Drinking on the Last Frontier

11 a.m. the last Saturday of the month
  • Local Host Bill Howell

This show is a celebration of craft brewing on the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska. Bill Howell is the author of four books on craft brewing in Alaska, teaches a beer appreciation class at Kenai Peninsula College, has been brewing and tasting craft beers for 30 years and is uncapping his vast knowledge for listeners. He’ll share news from the beer world, interviews with local brewers, reviews of beer-related books and gadgets, deep dives into beer styles, suggestions for beer and food pairings and much more.

Girdwood Brewing Co.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill recaps the action/nonaction on an effort to revise Alaska's alcohol regulations. After that, sample the beers of Scandinavia, take a craft beer tour of San Fransisco and journey up the road to Girdwood Brewing Co.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell, go behind the scenes of the Beer 49 channel, back in time for a Burton ale, in the back room of Kenai River Brewing Co. to see its new canning machine and to your backyard for the makings of birch beer.

Elaine Howell

In the March episode of Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill visits Country Liquor for a look at the retail craft of stocking unique beers and ponders brewery secession planning to see who will pick up the tab for breweries in the next generation. Plus, the magic of yeast in brewing science, the return of beer gear and the kick of coffee beers. Cheers!

Join Bill Howell on this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier for dispatches from Frozen River Fest, a conversation with Denali Brewing Co., thoughts on alcohol education and a flavor of brewing science — hops.

In January's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill reports on the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's decision to prohibit anything loosely considered live entertainment from brewery tap rooms, but at least the popular trend of beer dinners can still serve up a good time. This month's beer style is barley wine, of which Kassik's has a three-peat winner. And visit Colorado in the beer travels segment, where Bill lifts a glass to Denver, home of the Great American Beer Festival and Falling Rock Tap House.

Kenai River Brewing

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, host Bill Howell has a preview of Alaska Beer Week, catches the first tap of Kenai River Brewing's new Tsalteshi Trails Ale and visits with Sen. Peter Micciche about the proposed overhaul of state liquor licensing.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill revisits the history of alcohol in Alaska and visits with Doug Hogue of Kenai River Brewing about new additions to the brewery. Also, gift suggestions for the craft been lover on your gift list. Cheers!

Join Bill for a tour of Cooper Landing Brewing, a taste of brewing science and a talk about taboo beer labels.

As part of KDLL’s fall membership drive, we’re featuring KDLL’s original feature shows.

Here are excerpts from Kenai Garden Talk, Adventure Talks and Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell.

Join Bill for a visit to the Kenai Peninsula Brewing and Tasting Society, a toast to the IPA, the latest beer gear and a discussion on brewery taprooms.

More information on the Kenai Peninsula Brewing and Tasting Society here: https://www.meetup.com/The-Kenai-Peninsula-Brewing-and-Tasting-Society/

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

Join Bill for a taste of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, a look at the Oktoberfest style and thoughts on what makes a good beer festival. 

Breweries/wineries mentioned in this podcast:
Jed Wade, Bearpaw River Brewing Co.

Gene Diamond, Specialty Imports of Alaska

June Gerteisen, Arkos Brewery

This month, Bill storms against the shaker pint, previews the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, interviews HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks — which will be represented at the festival — and offers a primer of the porter. Cheers!

June 24: Craft beer or craftily marketed beer?

Jun 24, 2017
Courtesy of St. Elias Brewing Co.

Learn about the Kölsch style, how to keep your summer beverage cool in style and how to distinguish whether you’re drinking a craft beer or a craftily marketed beer. Plus, Bill visits with Zach Henry of St. Elias Brewing in Soldotna.

Photo courtesy of the Redoubt Reporter

Bill considers the possible health impacts of moderate beer consumption and makes an antioxidant-boosting visit to Alaska Berries winery in Soldotna. And we debut the new theme song, "Beers of Alaska." Thanks to Recess Duty! Find out more about the band at https://www.facebook.com/recessduty/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Thanks also to Lev Vaughn for "Cheers" and Loretta Spaulding for "Drinking on the Last Frontier."

Bill visits with Stephanie Queen from the city of Soldotna and Doug Hogue with Kenai River Brewing to discuss legislative wrangling over potential changes to liquor licensing in Alaska. From today's news, travel back to yeasts of yore and consider which came first, beer or bread? Also, quench your thirst for nonhoppy beers with the Scottish ale.
Have a beer-related question you'd like answered? Ask Bill at beeronthelastfrontier@gmail.com.

Elaine Howell

Join Bill for what's new and noteworthy in beer news around the state (congratulations to Kassik's for their gold medals!), residues of prohibition, an explanation of the popular pilsner style and highlights of brew-related gadgets, including an at-home chilled growler (for those with some cool cash to spend).