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The people have spoken! On February 16, 2019, the people of Alaska came together to celebrate our state’s craft and artisan industries. They were given the opportunity to participate in the democratic process and tell us who their favorite participants were. Their votes were counted, their voices were heard, and at 6:30pm the People’s Choice Awards were announced!


2019 People’s Choice for the Best Brewery

- Girdwood Brewing Company


2019 People’s Choice for the Best Beer

              Gold Medal – Raspberry Framb Was by Turnagain Brewing

              Silver Medal – No Woman No Cryo by Girdwood Brewing

              Bronze Medal – Leche Robusta by Midnight Sun Brewing


Pretentious Judges' Award Winners Pils by Cynosure Brewing


Beer Czar's Choice - Barrel-aged Intrepid Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs by 49th State Brewing


2019 People’s Choice for Best Pizza

The Moose’s Tooth

Connoisseur Session Best Pairing

Altura Bistro & Double Shovel Cider Co.

48 hour sous vide pork belly with an apple cider glaze. 



The Brewer’s Belt – The award given to the best brewery in the state of Alaska deserves more than a trophy. It deserves more than a blue ribbon and a pat on the back. It deserves to be celebrated, displayed, and peacocked with “in your face” pride that taunts and invites challengers! It is a title, and like all titles, it must be defended! The winner of the Brewer’s Belt gets their name engraved on the belt and is allowed to take possession of the belt for display and public show. The title is chosen by the people, and each year, the reigning champion must return to defend their prestigious position as the greatest brewery in the state of Alaska!


The Gold Medal Tap Handle – Hand crafted by the Beer Czar himself, this award is given to the winner of the best beer at the festival and is meant to be an accolade for public display. The people decide who they believe had the highest quality drink at the festival, be it beer, cider, or wine.


The Gold Medal Pizza Peel – Another hand crafted award, this award is given to the restaurant who receives the most votes for the people’s favorite pizza at the beer festival. This is a celebration of Alaska’s artisan food, and what goes better with craft beer than artisan pizza?! The Gold Medal Pizza Peel, like every award we give out, is meant for public display, as a shining example of dedication to quality pie!