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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.

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