Alaska Brews

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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

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