alexa satchel New brewery opens in Anchorage that focuses on lagers and Belgian beer
“We’re still seeing whether it is going to bear fruit but it’ been a wonderful process. I’ve learned a lot. It’s wonderful to get through the build out and the planning stages and actually start the business,” he said.
Cynosure is only open for limited hours at this point. on Saturday. He hopes to expand the hours as the business grows.
“I looked at the number of breweries in Portland and the population in Portland and if you were to assume that Anchorage could support the same number of breweries and brew pubs per capita, we would have 27. So I think there’s a lot of room for breweries and brew pubs in Anchorage and across the state,” Pelz said.
Ryan Makinster, executive director of Brewers Guild of Alaska, said Alaska currently has 28 breweries in operation with at least eight on some form of planning.
“There is room for the industry to grow. It’s one of the only manufacturing industries in the state that is growing at this time,” said Makinster.
In 2015, the brewing industry in Alaska packed an $84 million direct economic punch, according to a study by the Brewers Guild. That figure includes business income, payroll, fees and taxes paid, and rents and dividends. With the multiplier effect, total direct and indirect economic impact reached $169 million in 2015, according to the study. The industry employed 2,281 people last year.
Craft breweries tend to be good for tourism,
and they tend to attract a range of local clients as well, including urban hipsters, Makinster said.
“There is a desire for a certain demographic to have breweries, wineries, and some of these types of places. If you look at other communities that entice young professionals, if you look at Silicon Valley and Boulder, Colorado, a key component of that is outdoor rec lifestyle but also fine restaurants but also the other brewing scene and the other local craft scene,” Makinster said.
On tap last week at Cynosure, Pelz was serving three brews: a Belgian style wheat, a dry hopped steam beer, and a Belgian style dark ale. He also had two non alcoholic selections: a ginger flavored kombucha, a fermented beverage thought to be a health elixir, and a lemon lime shrub, a fizzy,
refreshing drink made with sugar and vinegar.