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1. New brewery tour in the Golden Heart City

Travelers to Fairbanks in 2015 will get to experience craft brews from the Golden Heart City like never before. The 1st Alaska Outdoor School and One Day Adventures is launching a brewery tour that will transport guests to and from two of the northernmost breweries in the United States, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. The tour departs from downtown Fairbanks and will pick up visitors (and locals!) at several different hotel locations as well as nearby homes. The first stop on the tour is at HooDoo Brewing Co., located next to the Alaska Railroad depot. Here visitors will receive and taste a six-beer sampling of handcrafted brews in a custom-built taproom.  While enjoying HooDoo craft brew, visitors and locals will learn from their Alaskan guide how HooDoo Brewery came to be and what makes them a unique brewery in the Interior. The tour departs HooDoo Brewing Co. on a scenic route, stopping at the trans-Alaska pipeline system (optional) for an up close picture opportunity as well as a 10-minute historical tour of the pipeline. The tour then proceeds to Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co. At this final stop, guests will take a tour of the brewery, taste several handcrafted beers, as well as an entrée and dessert item from its restaurant menu. This four-hour tour launches May 15 but travelers planning ahead can pre-book online starting this December. A four-person minimum is required and guests must be 21 years and older. Tours will run Tuesday through Saturday and tickets are $125 per person.
Media Contact:
Contact: Greg Allison, 1st Alaska Outdoor School
Phone: (907) 590-5900
Facebook: 1st Alaska Outdoor School

Photo credit: Courtesy of 1st Alaska Outdoor School
2. Hotel Chitina celebrates a century

This year the Hotel Chitina celebrated 100 years since its original construction in 1914. The town of Chitina, Alaska, holds a wealth of history from its early Gold Rush and copper mining days and is located on the outskirts of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve — the largest national park in the country. Like many places in Alaska, Chitina felt the boom of early Gold Rush settlers from 1908 to 1915 and much of that history is still preserved today. The hotel was first built as a community hall and was later transformed into a theater. In 1938, the nearby Kennicott Mine closed, the railroad pulled out of Chitina and much of the town’s population followed. It was dubbed a ghost town with several abandoned businesses and homes left behind. Time went by and the building was once again transformed in the 1950s to serve as a hotel and restaurant. The construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system helped create business for the property, but it closed in the late 1970s and remained vacant for almost 30 years. Under new ownership, the restored hotel and restaurant reopened in 2006. Although the building has been renovated since its original state, it still maintains the charm of early Alaska. The hotel continues to expand as the building enters a new century of operations. Just this June, the owners added a 75-seat greenhouse and beer garden that accommodates large-group dinners, private events and weddings. Guests in 2015 will also have the opportunity to enjoy a salmon bake on site.
Media Contact:
Susan Gilpatrick, Hotel Chitina
Phone: (907) 823-2244

Photo credit: Hotel Chitina
3. News from the tracks

The Alaska Railroad is partnering with Mahay’s Jet Boat Adventures in Talkeetna to offer an inventive, new cultural day trip launching in May 2015. Guests will board the Hurricane Turn train for a scenic trip from Talkeetna to Curry, Alaska, a historic site that once served as a stopover point for travelers between Seward and Fairbanks. From Curry, the group will enjoy a jet boat ride on the Susitna River to a nearby cultural interpretive site featuring historical artifacts and a presentation from a local guide on some of the first settlers in the area. After exploring the cultural site, guests will travel back to Talkeenta aboard the jet boat. This tour will be available Thursday through Monday from mid-May to mid-September.
Travelers can also experience Alaska in luxury style aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad’s White Pass Legacy Club parlor car. Amenities include custom-made leather seating, a private guide to narrate scenic highlights and history of the area, all-inclusive beverages and tasty appetizers sourced from the surrounding regions.
Media Contacts:
Contact: Liz Baker, Thompson & Co. PR
Phone: (907) 561-4488
Facebook: Alaska Railroad
Twitter: @akrr
Contact: Allison Haas, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
Phone: (800) 343-7373 ext. 827
Facebook: White Pass & Yukon Route
Twitter: @WhitePassRail
Photo credit: White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
4. Local eats in the Last Frontier

Celebrating local food in the Last Frontier, the inaugural Alaska Food Festival and Conference will be held Nov. 7–9 in Anchorage. The event is open to the public and kicks off with a presentation by keynote speaker Ken Meter. Last year, Meter was commissioned to conduct an economic analysis of the agricultural industry and food systems of Alaska. He is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S. and will share his key findings on Alaska. Several different informational lectures will feature local and global food, do-it-yourself projects with Alaska ingredients and interactive workshops. Made in Alaska and Alaska Grown vendors will also showcase products throughout the festival. Additionally, there will be cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market, food trucks and catering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. The event will take place on the UAA campus and costs $125 to attend the full conference with a discounted rate of $75 for students. Registration for individual events throughout the festival is also available. 
Media Contact:
Contact: Amy Pettit, Division of Agriculture                       
Phone: (907) 761-3864           
Facebook: Alaska Food Festival & Conference
URL: Division of Agriculture
Photo credit: Alaska Grown
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