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
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 a barleywine 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.
49th State Brewing brings beer recipes perfected in the shadow of Denali to their new Anchorage brewpub. Sip a Solstice IPA and take in the view. On a clear day you can see Denali from their gorgeous deck.
Not sure how to sip at multiple spots? Check out the brew tours offered by Big Swig Tours. You can event take the taste of Alaska home. Denali Brewing Company crafts cans of pilsner, stout and red (among many others) as one of the largest breweries in Alaska. Silver Gulch Brewing has an outpost at the airport. Since the shop is inside security, you can fill a growler with Alaska beer or take home select 22-ounce bottles from breweries across the state.
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.
Anchorage Wine & Spirits
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. Sip something sparkling at the intimate Bubbly Mermaid.
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. Or find a bottle to take home at Wine Styles.
Find some spirit - literally - at Anchorage Distillery. They bottle vodka, gin and whiskey made with Alaska grown wheat, barley and rye. Take a tour and sip the end results in the adjoining tasting room.