The Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge, seen here in 2015, is the planned site of the Old Tower Bar, which would serve beer and wine during ski season. In a unanimous vote Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, the Alcohol Control Board rejected an alcohol license for the business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Alcohol board puts a cork in plans for Eaglecrest bar

The state Alcohol Control Board has killed plans for a bar at Eaglecrest Ski Area this winter. In a Monday afternoon vote, the five-person board… Continue reading


Historic bar Triangle Club undergoes renovations

Don’t worry, the triangle in the carpeting isn’t going anywhere.


Matt Barnaby, of Barnaby Brewing Company, talks Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, about he and his wife’s plans for a new location for his company on Shattuck Way. A fire on the evening of April 16, 2018, forced their business to close. They hope to be open by the end of the year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Barnaby Brewing finds new location after fire

Four months almost to the day after a fire started in his brewery on Franklin Street, Matt Barnaby stood Monday morning at a property on… Continue reading


Alcohol bill on the rocks

A bill cutting serving sizes at the state’s breweries and distilleries appears likely to die in the Legislature this year, lawmakers said Wednesday. Rep. Adam… Continue reading

Alaska lawmakers are trying to slash breweries’ serving sizes

Correction: A one-third cut in brewery sample sizes would be a decline from 36 ounces to 24 ounces, not 12 ounces as originally written here.… Continue reading

Bar owners push for restrictions on distilleries, breweries

In Alaska’s bar wars, the establishment has struck back. On Wednesday evening, bar and liquor store owners launched a wave of public testimony urging the… Continue reading

Cocktail Mix-up: Mistake allows Alaska distilleries to keep serving mixed drinks until at least midsummer

A mistake by an employee of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office is allowing the state’s distilleries to continue serving cocktails through at least… Continue reading

Cocktailspin: Alcohol board votes 3-1 to stop distilleries from serving mixed drinks

In a 3-1 vote, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has upended the state’s distilleries by approving new regulations that forbid the distilleries from serving… Continue reading

Alcohol board still allows ‘fun’ at distilleries and breweries

Alaska’s alcohol control board declined to ban distilleries and breweries from hosting fundraisers and special events, but the board did vote to advance a proposal… Continue reading

Bar wars hit stalemate as alcohol board deadlocks over distillery cocktails

The status quo will stay. Despite almost three hours of debate and discussion, a deeply divided state alcohol board was unable to decide Monday whether… Continue reading

Alaska’s distillery trouble may have been caused by a regulatory blind spot

After almost three years serving cocktails across the counters of their tasting rooms, Alaska distilleries have been told to stop the practice. On Monday, state… Continue reading

Bar Wars: Alcohol board bans distilleries from selling cocktails

Amalga Distillery got some sobering news from the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday: distilleries may no longer serve cocktails, effective immediately. It was… Continue reading

Brewing change: Alaskans are drinking less, and they’re drinking differently

If you want to see the changes, go to Franklin Street. Start up north, above 2nd street, where Matt Barnaby’s Barnaby Brewing is coming up… Continue reading