image Anchorage, AK - It seems there are alot of seasoned breweries turning over a new leaf and taking a stab at producing some new brews. Coming this May, as the weather is getting warmer around the Northwest (and Alaska too), Alaskan Brewing will be release a limited edition Wheat Ale, Raspberry Wheat.

The Pilot Series as it is called will consist of a rotating beer, each "big, bold, and distinctive" (source, Alaskan Brewing Co.), and featured in 22oz bottles. Brewed with nearly one pound of cherries per gallon this beer is sure to produce some double takes. As a demonstration to the limited edition nature of these beers you will only be able to find them in 10 states (including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). Here is what was said about the limited edition series, the beers, and Alaskan Brewing Company.


image About the Pilot Series

“Each new recipe is first created on our 1-barrel experimental brewhouse, perfected in our 10-barrel pilot brewhouse, then put to the test through our Rough Draft series of draft-only beers distributed in Alaska,” explains Alaskan Production Manager Dave Wilson. Those special brews that stand out to the Brew Crew and their fans in Alaska graduate to a limited release in the Alaskan Pilot Series. “Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has been one of our favorite Rough Drafts.

In 2010, Alaskan plans to release two more Pilot Series beers in addition to the Raspberry Wheat – a black imperial IPA in October, and a re-release of the Alaskan Barley Wine – which just won a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup on April 10 - in late December. Limited edition favorites like the Alaskan Baltic Porter may also make new appearances as Pilot Series brews.”  -source, Alaskan Brewing Co.

About Rasberry Wheat Ale

Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is an American-style wheat ale highlighting the bright flavors and inviting aroma of more than 3,000 pounds of real raspberries added during fermentation. The tart flavor of raspberries balances the full-bodied wheat profile and malt sweetness of this enticingly red-hued brew. Bigger than most traditional fruit beers, Alaskan Raspberry Wheat has a little extra kick to its dry and effervescent finish

“Years of local demand through Alaskan’s Rough Draft program of draft-only releases and a Silver medal from the 2008 Great American Beer Festival made our Raspberry Wheat the perfect brew to officially launch the ‘Pilot Series’,” says Wilson.

About Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, Stout, IPA, Smoked Porter, Winter Ale and Summer Ale. Visit

As usual if you can’t find this on the shelves at your local grocery story or bottleshop, ask them to buy you some.


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