Kodiak Island Brewery will debut
its newest creation this weekend in Anchorage
at the Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Midnight Sunshine is a collaboration
between the brewery's Ben Millstein and Ben Johnson from the Midnight Sun
Brewery in Anchorage.
Millstein says the beer is inspired by a local favorite.
-- (Beer 1 :25
"We thought of the name Midnight Sunshine, because the original beer is called
imperial sunshine and they're called Midnight Sun so that seemed like an
obvious title. Once we came up with that it was just a simple realization that
with a name like midnight sunshine it might be nice if it was a dark beer, so
we added some de-bittered black malt to follow the black IPA trend. We
affectionately call this beer an imperial black India coastal lager aged in French
chardonnay oak barrels on brett.")
description only a beer geek could truly appreciate. Millstein says he and
Johnson started out with no expectations, except for that their final product
had to be special.
-- (Beer 2 :24 "When
you're doing a collaboration you don't really want to say ‘We brought these
brewers together from different places to create an ... amber.' There's just not
a whole lot of story. You have to have something to make it into an interesting
says collaboration among brewers is increasingly popular in recent years;
however this is his first time working with a fellow Alaskan.
-- (Beer 3 :25 "I collaboration on a beer in Copenhagen a few
years back, but this is the first time I've done a collaboration in-state. It
was part of the idea behind the beer. We were at the festival last year and
realized that we'd done collaboration out-of-state, but had never done them
in-state and we thought, ‘What's up with that? Let's get together and do
Beer and Barley Wine Festival runs this Friday through Saturday in Anchorage. Millstein says
he's not sure when Midnight Sunshine will be available in Kodiak, but says it
will definitely make it's way to the island somehow.