FLIGHTS: Grace Ridge Brewing in Homer, Alaska
(Photo by John Holl) HOMER, Alaska —Bald eagles and sea hawks circle and land throughout this city, and fresh halibut and salmon arrive on the shores daily. Salt is in the air and the weather can change by the minute. If it feels like a frontier city, that’s because it is. Thankfully, there’s fresh beer. While the Homer Brewing Co. recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, Grace Ridge Brewing (3388 B St.) opened this past summer at the base of the Homer spit, a stretch of land that separates the Gulf of Alaska from Kachemak Bay. Founded by a long-time homebrewer, the space is sparse yet comfortable and offers a $10 salmon plate, complete with crackers and cream cheese. The 4-ounce samples are $2 each. –John Holl
Barge Pond Dark IPA
7.1% | Black IPA
Piney and vibrant with a dark chestnut color. For purists it might not be a true-to-style example, but with a nutty character and a splash of citrus on the back, it should be in your glass.
Sadie Peak IPA