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Glacier Brewhouse

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Glacier BrewhouseGlacier Brewhouse
BEER AVG
4.2/5
Based on:
61 Beers
110 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 31
Visits: 56
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 11
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

737 W 5th Ave
Ste 110
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501-2129
United States
phone: (907) 274-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gbrewhouseak

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Brewpub that opened May of 1996.
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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 56
Photo of RonInAK
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I default to the GB anytime we're looking for somewhere special to go and celebrate an event or a special date. We've always had the best service and experience at the GB and will continue our patronage here for years to come.

The atmosphere is very rustic with a central hearth around which the tables for the dining area are arranged. The kitchen has a visible grill area where one can enjoy the preparation of food. The interior is styled like an Alaskan log cabin and the lighting is not too bright, but not too moody.

The food has always been perfectly within expectation, with me ordering medium-rare for my ribeyes. Veggies are perfectly al dente, and the garlic mashed potatoes have a nice texture. The beers are fantastic and you'll sometimes be lucky enough to get the last portion of a Jim Beam keg fermented special brew that has a sweet kick and compliments a steak very well.

I can't say enough good things about the GB, and I've been a fan for the last 15 years. While other area restaurants seem to be slipping, the GB keeps its high standards going.

Note, that if you're not into waiting 45 minutes for a table here that you can call ahead and make a reservation. We're Alaskans, but we're not savages. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Our first stop while in Anchorage for a week. We stopped in between lunch and dinner and it was incredibly busy, a 30-45 minute wait. The layout is kinda weird with the bar in back past the open kitchen and dining area. The hard part is navigating through this area where the wait staff retrive the food from the kitchen to get back to the bar. Gets crowded and tricky with people carrying trays of food. Plus they don’t have their own bathrooms, you have to walk out into the storefront area and use the bathrooms there.

The beer was actually pretty good. Tried an eisbock, IPA, oatmeal stout, bourbon barrel aged eisbock, and bohemian pilsner, and didn’t have a bad thing to say about any of them.

The food was overpriced and while good, not worth the cost. The best thing I had was their seafood chowder, though the seared ahi tuna was very tasty and cooked perfectly. The salmon special was way overpriced and overcooked. The smoked salmon club was ok, but very basic and the veggies weren’t all that fresh, definitely not worth the price.

Basically come here for the beer, a few select menu items and you should be good to go. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Penguins66
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice ambiance, decent service, good but overpriced food, mediocre beer.

There were 3 of us in our party and we tried 6 different beers between us. While the Hefeweizen was our favorite, none of them especially stood out.

Best food item was the pretzel appetizer. King salmon entree was cooked inconsistently and seemed expensive for the amount you get. (356 characters)

Photo of JJJump
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited in the Summer last year. Timing is key to getting in to this popular downtown spot. Lunch time was easy; need to get there early or wait a long time for dinner. (168 characters)

Photo of beefington
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've eaten here a handful of times, and drank their beer lots of times. The atmosphere is a bit ...generic. Don't misunderstand me, it's a very nice place. It just doesn't seem to stand out with its own character. Anyway, on to the important bits. The food and beer are both excellent. I have had good service each time I've been, and they don't seem to be chronically undermanned like some places. The selection could leave some beer snobs wanting, but it's plenty for me with 6-10 brews available at any given time. I like the Raspberry Wheat (shut up) and the Amber. The Oatmeal Stout is especially good.
Every Tuesday, they have $5 growlers, so they also supply probably 90% of my in-home beer. They sell growlers for an additional $5 if you need one. (767 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cool spot in downtown Anchorage. Went on a Sunday and it was packed to the max. Didn't check out the bar area, grabbed some seats in the eating area so I could grab some food as well. A somewhat limited overall selection of beer to choose from, around 6 or so beers total and I stuck with the IPA and Oatmeal Stout, the 2 beers that were of interest. Both were good. Service was fair at best, but it was ridiculously busy so it wasn't intentional, server just might not have been as well rehearsed as he could have been. Food was good but super pricey. Overall, glad I stopped there and would head back if I every find myself back in Anchorage. (644 characters)

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of our favorite places in Anchorage. Fine food and beer.

If you are looking for gourmet food and some really good brews then you have to stop by Glacier Brewhouse. Their food is fantastic! They feature a wood fired grill where they cook all things from whole chickens on a rotisserie to fresh Alaskan salmon. You will not be disappointed with anything on the menu. The beer is always a safe bet as well. They have a full lineup as well as a seasonal and a rotating cask beer. Their sampler is an amazing deal! Five tasters for around $5!

Please try this place. You will love it! (585 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First stop in Anchorage was at the Glacier brewhouse. I mean, that's just where the bus let us off right? Walked in just after it opened, hoping to catch a little World Cup action. It is a massive space, but low ceilinged, with a view of the brewhouse. The bar is long. Didn't really like the overall layout of the place, I'd prefer higher ceilings for such an open space, it's actually kind've monotonous.
Did like that you can see into the brewhouse and I did very much like the open kitchen. Always nice to see. They were in there prepping up a storm.
We had some nice beers on tap, their IPA on draft and cask that was pretty good, a damn fine Beam Brown ale, and their Porter. Came back another time, had some other stuff that was pretty good too.
Had food both times and both times it was pretty good but not very memorable, and a little bit pricey. But they jam on weeknights so I guess they can charge whatever they want. Overall, a nice place and a cool experience. (977 characters)

Photo of axman
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In Anchorage on business in January and our hosts made reservations here one night. When reviews say reservations recommended, they mean it--without reservations the wait was an hour on a Thursday. The interior of the space was impressive, the service was friendly. I found the standard beers included in the sampler underwhelming (but safe for patrons new to craft beer), but the seasonals/occasionals that I tried were very nice. The Black Rye Bock was the most interesting offering I tried. The food was OK, but nothing special---neither complemented nor detracted from the beers. (583 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The entry was on 5th Ave., but coming in, I was in a mini-mall with the brewpub to the left and up a short flight of steps. The m.d.s. was to the immediate left with the extensive kitchen beginning to the immediate right. It was a big space with a curved wood roof with exposed slats and beams, like a ship's interior hull or the inside of a barrel. The best orientation point was at the m.d.s., so that the restaurant area was on the left side with a combination of booths and standard tables and chairs. The snaking, dark-marble topped bar was to the extreme right and fronted the brewhouse behind glass, along the right wall. The bar area had a mix of high tables and chairs along with standard tables and chairs, plus a shelf fronted with high chairs in front of the brewhouse windows.

Beers: Amber Ale; Brewhouse Blonde; Imperial Blonde; Hefeweizen; IPA; Oatmeal Stout.

Two cask engines with IPA were the flavor of the day when I visited.

Mom Test: Definitely! This was a Clean, Well-lighted Place for Beer. I was into it, but the average citizen would have easily been able to hang. (1,092 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I figured this place was going to be good since there was a line forming a half an hour before lunch in the middle of the week.

The place is cavernous with a huge fireplace in the middle of the dining room. Very nice venue.

The beer was only average with only about half a dozen choices.

The food was very good and well prepared.

The service was prompt, though not overly friendly.

By the time went to leave the line to come in was even longer. The place is good, I just didn't think it was that good. (506 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As one walks up the stairs into Glacier Brewhouse from 5th Ave., one is struck by the fairly upscale vibe to this place. There is white table cloth, lots of wait staff in uniform, and everything seems very clean and bright. This place is pretty good size, and is set in a circular dining room, with a modest size bar area in the back to the right. Despite all of that, there is still a comfortable, laid back vibe to this place. I was trying to think what to liken it to, and now that I think about it, it sort of reminds me (atmosphere wise) of Teresa's Next Door in SEPA. That's pretty high praise in my book, and in fact, atmosphere here is not bad at all. On this particular day, I think they had around 10 or 12 differnt beers, though alas, none of their wood aged beers were available. In any event, the two beers I sampled, the imperial blond and the DIPA were both pretty good, if not exactly mind blowing. We sat at the bar, where we were served by a very pleasant young lady, who for the most part was quick and efficient. We ordered some fries and a quesadilla, both of which were quite good. This place has a reputation for pretty good food, which is part of the reason we ended up visiting for lunch today as opposed to stopping by for dinner yesterday. Yesterday at 7:00 there had to be roughly 30 people standing in line, trying to get a table.... and yes, as others have noted, at least in the summer time, this place gets quite the tourista crowd.

Prices are a bit on the spendy side, even by Anchorage standards. Still, the food and beer are good enough that that seems to be not much of a deterrent to the patrons that frequent this place. Definitely a place worth stopping by, even in the summer, when it appears the beer list is dumbed down just a bit. (1,774 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.46/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

The fancy-ish, over-priced brew-pub option in Anchorage.
The place is huge and open, with a giant barn-like wooden ceiling and a very small bar in the back next to brewing ops behind glass. Despite the inane slogan of "where Alaskans go to meet Alaskans," the place was jammed with tourist groups.

Sitting at the bar, the service was ok. Definitely the focus is on food, not beer. We didn't order any of the food, but I looked over the menu and it seemed very expensive even for what it was.

Beer selection was quite limited, with only a few on tap, but the ones we tried were pretty good. Well made, but expensive.

Worth a stop, or a fancy dinner if that's what you're looking for. (685 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A lovely, trendy looking brewpub in Anchorage, AK, it has a modern but rustic feel to it. Lots of wood and steel decorate this place. Over the years I have become skeptical of "brewpubs", especially the chain variety. Most only offer the standard - Pils, pale, red, stout and they are generally average at best, not so here at the Glacier Brewhouse. The beers range from very good to superb. I tried the oatmeal stout, amber, and imperial blond. Also, they have an ongoing cask conditioned selection. During my visit, it was the IPA that was cask conditioned. I did not try the food but hear many patrons comment that it was good. (630 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Overall solid choice for food & beer in Anchorage, though other locations will have better quality & selection of beers.

Glacier's atmosphere is typical modern brewpup. Nothing fancy. Adequate seating, but still not enough to keep up with demand. Customers are white collar tourists and locals, unlike the riff-raff that you'll encounter at Humpy's.

Service was very good. Employees are trained well and prompt, courteous, professional.

Food was above average and priced above average.

Beers were rather mediocre, but looking at the whole package I didn't mind that this place only had 1-2 beers that liked from the range. (626 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Both times I have been in Anchorage, I have gone to Glacier Brewhouse. Their beer is great, a couple of years ago I had a Rye Bock that was fantastic, this time it was their IPA on cask. WOW! What a great beer. I then finished off with the Oatmeal Stout, again a great beer. Their beers rate at least a 4.5 on average (that's the important part to me).

The food is pretty good, lots of fresh seafood. Everything is a bit pricey from a lower 48 point of view, but not out of line for Alaska. They also make a very good root beer for the kids.

The biggest drawback is it is always busy, we waited 10 minutes on a Wed at 10pm. It is a huge place with high open ceilings so it gets a little loud. Service was solid but not exceptional.

Highly recommended if you are in Anchorage. (778 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

hostess: there is a 1 hour wait sir
me: umm, wow
hostess: you can try to find a table in the lounge/bar
me: yeah, think we'll just do that.

This place is hoppin' almost every night. In my opinion (maybe its my imaginiation) it is because of the beer! Cask, oak aged, and a ton of seasonals await.

I had an oak aged imperial blonde that was downright amazing. They always seem to have other interesting selections such as ryes, barleywines, and bocks.

Our waiter was very knowledgable about the beer.

The food is gourmet, high price and quite tasty. If you like beer, stop in to visit the bar atleast. Or maybe get an appetizer. Like I said, meals are expensive. We went all out, and it was quite the treat. I have been to anchorage twice now, the first being back in 2006. I made sure to save a night for the Glacier this trip! (834 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I always have a good time at the Glacier Brewhouse. I also have found it always to be very busy. But I can always find a seat in the bar area.

The food has been very tasty and the beers are solid in general as well. I do find it quite noisy due to all the wood in the place and a lack of sound buffers. But they have a decent variety in the food selection and it always well made. I guess due to the crowds I rated the atmosphere a little lower than others. It's just big and full of wood.

The beers are good; some are great. There big beers never disappoint. Also, there is enough variety in the beers to make a good pairing with everything on the menu.

As for service, I've found them professional and attentive. But, the servers beer knowledge could be much better. I remember once being served a glass that was probably a third rubbing alcohol and complaining about it. The bartender told that this beer had won many awards, etc. I told my glass was full of isopropyl alcohol and not beer. She snootily poured it out and gave me a different beer.

I like other places better but still go here a couple times a year. (1,126 characters)

Photo of SirSaranac
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Alright... Glacier Brewhouse is another must stop if you're ever in Anchorage... but in my opinion less for the food and more for the beer. If you want BETTER food, then stop into ORSO which is connected the the Brewhouse and sells some of the same Brewhouse beers. Orso has better food, but is a bit more expensive and more ritzy in atmosphere.

Out of all the reviews I read noone mention their Hefeweizen! Glacier Brewhouse has a superb Hefe... and although there's no more than 10 beers or so, they're all excellent. Pick up a growler of whatever you like... they're cheap, and they're in incredible looking glass growler jugs with GLACIER BREWHOUSE frosted onto the side... a great gift! (693 characters)

Photo of irishevans
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

a great pub. goregous layout, nice and dim lighting, love the fireplace in the middle of the dining room. the bar is awesome with this wave curve shape to it. the food here is some of the most fantastic fare i've had since i've moved to Anchor-town, the seared Ahi is a personal favorite. the staff here are some of the most personable folks you'll come across in the entierity of the food service industry, they know their shit about both the food and the beer, look for Monique, little short haired girl who tends bar, she's awesome. and you've gotta love the brew tanks as the backdrop (behind glass of course). the beer is exceptoinal, and there is always a cask conditioned selection on top of there typical selection. if you want a good brew pub, and are willing to pay a bit more than the tooth's this is it. it is also a must on the downtown pub crawl. (860 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.88/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The glacier brewhouse is the mooses tooths biggest competition. The food at the brewhouse is very good, but a little more upscale. The brews are similar but rather than a first tap, the brewhouse offers oak aged and cask conditioned selections with a great barleywine and some really cool seasonals and special events. this week they emptied their barrels in the beer vault all the way back to some 2001 vintage barley wine available to all who visit. ( above 21 obviously). I recommend their big woody barleywine, xxxmas, the raspberry wheat, imperial blonde, and cask conditioned porter. As far as food the seared ahi tuna is fantastic with a great sauce, and the bread pudding is the best i have ever had in my life. most of their year round brews are what you would expect at the typical american brewery. their growlers are a really good price too, but limited selections are available in a growler. Fantastic place, a must visit in anchorage. (948 characters)

Photo of megatron0259
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The glacier brewhouse is a must for anyone visiting the anchorage, alaska area. It is easy to find in downtown anchorage. The modern atmosphere is fun and refreshing. The quality of the staff and service is top notch. They were more than happy to answer all my questions about the brewery and if they didnt have the answer, they hunted someone down that would know the answer. The food was pricey, and and dont know that I would go there solely for the food, but the beer makes the price and the long wait to get a table well worth the wait. (541 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Big bright and airy. Blonde wood, heavy timbers and rustic decor. Easy to find and packed at lunch time with all the cruise ship refugees...was not tooo promisng at first. Alas first impressions can be deceiving. We weere promptly seated and served. Our server was cheery and attentive. Was able to describe each of the beers and comment fairly on menu selections. There were no errors in our orders and refills were solicited in a timely fashion. The food was reasonably priced and well prepared. The kids cleaned their plates as did my parents and spouse. The homemade sodas were a big hit with my sons and father and my wine drinking brothers found the beers enjoyable.

This place was a big hit with my family and is a great place to visit if you happen to be in the neighborhood. My only regret is that I did not pick up a glass or a t-shirt. They have no online store. Sigh. (883 characters)

Photo of joedon
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

If you visit Anchorage, don't miss stopping at the Glacier Brewhouse for a pint or five. Always good beer on tap and ususally one or two seasonals and special tap choices. Cask conditioned too.

Best time (from a beer perspective) is the Twelve Days of Barleywine in mid-December. Excellent samplings of oak-aged and high gravity brews.

Food is generally excellent but expensive. I usually order the bowl of seafood chowder which comes with an excellent spent-grain bread. The chowder is tasty and filling and still leaves room for more beer.

The staff is generally quite knowlegeable about the beers and will call for one of the brewmasters if one has a technical question.

Wine and hard liquor available for the non-beer geeks but only home-brewed beers available (no macros!). (790 characters)

Photo of juzy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Before I get into the whole thing I want to mention, because so many people comment on having to wait for tables, they take reservations and if you decide to drop in without them you can usually find a place at the bar. The bar area is open seating during lunch, just walk into that area and grab a table, counter or bar stool. During dinner hours, though, you still have to wait. Lunch is the best time to go. Usually the same exact menu as dinner but upwards of $10 less per meal. Go figure.

Being a resident of the Anchorage area for 12 years now, We've have many opportunities to visit this place and we take full advantage of that. The last time we went was just about 2 weeks ago. I had checked online for new beers on tap and found that they had the Jim Beam Bock & the Imperial Blonde, along with their regular offerings.

We were seated immediately as we came before the usual lunch crowd, I think we arrived around 11:30. The place fills up fast after 12 and parking is virtually impossible if you wait that late. We lucked out and found a spot on 4th Ave, just behind the restaurant. Tim and I opted to start with a cup of their Alaska Seafood Chowder ($4.95 a cup. Fresh Alaskan seafood, roasted corn, shaved fennel, bell peppers, slowly simmered in a rich crab broth. Finished with cream and dry sherry.)
We both ordered the imperial blonde (High alcohol, slightly malty, creamy and smooth drinking. Served in a wine glass.) to go with it. Pretty good, as always.

Next we decided to split the WHISKEY BBQ PORK RIBS ($12.95 at lunch/$20.95 at dinner. Baby back pork ribs, rubbed with a Jamaican jerk spice. Slowly rotisserie roasted and brushed with our BrewHouse BBQ sauce.) We both ordered the Beam Bock to go with this dish ( Aged six months in Jim Beam barrels. Medium bodied, malty lager, with big flavors of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.). The meal arrives and they have separated it into two dinner plates, which we didn't ask them to do, but we find it a nice touch. We tend to share meals allot when we go out and not many restaurants take the time to split a meal into two plates without charging for it. Everything was great, but the beer didn't quite go with the ribs. So we stopped eating them, had them boxed to go.

Instead, we ordered dessert to match the beer. Bingo! We had their WORLD FAMOUS BREAD PUDDING ($6.50. Classic apple and currant bread pudding, wood oven roasted. Topped with caramelized pecans and Yukon Jack sauce.) The pairing was much happier than with the ribs. Even our waiter commented on how he thought that the rib sauce might've been a little too spicey for the beam bock to hold up to. (he could've mentioned that before hand, but whatever). All's well that ends well. And this was another fine meal at the Brewhouse.

Oh and one comment on the $$$. It does seem a bit pricey if you don't live here, but this is actually a really good meal, good service, ambiance, etc. for the money;you get used to it.

Julie in AK (2,976 characters)

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Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK
92 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.