Brewery guys Mike Trussell (left) and Ben Millstein (middle), along with Kodiak Historical Society Executive Director Katie Oliver, celebrate the release of the Baranov Bicentennial Russian Imperial Stout. Proceeds from the sale of the beverage will go toward restoration of the Russian American Magazin, the 200-year-old National Historic Landmark that currently houses the historical society's Baranov Museum. (Photo by
oldest Russian built structure still standing in Alaska is celebrating its
bicentennial anniversary this year, and the Kodiak Island Brewing Company is
helping it celebrate with a Russian Imperial Stout in the style of 18th
century beers originally brewed for the court of Catherine the Great. KMXT’s
Casey Kelly had a taste, and filed this report.
“Baranov Bicentennial Russian Imperial Stout” is more than just a clever name
for the latest beer from the Kodiak Island Brewing Company. Owner Ben Millstein
says it was brewed with two separate additions of centennial hops, making it a
true bicentennial beer.
1 :33s “…contribute
to the bitterness.”)
Imperial Stouts by their nature are strong, dark beers, with a higher alcohol
content. Millstein says they can range from six percent up to twenty percent
alcohol. The Baranov Bicentennial is eight percent, and it has a deep, rich,
black color, with a hint of molasses, making it a good beer to drink with a
meal, or perhaps dessert.
2 :26s “…we’re
on that subject.”)
occasion for the specialty beer is the 200th anniversary of the
National Historic Landmark known as the Russian American Magazin, home to the Kodiak
Historical Society’s Baranov Museum, and the oldest Russian-built structure in
the state. Executive Director Katie Oliver says the historical society’s board
of directors was brainstorming ways to raise money for building restorations,
when they hit upon the idea of partnering with the brewery.
1 :16s “…so
dollar from every growler of Baranov Bicentennial sold will go to the
historical society as part of the matching funds for a 274-thousand dollar Save
America’s Treasures grant from the federal government. Oliver says every little
bit will help the society address some structural issues with the Baranov
2 :08s “…trying
to do on the building.”)
after the first batch of Bicentennial had been tapped Friday afternoon,
Millstein, Oliver and this reporter decided to try a sample, with an
appropriately Russian toast.
test :36s “…blends
into it real nicely.”)
says over time the beer’s flavors will change and even out slightly, so he’s
planning on saving a little to try a year from now. Oliver says that sounds
good to her.
3 :05s “…mission
serving for us.”)
Baranov Bicentennial will be on tap at the brewery for the rest of the summer.
Growlers are 16 dollars, with a five-dollar deposit for the container.