The Last Craft Beer Frontier, Alaska!

We'd enjoy the Midnight Sun a bit more with a tasty Alaskan-brewed ale in our hands. Just saying.

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A tasty local craft beer on a Cape Cod Beach
Imagine being as happy as these folks? | Photo by Drew Farwell on Unsplash

When we consider Alaskan Brewing companies and taprooms and the sources from which they derive their ingredients, we consider water in its purest form, running off the back of a cold glacier. We consider verdant brewing materials, like the actual spruce branches used in Skagway Brewing Company's Spruce Tip Blonde Ale. We consider the hard work, determination, and grit of frontier life, and how that informs their craft beer artistry. We've never been to an Alaskan brewery before, but we're fairly certain that those qualities and the flavors come through in the beer are Alaska itself.

Why? Because it's Alaska. Because the 49th state's people are hearty and vigorous. This isn't some homebrewer on the East side of Cranston, RI plying his trade with a Coleman cooler and the outdoor garden spigot, though we'd drink that beer too. No, to be part of the Alaskan Brewing community is to commit to quality.

And also, Rhode Island Breweries are quality. Sorry about that, RI. No disrespect.

Regions of Alaska

Wow. There's no other way to describe the majesty of the state. Alaska is ~20% of the United States by land mass. Mountains, rainforests, river valleys, and all types of geography comprise it. Alaska's diversity extends into all aspects of its culture, ecology, economy, topography, and more. Here are the state's regions and some of their approximately 50 breweries. The rest are further down.

Far North

Brewery-less. That we know of. Who knows, maybe Moose have learned how to brew and make a mean Belgian Quad. Probably take a whole case of beer to get them drunk, am-I-rite!?

Interior

With breweries in Fairbanks and Healy, the Interior Region isn't left without, like the Far North, but it isn't quite Southcentral either. Any further and we stare down the Far North. Breweries of note include:

There's nothing like enjoying a 907 Frontier-style lager on the roofdeck of 49th State Brewing.

Southcentral

Southcentral plays host to microbreweries and tasting rooms in Anchorage, among the Kenai Peninsula, and along the Matanuska River. Folks in town to view the Northern Lights can enjoy a fresh pint at several of the Matanuska taprooms that are spread out amongst the region. They could even take a class at Anchorage's Magnetic North Brewing Company and learn how to brew a tasty pale ale.

If you're looking for an English IPA in the last frontier, Kenai River Brewing's Sunken Island IPA is it. If you're looking for a brewery tour, check out Anchorage's Big Swig Tours who are "... exploring the Last Frontier, one craft brewery at a time."

Southeast Inside Passage

Home of Glacier Bay National Park, dozens of islands, and the state's capital city, Juneau, the Southeast Inside Passage is a much easier place to get a fresh pint of brew than the Far North, Interior, and Southwest regions. The land is known for having plenty of waterfalls, both in nature, and in regional taprooms and Alaskan brewpubs.

Unfortunately Skagway's Gold Rush Brewery and Sitka's Baranof Island Brewing Company closed, the latter taking their robust barley wine with them. Fortunately, on the other side of the coin, you can buy kegs at Alaskan Brewing Company, along with crowlers and growlers.

Southwest

Southwest Alaska consists of Katmai National Park, Kodiak Island, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Yukon Delta. Kodiak Island Brewing is a great stop if you're in the actual city proper. If you can even call the Olds River Inn within city limits, well, then you got us, since it's about 35-40 minutes out of town.

A List of Craft Beer Breweries in Alaska

Each listing includes their street address and/or contact information. Some breweries include both. For the ones that we have patronized, we have listed a write-up review with some thoughts on their beer, food, menu, tasting room, etc.

Feel free to reach out to us if the information is inaccurate, or the brewery closed, or, if you really just wanna talk about beer - we are here for you.

Alaska Breweries

All breweries, taprooms, and brewpubs in AK. Now go visit them.

  1. Brewpub | 717 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 277-7727
  2. Brewpub | Mile 248.4 Parks Highway, Healy, AK 99743 | (907) 683-2739
  3. Brewery | 5429 Shaune Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 | (907) 780-5866
  4. Microbrewery | 148 W 91st Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99515 | (907) 360-5104
  5. Taproom | 650 E Steel Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 | (907) 746-2337
  6. Microbrewery | 884 Mizzen Lane, Ketchikan, AK 99901 | (907) 220-7492
  7. Taproom | 165 Shattuck Way, Juneau, AK 99801 | (907) 419-0916
  8. Taproom | 325 Bawden Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901 | (907) 225-4722
  9. Microbrewery | 4605 E Palmer Wasilla Highway, Wasilla, AK 99654 | (907) 373-2537
  10. Taproom | 3290 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709 | (907) 328-0448
  11. Taproom | 1150 S Colony Way, Palmer, AK 99645 | (907) 746-2421
  12. Microbrewery | 2021 Spar Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 278-4999
  13. Microbrewery | 34898 Caribou Heights Circle, Cooper Landing, AK 99572 | (907) 223-6101
  14. Taproom | 144 E Potter Drive, Anchorage, AK 99518 | (907) 563-2966
  15. Microbrewery | 37083 Talkeetna Spur Road, Talkeetna, AK 99676 | (907) 733-2536
  16. Brewpub | 100 N Franklin Street, Juneau, AK 99801 | (907) 523-2739
  17. Taproom | 11798 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801 | (907) 523-7787
  18. Microbrewery | Mile 0.5 Tok Cutoff Hwy, Gakona, AK 99586 | (907) 822-5609
  19. Taproom | 2700 Alyeska Highway, Girdwood, AK 99587 | (907)-783-2739
  20. Brewpub | 737 W 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 274-2739
  21. Taproom | 3388 B Street, Homer, AK 99603 | (907) 435-0601
  22. Nanobrewery | 224 Galena Drive, Valdez, AK 99686 | null
  23. Taproom | 327 Main Street, Haines, AK 99827 | (907) 766-3823
  24. Microbrewery | 1411 Lake Shore Drive, Homer, AK 99603 | (907) 235-3626
  25. Microbrewery | 1951 Fox Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701 | (907) 459-2337
  26. Contract Brewer | 610 W 6th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 276-2337
  27. Brewpub | 286 Front Street, Hoonah, AK 99829 | (907) 723-5482
  28. Microbrewery | 47160 Spruce Haven Street, Kenai, AK 99611 | (907) 776-4055
  29. Microbrewery | 308 Homestead Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669 | (907) 262-2337
  30. Microbrewery | 9050 King Street, Anchorage, AK 99515 | (907) 336-5464
  31. Brewpub | 365 2nd Avenue, Skagway, AK 99840 | (907) 983-2778
  32. Taproom | 117 Lower Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615 | (907) 486-2537
  33. Brewpub | 238 N Boundary Street, Wasilla, AK 99654 | (907) 357-7200
  34. Microbrewery | 150 Eagle Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701 | null
  35. Microbrewery | 15905 E Helmaur Place, Palmer, AK 99645 | null
  36. Nanobrewery | 8861 Golovin Street, Anchorage, AK 99507 | (907) 891-7406
  37. Microbrewery | 513 South Valley Way, Palmer, AK 99645 | (907) 351-2615
  38. Brewpub | 535 W 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 865-6995
  39. Brewpub | 11901 Old Glenn Highway, Eagle River, AK 99577 | (907) 696-3000
  40. Brewpub | 2830 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99503 | (907) 677-2531
  41. Microbrewery | 8111 Dimond Hook Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507 | (907) 344-1179
  42. Taproom | 308 Wendell Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701 | (907) 378-4067
  43. Microbrewery | 10930 Mausel Street, Eagle River, AK 99577 | (907) 696-2337
  44. Brewpub | 32233 Pasagshak Road, Kodiak, AK 99615 | (907) 486-6040
  45. Taproom | 3211 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK 99503 | (907) 310-2337
  46. Taproom | 3024 Mountain View Drive, Anchorage, AK 99501 | (907) 748-5297
  47. Brewpub | 139 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664 | (907) 422-0337
  48. Microbrewery | 2195 Old Steese Highway, Fox, AK 99712 | (907) 452-2739
  49. Brewpub | 250 4th Avenue, Skagway, AK 99840 | (907) 983-2759
  50. Brewpub | 434 Sharkathmi Avenue, Soldotna, AK 99669 | (907) 260-7837
  51. Taproom | 7924 King Street, Anchorage, AK 99518 | (907) 646-2337