Matanuska Brewing Company
Matanuska Brewing Company, established in 2017 by Brewmaster Kevin Burton and entrepreneur Matt Tomter, is a state of the art 40 barrel production brewery located on a three acre campus in Matanuska Valley’s Palmer, Alaska. The site is complete with 12,000+ square feet of warehouse with landmarks that include an antique grain elevator, an antique farm silo, and (next door) the Palmer water tower – rising over 100 feet with the majestic Pioneer Peak in the background. The Matanuska Valley itself is located in South Central Alaska and was created by three separate glaciers grinding down and carving through the hills over millions of years – making our brewery millions of years in the making. The name Matanuska originated from the Metanuska River, derived from Russian for “copper river people.”
The brewhouse and cellar were built with all U.S. steel by renowned brewery fabricator JV Northwest out of Canby, Oregon. It is automated and capable of producing in excess of half a million gallons of beer a year. The brewery specializes in American West Coast style beers along with a soon to be elaborate oak aging program. The beer is packaged in kegs as well as cans using a high-tech counter pressure rotary filler produced by ProBrew, Inc. out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Most of the beer is distributed by K&L Distributors throughout Alaska. There is a small tasting room on sight open to the public for samples, growlers, cans, kegs, and retail items. Future development will include turning the antique silo into the main tasting room. Stay tuned!