Local microbreweries put Anchorage on the map
Local beers have been part of Anchorage for more than 20 years, but the options continue to expand. There’s plenty brewing in the city; as new breweries launch, old favorites try out new styles and more good stuff pours here in town and beyond.
At last count, there were half a dozen breweries bubbling along in the city and more nearby when you include the Kenai Peninsula and Talkeetna. King Street Brewing, Anchorage Brewing Co., Broken Tooth, Midnight Sun Brewing, Sleeping Lady Brewing and Glacier BrewHouse are all slinging suds in our city. Brewers are an inventive bunch; it’s hard to sum up any one brewery by style. Each has a stack of medals and awards, so why not try them for yourself and crown a personal favorite? Here are a few ways to try as many as you can:
Go Straight to the Source
It’s hard to beat a beer brewed steps away from your barstool. Restaurants like Snow Goose, LOFT and Glacier BrewHouse each serve up tasty food coupled with pints made in-house. Snow Goose serves Sleeping Lady beers, and the malty, hoppy smell of work in progress is the first thing you notice as you enter. Midnight Sun’s tasting room, LOFT, is perched atop its South Anchorage production facility. Over at Glacier BrewHouse, the steel fermenting tanks are on display, but the real action is out of sight. Below the dining room, barrels of cask-conditioned beers are aged in oak, imparting amazing flavors. Makes that barrel-shaped wood ceiling in the restaurant seem appropriate, don’t you think?
Bottles and growlers
and cans, Oh my!
Obviously, plenty of beer makes it out the door to brew-friendly restaurants and bars like Humpy’s. For a taste at home, Broken Tooth Brewing and Midnight Sun have both fired up new canning lines that make the potable stuff more portable. Anchorage Brewing Co., the folks behind 2013’s Fur Rondy Brew white IPA, crafts other amazing brews and has bottles in shops like Grape Expectations and the Cellar at Crush. But if nothing less than 64 ounces will do, “draft” some assistance from one of Anchorage’s growler bars. Tapping into the draft systems, growler bars pour great tastes in sizes perfect for sharing. Best of all, they are popping up all over town. La Bodega and Brown Jug are just two of the stores with an ever-rotating roster incorporating Alaska beers.
If you have to depart the city but missed a few samplings, don’t fret! The Anchorage airport has some surprising stops for beer aficionados, too. Humpy’s has an outpost in the B concourse, while Silver Gulch, the Fairbanks-based brewer, set up a new to-go growler bar at the near end of the C concourse.
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