August 19, 2023

BREAKING: Black Spruce Finally Brews with Spruce Tips

…with our friends from Harbor Mountain Brewing in Sitka!

After more than four and a half years of brewing, we’ve finally done it. We’re delighted to announce that our first ever spruce tip beer is out now! Boreal Burial Spruce Tip Double IPA is a collaboration with Sitka’s Harbor Mountain Brewing Company. Added in the whirlpool, the raspberry notes of the Sitka-foraged Sitka spruce tips mingle beautifully with the pineapple aromas of Idaho 7. Pilsner malt, oats and wheat create a pillowy body for these aromas to play upon. Dry-hopping with Strata and Motueka are gorgeous finishing touches to this unique and long-awaited collaboration.

Boreal Burial Spruce Tip Double IPA is available on tap and to-go from our taproom. Thank you to Zack from Harbor Mountain for coming to Fairbanks to brew with us and to the HMBC team for the spruce tips!

A Message from the Brewer

What a summer it has been. Aside from the usual summertime madness, I just finished up a course from the Master Brewers Associations of the Americas (MBAA) on Brewery Maintenance and Systems. What exactly does this mean? The course covered a range of topics from Safety to Project Management to CO2 Recovery to Pumps and Valves. We had 6 weeks of virtual lessons, assignments and discussion with fellow brewers and maintenance folks from around the country and the world. The class culminated with a week in Minneapolis where we received additional lessons, hands-on training and tours of breweries and manufacturing facilities.

So why is this important? At Black Spruce, we believe in continuous improvement and continued learning and education. The more we know about brewing and maintaining our equipment the better we can make our beer for you fine folks. I’m looking forward to implementing some of the operational efficiencies I learned about over the last 8 weeks to make sure our beer continues to be the best damn beer around.



Race Day Is Next Saturday!

The third annual Nenana-Rama Bike Race is coming next Saturday, August 26! This year’s race features 25 and 50-mile courses and is open to all ages! Click the race image to register, and see you at our taproom  on Thursday for bib pick-up!

Bird Beer

A late summer fave, Sandhill Sippa Hazy Pale Ale is now available on tap and to-go from our taproom! Light-medium-bodied and loaded with Citra and Mosaic hops, this beer is juicy, easy-drinking and perfect for watching the birds fly by.

Thank you to Friends of Creamer’s Field for joining us for a terrific event last Thursday! Be sure to swing by Creamer’s Field this weekend to enjoy this year’s Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival!

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the 2023 Nenana-Rama Bike Race, taking place Saturday, August 26! Choose from 25 or 50-mile courses, and prepare for a day of hard pedaling and tons of fun! This year’s race will begin and end at Ester Community Park and will take racers out and back along the scenic Parks Highway. Racer bib pick-up will be at our taproom on Thursday, August 24 from 3-8. Follow the race on Facebook for additional race updates.

Brewery Brunch is held at our taproom every Saturday from noon until 3PM. Special brunch beer cocktails, like our spicy red beer, will be offered. We’ll also have fresh pastries from local bakeries like Marlo’s and Little Owl Cafe.

Our next First Friday will be held on Friday, September 1 and will feature returning artist Christine Fik (Affluent Forager)! Christine’s divine, hand-painted jewelry will be on display and available for sale all month long!

Our next round of Anchorage and Mat-Su deliveries is scheduled for Monday, September 11. We’ll be restocking your favorite bars, restaurants and retailers with BSBC staples and new releases.

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