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on tap

At Humpy’s we take pride in having Alaska’s largest assortment of brews on tap. New beers are added weekly, and our bar is sure to have a brew that’s right for you. Please note, the following list is updated weekly, but new beer is rotated in on a daily basis.

* = local brew

Ciders/Fruits/Spiced/Vegetable

*Broken Tooth Raspberry Wheat
*Midnight Sun AK Grown Spiced Carrot Ale
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Radler
Sam Adams Honey Queen
Wyders Hard Apple Cider

Weizen/Witbiers

*Alaskan White Pyramid Hefeweizen
*King Street Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
*Anchorage Brewing Co. Thank You Hefeweizen Brewed w/Brett

Golden Ales/Pilsners/Lagers

Stella Artois
*King Street Pilsner
*Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner
*Midnight Sun Brewtality Espresso Black bier
*kassik's beavertail blonde
*king street blonde

Pale Ales

Pyramid Pale Ale
Deschutes Mirror Pond
*Denali Flattop Pale Ale
*Sleeping Lady Urban Wilderness Pale Ale

India Pale Ales

*Broken Tooth Fairweather IPA
*Midnight Sun Sockeye Red
*King Street IPA
Full Sail IPA
*Anchorage Brewing Co. Rondy Brew 80 Year IPA
Pyramid IPA
*Glacier Brewhouse IPA
*Sleeping Lady Equinox Wet Hop IPA
*Denali Twister Creek IPA

Amber Ales/Bocks/Dopplebocks/Scottish

*Alaskan Amber Ale
*Midnight Sun Oosik Amber
*Midnight Sun UNITE 2015 Double Red Hot Ale
Big Sky Heavy Horse Scotch Ale

Brown Ales

Big Sky Moose Drool

Belgian Ales/Belgian Style Ales

Liefmans Goudenband
Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale

Porters/Stouts

Guinness Extra Stout (Nitro)
*Alaskan Graham Porter
*Denali Chuli Stout (Nitro)
*King Street Stout
Deschutes Black Butte Porter
New Belgium/Elysian The Trip XIX Taylor Farms Oyster Stout
*King Street Baltic Porter
Lagunitas Scare City #2 Rye Cocoa Porter

Barleywines/American Strong

*Midnight Sun Modern Romance Spicy Dark Chocolate Ale
Lagunitas Night Time Black Ale

 

 

 

 

 

From the Beer Seer:

What are you looking for when you taste a craft-brewed beer? Appreciating beer, oddly enough, can involve more than just your sense of taste. You’ll find that all five of the senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—will help you evaluate and enjoy beer. While you don’t need to be a microbiologist to know when a beer appeals to you, some pointers may help you tune your senses to the particular delights of a well-made brew.

Begin by looking at the beer. What color is it, and is it cloudy or clear? Is there sediment on the bottom? Is the head thick and creamy, or light and billowy? These details can tell you a great deal about the style of a beer before you even taste it. While probably the least important of your senses, hearing can also affect your appreciation of a beer. Professional tasters claim that they can actually hear the amount of carbonation in a beer, from the sound the gas makes as it escapes from a newly-opened bottle.

Next, swirl the beer in its glass a bit to release the aroma. Take a few good sniffs close to the head of the beer before drinking. Since taste is actually 80% smell, you can notice many flavors by judging the aroma of a beer.

Look for malt and hop aroma; the proportion of these two will change drastically from, say, an obsessively-hopped pale ale to a lusciously malty dry stout.

Finally, take a good sip of the beer, “chewing” it to move it over all areas of your tongue. Your tongue tastes in four distinct areas: sweet at the tip, salt on the sides near the tip, sour on the sides near the back, and bitter in the very back. Notice flavors that seem prominent to you: fruitiness, hoppiness, bitterness, tartness, or sweetness. As you swallow, the aftertaste or “finish” of a beer will also have a distinctive character. Some finish crisply, while others linger on emphatically.

All of us are prone to sensory fatigue. That is, after a certain number of tastes, our sense receptors get a bit weary, and we begin to lose the nuances of flavor. If you’re new to beer, tasting some of the lighter beers first might be a good idea. Professional tasters usually work their way from the lighter to the heavier beers, because once you’ve gotten the wallop of a smoky rauchbier on your palate, you may have difficulty tasting much else.

Educating yourself about beer, and about your own tastes, can be a richly rewarding process. Start with this program. Take note of a beer’s style and name when one strikes you as earth-shatteringly good. Mark down a few of your own tasting notes in the margin, putting some of those heavenly flavors to words. Take note of any brewing details, like final gravity, type of malt used, or variety of aroma hops. That way you’ll remember what you like and, more importantly, why you like it. Next time you’re looking for a nice bottle of Belgian ale to take to dinner, you can refer to your notes. If you can’t find the specific beer you tasted, you’ll at least be able to find one similar in style.

— Jeff Byles