By now you should all be aware of My Secret Crush on Talkeetna, Alaska. This town might be teeny tiny, but there is just so much to see and do there. I love staying at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge as it feels so homey with living rooms throughout. There are viewing decks where you can take in Denali Mountain or see the Northern Lights in all of their glory. I also love the walking trail that loops around the property where you can see wild mushrooms, raspberries, cranberries, and currants.
Only read Talkeetna, My Secret Alaskan Crush if you too want to fall in love with Talkeetna.
There are two events I look forward to at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and they are the Spring Beer Dinner and the Fall Wine Dinner. I was lucky that this year, my friend Jana Seitzer with MerlotMommy.com came up to visit me for a week and it just so happened to coincide with the Spring Beer Dinner at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge!
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge – Bird’s Eye View while on a flightseeing tour with Talkeetna Air headed to Denali.
Talkeetna Alaska Lodge’s patio deck is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee and a glass of wine or craft beer later in the day. I have spent quite a bit of time writing from this patio.
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge’s Denali Viewing Deck. It is also the perfect place to check out the Northern Lights.
After a day of flight seeing with Talkeetna Air where we were able to see Denali (only 30% of people ever get to see it), we checked into the Lodge and had just a short time to get ready for the Beer Dinner. I was looking forward to relaxing with some great craft beer from Denali Brewing Company and from eating from the 5-course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Brad Harris. Chef Harris had only been there a very short time before this huge event and I was very curious to see what he could do.
Denali Brewing Company’s Louisville Sour, Barrel-Aged Sour Beer was ultra delicious. One of my faves from DBC!
Sassan Mossanen is one of the founders of Denali Brewing Company, a great brewmaster, and a pretty awesome guy to boot.
Pale Rider Pale Ale by Denali Brewing Company
One of the best Cheddar Pale Ale Soups I have ever had – seriously Chef Harris outdid himself. It was made from Sharp Cheddar, Flattop Pale Velout, Mountain High Sourdough Bread Bowl, Fried Kale, Rendered Prosciutto, with Crispy Shallots. This was paired with Pale Rider Pale Ale. I don’t have to tell you that I wanted another bowl, do I?
My good friend Jana with MerlotMommy.com came up to visit me. She loves her wine and is quickly becoming a huge craft beer lover fan. I had such a great time showing her all the awesomeness that is Alaska.
Prime Rib Beer Sandwich made with Shaved Prime Rib, Roasted Rye, Roasted Garlic, Caraway Aioli, Smoked Gouda, Caramelized Onion, and Arugula, served with Fingering Frites. This was paired with one another fave, Saison le Coq.
One of my favorite dishes of the night was the German Duck made with Herbed Spatzle, Kolsch Braised Duck, Brown Butter, Veal Demi-Glace, Birchworks Orange Birch Mustard, Spiced Pistachio, and Local Micro Greens. This was paired with a Kolsch. I don’t think there was anything left on my plate as this was that good. Seriously yummy!!
What is better than topping off this amazing night than with a rock solid dessert? The Espresso Panna Cotta was by far the best panna cotta I have ever had. Jana even had two! It was made with Flag Stop Espresso Cream, Bourbon Vanilla, Lodge Butterscotch, powdered biscotti, and caramelized white chocolate. It was paired with Flag Stop #3 Belgian Dark Ale, a dark sweet stout that is in very limited edition by Denali Brewing Company. What I wouldn’t do for another bottle of Flag Stop. Seriously, I would do just about anything. 😉
Hard at work enjoying a beer during the night’s festivities.
The After pic – bellies full, great craft beer still in our glasses and new friends made. What a night!