After a couple of years in operation, Yukon started to hear: “Brewery guys, these ales are tasty, but when are you going to give us a good old lager beer at a good old lager price?!” In May 2000, they caved into peer pressure and created their own chemical-free alternative to the big brand lagers.
Yukon describes it as “Crisp and clean, pure and natural” – everything you want in a lager. Light and effervescent, without that nasty chemical tang, Chilkoot Lager goes down pretty smooth and easy. As one of Yukon's best selling beers, Chilkoot lives up to what we all hoped it would be – a perfect alternative to mainstream beers and the best place to start trying craft beer.
The name Chilkoot harkens back to the Gold Rush days when prospectors hiked the world famous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, Alaska and down into the Yukon, eventually hitting the lakes and rivers that become the Yukon River. This was, by far, the most traveled route to the Klondike gold fields of Dawson City – the territory owes its existence in part to the historic gold claim and it was a logical name for our first lager.