How it’s Made
Alaska may be known for its rich oil and mining resources, but many smaller industries fuel the desires of visitors. Locally made souvenirs line store shelves and fill the suitcases of those passing through. For visitors who wonder how some of those items are made we’ve got a guide for that.
Day 1 Line the Suitcase
Put on your walking shoes and head to Ship Creek to check out the fishing. If the tide is coming in, the banks will be packed with fishermen, hoping to land a trophy fish or maybe just a fresh meal. Then stop at the Ulu Factory to see the step-by-step process of making the versatile knives. Alaska Natives use the knife for everything from skinning seals to sewing mukluks. It’s a great gift for friends, just remember to put it with checked baggage.
Keep winter’s cold at bay in any climate with a handcrafted item made of qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute"), the downy-soft underwool from the Arctic musk ox. Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers Co-op shows how wool is transformed into scarves, hats and headbands by Alaska Native women from remote coastal villages. For a tasty treat visit the Alaska Wild Berry Products shop. Windows into the candy room show the entire yummy process from start to finish.
Polar Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, and Gold Rush Golden are just a few of the locally produced beers. Almost every Anchorage restaurant or bar has at least one or two local brews on tap or in a bottle. Every Thursday night, Midnight Sun Brewery invites customers to view the beer-making process. Afterwards the palate gets a workout in the restaurant with a beer sampler and flavorful food.