Another new beer makes long journey to Dayton-area shelves

Alaskan Brewing Co. is bringing its beers to Ohio, including the Dayton region.

The brewery has signed an agreement with Heidelberg Distributing Co. to distribute its beers in the Dayton area and will begin offering four of its brews on local retail shelves and on tap as early as Monday, July 18. Prior to the official rollout, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15, Jungle Jim's International Market at 5440 Dixie Hwy in Fairfield will host a "First Pour" ceremony with Alaskan Brewing Co. officials.

The beers coming to Ohio include the brewery's flagship Amber (Alt Style Ale), Kicker (Session IPA), Icy Bay IPA (India Pale Ale), Hopothermia (American Double/Imperial IPA) and a rotating number of seasonal ales. In addition, local consumers will be able to buy two different variety packs to sample a wide array of brews.

“This is a big milestone for us because Ohio is home to some great craft beers and because of that there are a lot of really well-educated beer drinkers,” Andy Kline, communications manager for Alaskan Brewing, said in a release. “We love the opportunity to introduce our beer to enthusiasts who value quality.”

Ohio is the 18th state for the brewery's distribution, and the farthest east. The arrival in the Dayton market of the Alaskan beers follows by less than two weeks the arrival of beers from Maui Brewing Co. in Hawaii.

Alaskan Brewing Co. shares one thing in common with Dayton's Fifth Street Brewpub: Both won gold medals in the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, which released its results this week.

Alaskan Brewing won gold for its Alaskan Amber in the “Irish Red Ale” category and also captured gold for its Alaskan Smoked Porter in the “Smoked/Rauch Beer” category.

The brewery was founded in Juneau, Alaska, in 1986 by Marcy and Geoff Larson. Then 28, they solicited help from about 80 investors to form the first brewery since Prohibition in Juneau, brewery officials said.