Pub hosts beer tasting from new brewery and local band

Brady Gross/Sun Star Reporter
February 5, 2013

The band Annie Where the Sun Don't Shine took center stage at the UAF Pub on the night of January 31, 2013 for the new HooDoo Brewery beer-tasting event. Adam Taylor/Sun Star

The band Annie Where the Sun Don’t Shine took center stage at the UAF Pub on the night of January 31, 2013 for the new HooDoo Brewery beer-tasting event. Adam Taylor/Sun Star

On Jan. 31 at the UAF Pub, a beer tasting was put on by new local brewery HooDoo Brewing Co. The tasting was the first done by HooDoo in an outside venue such as The Pub. The tasting sold out within the first half an hour of the event. Four different types of beers were distributed during the two-hour event: a Mild, Stout, IPA and Barley Wine.

According to Bobby Wilken, the head brewer, since their grand opening this October, HooDoo has seen a better response than expected almost running out of beer at one point, but everyone should be reassured that, “they didn’t.” Wilken hopes to have 10 different beers on tap by the end of the year. Future plans also include permanent taps at The Pub and Fairbanks Curling Club.

Local blues band Annie Where the Sun Don’t Shine performed as the beer tasting ended, encouraging patrons to stick around the Pub longer than they had initially planned. Meghan Packee, on harmonica and vocals, Eli Barry-Garland, on guitar, and Annie Bartholomew, as lead vocalist and guitarist, held a charisma that brought smiles and laughs alike among the crowd. Playful stage banter and shout-outs to HooDoo brewing, kept the night fairly light-hearted. The trio overall had no trouble showcasing their talents, had a new song to perform, and a hilarious folk rendition of the The Moldy Peaches’, “Who’s Got the Crack?” Annie Where the Sun Don’t Shine will be performing at The Pub on Valentines Day, on Feb. 14.

HooDoo Brewing Co. is located on Fox Avenue off of Phillips Field Road in Fairbanks, offering various different brews on tap and for growler fill up.

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