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Reviews by juzy:
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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
09-17-2005 17:01:20 | More by juzy
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