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.

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!

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