What started off as an innocent "Let's hit up some breweries in Alaska" turned into a full on craft BEAR HUNT... I mean beer, we just saw some Black Bear on the way.
Alaskan Breweries are popping up all over this gorgeous state, most are centrally located in Anchorage so you can really visit a few if you're only in the city. These breweries are full of easy going locals, really great tasting beer, and immense surroundings that you can't pass by. We captured some of our favorites here and we hope you enjoy some of our recommendations!
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Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage
Our first stop of the brew tour led us in a very industrial area in Anchorage, we didn't think we would actually stumble upon a tap room with much character. Boy we were wrong, this two story industrial loft space big, open, and has some extremely nice folks. Hey, who wouldn't enjoy the perks of working at a brewery? We sat outside on the balcony area, overlooking some industrial stuff..
- Kodiak Brown Ale - one of their most popular, a tasty Brown Ale. (photo above)
- Nanook - An ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels, we gave it a "Cool Taste" review.
- Dub-Ya - Belgian Dubbel really hit the spot.
We drank the Kodiak during our stop at Corey's land in Tok (pictured above). I would say it fit right into the surroundings.
Other than really great beer and staff, the brewery serves food, so gather some friends, or make some!
Time in Anchorage is done and now we're off to our next destination - Homer, Alaska.
Buuutttt... There's a brewery on the way to Homer, we can't just drive past, plus it's dinner time and a warm meal is in order after a 3 days of sandwiches.
St. Elias Brewing, Soldotna
St. Elias looks like a regular restaurant on the side of a long journey but the inside is quite inviting.
We shared a flight as usual:
Island Girl - Sweet Raspberry flavor, reminded me of a juice but with a kick!
Farmers Friend - Nice drinking golden ale, brewed with Flaked Maize eh?
They have a nice patio area for the warmers months, St. Elias reminds us of an American Roadside restaurant with a pleasant gift of a brewery!
After dodging close to 100 roadside moose and sleeping in the car yet another night, we have arrived at this small touristy fishing town called Homer. During this entire trip we followed a closely familiar path of Corey's for the third time in a row and this time decided to follow another hoppy calling!
Homer Brewery was located within a neighborhood street where you wouldn't naturally find a brewery. Once you enter it's as small as you expect but so cozy, even the angry bear looks cool to hang with.
- Celestiale - If you love a chai.. this one's naturally perfect for you. It's an ale with masala spice, a Chai-Brew-Latte? Sounds overly unique but we loved it.
- Red Knot Scottish Ale - According to my Untappd - it was "Easy drinking, delicious, and flavorful".
All around, they brew a good pint. Other tasty beers were China Poot Porter and Broken Birch Bitter.
Now we take the same moose road back to Seward. On this road is where we spotted the Black Bear mama and her cubs! Check out the video here!
Kassik's in Kenai
You know when you'd driving in the middle of no where and you're sure you're not going to stumble onto anything interesting? Well we were wrong as we were driving through non city streets to find this brewery. We just knew we had to find it before we made any judgements.
It's everything Alaska, sitting in the middle of the woods in a hidden warehouse.
If you go for the sampler here, you get two trays of hefty size samplers. Oh yes and we had to check ALL of them into our Untappd - follow us! (usernames pogo & Alton0891)
So this brewery was truly a treasure in terms of how good their beer was! And let's not get started on the bottle art & creativity!
Here are a few creative brews we enjoyed:
- Morning Wood IPA - An english style IPA, we really liked it!
- Caribou Kilt - 8.5% Heavy Scotch Ale. According to my Untappd commentary I gave it a "Scotch Scotch Scotch, I love Scotch".
Seward Brewing Company
Boy were we excited to find this place! You can just tell by the looks of the building that they mean business, we really liked the interior and check out their awesome logo.
We're in Seward, AK - the industry here is fishing, so of course the locally brewed beer is going to be cleverly named after something fishy!
- Inked Out Stout - This one is good! Hints of Chocolate and Coffee, it's quite easy drinking in fact.
- Crusty Whale Pale Ale - A good pale ale.
- Police & Thieves Pilsner - A nice Pils with very light hints of hops for those craving!
- Rockfish Red - Nice drinking red but not extremely special to our tastes.
Whoa.. this place was pop-u-lar! The restaurant itself was packed and not to mention the bar. I mean, look at their selection of craft brews.
We didn't get a chance to enjoy the food but got a nice shared flight, here's what we enjoyed:
- Eisbock (Bourbon Barrel) - Aged in Jim Beam barrels and packs a nice punch, at 9% it's worth a taste.
- Pilot Series Pale Ale - Special small batch makes it quite smooth for an APA.
- Amber Ale - had this a few times in Alaska, great drinking Ale!
Kenai River Brewing, Soldotna
One of our favorite things about finding these breweries is the feeling of home. At times it felt like you entered into a living room, and although there were strangers, you felt welcome and at home.
There is a sense of community at Kenai and you could tell people knew each other by name.
One of the brewers was even nice enough to gave me a quick brewery tour!
- Kumquat Kolsch - not sure what Kumquat is but it made the beer quite crisp and refreshing!
- Skilak Scottish - If our memory serves us right, we remember this being TASTY!
Just a one minute walk from Homer Brewing, is this incredible landing strip. This is Alaska people...
We hope you enjoyed having some brews with us in Alaska! Share if you know someone going to Alaska and can't pass up a good craft brew!
CHEERS FELLOW TRAVELERS!