Panty Peeler, by Midnight Sun, is a fantastically drinkable beer.

One of the best things about living in Anchorage, Alaska is the beer. Seriously, what else are you gonna do when the temperature hovers around 0 degrees and the snow piles up around your porch? Go skiing? Pfeh, I say.

Drink beer.

With six breweries in Anchorage alone and almost 30 breweries across the 49th state, the opportunities for locally brewed beer are excessive. Er, I mean impressive.

It was with great joy that I sat down with one of my favorites this evening, as I prepared a spinach frittata for breakfast tomorrow morning.

Founded in 1995, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. is located in Anchorage, AK. I was introduced to their Belgian-style tripel beer, Panty Peeler, by a beer-loving friend at least a decade ago, and it’s a go-to for both my social and gastronomical drinking.

Panty Peeler, then, is a delightfully accessible beer with a hidden force behind its sweet exterior. My first swallow tonight made me think of thick honey, reminiscent of a mead-like taste. It’s a luxurious swallow that goes down exceptionally smooth. The follow-up is as complex as the first taste is simple. There are notes of citrus, and even a bit of anise and coriander in there. Everyone I asked to try it tonight had a different sense of the flavors in there.

At 8.5% alcohol by volume and 15 IBU’s, this isn’t a light beer you’ll want to sip with your basic BBQ foods. However, Panty Peeler goes really well with a variety of dishes, as far as I’ve seen, making it as versatile a boozy brew as I’ve met. Fish, chicken, beef, or even a frittata — it works with almost everything that has a nice savory bent to it.

You can grab a bottle of a few of the more popular Midnight Sun brews in local Safeway (Carrs) grocery stores here, though you’ll have to go to the attached, separate-register store The Oaken Keg to purchase them. These days, you can head to Midnight Sun brewery’s attached restaur