May 18, 2023

Do Good, Drink Good

Before you relax with a tasty BSBC beer, consider taking a little time to support our incredible community.

We can all agree that Alaskan summer has finally begun, right? We’ve got non-stop daylight, warm temperatures and abundance of things to do. It’s tempting to spend any and all of one’s free time kicking back, soaking up the sun and enjoying a fine, local brew. Don’t get us wrong: we do plenty of that ourselves.

Consider, though, the many things that make Fairbanks an incredible place to live and work. Our community is incredibly supportive of everyone here, so we hope you’ll consider taking some time to give back. Contributing to some of our great, local events and non-profits helps more people than you know and keeps Fairbanks thriving.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions:

  • This Saturday, May 20 is Golden Heart Clean-Up Day. You can bet that we’ll be picking up trash in our area!
  • Saturday, June 3 from 11AM to 8PM will be Fairbanks’ Relay for Life at West Valley High School. Shameless plug: donate to Deb Fristoe’s team, head brewer Carey’s mom’s team!
  • Saturday, June 24 is the 41st Annual Midnight Sun Run, benefitting Fairbanks Resource Agency. Registration is open now for both participants and volunteers. You can bet that there will be BSBC beer in the beer garden waiting for you when you finish!

After you’ve spent a few hours pitching in to keep our community beautiful and thriving, treat yourself to some of the best beer around! Relax on our sun-soaked patio, or snag a few 4-packs to enjoy at your leisure. Thanks for supporting local, and cheers to you and yours!

A Message from the Brewer

Hello Everyone!

This week, I'm going to very briefly touch on thiols. Thiols are sulfur-containing molecules that are highly aromatic. They have flavor thresholds in the parts per trillion versus parts per billion for other aromatic hop compounds. Thiols are most commonly associated with white wine and have aromas of passionfruit, rhubarb, grapefruit and some pine.

Thiols come in two different forms: free and bound. Free thiols are present in certain hop varieties in very small amounts. These free thiols can transfer into the beer through dry-hopping under the right conditions. Citra, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin

(which happen to be a few of our favorites) are a few hops high in free thiols. Bound thiols are present in other hop varieties and even in malt. They require heat and time to transfer into the beer. However, they need another helping hand: enter thiolized yeast. Thiolized yeasts have been genetically modified so a specific lyase gene is switched on. This enables the yeast to free these bound thiols and make them free thiols!

The science of thiols in beer is an emerging field and is an exciting frontier. For an example of a beer that uses thiolized yeast, try our newest hazy DIPA, A Glimpse of Things to Come.



Tasting Real Good

Next Saturday, May 27 will be the release of our fifth annual collaboration with Bun on the Run:

Tastes Good on the Bun V: Zest Laid Plans Lemon Bar Kölsch-Style Ale

This beer will be available on tap and in 4-packs to-go. You can pre-order this year’s T-shirt online right now!

Pre-Order Here

Fresh This Week

Lightly colored, casually hopped and always golden, a summer staple is back:

FBX LITE American Light Lager!

An ideal sunshine crusher, this beer is light-bodied, thirst-quenching and oh-so summery. Prepare yourself for aromas of gentle citrus and white bread, along with light bitterness and easy maltiness.

Enjoy a pint during your next taproom visit, and grab a 4-pack to-go!

Taproom Grub

Need a bite with your brew? We’ve got you covered! Check out the food trucks we have coming up through next week!

Visit our website for additional updates on upcoming food trucks!

Upcoming Events

Sew Suzukiya will be at our taproom for a pop-up on TODAY Thursday, May 18 from 4PM to 7PM. Come shop an incredible selection of handcrafted bags, wallets and more, all made right here in Fairbanks!

The Cottage Bakery will be joining us for Brewery Brunch this Saturday, May 20 from 12PM to 3PM (or until sold out).

Join us this Saturday, May 20 at FBX Beer Co. for a Pink Boots Tap Takeover with Lat 65 and HooDoo! All three breweries’ Pink Boots hop blend beers will be on tap. Plus you can learn about Pink Boots Society’s work and donate to the Alaska chapter!

Returning artist Arisa Sasaki will be at our taproom for a pop-up on Thursday, May 25 from 4PM to 7PM. Along with captivating floral jewelry, Arisa will have a variety of her original prints available!

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, as well as fresh pastries from local bakeries like Marlo’s and Little Owl Cafe.

Our next round of Anchorage and Mat-Su deliveries is scheduled for Thursday, June 8. We’ll be restocking your favorite bars, restaurants and retailers with BSBC staples and new releases.

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