In 1987, 1988 and 1990 Alaskan Brewing won gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for Alaskan Amber (known as Chinook Alaskan Amber the first two times). Michael Jackson featured Alaskan Amber in his 1993 Beer Companion in the Altbier chapter.
On Saturday it captured a silver medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup in the Irish-Style Red Ale category.
In the event this result poked your curiosity button, here are the guidelines for the styles in question used by the 2012 judges:
Irish-Style Red Ale
Irish-style red ale ranges from light red-amber-copper to light brown in color. These ales have a medium hop bitterness and flavor. They often don’t have hop aroma. Irish-style red ales have low to medium candy-like caramel sweetness and a medium body. The style may have low levels of fruity-ester flavor and aroma.
German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf Style Altbier
Copper to brown in color, this German ale may be highly hopped and intensely bitter (although the 25 to 35 IBU range is more normal for the majority of Altbiers from Düsseldorf) and has a medium body and malty flavor. A variety of malts, including wheat, may be used. Hop character may be low to medium in the flavor and aroma. The overall impression is clean, crisp, and flavorful often with a dry finish. Fruity esters can be low.