I’m a born and raised Alaskan who spent the golden years of my early 20s drinking as much Alaskan beer as humanly possible. My friends and I used to hike a local mountain, Flat Top, on the summer solstice and drink beer as we watched the midnight sun dip just below the horizon to rise again shortly after. Then I moved to Munich, Germany – home of Oktoberfest. And, you know what I miss most about home? Without skipping a heartbeat, I can tell you I miss the beer from Alaska. Ok, maybe that’s not the first thing; I mean, my family is pretty high up there too… But, people in Germany always look at me like I am bananas when I say I miss Alaskan craft beer and the microbreweries of my home state, Alaska. The craft beer scene in Alaska is one of the best in the country. We rank 6th for the most breweries per capita (with several breweries opening since that ranking). Alaskans know how to brew good beer with an experimental and crafty population. I was a tour guide in Alaska for a short while, and one of the most common questions I got asked was where to find the best craft beers in cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Seward, and Palmer. So, here is a local’s guide to the best breweries, beers, and ciders in Anchorage and Alaska and what to order while there. Also, when I say a guide to the best breweries, I mean almost every brewery in the state because they’re all the best. So, this is really just an overview of nearly every brewery you can find in the state.
Best Craft Beers & Breweries in Anchorage
Broken Tooth is one of my favorite brewers in the Anchorage area. We purchased several pony kegs from them to serve at our wedding, which was a hit. Not only do they brew excellent beers, but the tooth family includes Moose’s Tooth, which is currently the highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the United States, generating up to $6 million in gross revenue annually. It’s wild! Pizza aside, I go to Moose’s Tooth to sit at the bar and drink their beer, mainly because I can’t get a damn seat in the restaurant, even as a local. I’m a sucker for a good Amber, and I love their Northern Lights Amber, but order a sampler, add the Chugach Session and try one of their revolving creations like Scared Kiltless scotch ale. With a designated area for picking up beer, this is a great spot to refill your Growler or get a party pony keg.
Broken Tooth is a staple in the Alaska beer scene. Their brewery is not open for tours but stop by Moose’s or Bear’s Tooth to enjoy these refreshing beers and grab some pizza if you can get a table (during the week, right when they open is your best bet).
Odd Man Rush Brewing
I grew up in Eagle River, the little town that no one has heard of between Wasilla and Anchorage. Thankfully Odd Man Rush is putting us on the map! Three local hockey and beer lovers (AKA every single person in my hometown) founded this brewery. They wanted to experiment with beer while investing in their local community. It is a hit with the locals and tourists alike. Hockey is the essence of the design aesthetic, so if you’re looking for a relaxed place to watch hockey, talk about hockey, or just drink good beer, this is the place for you!
Anchorage Brewing Co.
The inside of Anchorage Brewing is a piece of art, as is each and every one of their beer labels. Seriously, their cans and bottles are genuine pieces of unique, local art. Thankfully the beer inside is just as pleasing. One of the bigger breweries in Alaska, they export nationally and internationally. You can stop by and see their beautiful brewery or grab their beers at Speciality Imports on Ingra in Anchorage. Try their Love Buzz Saison or grab a sampler to try them all.
Tue-Sun: 2 pm – 8 pm
148 W 91st Ave, Anchorage
Relatively new in the brewing scene, Cynosure specializes in Belgian Ales and Lagers. Whenever I miss my German and European-style beers, this is the place to go when I come home. Their Pils is the talk of the town and just won a pretentious judges award at a local festival.
Various hours, closed Monday
144 E Potter Dr, Unit E
Midnight Sun Brewing
This authentic all-Alaskan brewery is the oldest in Anchorage. They specialize in barrel-aged stouts and barely wines crafted with flavors derived from Alaska’s long, cold, and dark winters. But, for the long, endless summer days, they brew IPAs and Belgian ales. The glacial-fed water is the special ingredient in all their brews. Make sure to stop by their brewery lofe and try one of 16 beers or 2 homemade sodas on tap to pair with their hearty food. Don’t miss the Sock-Eye Red IPA and Panty Peeler. They offer free Brewery tours every Thursday at 6 pm. They also refill your growlers and sell beer to go.
Mon-Fri 11 am – 8 pm Sat-Sun 10 am – 8 pm
8111 Dimond Hook Drive
King Street Brewing
King Street Brewing just upgraded to a nice fancy multi-floor tasting room. They focus on classics like Hefeweizen, Pilsner, and IPA, along with seasonal rotating beers. It’s a great social spot to grab a solid beer, sample their tasting menu, or grab a keg to go.
Mon-Thur: 2 – 8 PM Fri-Sun: 12 – 8 PM
9050 King Street
This is a hidden gem, popular with locals. They have a relaxed vibe, a dog-friendly tasting room, and a bring your food policy. Local tip: There are lots of tasty nearby restaurants that serve to-go food. The owner, Cole, is knowledgeable, friendly, and hails from Colorado. Don’t miss their Arctic Abbey Belgian Dubbel or Smokey the Beer – smoked beer similar to the Rauchbier from Bamberg, Germany. It is located in a diverse up-and-coming part of Anchorage, Mountain View, giving you a great excuse to get away from all the tourists and enjoy a local scene.
Mon-Thur: 3 – 8 PM Fri-Sun: 12 – 8 PM
3024 Mountain View Dr
Girdwood Brewing recently opened in one of my favorite towns, Girdwood, which has long needed a brewery of its own – and finally, it is here! Girdwood is known as the hippy ski town focusing on sustainable living, so it is no surprise Girdwood Brewing does its job to reduce waste, hire locals, and use local ingredients. Their brewery and tasting room have a modern design with vintage ski decor. The outdoor firepits will keep you warm year-round. It’s a friendly place to hang with the locals and drink good beer. Don’t miss their Down the Chute Kölsch and other unique brews. They offer private brewery tours and tastings for $20 when booked in advance.
Mon-Sun 12-8 pm
2700 Alyeska Hwy
Ted and Mary Rosenzweig have a lengthy background in the science and medical fields. They turned their passion for science into a love for scientific brewing. After one of the pair accepted a job as a surgeon here in Alaska, they brewed their way into the hearts of Anchorage locals. They spent a lot of time drinking their way through Belgium, and their brews are an homage to Belgian-style ale and sours. I love this because I also drank my way through Belgium and legit gained 3 kilos drinking beer and eating Pommes. They offer brewery tours on Sunday at 2 pm and pour 11 beers on tap.
Varied hours. Closed Mon-Tue
7920 King Street
If you’re a cider fan, this is the place for you! Double Shovel cider is the first and best micro-cidery in Alaska. The ciders are created with Alaskan (or Washington) apples, berries, and other local ingredients for fresh, fun flavors. Don’t miss their classic Forget-Me-Hopped, Appalanche, Pineapple, or a rotating special.
Various hours, closed Tuesday.
502 W 58th Ave, Unit C
The Glacier Brewhouse is probably the most famous tourist microbrewery in Anchorage and is on many tourists’ bucket lists. The Glacier Brewhouse has been around since 1995 and is a staple in the Anchorage microbrewery scene. However, if you ask me, the GB has some tough competition as of late and wouldn’t be my first go-to recommendation for a craft beer in Anchorage or Alaska. Regardless of how I feel, they have 13 award-winning beers, including their renowned Blonde. The restaurant is damn near impossible to get a seat, but if you sit at their bar- which opens an hour before the dining room- and order a flight, you’ll be drinking in no time.
Open for lunch and dinner.
737 W. 5th Avenue
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Best Craft Beers & Breweries in Palmer & Wasilla
Bearpaw River Brewing Company
Four local brothers run this brewery in a region called the Valley. They combined their brew mastery, business, and logistics talents to quickly win their way into the mouths of locals and tourists alike. As an Alaskan, I love that the names of their beers feature some of my favorite places in Alaska, such as Hatcher’s Pass Pale Ale. They’re an approachable brewery, so stop by to sample some beer and chat with the team.
Sun-Wed: 3 pm – 8 pm Thur-Sat: 12 pm – 8 pm
4605 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway
Matanuska Brewing Company
The campus of Matanuska Brewing has a long history in Alaska agriculture history. When Mat-Maid, our local dairy producer, went out of business, many locals were sad to see such a massive part of our economy die. So, when Matanuska Brewing finally opened its doors in the dairy factory’s old bones, we were happy to see a revival in the economy and drink the great beer they produce. They have a small tasting room and are hoping to expand soon. Make sure to swing by to try their Snow Bike White. Their sister company is Glacier Brewhouse.
Mon-Sun: 3 pm – 8 pm
513 S Valley Way, Palmer
If you are looking for German beer inspired by the flavors and wilderness of Alaska, then this is the place for you. Co-founders June and Stephen have lived in both Germany and Alaska. Each of their beers combines science and art with unique and traditional flavors. June’s label art has won awards, and it is worth buying one of each beer to take home as a piece of art. Stop by on Thirsty Thursdays for $3 pour, $5 howler fills, and $7 growler fills on select beers. Thursday is small-batch Thursday, where they serve up a small batch of craft beer, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Since I speak German, I love that they have German names like Kürbis Saison, translated to pumpkin season for their hearty seasonal pumpkin ale. Their staples like Amber Earth EBA and High Ridge Double Red are fantastic. If you ask me, they are one of the more unique breweries in Alaska.
Tue-Fri: 4 pm – 7 pm Sat: 1 pm – 7 pm
650 E. Steel Loop, Palmer
This is another one of my favorite breweries in Alaska. I stop at Denali Brewing every trip to or from Denali. It is worth visiting the quirky town of Talkeetna to drink their tasty beer. If you’re hungry, stop by Denali Brewpub in the heart of Talkeetna to sample beers and get some bomb grub. If you’re a taproom kind of person, then stop by their Brewery on Talkeetna Spur Road. They offer fantastic brewery tours, probably the best in the state. You can reserve a few spots online, but they also welcome walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. You need to book ahead in the winter, and in the summer, they have four tours, daily at 12, 1:30, 3, and 5 pm. Alongside the brewery, they also have a meadery, a cidery, and a distillery. My favorite will always be the Single Engine Red, but almost everything they make is gold. They are an employee-owned brewery with sustainable and ethical business practices, like unique waste management that is transforming the Alaskan and national beer industry.
Brewery & Tap: Mon-Sun: 1 pm – 7 pm Mile 2 Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna
Brewpub: 13605 E Main Street, Talkeetna
Bleeding Heart Brewery
Alaska’s smallest brewery is located on a small colonial homestead in the charming town of Palmer. These guys love beer and hope to bring together the veteran beer drinker with the new-age craft beer aficionado over a glass of cutting-edge beer. Make sure you try their signature Bleeding Heart Beat IPA.
Various hours, closed Mon-Wed
16013 Outer Springer Loop, Palmer
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Best Craft Beers & Breweries in Juneau & Pan Handle
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska’s most notorious and popular microbrewery, the Alaskan Brewing company, is seen in stores throughout Alaska, the US, and beyond. Locals Marcy and Geoff founded AK Brewing. They combine years of chemical engineering and a love for the outdoors into a creative brewing process. While researching brewing, Mary came across historical brewing techniques in Alaska before prohibition, and they created a recipe with roots dating back to the gold rush days. This beer, the Alaskan Amber, is one of my favorite beers. They also take inspiration from local ingredients like spruce tips and Alder smoke. Hop on the shuttle from downtown Juneau and grab a sample or tour their brewery.
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 6 pm
5364 Commercial Blvd, Juneau
Scuttlebutt Brewing (formerly Baranof Brewing)
When it first opened, Baranof Brewing was so popular with the locals they literally ran out of beer. Unfortunately, they were a victim of the pandemic. A company acquired them and rebranded the joint to Scuttlebutt brewery. I haven’t had the pleasure of trying their beers, but they are known for refreshing citrus, fruity, and floral beers, such as the Bali Ha’i Rosé Ale, which has notes of hibiscus and pomegranate.
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 8 pm
1209 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka
While Alaska’s craft beer scene really started to explode in 2016, Skagway has been brewing since 1897 to quench the thirst of Klondike gold rush prospectors. In the modern brewing era, they hold their own with unfiltered ales created using hydroelectricity and pure, untreated Alaskan water. They have five core ales, including their famous Prospector Pale. However, the best beer on tap might be the Spruce Tip Blonde Ale, brewed with hand-picked Sitka spruce buds – a true Alaskan treat. People around Alaska and the world have asked for beer exports, but they keep things local, so be sure to buy a few beers to take home. They are making sustainability waves by using the excess carbon from the brewing process for their aeroponic indoor farm. The greens from the farm are used in their dining room, which serves excellent pub fare, a bar with local live music, a game room, and an outdoor patio.
Mon-Fri: 10 am – 10 pm Sat-Sun: 11 am – 10 pm
250 4th Ave, Skagway
Barnaby Brewing is one of Alaska’s best. One of my favorite things about them is they are women and Native-owned, so you can feel good about supporting a progressive business. While they are certainly not the oldest brewery in Juneau, they are proudly one of Juneau’s most award-winning brewery two years running. Barnaby focuses on American-style ales and lagers and occasionally dabbles in experimental beers. Their taproom is just for tasting, but you can have food delivered or bring your own. They are family-friendly but ask you to keep your kids on a leash ;) – Now, that is a policy I can support.
165 Shattuck Way, Juneau
Devil’s Club Brewing Company
Three Juneau boys with backgrounds in chemistry, business, and brewing came together to create the unique flavors of Devil’s Club. Devil’s club is a local plant used traditionally in Alaska for medicinal purposes. They pride themselves on contemporary American styles and modern takes on Belgian beers. Try their signature IPA or Banana Breakfast Cereal.
Mon-Sun: 2 pm – 8 pm
100 N Franklin St, Juneau
Icy Strait Brewing
The little town of Hoonah near the Icy Strait is a charming seaside village. Enjoy five classic beers on tap ranging from IPA to oatmeal stout, in a cozy tasting taproom. Pair your beer with an all-Alaskan smoked salmon fish board or a selection of gourmet grilled cheese. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Mon-Sun: 11 am – 8 pm
286 Front Street, Hoonah
Bawden Street Brewing
Bawden Street is the only microbrewery in historic Ketchikan. They specialize in ales, Saisons, and sours. They have a classic nautical theme and are a new brewery making waves in the scene. I have not tried them yet, but if you’ve been, leave a comment and let me know how you liked their beers!
325 Bawden St, Ketchikan
Best Craft Beers & Breweries in Fairbanks & Interior
49th State Brewing
What started as a humble brewery in Healy, Alaska, just north of Denali National Park, 49th State, has expanded to Anchorage for double the goodness. Their location in Anchorage has a fantastic rooftop with views of the Cook Inlet. But, if you have the time and means, I suggest you visit the OG location in Healy. The original spot is rustic and charming, with a great outdoor area where you can play lawn games, dance to local artists on stage, and enter the “Into the Wild Bus” (from the movie). They offer a shuttle from Denali National Park so that you can drink and relax. Bring your dog because they are pet-friendly. Their menu features many locally sourced types of meat and veggies, organic food, and a great vegetarian menu to pair with your beer. Order the sampler or the Cabin Fever Brown Ale and pair it with a local yak burger or vegan deep-fried avocado sticks. The owner is committed to revitalizing Anchorage’s sustainable farming industry and always chooses ethical and sustainable food choices.
248 Parks Hwy 5 mile, Healy
717 W 3rd Ave, Anchorage
Black Spruce Brewing Co.
This new brewery opened in 2018 to provide Fairbanks, Alaska, with world-class craft beers. Brewery tours are on Saturday at 2 pm. They are first come, first serve, and closed-toed shoes are required. In the summer, drink the Short Days Golden Ale, and in the winter, order the Long Nights Imperial Stout. You can enjoy their wood-fired pizza food truck in the parking lot if you get peckish.
Tue-Fri: 3 pm – 8 pm Sat: 12 pm – 8pm Sun-Mon: Closed
3290 Peger Rd STE B, Fairbanks
HooDoo Brewing Co
HooDoo is the long-standing staple brewery in Fairbanks, operating since the early 2000s. Inspired by traditional German beer, these guys are innovating with their twist. These total brewery geeks had state-of-the-art brewing equipment made just for them. They pride themselves on keeping it simple while avoiding complicated names and crazy experiments and are best known for a classic Kölsch – which is honestly very German of them. Free tours are offered Saturday at 4 pm; sign up by calling 907-459-2337 (BEER).
Tue-Fri: 3 pm – 9 pm Sat-Sun: 11 am – 8 pm Mon: Closed
1951 Fox Ave, Fairbanks
The Northernmost brewery in North America is just outside of Fairbanks and a total treat to visit. With origins dating back to 1997, they have a newly renovated brewery and showroom. They brew their beers to please the five senses and not to follow beer traditions. You must try the Fairbanks Lager or a seasonal Raspberry Ale.
Open 7 days, various hours
2195 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks
If you are heading to or from Canada, this adorable little brewery in Gakona should be on your list. This place embodies the Frontier Alaskan spirit. The brewery was born in 2012 but established in 2015, once they figured out all the legal aspects. Who needs a legal brewery when you’re from Alaska, anyway? What started as an at-home experiment turned commercial when the owner, Eddie, could barely even try his beer because it was being consumed so fast by the locals. Gakona is an Athabaskan word, meaning Rabbit River. Don’t miss the Dark Side of the Hare stout, mainly because the label has a bunny dressed like Darth Vader, but also because it is tasty. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Killer Rabbie IPA.
Mon-Thur: 3 – 11 pm Fri-Sun: 11 am – 11 pm
5, Mile 0, Tok Cutoff, Gakona
Best Craft Beers & Breweries on the Kenai Penisula
Seward Brewing Company
The location of Seward Brewing Co. dates back to 1904, when it was called The Seattle Bar, before closing due to prohibition. Over the years, the building has changed until it became Seward Brewing, located in the heart of the charming fishing town. The Rockfish Red is my personal favorite. They close over the winter and open their brewery and pub for tourist season starting in May.
Mon-Sun: 11:30 am – 10 pm
139 4th Ave, Seward
Homer Brewing Company
The halibut capital of the world is also home to Homer Brewing Co. pouring fresh traditional country ales. While they don’t offer tours, you can order the sampler in the taproom, which is nestled under their brewery equipment, making you feel like you are on tour. You should try the Broken Birch Bitter or their seasonal Oktoberfest if you like bitter beer. If you’re not a beer drinker, you’ll be able to get their home-brewed Chai tea.
Mon-Sun: 12 – 7 pm
1411 Lake Shore Dr, Homer
Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop
Frank and Debara Kassik own this Kenai brewery together and have been so successful they have tripled in size since starting their brewery in 2004. You can find these beers all over the state and even in Washington. state Stop by the taproom for a pint or take a growler to-go. Their Whalers Wheat is probably the most popular and liked even by non-beer drinkers.
Tue-Sun: 12 – 6 pm
47160 Spruce Haven St, Kenai
Kenai River Brewing
Kenai River Brewing has 20 beers on tap and is the perfect pairing with your outdoor Alaskan adventure, from fishing to snow machining. They have a brand new location for tasting. Enjoy their Peninsula Brewer’s Reserve. Or, for those who love hops, you must try the Arctic XPA.
Mon-Sat: 12 – 8 pm Sun: 11 am – 2 pm
308 Homestead Lane, Soldotna
St. Elias Brewing
St. Elias is a charming family-owned brewery and brewpub. Their beers can only be purchased on site. During the summer you can find their classic Puddle Jumper Pale Ale and pilsner. In the winter, you’ll be able to try some unique microbrews, like a whiskey bourbon barrel-aged selection. Make sure you try their wood-fired pizza to pair with your beer.
Sun-Thur: 12 – 9 pm Fri-Sat: 12 – 10 pm
434 Sharkathmi Ave, Soldotna
Brewery Tours in Anchorage
If your goal is to work through Anchorage’s extensive 11+ breweries, you can plan a self-guided tour using the reliable Uber service, Taxis, or a sober driver. Alaska is not where you can get away with drinking and driving, so don’t do it. You can tour just by drinking samples in the taprooms or taking some of the breweries, like Denali Brewery, up on their public or private guided tours.
You can also book a guided tour through Big Swig Tours. They offer several tours, including some that pick you up from the cruise ship terminal, some that involve a scenic train ride, or just brewery hopping. They offer tastings, behind-the-scenes entry, and a sober, safe ride. Alaska Tours also offers a brewery tour through the Anchorage area.
Food Vendors at Alaskan Breweries
Besides all the fantastic craft beer, microbreweries, and cider in Alaska, we also have an exceptional food truck scene. Where there is beer, there is a food truck. Almost all of the breweries in Alaska have a rotating food truck selection in the parking lot. You’ll often have the option of crepes, poke bowls, wood-fired pizza, BBQ, and much more. In addition, most taprooms allow you to bring your food or order for delivery right to the taproom.
Alaska Taproom Laws & Drinking Regulations
Alaska has strict laws regarding breweries’ tasting rooms. In accordance with Alaska state law, you are only allowed to consume 36 ounces of beer or cider per person while at a brewery or taproom. You may take up to 5 gallons for home consumption. Most taprooms must close by 8 pm and have limited serving hours. Please do not drink and drive! Plan and be safe.
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Drinking Alaskan craft beer at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Make sure you save this guide to Alaska’s craft beer and microbrewery scene for your next trip up to Alaska. If you’re doing a pre-or post-trip cruise, you can hit up a dozen or so of these microbreweries in Alaska. But, if you choose the slow and sustainable route of exploring all parts of the state, I challenge you to visit a brewery in every region. You’ll be happy you did because Alaska beer is excellent; I bring it worldwide, even to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! Have you had Alaskan beer? Which was your favorite brewery?