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Glacier Brewhouse

Not Rated.
Glacier BrewhouseGlacier Brewhouse
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 215
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 11
Bottles: 0
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

Notes:
Brewpub that opened May of 1996.

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Reviews by Fabric8r:
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

I have to agree with the previous reviews. The beer was exceptional, the food was overrated and overpriced. The beer though, man these guys know how to brew! Their beer menu was fun to read, and I enjoyed looking at the brewery equipment. The atmosphere was OK, although they sure pack the tables in there tight, it was hard to have a conversation with 5 others going all around you. Like a previous post, stop in for the beer, eat if you have to, but at least try the beer!

Fabric8r, Jul 16, 2003
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cbcrunch, Oct 28, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

denver10, Aug 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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!

Ryan1423, Nov 26, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

dragonWhale, Oct 19, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

axman, Feb 06, 2010
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3.86/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

woodychandler, Dec 25, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

youbrewidrink, Jul 16, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

John_M, Jul 04, 2009
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3.46/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

shivtim, Jun 12, 2009
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3.94/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

TheEclecticGent, Aug 26, 2008
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Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.