Last November, Dan Kopman told me he wanted this year’s guest state for the Repeal of Prohibition Festival to be Alaska, so I started researching Alaska the best way I can - by Googling it.
When I Google topics, I like to see what pops up when Google’s “auto-answer” feature finishes the sentence for me.
For example, by typing “why do americans…” Google suggests auto-completions such as ‘…call it soccer’, ‘…love guns’, and ‘…not vote.’
Wait? The vote on the earning’s tax was last Tuesday?
By typing “do Alaskans,” Google suggests ‘…like Sarah Palin’, ‘…live in igloos’, and ‘…pay taxes’.
I think all Alaskans can answer yes to 2 out of 3 of those questions.
Also, by typing “is Alaska…” the first suggestion to pop up is “…an island.” Really? Is Alaska an island? Do people really ask this? Just because most maps show cut-outs of Hawaii and Alaska off the coast of California does not mean that the two states are actually floating side-by-side in the middle of the Pacific. If they did, then Sarah Palin must have meant she could see Honolulu from her house, not Russia. I’m not sure the two are easily confused.
I also learned that Alaska is about 3,000 miles away from St. Louis, and despite having an area twice that of Texas, has a state population only twice that of St. Louis City.
FYI - Alaska’s state sport is dog mushing. That sparked a fun idea for the festival, but that was shot down. The Humane Society considered my plan “inhumane.”
Alaskans also have a taste for great beer. Alaskan Brewing Company and Midnight Sun Brewing Company are two of the best in the state, if not, the country, and we are excited to have them join us for the Repeal of Prohibition Festival on Saturday, April 16th and the special Vertical Tasting on Thursday, April 14th. A few representatives from the two breweries will be around for the occasion too, so you’ll have some to answer the questions that Google can’t auto-answer.
Here’s the list of the 16 Alaskan beers at the festival. There will also be 16 Schlafly favorites (subject to change):
Alaskan White Ale
Alaskan Summer Ale
Alaskan Oatmeal Stout
Alaskan Smoked Porter
Midnight Sun Kolsch
Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown Ale
Midnight Sun Sockeye Red IPA
Midnight Sun Panty Peeler Tripel
Midnight Sun Fallen Angel Belgian Golden Ale
Midnight Sun Mammoth Extra Stout
Midnight Sun XXX Double Black IPA
Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter
See you there!