HooDoo Brewing Company wins two Chamber of Commerce Awards; one local and one national

It has been a great winter for us here at HooDoo Brewing Co.

HooDoo Brewing Co Chamber of Commerce Award

In early December, we were recognized as the 2015 Bill Stroecker Business of the Year by the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Presented annually, The Bill Stroecker Business of the Year award honors the accomplishments in the business community of a member of the Chamber who has shown drive in leading local development with sights on the future of Fairbanks.
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HooDoo voted top 50 by The Daily Meal

HooDoo Brewing The Daily Meal Top 50We are humbled to have been nominated and named by The Daily Meal as one of the 50 breweries in the country to visit.

The Daily Meal is a popular site about all things food and drink, and in 2013 it rounded up the 25 best craft breweries in America. This year, it upped that number to the 50 best breweries across the nation, in large part to the growing number of craft breweries and the growing number of craft beer fans. This year marks the first year we made The Daily Meal’s list of the best breweries. In fact, we were the only Alaskan brewery to make the list. PROST!

“They chose from among new breweries that have really started to make a name for themselves, as well as older standbys that continue to brew excellent, consistent beer year after year. In the end, we tried to focus on craft breweries that offer a range of great brews, rather than those that offer one particularly stand-out beer,” editor Jessica Novak wrote.

The site received more than 13,000 votes on which breweries to include in the top 50…and we couldn’t have made it to the top without the votes from our loyal patrons and their friends and family. Thank you.

FlipKey by TripAdvisor Lists HooDoo In Top Wineries & Breweries Worth Traveling For

HooDoo Brewing Co. Local Fresh BeerAs if you needed another reason to travel to our fair city, today FlipKey names us as Alaska’s brewery worth traveling to. They write, “We’ve searched through every state in the U.S. to find the top brewery or winery currently operating. Most are award-winners for their atmosphere or their original concoctions, and all of them deserve a visit from travelers for a tasting or a tour.”
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In Fairbanks, local love keeps HooDoo Brewing Company in high demand

We are honored to be featured for an article in Anchorage-based Alaska Dispatch News. Reporter Suzanna Caldwell did a great job of capturing our passion, our love for Fairbanks and our patrons.

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Beer review: A look at HooDoo’s brews

Review HooDoo brewing Co. Fairbanks AlaskaBy Glenn BurnSilver, For the News-Miner. Published June 25, 2014

FAIRBANKS — A local brewery is a great thing, offering the constant availability of fresh beer, and a frequently changing number of palate-pleasing options rotating through to the tap handles. At HooDoo Brewing Co., this has allowed the fledgling brewery to develop a loyal following.

HooDoo continues to turn out creative offerings with a particular interest in German-style brews. Most are brewed in small batches, allowing for that regular rotation, but if there is one complaint, it’s that there are rarely more than four beers available at a given time. A wider-selection would be a bonus, especially if the rich, dark, chocolaty stout remained a regular featured brew. There’s no denying HooDoo’s limited by space, but keeping several flagship beers on tap and rotating through new brews would end such disappointments. “That’s a beer for cooler weather,” the barkeep said of the stout. Oh well.

It was cloudy and cool before the coming storm, but I started with the perfect summer quencher in the form of German Kölsch. Get a growler to go for the next German World Cup match and enjoy the soft, fruity punch found in this lightly golden beer. The beer pours with a light head that’s just strong enough to give the beer legs. Spicy old world hops zip about the tongue, despite this affect, this centuries old traditionally-styled brew finishes clean and dry.

Those enamored with fruitier styles will enjoy the Belgian Saison. Saison is a classic “farmhouse” style ale, a type developed in Southern Belgium and Northern France using wild yeasts. Now “under control,” that yeast imparts flavors as diverse as cloves, old bananas, mango, apple and peppercorn. These flavors, which stand out strongly, create an overall earthiness, almost mustiness, but rolls into a spicy and cloyingly — surprisingly — short finish.

Another great summer brew, HooDoo’s Bavarian Weissbier is crisp and refreshing with a tart mouthfeel, mild banana and clove hints, and fresh bready finish. While American wheat counterparts tend to feature more earthy or grainy flavor profiles and a pure yellow color, Weissbier’s have a heavier malt bill — not a lot, just a touch — for a richer burnt gold color and that broad overall flavor. This beer feels surprisingly heavy in the mouth, yet is light on the palate. Hops in weissbiers are incredibly mild as well (American versions less so), and this offering was no exception, with the lightest hint of bitterness balancing out the malt.

Rounding out what’s on tap is another brewery favorite, the American IPA. The Indian Pale Ale was originally developed in England when beer destined for troops stationed in India was “overloaded” with malt and hops. Americans took this style one-step further, powering up the hops (frequently Cascade, Citra or Centennial) while instead favoring medium-bodied Crystal malts. HooDoo’s offering is spot on. Clocking in at a reasonable 73 IBU’s (International Bittering Units) this brew is packed with hops for an aural and tongue-wagging delight, but is also well balanced with rich and slightly nutty endnotes.

And that’s what’s on tap.

Glenn BurnSilver is a former Daily News-Miner features editor now living in Arizona who is visiting Fairbanks for the summer.

“HooDoo” creator talks breweries, beer and dreams at UAF Pub / UAF Sun Star

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Dec. 10, 2013

For their second Pub visit, Fairbanks based HooDoo Brewing Company hosted a beer tasting to share their success story and their unique beers.

For the beer tasting, pub staff constructed a temporary wall between the back seating area and the main portion of the Pub for patrons attending the event. The 45 participants in the HooDoo Beer Tasting sampled four different beers that are not typically on tap at the Pub as well as the German Kolsch and American IPA, which are available at the Pub.

“I definitely prefer local,” UAF alum Alesha Weiland said. ” I appreciate that we have another local brewery that is so close.”
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