Events

Past Events

Beer Week Beer Dinner

We love collaborating with Kinley's on these dinners. Chris and Pamela, along with Heather from Specialty Imports picked out the beers. Brett designed the menu and Marty from Kinley's is the mastermind of the beautiful execution for which Kinley's dinners are well-known.

The theme is Classic versus Twisted pairings. For each course you'll receive two beers, one you've likely had or seen and one less common, or a twist on the style.  We'll be explaining the motivation for each pairing as we go along so you can learn the method to our madness and ask any questions that occur along the way.

Click here to read the menu in its entirety. Looking forward to seeing you during AK Beer Week!

Cider Soirée

Hard to believe we've been hosting this cider event since 2012! Time flies when you're having fun, for sure.

We love hosting Cider Soirée at Reilly's because Ireland has a bit of cider history itself. Plus it's a very comfortable old school Anchorage bar with super nice bartenders and the lovely owner Jeannie Reilly.

We'll be offering three different cider flights for purchase from 6 PM until at least 9 PM.  

Special guests from JK Scrumpy and D's Wicked Cider will be making the rounds to meet you and talk about all things cider. And of course, our La Bodega crew will be on hand to make sure the night flows smoothly (and hand you a coupon!).

Sour Beer Class

One of our most well-received classes of 2016: Sour Beer! We're bringing Andrew back to teach a love and knowledge of all things sour.

Class is from 5:15 - 6:30, held in the small room across from our "mini-Bo" in Spenard. This will be our first class in that space for 2017.  

If you attended Sour Beer Class last fall, rest assured you'll be tasting an entirely new lineup. So while some of the info might overlap, there will be plenty of new beer and insight to enjoy. Plus it's always good to reinforce your knowledge of a subject as complex (and tasty) as this.  

$15 tickets include beer, knowledge AND small bites from Hearth. Purchase your seat by stopping by or calling mini-Bo: 274-0826.

Mountain View Monday

One of Anchorage's hidden gems, West Berlin in Mountain View rocks a killer German beer selection year-round to complement their traditional German fare.

West Berlin was the obvious choice for La Bodega to host a release event for several new-to-market German beer offerings. Tasting flights will be available for purchase and we hope you'll consider staying for dinner and making a night of it!

No need to be there at a specific time - flights will be available for the duration of the dinner service, from 5-9 PM.

Danke Schön und Prost!

Beer 101 Class

Learn about classic beer styles from Chris and Deirdre, long-time La Bodega all-stars! Plus, get technical brewing insight from Cole of Resolution Brewing.

Featured styles will include: German Pilsner, American IPA, Sour, Bock, Dark, and Belgian.

Cost is $50 per person and well worth it, not only for the knowledge and beer but also for the La Bodega coupon that will help you on your journey through classic beer styles after the class!

Just click the pic to purchase your seats. Let's get educated!

Cocktail Club: Apertifs & Digestivs

Apertifs & Digestivs was our most well-received Cocktail Club of last season.  We are stoked to host it again.

Presented by Shawna of Spenard Roadhouse and Nikole of La Bodega for a Cocktail Club perfectly timed so that you have some interesting new knowledge and beverages to bring to the many upcoming holiday parties!

Event begins at 8:30 P.M.  $39 ticket includes the guided tasting magical evening that is Cocktail Club.  And food!  Small bites, that is, by the Roadhouse.  

Tickets are sold ONLY at our mini-Bo next to Middle Way Cafe and space is very limited. 

The British are Coming!

The British are here, in fact!  

As part of our Winter in the Woods Tasting Series, we are featuring all sparkling in the upcoming flight this Tuesday, December 13th.

The first two wines will indeed be from merry old England, Hush Heath Brut and Rosé.  And the third in the flight is the ever-lovely Domaine du Prieure Cremant de Borgogne, a not-champagne-but-incredibly-delicious-and-a-killer-value-bubbly.  

Chef Andrew Brown is designing a three-course tasting menu to pair with our flight.

If you can make it promptly at 5PM, Pamela from La Bodega will be giving a "formal" talk on the wines.  That is, we'll taste together and go into what they're all about.

Or, come to Jack Sprat at your leisure that evening to enjoy the night on your timeline.  We recommend ordering the flight and the tasting menu to experience the whole magic.

Cheerio!

What we learned at Sake Class

Will and Pamela traveled to Portland last month for a 3 day advanced course in sake, taught by our mentor and good friend Markus Pakiser.  We were in good company with students from across the U.S. and many attendees from Sake One in Oregon.

Next Tuesday at our mini-Bo we'll be doing a presentation and tasting to share our newly acquired knowledge.  It begins promptly at 5:15PM and will wrap up at 6:30 on the dot.  

Tickets are $15 ea. and available at our Mini-Bo, that is, the one next to Middle Way Cafe.  

Thanksgiving Pairings

We're excited to share with you our favorite Thanksgiving pairing ideas!

This will be held in the small room across from our new "mini-Bo" in the Northern Lights Mall.

This event is casual, reception-style, so come by any time between 5:15 - 6:30 and we'll have selections beer, cider, wine and sake to taste, along with small bites from Hearth.  $10 per person.

Looking forward to seeing you and helping you select the perfect libations for your wonderful Thanksgiving meal!

Featuring Croft Vineyards

Winter in the Wood is in full swing!  

Each Winter the Wood features a different theme or winery.  

This coming Tuesday, November 15th from 5:00 - 5:30 join Pamela from La Bodega and Chancy Croft for a informative talk and tasting of the Croft wines.  Croft Vineyards is not only organic and certified salmon-safe, they are owned and operated by Alaskans!

Can't make it at 5:00?  Come to Jack Sprat anytime Tuesday night.  The Croft wines will be available for purchase along with a 3-course tasting menu by chef Andrew Brown.  

By attending the tasting or purchasing a flight, you will also receive a (rare!) coupon to purchase the Croft Wines at a discount at any of our La Bodega locations.  Look forward to toasting with you!

Cocktail Club: Corpse Reviver

This is our first Cocktail Club of the 2016/2017 season!

Corpse Reviver is a gin based cocktail that has many iterations.

Come join Shawna of Spenard Roadhouse and Nikole of La Bodega for a Cocktail Club perfectly timed so that you'll have a new drink to spook your friends with on Halloween weekend!

Event begins at 8:30 P.M.  $39 ticket includes the guided tasting magical evening that is Cocktail Club.  And food!  Small bites, that is, by the Roadhouse.  

Tickets are sold ONLY at our mini-Bo next to Middle Way Cafe and space is very limited. 

10 Year Anniversary Dinner Party

Let the celebration continue!

Kinley's Restaurant has once again agreed to have us back to host a dinner, and we are darn excited about this one.

Chef Brett has designed a fantastic 5 course menu. Chris, Andrew and Pamela of La Bodega worked together on the sudsy selections for the evening.  

We'll send out the full menu in the morning so you can peruse the details, but we assure you, it's terrific.

To reserve your spot, please call Kinley's at 644-8953.  The dinner is 5 courses paired with one cider to begin, 4 beers, and then two different beverages with dessert.  $65 per person.

Bodega-Fest, The Birthday Edition

To celebrate our 10 years in business, we're making this year's Bodega-Fest a Birthday Party.

We have also added an event after Bodega-Fest winds down - the Bodega-Fest Concert at Tap Root.

Tickets on sale here.

ABOUT BODEGA-FEST:
September 24, 2016 from 1PM - 6PM at the Lucy Cuddy Park.
Bodega-Fest is a tasting event featuring beer from within our great state and well beyond. 
In addition to the other beer, we release "Gladys" at Bodega-Fest, the beer that La Bodega brews each year with the talented Greg Mills of 49th State Brewing Co. 
Always featuring an ample amount of mead and cider, we've also added sake this year!
Your $39 ticket includes entrance, entertainment, lawn games, a slice of birthday cake, a commemorative glass and 12 tasting tickets.  Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase.
Entertainment at Bodega-Fest this year by:
DJ Alex the Lion * Orion Donicht * Big Fat Buddha
Food available for purchase from The Potato. That's right, McCarthy's favorite restaurant is setting up at Bodega-Fest to offer their excellent fare to our attendees.  

ABOUT THE BODEGA-FEST CONCERT:
We are proud to present Pamyua: Alaska's own unique and highly talented Indigenous band.
If you haven't seen Pamyua, be ready to be highly impressed.  Their website says it better than we could: http://www.pamyua.com
Tickets to the Bodega-Fest Concert are only available to Bodega-Fest ticket holders.  The concert sells out at 300 guests.  Bo-Fest is $39.  Tickets to Bo-Fest AND the Concert are $59. 
We are looking forward to this exclusive evening of post-festival fine beer and fine arts!

* Both Bodega-Fest and the Pamyua Concert are strictly 21 and over.  No babes in arms. *

Summer Tasting Series in Girdwood

NEXT UP: September 6th featuring King Street Brewing Company! 

La Bodega and Jack Sprat are co-hosting the Summer Tasting Series in Girdwood for the second year.

  • Held in the Beer Garden at Jack Sprat.
  • Every other Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
  • A different local brewery at each one with the brewer or brewery representative on hand to talk about the beer.
  • Delicious food available for purchase.
  • By attending the tasting, you'll receive a sweet (and rare!) coupon to La Bodega.

Hope to see you there! 

Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner

This is one of the most adventurous beer dinner menus we've ever seen!  

It's a five course dinner starting with shrimp benedict and ending with mocha cheesecake.  In-between Chef Brett has included some German classics, a little Thai influence and some good ol' beef tips.

The six Sierra Nevada beers paired with the dinner really showcase the adventurous side of this quintessential American brewery.

See the menu here.  Only $70 per person.  

Special host for the evening is Chris Hem of Sierra Nevada - one of the happiest people on earth, or at least it seems so to us at La Bodega!  

Rogue Farms Tasting

SOLD OUT!

Join La Bodega with Rogue regional representative John Kathman and discover Rogue Farms!

John has been with Rogue since opening in 1988, and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us about Rogue's farming process, from the ground to your glass.  John is a great friend of our at La Bodega (he's flown up for TWO past Bodega-Fests!) and we are excited to introduce him to more of our customers.

5:30 PM, only $10 per person, ticket includes beer and small bites. Available at our Northern Lights shop, next to Hearth. Limited to 25 seats.

Can't make it at 5:30? John will be at Hearth for casual tasting from 7:00-9:00 pm with dinner guests!

Cocktail Club

SOLD OUT!

It's Mai Tai time!

We thought this would be the perfect way to welcome the warmth and sunshine to Spenard.  Gaudy glasses aside, everyone loves a Mai Tai.

And there's a little controversy...there are two different origin stories for the Mai Tai.  Join us for Cocktail Club and learn all about the history and elements of this classic beach beverage.  PLUS, Roadhouse bartender Shawna has made the orgeat and falernum syrups from scratch!  A night to be missed.

Ingredients are available for purchase through La Bodega as one inclusive package at a great deal, or as individual bottles at a discounted price.  

 

***ONLY 20 SEATS available for this Cocktail Club Meeting.***

Reserve your spot by purchasing a $35 ticket in person at La Bodega's new location in the REI Mall in Anchorage.

Oregon Wine Dinner

Join us for a night out in Girdwood!

5 course dinner by Chef Andrew Brown paired with wine from the super fun Union Wine Company in Oregon.

We love the Union wines at La Bodega and are very excited for this dinner.  Hope to see you there!

For reservations, call 907-783-5225.

Sake Expo

Sake Week culminates in this tasting of over 70 premium Sakes. This educational and fun event will highlight sake with tasting and cultural components.

5-8 PM $35 tickets. Hosted by La Bodega and Sake Expert Markus Pakiser. A fundraiser for Alaska Public Media.

For tickets, call Alaska Public Media at 550-8400 or stop by La Bodega in Anchorage or Girdwood. Tickets also available online at www.alaskapublic.org

Sake at the Movies

Join us for this special showing of Birth of Sake, a brand new documentary currently stunning audiences on the film festival circuit. Japanese inspired small plates available for purchase, and of course, popcorn!

$15 tickets include movie and a sake flight. 7 PM showtime.

Tickets available in person at La Bodega 907-569-3800 OR to buy online, click HERE!

Sake at the Table

Hearth is offering two paths to understanding the sake brewing tradition. Each of two sake flights is paired to a unique, optional tasting menu. Reservations not required. Hearth offers sake on the menu regularly, so you can enjoy a ginjo with your pizza all year-round. Check out the sake selection at the mini-Bodega next door to Hearth! 4-10 PM

Sake in the Studio

Sake 101 (SOLD OUT) and Sake 201 (Space Available!)

Taught by Sake Expert Marcus Pakiser. Limited space available. $15 Alaska Public Media Members, $20 Nonmembers. All proceeds go to Alaska Public Media. For reservations call 550-8400 or reserve online at www.alaskapublic.org.

6 & 7:30 PM (start times)

Sake in the House

Cocktail Club featuring drinks made with sake. Co-hosted by Shawna from the Roadhouse and Will from La Bodega. Only 16 seats available. $35 tickets available at La Bodega's Northern Lights location only. 8:30 PM

Sudsy Beer Breakfast

It might seem like a lot in the morning, but trust us, this is perfect! Whether you're hoping to get excited for the festival later that day, or looking for an alternative to attending the festival, this beer breakfast will not dissapoint. A classy line-up of beers from around the world with cuisine by Rob Kineann and Delicious Dave. Only 100 tickets available, reserve at taprootalaska.com

Cider Soiree

Such a success last year that we/ve brought back the Cider Soiree! 

Three cider flights available for purchase, Old World, New World and Barrel-Aged. The flights are $8-$10. Stop by for a quick sampler or stay and hang out with La Bodega and the best-kept secret of bartenders, the Reilly's crew!

Winter in the Wood

EVERY WEEK in Girdwood La Bodega and Jack Sprat are celebrating winter with wine flights and special beers!

TUESDAY

Chef Tasting Menu by James Beard finalist Chef Andrew Brown, prefixe three-course dinner. 

Wine Flight by La Bodega to pair with the pre-fixe or enjoy with other menu items.

WEDNESDAY

Burger Specials by Sous Chef Ali paired with a different craft beer from La Bodega each week.

Hope to see you this winter in Girdwood!  Be not afraid to come out in the mid-week - it's nothin' but super nice locals and the coolest of tourists.  Salud!

SOLD OUT!! Bodega-Fest 2015

Hope you can join us to celebrate the fifth annual Bodega-Fest!

October 10th from 3 - 8 PM at the Aviation Heritage Museum.  

If you haven't been to a Bodega-Fest before, it's a tasting of high-end beer, mead and cider with a focus on our local Alaskan breweries.  There's also a stage with local bands and original music - five total acts. Delicious food available with an emphasis on food sourced from the last frontier.  And to top it off - it all takes place amid vintage airplanes and Alaskan memorabilia!

Click the pic to read more!

$35 advance tix are on sale NOW at La Bodega and at www.bodegafest.com.

Bodega-Fest Beer Dinner

 

This is our second Bodega-Fest Beer Dinner - the first was wildly successful on all levels and we're excited for the evolution of this next one.

Format is thus: one greet beer plus TWO beers per course.  Each course gets one beer from a European brewery and one from an Alaskan brewery.  It's not a comparison, but two different beer pairing experiences.  You'll learn a ton about beer from near and far and enjoy the heck out of yourself while you do.

Breweries of the Alaskan North is the theme for this year's dinner, featuring:

  • Resolution Brewing Co. (Mountain View - the north side of Anchorage!)
  • Arkose Brewery (Palmer)
  • Denali Brewing Co. (Talkeetna)
  • 49th State Brewery (Healy)
  • Hoodoo Brewing Co. (Fairbanks)
  • Silver Gulch Brewing Co. (Fox)

The dinner menu with beer pairings is very close to ready - will post as soon as it's ready to share.

Kinley's will happily take your reservation - call 644-8953.

Romano's Antinori Family Wine Dinner

Join us for the first Romano’s Italian 5 course wine dinner.
Saturday October 3rd 6:00pm, reception at 5:30
$75 dollars per person, gratuity included
For tickets call (907) 276-0888

With Owner Nick Gialopsos, Guest Chef Rino Baglio, Head Chef Matt Vanderbilt and 
Antinori Family Importer Samantha McGee

Reception
Crostini appetizers, Antipasti, Halibut and salmon symbiosis served, with milk vanilla foam.

Santa Cristina 2014 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT

Antinori 2013 Chardonnay Bramito del Cervo Castello della Sala Estate Umbria IGT

First Course
Egg fettuccine braised pork ragout, served in a parmesan cheese basket
Santa Cristina 2014 Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT
Second Course
Crepe tower stuffed with mushrooms and Fontina cheese, served with white truffle sauce
Prunotto 2012 Dolcetto D'Alba DOC
Third Course
Roasted quail over grilled polenta, asparagus tips, baby squash and crabapple confit
Antinori 2011 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva
Fourth Course
Herbed rack of lamb with baby carrots, ratatouille of vegetables and Gnocchi
Tormaresca 2012 Torcicoda Primitivio Salento IGT
Dessert
Torta diplomatica. Puff pastry, Italian yellow sponge Chantilly cream with sabayon fresh raspberry chocolate melody
Antinori 2009 Vinsanto Tenute Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico DOC

All Access with Anchorage Concert Association

Mark your calendars for La Bodega's biggest wine event of the year!

Anchorage Concert Association's All Access.


With top quality wine on all three floors of the performing arts center, this event is the kick-off for the Anchorage Concert Association's new season.  In addition to the plethora of vino, there's a ton of great food to try, plus back stage tours and short talks by the ACA staff with titles such as "Crazy S*** we do for our artists".

This is a killer event and La Bodega is proud to be a part - hope you can join us for this rare mix of high class plus old-fashioned fun times!

For more and to purchase your ticket click here.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Dinner

Get ready to be utterly impressed yet again by the stellar team at Kinley's Restaurant!

Special menu by Chef/Owner Brett Knipmeyer paired with wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - definitely a recipe for success, excuse the pun!

Click here to view the entire menu.

Featuring special guest Paul Asikainen of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.

6pm Wednesday, September 23
$100pp, RSVP 907.644.8953

Midnight Sun 20th Anniversary Beer Dinner

One upon a time, in an Anchorage long, long ago, a small craft brewery called Midnight Sun began what would be an epic journey of pushing beer styles and Alaskan beer palates to new frontiers...

Believe it or not, it has now been 20 years since Midnight Sun began brewing, and it's time for a big, decadent celebration!

Come join the entire Midnight Sun Brew Crew at Kinley's Restaurant for their 20th Anniversary Beer Dinner.  

$85 per person, $60 without beer pairings.  Click here to see the entire menu and to reserve your seats.  Good times are 100% guaranteed!  

Denali Brewing Co. Cinco de Mayo Dinner

Join Sassan of Denali Brewing and Chef Andrew Brown of Jack Sprat for a Cinco unlike any you've had.

Featuring a super-eclectic menu paired with beers that are rarely seen outside of Talkeetna (unless you shop at La Bodega, of course) such as Saison Le Coq, Flagstop #3 and Twin Engine Red.  

$75 per person, to reserve, call Jack Sprat at 783-5225.

German Bier Klasse 101

On Tuesday, May 5th, join us for a little German Bier 101 at a new restaurant in Mountain View called West Berlin.

Jhon Gilroy from Merchant du Vin will be doing short talks at 5:00 and at 6:00 PM.  Bring $10 with you if you would like to taste the beers as Jhon walks you through the history of each style.  He'll even explain how a celebration of German biers is a perfectly fitting way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

We'll be there from 4:30 - 7:00.  Jhon's talks will begin at 5:00 and at 6:00.  No reservations required.  Hope to see you there.  Prost, Salud und Cheers!

Mid-Week Wine Dinner

We highly recommend snagging a seat at this under-the-radar wine dinner.

Ginger Restaurant is presenting a stunning six-course dinner paired with some of La Bodega's best-selling wines!  Maal Biutiful Malbec (un-oaked!), Alma Negra Brut Rose and Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block to name a few.  

Wine Host Guillaume Akouka will be on hand to walk you through these fine wines.

$95 per person includes gratuity.  To reserve, call Ginger at 929-3680.  

Sake Expo 2015

 
Sake week culminates in this "tradeshow-style" tasting of over 70 premium sakes. 
 
This educational and fun event will highlight sake with tasting and cultural components.
 
5:00 - 8:00 PM.  $35 Alaska Public Media Members, $45 for nonmembers.
 
Hosted by La Bodega and sake expert Marcus Pakiser.  A fundraiser for Alaska Public Media. 
 
For tickets, call Alaska Public Media at 550-8432 or stop by La Bodega in Anchorage or Girdwood.

Sake About Town

Choose your own sake adventure!  

The following fine establishments will be offering sake specials all week; may we suggest one (or two?) of these for your Friday night:

Jack Sprat (Girdwood), Spenard RoadhouseBear Tooth GrillTable 6Peter's Sushi SpotHaute Quarter Grill

Sake at the Table

A contemporary pairing dinner illustrating the versatility of sake with foods found in both the restaurant world and at your own Alaskan table.  
 
Full menu will be posted here soon!
 
6:00 PM; $75 per person.  To reserve, call La Bodega at 907-569-3800.
 
SOLD OUT!  Please join us for the next two evenings, outlined below.
 
 

Sake at the Movies

 
Join us for this special showing of the classic film Yojimbo.  
 
Yojimbo is must-see for all movie lovers.  A bit of a "Japanese-western", if you will, it's about a samurai comes into a town that is divided by two gangs.  Each gang is backed by powerful men.  One is backed by a silk merchant and the other is backed by a.........SAKE BREWER!  It's a classic film directed by Akira Kurosawa, who also directed the Seven Samurai.
 
Sake flights and food available for purchase.  Popcorn with seasoning bar included in ticket price.
 
7:00 PM;  $10 tickets available at La Bodega. 907-569-3800

Sake in the Studio

 
Sake 101 (SOLD OUT!) and Sake 201 (a few spaces left as of 10:06 Tuesday morning)
 
Classes will be taught by Sake Expert Marcus Pakiser.  Limited space available.  
 
Sake 101 was such a hit last year that we've added a 201, for those of you who might want to step your sake savvy to the lext level.
 
$15 Alaska Public Media Members, $20 Nonmembers.  All proceeds go to Alaska Public Media.  For reservations call 783-5525.

Sake in the Sky

A toast to the start of Sake Week!

Please join us to begin Sake Week in style at the beautiful bar in the Crow's Nest at the top of the Captain Cook Hotel.  Featuring brand new sakes plus a special sake cocktail for purchase.  Limit 20 guests.  5:00 - 7:00 PM.

To reserve your seat, stop by La Bodega or call us at 907-569-3800.

The Cocktail Club

Cocktail Club is a collaboration by La Bodega and Spenard Roadhouse. 

 

The "Meetings" of the Cocktail Club take place every other month, featuring a new cocktail each time.  Led by a Roadhouse expert bartender, attendees will learn about the history of the cocktail, the various ingredients and a walk-through of how to make our featured cocktail at home.  

 

March's focus is "The Classic Martini"  Monday, March 2nd at 8:30 P.M.

We have held two Cocktail Club Meetings thus far: both  WILDLY successful!

 

Ingredients for the featured cocktail will be available for purchase through La Bodega as one inclusive package at a great deal, or as individual bottles at a discounted price.  

 

The featured cocktail will also be featured on the menu at the Spenard Roadhouse.  Try making your own at home and then stop in to the roadhouse to see how your bartending skills are coming along...

 

***ONLY 16 SEATS available for this Cocktail Club Meeting.  Reserve your spot by purchasing a $35 ticket in person at La Bodega in the Metro Mall in Anchorage.***

One Night, Two Towns - Two Fantastic Beer Dinners

One of the best parts of Alaska Beer Week is the beer dinners that are held all over the state.  La Bodega is happy to be a part of two beer dinners in the two towns where we operate: Anchorage and Girdwood.  We couldn't be happier to be working with these incredible restaurants.  Here's the lowdown:  

 

In Anchorage: Kinley's Restaurant

Five courses with TWO beers per course, one from the Merchant du Vin European portfolio, and the other from one of two Alaskan breweries: Arkose or Silver Gulch.  Representatives from the breweries will be there to talk about their beer and enjoy the evening with you, plus Chris from La Bodega is there to co-host!  $80 per person.  To view the full menu, click here.

In Girdwood: Jack Sprat Restaurant

Anchor Brewing Company of San Francisco put in a special request to work with Jack Sprat on this beer dinner - Anchor loves Girdwood!  5 courses paired with Anchor beers.  Beginning, of course, with their infamous Anchor Steam.  $75 per person.  To visit Jack Sprat's website, click here.

Cider Soiree

We hope you can join us from 5:30 - 7:30 at Reilly's Irish Pub on Fireweed.  

We've put together two different cider flights to share with you, four ounces of three different ciders, and each flight is a mere $7.50!  So if you've been interested in trying some new ciders, here's your chance.  

Very casual and super fun; light appetizers will be served on the house, and Pamela from La Bodega will be there to talk to you about the ciders.  Not into cider?  Reilly's is a fantastic bar with lots of fun beer and spirits options too!

U.S. Cider Flight: Reverend Nat's Revival Hard Apple, Seattle Cider Co. Semi-Sweet, and Woodchuck Hopsation.

European Cider Flight: E. Dupont Bouche Crut (France), Magner's Irish Cider and Samuel Smith Organic (England).

Hope to see you at the Cider Soiree!

The Cocktail Club

Cocktail Club is new collaboration by La Bodega and Spenard Roadhouse. 

 

The "Meetings" of the Cocktail Club take place every other month, featuring a new cocktail each time.  Led by a Roadhouse expert bartender, attendees will learn about the history of the cocktail, the various ingredients and a walk-through of how to make our featured cocktail at home.  

 

January's theme is "The Bitter Truth: Negroni's and the Like."  Tuesday, January 6th at 8:30 P.M.

We had our first Cocktail Club Meeting in November.  WILDLY successful!

 

Ingredients for the featured cocktail will be available for purchase through La Bodega as one inclusive package at a great deal, or as individual bottles at a discounted price.  

 

The featured cocktail will also be featured on the menu at the Spenard Roadhouse.  Try making your own at home and then stop in to the roadhouse to see how your bartending skills are coming along...

 

***ONLY 16 SEATS available for this Cocktail Club Meeting.  Reserve your spot by purchasing a $35 ticket at La Bodega in the Metro Mall in Anchorage.***

Gladys Firkin Tap at Snow Goose

 
This is the second year Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. has brewed the Gladys Golden Ale in collaboration with La Bodega.  It is rather delicious, if we do say so ourselves!  Head Brewer Greg Mills also took the Gladys and made three different Firkins - the first of which is being tapped (and probably completely consumed) on Wednesday, Nov 19th.  Hope you can join us!
Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. Gladys 2014
This beer is brewed in honor of Gladys, La Bodega's shop goldfish at the University Mall.  She left this world in 2010, but she left a lasting impression with her swirling throughout the tank and making children happy.
This year's Gladys is a strong American-style Pale Ale.
6% ABV with an orange color to match the lovely Gladys. 
Hopped with a blend of equal parts Australian Galaxy and American Citra and Galena hops. 
Dry-hopped with Galena and Galaxy.
The resulting aroma is citrus with heavy Tangerine.
The flavor is a moderate malty sweet body with hits of bitter orange hops.

Introducing: The Cocktail Club

A new collaboration by La Bodega and Spenard Roadhouse. 

 

The Cocktail Club "Meetings" will be every other month, featuring a new cocktail each time.  A limited number of seats will be sold for each meeting.  Led by a Roadhouse expert bartender, attendees will learn about the history and how to make our featured cocktail. 

 

Ingredients for the featured cocktail will be available at La Bodega at a discounted price.  

 

The featured cocktail will also be available at the Spenard Roadhouse, so you can try your own at home and then stop in to the roadhouse to see how your bartending skills are coming along!

Bodega-Fest 2014

Big changes to Bodega-Fest this year.

We've moved the date from the usual September to November 1st.

This year it's an indoor affair being held from 5 - 9PM at the Aviation Heritage Museum.  

It also happens to be Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), so expect the airplane hangars to be decorated accordingly...

$35 advance tix are on sale NOW at La Bodega and at www.bodegafest.com.

Bodega-Fest Beer Dinner

We've gone all out for our first ever Bodega-Fest Beer Dinner - a greet beer, plus 5 courses paired with TWO beers each course - that's 11 world class beers in total!  Read on for the menu and beer pairings.  We couldn't be more excited for this and look forward to sharing it with you.

GREET BEER​: Sleeping Lady Gladys Golden Ale

FIRST COURSE: Ayinger Ur-Weisse & Midnight Sun FrancoisK

Baby Greens Tossed in Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Chevre, and Bacon

SECOND COURSE: Brasserie du Bocq Saison 1858 & Kenai River Classic Pale Ale

Caribbean Black Bean, Pumpkin, and Chicken Soup

THIRD COURSE: Samuel Smith Taddy Porter & King Street Bock

Grilled Pork Chop and Pumpkin Gnocchi on a Stone Ground Mustard Demi Glace with Sautéed Winter Greens, Roasted Parsnip, and Sweet Potato Chips 

FOURTH COURSE: Westmalle Dubbel & Denali Flag Stop

Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib with a Curried Sour Cream and Golden Beet Gratin, Spinach, and Crispy Red Beet Chips

FIFTH COURSE: Traquair Jacobite & Broken Tooth Darth Barrelerium

Día de los Muertos Torte - Chocolate, Spiced Pumpkin, and Toasted Pecan 

$75 per person, please call Kinley's to make your reservations at 644-8953.

Gallo's Mexican Restaurant Torres Spanish Wine Dinner

$35 per person + amazing Torres wines and yummy Mexican cuisine = FUN and a killer deal.  Hope you can join us!

Meet and Greet Wine: Torres Chile 2013 Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Central Valley
A fresh, pale gold color, with a blend of aromas reminiscent of ripe, tropical fruits, over underlying hints of apple and fennel. Silky on the palate with good acid structure and a prolonged finish.

Espinaca Con Queso
Torres Spain 2013 Viña Esmeralda Dry Moscato DO Catalunya

Intense and full of fresh fruit aromas along with exquisite notes of white flowers such as orange blossom. Elegant and smooth on the palate with delicate acidity reminiscent of citrus. The delightful character of the Muscat grape comes through on the finish.

Pork Chili Verde
Torres Spain 2010 Ibéricos Crianza DOCa Rioja

Bigarreau cherry in color. Intense nose with traces of plum and black fruit compote accompanied by dark-roasted spice notes from aging in barrel. Sweet on the attack with mild tannins. Long, spiced finish.

Beef Taquitos
Torres Spain 2010 Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon DO Penedès
Great aromatic complexity, with notes of spices such as black pepper and clove set against undertones of woodland undergrowth and dry leaves. Mature and jammy on the palate, with well-structured tannins and good concentration. A wine defined by velvety elegance.

Torres Orange Liqueur Flan
Torres Orange Liqueur DO Catalunya

In the 19th century, Jaime Torres recovered a secret recipe for an ancestral liqueur that had reached the Antilles islands during Columbus' travels. In the Torres cellars, he macerated bit­ter orange skins in vintage brandy, adding wild herbs, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, Cienfuegos coffee, Cuban molasses, and orange blossom honey. After leaving it to age in old casks, he obtained an aromatic elixir, with a silky smooth body and exceptional nobility. Today we contin­ue to make this intriguing liqueur, remaining faithful to its original spirit.

Bottega del Vino Tasting

Please join us October 9th for a very special wine and glassware experience at Habitat Housewares.

This is La Bodega's sixth year partnering with Habitat on this event - it is truly one of our favorite events.


Robert Hall, the founder of Bottega del Vino crystal flys up to Anchorage each year from Chicago to talk about his tremendous product, and Pamela from La Bodega guides you through a tasting of three fantastic red wines.

The details haven't been quite set for this year yet, but if it's following past years, it will be $50 each person and you get to go home with a Bottega del Vino glass that retails for...(drumroll) $50!  We're believers - hope you can join us!

All Access with Anchorage Concert Association

We are excited to be a part of the second annual All Access by Anchorage Concert Association!

This is one of the best wine line-ups of the season - and we're not exaggerating.  France, Italy, South America and California; we're talking everything from Chianti to Cotes du Rhone to Carmenere and Cab Sauv!

In addition to the vino, your entrance to the event includes delicious food from downtown restaurants, backstage tours and talks, plus a musical performance!  La Bodega is stoked to be a part of this event and we hope you'll join us!  $50 tickets available here.

The Dark Side of the Monk: A Trappist Ale Tasting

We are very excited to share this event with you.  It's been a long time in the works, and it's definitely going to be a night to remember.

Paul Laird, a great Bodega customer and all-around great man, will be hosting a very special Trappist Ale Tasting at Kinley's Restaurant on April 10th.  Paul has done many of these tastings in privately; La Bodega has worked togetherwith Paul to offer this one to the public.  

Beers include Westmalle, Chimay, Orval, La Trappe, Achel, Engelszell, Rochefort, Westvleteren & brand new U.S. Trappist ale: Spencer!

This will be held at the banquet room at Kinley's.  $75 per person.  We are strictly limiting it to 15 guests.  Reservations are through La Bodega, 569-3800.

Click here for more info on Paul - and if you're interested in attending this tasting - book soon!

Sake Expo

SAT, APRIL 5 // SAKE EXPO

Sake Week culminates in this tasting of over 70 premium sakes.  

This educational and fun event will highlight sake with tastings and cultural components.  

Held at the Anchorage Community Works from 5 - 8 PM.   Hosted by La Bodega and sake expert Marcus Pakiser.  

$25 tickets for Alaska Public Media members, $35 for nonmembers.

Get your ticket by calling 550-8432 or buy your tickets in person at La Bodega. A fundraiser for Alaska Public Media.  
 

ALSO DURING SAKE WEEK:
 
**The Bear Tooth Grill will be offering the Zipang (sparkling sake) cocktail all throughout Sake Week!**
 
MON, MARCH 31 // SAKE IN THE HOUSE
All night the Roadhouse will be offering a flight of three premium sakes for $10.  The infamous roadhouse bartenders have created two new sake cocktails for purchase.  For more info call 770-7623.

TUES, APRIL 1 // SAKE 101 CLASS
Taught by Sake Expert Marcus Pakiser, to be held at the Alaska Public Media studio.  Limited amount of spots for this class available, Sake 101 is a fundraiser for Alaska Public Media.  Class begins at 7PM.  $10 for Alaska Public Media members, $15 nonmembers.  To reserve call 550-8432.
 
WED, APRIL 2 // SAKE IN THE WOODS
Jack Sprat restaurant in Girdwood.  An intimate introduction to fine sake, exquisitely paired with a five course dinner.  $95 gratuity INcluded. For reservations, call 783-5525.

FRI, APRIL 4 // SAKE WITH THE KING
That's right, Elvis is making an appearance at Bernie's Bungalow to share his love of sake and Japanese whiskey.  Very casual, stop-in style from 5 to 7 PM Friday night in the main house at Bernie's.  Each sample is priced ala-carte.
 
Hope to see you at one more maybe more of these super fun events!  Kanpai!

Italian Wine Dinner featuring Small Vineyards

The Southside Bistro is hands down one of the best restaurants in Anchorage. Since 1995 (yes, 1995), they have been happily serving world class food, beer and wine on edge of Anchorage, that is, Huffman.  :)

The Bistro is so busy with neighborhood diners that hosting wine and beer dinners is tough.  

However, they were so excited about the opportunity to team up with the importer Small Vineyards that they are opening up on a day they are normally closed!

Chef Travis Haugen has designed a 6 course menu for the evening with wine pairings, $95 per person.  There are still a few seats available - to reserve yours, call 907-348-0088.

1995), they have been happily serving world class food, beer and wine on edge of Anchorage, that is, Huffman.  :)

The Bistro is so busy with neighborhood diners that hosting wine and beer dinners is tough.  

However, they were so excited about the opportunity to team up with the importer Small Vineyards that they are opening up on a day they are normally closed!

Chef Travis Haugen has designed a 6 course menu for the evening with wine pairings, $95 per person.  There are still a few seats available - to reserve yours, call 907-348-0088.

Grape vs. Grain at the Whale's Tail

A face-ff of two classics: Antinori Wine Estates and Alaskan Brewing Company!

With each of the courses, you will be presented a beer and a wine to pair.  You choose which is the better pairing with the food, and end of the dinner - there will be a winner - Wine or Beer.

Co-hosted by Samantha McGee and Matt Rohloff.  $65 per person and it begins at 6:30.

These dinners are a hoot!  Hope to see you there!

Cider Tasting featuring Tieton Cider Works

An Artisanal Cider Tasting brought to you by Tieton Cider Works, Tap Root & La Bodega.

Event from 5:30-9:30pm

Attendees can participate in a flight of 5 samples from Tieton (price TBD):

Tieton Wild Washington Apple

Tieton Blossom Nectar

Tieton Apricot Cider

Tieton Dry Hopped Cider

Tieton Cidermakers Reserve (this is a special release, never seen in AK before)

“Shot” on the side for an option and additional charge – Tieton Frost

Read more about Tieton Cider Works here!

La Bodega 2013 Holiday Tasting

Hooray for the Holidays! We're holding our annual La Bodega Holiday Tasting this year at the Trek Store - the bicycle shop conveniently located next to us at the Metro Mall. Wine, Beer and Bikes! December 5th is also the anniversary of the repeal of that awful prohibition - what a better reason to celebrate? 1920's attire is encourage, as are ugly sweaters or just dress up! And although the Trek store has no affiliation, feel free to dress in Star Trek garb if so desire... At this tasting we are re-creating the La Bodega "mix and match" experience. We will have a plethora of beer and wine out and you'll get to choose what you'd like to try. We're having a lot of fun pulling the products for this tasting, which will include some prior beer and wine clubs, seasonal faves and some special items we've been stashing. Kinley's Restaurant is catering this event with small bites including their famous bacon-wrapped dates. $15 entrance includes 6 tastes and the appetizers. You may purchase more tastes if you so desire. Event will run from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. To reserve your spot at the party, you can pay in advance at La Bodega in the Metro Mall. For more info, call 569-3800. Hope to see you there!