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Cedar Top Beer

I did a short hike through the Tongass National Park in Ketchikan Alaska. Despite the northern latitude this is a rain forest and Ketchikan receives the second highest amount of rainfall in the world, second only to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. It goes without saying that the predominant color was green in all directions.

In fact it was raining during the hike, a light pleasant rain, however it was warm at the same time so a light poncho was all I needed.

Tongass is the largest national forest in the US and I visited only a sliver of it. There predominantly Cedars that are used for a lot of different things including making of musical instruments. The cedar from here is also used in the brewing of Cedar Top beer up in Skagway. Don't bother looking it up (I just tried), it's a local brew only. I know because I tried it at a bar in Skagway. It took a pint to get used to the flavor and after that it was smooth sailing on pint two.

Beer aside, I stopped on the trail when I came to a clearing and took this image. It just seemed kind of mystical with the low clouds over the mountainous terrain. And of course I was wondering how they got those cedar tops into the beer.

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