Good beer is not hard to find in Anchorage. Many local breweries have also honed the perfect food pairings for their sprawling ale lists, establishing a reputation as some of the finer restaurants and eateries in town.
Anchorage Beers and Breweries
Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Company was one of the first brewpubs in Anchorage. Here, you can sip their nationally recognized ales and dine al fresco from the popular third-story rooftop deck or curl up near their fireplace on a cold day. Many of the best local musicians are known to grace the Snow Goose stage.
Midnight Sun Brewing Company has been brewing beer since 1995. One of their most recent additions to their south Anchorage location is LOFT, adding a great menu of local food alongside their winning roster of rotating brews. Free tours of the brewery are offered every Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Glacier BrewHouse brews old-world style, featuring cask-conditioned ales and oak aged beers, rotating seasonal brews and abarleywine called Big Woody, which took home top honors at the prestigious Toronado Barleywine Festival. They also boast the state's only alder wood-fired rotisserie.
Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria is definitely worth the wait. Located on the outskirts of downtown along the Seward Highway, blink and you’ll miss it. The microbrewery came first, but they are also renowned for their handcrafted pizzas and First Tap Thursdays events, which celebrate the release of the latest draft with live music.
Even the most formidable Fermento will be impressed with the brewer's bounty showcased at the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, held in Anchorage each January. With award-winning ales, barleywines and seasonal brews, there's sure to be a perfect mug of suds for every connoisseur.
If you prefer slopes covered in grapevines to those frequented by mountaineers, one of Anchorage’s best selections of wine, is bottled up in the Hotel Captain Cook. The Whale's Tail pours wines from around the world, and serves up shareable plates to snack on with friends. Let your wine fancy take flight at Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar. Their flights - groupings of three wines - allow even casual enthusiasts to compare similarities and contrasts between different vineyards and vintages.
Drop by the Alaska Denali Winery for a tasting of their wide selection of bottled wines ready for purchase or stick around and make your own. The experience is an excellent group activity, and wine is a wonderful host or hostess gift.