Soldotna Brewery Turning Candy into Beer


Written for AP by Molly Dischner

KENAI, Alaska (WTW) — Gummy Bears aren’t just for kids anymore.

Kenai River Brewing Company is turning candy into beer, with the help of Abbey Ale yeast.

The new beverage is just one addition in the works at the Soldotna brewery. The other is an expansion to create a new seating area, set to open next week.

“It’s going to be just a nice sit-down taproom,” said Doug Hogue, brewery co-owner.

The new taproom will seat about 20 people. Hogue said the brewery won’t serve food, but will welcome people to bring their own meals.

“Our customers are very excited about it so we’re anxious to get it rolling,” Hogue said.

When the taproom opens, the brewery’s main door will shift, and the old room will be used for canning. That will alleviate some growing pains the brewery was feeling, Hogue said.

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