Eat, drink and be merry, Alaska-style!
From the southernmost Inside Passage city of Ketchikan to just north of Fairbanks the craft brewing industry in Alaska, just like the rest of the U. S., is booming! There are wine bars too, peppered across the state and, while the wine may not be from Alaska, they represent some of the state’s most happening night spots and best eats. Here are some of our favorites.
Anchorage touts a gorgeous array of restaurant/brewery combos and several wine bars. A local favorite, Moose’s Tooth, with its in-house Broken Tooth Brewing Company, serves innovative pizzas and salads that wow and reward the patient (there can be a bit of a wait at prime dining hours).
So popular is Moose’s Tooth that the owners opened a second location on West 27th Avenue at the Bear Tooth, which offers a similar but wider menu . One section of this restaurant is the more intimate and hip Bear Tooth Grill while the other is more casual. Attached to both is an onsite, dine-in movie theater.
For rooftop seating on a warm summer evening, head to 3rd Avenue’s Snow Goose Restaurant/ Sleeping Lady Brewery. From its deck, look out onto Cook Inlet. The brewery produces 30 styles of beer. Frequent live music events scheduled in the evening create a fun setting for those nice views.
An Anchorage Southside favorite is the Midnight Sun Brewing Co., which offers tours every Thursday at 6 pm and dining and drinking upstairs in the loft. Choose from daily specials and a limited but excellent choice of healthful food items. This location is a mecca for after work meet-ups, so expect standing room only in prime evening hours.
Juneau is home to the state’s largest and most successful company, the Alaskan Brewing Co. Its brews have won international awards and are available in 16 states in the Lower 48. While no dining is offered, visitors should not miss the tasting tours.
Fox, 11 miles north of Fairbanks via the Steese Expressway, is home to the Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co., which welcomes guests to its large and inviting restaurant. Look for their second location at the Anchorage International Airport. You can fill a growler just before you fly!
Check out the 49th State Brewing Co. in Healy, located 113 miles south of Fairbanks and 11 miles north of the Denali National Park entrance on the Parks Highway. It specializes in smallbatch, hand- crafted varieties like the Solstice IPA and has a “Hibernation Series” as a nod to its far-north location. Both the restaurant and brewery include ingredients from local and organic eats that are healthy and sustainable. With a focus on using in-season items, the menu changes constantly but includes steaks and seafood, light bites like crab-stuffed jalapeño poppers, quinoa and healthful greens—save your appetite—and thirst—for this brewery.
Last to make our cut (but certainly not least!), is the Skagway Brewing Company in Skagway. With the oldest traceable roots of an Alaska brewery, this brewery first started just before the turn of the century as the Klondike Gold Rush took off. With a few gaps in production along the way, this brewing company now overflows with visitors and serves up tasty bites like the crab artichoke parmesan dip, fish and chips. Try its Prospector Ale, mild yet flavorful enough to pair with any menu item. moosestooth.net; brokentoothbrewing.com beartoothgrill.net; brokentoothbrewing.com
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Bear Tooth Grill restaurant