the use and finesse of smoke in brewing.