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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 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 crazy 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 some proper 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 an overview of just about every brewery you can find in the state.

Best Craft Beers & Breweries in Anchorage

Broken Tooth

Broken Tooth is one of my favorite brewers in the Anchorage area. We purchased several pony kegs to serve at our wedding, and it was a hit. Not only do they brew amazing 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 insane! Pizza aside, I go to Moose’s Tooth just 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 or 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).

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Odd Man Rush Brewing

I grew up in Eagle River, the little town that no one has heard of, but Odd Man Rush is putting us on the map! Started by three local hockey and beer lovers (which is basically every single person in my hometown) who wanted to experiment with beer and invest in their local community. It is a hit with the locals and tourists alike. Hockey is the core 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 true 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

Cynosure Brewing

Relatively new in the brewing scene, Cynosure focuses on 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 true all-Alaskan brewery is the oldest in the state and specializes in barrel-aged stouts and barely wines crafted with flavors created only by Alaska’s long, cold, and dark winters. For the long, endless summer days, they brew IPAs and Belgian ales. The glacial-fed water is the special ingredient in all their brews. Stop by the loft of their brewery for 16 beers and 2 homemade sodas on tap and hearty food to pair with the beer. Don’t miss the Sock-Eye Red IPA and Panty Peeler. They offer free Brewery tours every Thursday at 6 pm, just show up at the loft. They 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. Along with seasonal rotating beers, they focus on classics like Hefeweizen, Pilsner, and IPA. 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

Resolution Brewing

This is a hidden gem, popular with locals. They have a relaxed vibe, a dog-friendly tasting room, and bring your own food policy – with lots of tasty restaurants nearby 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 what they make in 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

Located in one of my favorite towns in Girdwood, which has long needed a brewery of its own, it is here! Girdwood is known as being 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

Turnagain Brewing

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 in Alaska, they eventually brewed their way into the hearts of Anchorage locals. They drank their way through Belgium, and their brews are an homage to Belgian style ale and sours. They offer brewery tours on Sunday at 2 pm and pour 11 beers on tap.

Varied hours. Closed Mon-Tue

7920 King Street

Double Shovel

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, and Pineapple or a rotating special.

Various hours, closed Tuesday.

502 W 58th Ave, Unit C

Glacier Brewhouse

Probably the most famous tourist microbrewery in Alaska, the Glacier Brewhouse, is on many a tourist’s bucket list. 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, how I feel they have 13 award-winning beers, including their 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

In a region called the Valley, this brewery is run by four local brothers. They combined their talents in brew mastery, business, and logistics to quickly win their way into the mouths of locals and tourists alike. As a local Alaskan, I love that their names 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 huge part of our economy die. So, when Matanuska Brewing finally opened their 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 hoping to expand, but stop by and try their Snow Bike White. Their sister company is Glacier Brewhouse.

Mon-Sun: 3 pm – 8 pm
513 S Valley Way, Palmer

Arkose Brewing

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 and every one of their beers combine science and art with unique and traditional flavors. June’s label art has won awards, and it is worth buying one of each to take home 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

Denali Brewing

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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 kinda 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. In the winter, you need to book ahead, 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 that transform the Alaskan 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 drinking with the new age craft beer together over a glass of cutting-edge flavorful 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.

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Alaska’s most notorious and popular microbrewery, the Alaskan Brewing company, is seen in stores throughout Alaska, the U.S., and beyond. Created by locals Marcy and Geoff, who combined years of chemical engineering and love for the wilderness into a creative brewing process. While they were researching brewing, Mary came across historical techniques of brewing in Alaska before prohibition, and they created a recipe with roots dating back to the goldrush 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 were literally running out of beer when they first opened. 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

Skagway Brewing

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. Into 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. There’s a dining room with 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

Barnaby Brewing is one of Alaska’s best. One of my favorite 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 dabble 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 ;)

Closed: Sunday-Tuessday

165 Shattuck Way, Juneau

Devil’s Club Brewing Company

Three Juneau boys came together with a background in chemistry, business, and brewing to create the unique flavors of Devil’s Club. Devil’s Club is a local plant used for generations 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

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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

The only microbrewery located is historic Ketchikan; Bawden Street specializes in ales, Saisons, and sours. They have a classic nautical theme and are a new brewery and one to be reckoned with.

Various hours
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 board 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 and enjoy their wood-fired pizza food truck in the parking lot.

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. Total brewery geeks have 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. 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

Silver Gulch

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

Gakona Brewing

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. What started at 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, because it’s a bunny dressed like Darth Vader for the bottle logo; 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

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The location of Seward Brewing Co. dates back to 1904, when it was 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 nestled under their brewery equipment, so you feel as if 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. 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

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Kenai River Brewing

Kenai River Brewing has 20 beers on tap and offers the perfect complement to 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 hopes, the Arctic XPA.

Mon-Sat: 12 – 8 pm Sun: 11 am – 2 pm
308 Homestead Lane, Soldotna

St. Elias Brewing

A charming family-owned brewery and brewpub, you can pair your beers with homemade wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and salads. 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.

Sun-Thur: 12 – 9 pm Fri-Sat: 12 – 10 pm
434 Sharkathmi Ave, Soldotna

Brewery Tours in Anchorage

If your goal is to work your way 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. That’s why we have Uber. 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 amazing craft beer, microbreweries, and cider in Alaska, we also have a fantastic food truck scene. When 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 between crepes, poke bowls, wood-fired pizza, BBQ, and much more. In addition, most taprooms allow you to bring your own 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 you are 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! Alaska has Uber, Taxis, and some breweries with shuttles that will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel! Plan and be safe.

Share The Love for Alaskan Beer!

Make sure you save this 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. You’ll be happy you did because Alaska beer is so great; I bring it around the world with me, even at the bottom of the Grand Canyon!

Drink your way through 30 microbreweries and craft beers in Alaska