Arbor Day: Alaska

May 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm 3 comments

Bald Eagle and Sitka Spruce
(Photo by DCSL)
Happy Arbor Day, Alaska!

Alaska celebrates its Arbor Day the third Monday of May, so Happy Arbor Day Alaska!

Alaska’s State Tree is the Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis). The needles of the spruce trees are high in Vitamin C. In the 1700’s explorers and sailors found spruce beer to stave off scurvy. In fact, before an 117 day voyage past Antarctica, Captain James Cook ordered spruce beer to be brewed.

The pleasures of spruce beer were not lost to history. You can make your own, or if you prefer– you can purchase Alaskan Brewing Company’s Winter Ale. It’s made with tender Sitka Spruce tips.

To find out when your state celebrates Arbor Day, check out Arbor Day Dates Across America at

Alaskan Winter Ale
(Photo by faeryboots)

Entry filed under: Arbor Day, Nature, trees.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lee  |  May 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    You know, Alaskans can see Russian trees from their backyards. You betcha.

  • 2. tgaw  |  May 18, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    @Lee – I was smiling at your first sentence and then the “You Betcha” pushed me over the edge. I laughed out loud at the local coffee shop. 🙂

  • 3. scienceguy288  |  May 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    See, beer IS healthy for you!


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