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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!

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

On June 6, 1912, a newly formed vent unleashed the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century in what became known as the Valley of 10,000 Smokes in Katmai National Park and Preserve. Today, it's a fascinating backpacking destination for anyone with an interest in geology or just an appreciation for impressive scenery.
Host Jenny Neyman speaks with Cathy Bell, chief of interpretation and education at Katmai National Park and Preserve, about the geology of the valley and how to plan a visit.

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

Doug Armstrong, Jim Bennett, Wally Hufford and Julie Stephens spent 11 days paddling down the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park in July, and they join KDLL Adventure Talks for an hour talk about planning and packing for the packraft trip.
 

They'll share photos and stories from the trip during a live presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Come ask questions, check out their gear and maybe get an idea for an adventure of your own.

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/

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Sink your teeth into one of fall’s tastiest treats, cozy up for fall with a different kind of fleece and take a walk on the wild side with local plants that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Links in this episode:

O'Brien Garden and Trees:
https://www.facebook.com/obriengardenandtrees/

The Alpaca Guy:
http://www.thealpacaguy.com/

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

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

It’s harvest time on the central Kenai Peninsula. But what to do with all that garden goodness? On today’s show, we’ll turn flowers into food, follow food from the high tunnel to the soup pot at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and we’ll grill local chef Willow King for a quick-and-easy preparation for fresh, local produce.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service fireweed recipes

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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!

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

We've got tips on what to do with spruce tips, a food guide that makes harvesting local produce way easier than growing it yourself, greenhouse grow boxes that'll about raise the roof, and there are some farmers who are loving the cool, wet weather this year. Thanks to our guests, Jacki Michels, Marcia Kardatzke, Wayne and Patti Floyd of Cool Cache Farms and Heidi Chay with the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District.

True Tales, Told Live is a storytelling group in the central Kenai Peninsula. Participants tell a true story, live, with no notes, based on the night's theme. The fifth storytelling event was held June 2 at Odie's in Soldotna, with the theme of "Nature vs. Not Sure." This is Part 2, with additional stories from the Scary Stories event in October.

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.

True Tales, Told Live is a storytelling group in the central Kenai Peninsula. Participants tell a true story, live, with no notes, based on the night's theme. The fifth storytelling event was held June 2 at Odie's in Soldotna, with the theme of "Nature vs. Not Sure."

Don't have your own garden but still want to eat fresh and local? Never fear — farmers markets and the Kenai Food Hub are here. While you're at it, get the dirt on how to maintain healthy dirt. And Brenda Adams, author of “Cool Plants for Cold Climates,” offers advice to avoid the perils of impulse planting.

Is rafting the Grand Canyon on your must-do list? Here's how to make it happen. Bill Schwager, of Soldotna, talks about the permitting, planning and other logistics necessary to launch a successful raft trip. He and 13 other central Kenai Peninsula residents spent 24 days rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in February.

Come to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 7 p.m. June 8 for a photo slideshow presentation from the group. Admission is $5, or free for KDLL members.

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."

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

High tunnels can mean high yields for Kenai Peninsula crops. Rupert Scribner with Kenai Feed tells us how to avoid high stress by installing them correctly. Then, kids at Soldotna Montessori have the dirt on what it takes to grow good gardeners. Finally, May is morel mushroom season on the central Kenai Peninsula. Dr.  George Spady shares tips for finding fungi on the forest floor.

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.

Courtesy of Jenny Neyman

Alaska is big. Emergency beacons and satellite communication devices shrink the time it takes for search and rescue crews to find you in an emergency situation.

Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman, of Soldotna, know from snow-cave survival experience how important those devices can be, and Lt. Col. Scot Milani of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center knows how they work. Join us to find out more.

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).

Last April, Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman, of Soldotna, went for an afternoon ski on the Harding Ice Field when a blizzard struck. After their tent was destroyed, they survived four hypothermic days buried in a hand-dug snow cave with little food, only body heat to melt water and constantly deepening snow above them.

Spoiler alert: They survived. Come hear how at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Excerpts of their talk will be posted here.

Yes, there's still snow on the ground but that doesn't mean gardeners can't get some dirt under their fingernails. Get your seeds started indoors, plan to grow your farming business and harvest tips from experienced gardeners at a season kickoff roundtable event.

Joseph Robertia

Kasilof residents Joseph and Colleen Robertia talked about taking their 3-year-old daughter and teenage foreign exchange student to explore the wilds of Cuba and Belize.

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