Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 54
Beer Ratings: 5,428
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 18 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by juzy:
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Parking: Compared to the old brewery? This place has TONS of parking! If you've been to the old, then you know what I mean. The parking lot is heated so you don't have to worry about snow and ice building up and causing problems for walking.
To Go Bar: Located downstairs, where you can get bottles and cases to go. This is also the winter entrance for The Loft.
The Loft: Summer entrance is a steep set of industrial metal stairs that take you up to a small balcony and the double entry doors to The Loft. Once inside you'll notice that the industrial theme continues throughout. Two bathrooms, one located on either side of the kitchen. Ten tables that seat 4, two larger round tables in the back probably seat another 10 people, a couple of concrete topped bars for standing around. I did notice some nice bar stools lining one of the walls that could be used at the concrete bars. In the summer there is a back deck to go out on that holds an additional 30ish people, standing only, there is no seating out back yet. I don't know what max capacity is in the tasting room but you are looking at the possibility of around 60ish people in the, and I've seen it close to that on Friday evenings.
You can walk up to the main bar and get your growlers filled, drop off your kegs, etc. They offer two glass sizes for drinking onsite. 6 and 12 oz. Being that they maintain only a brewery license they are limited to serving patrons no more than 36 oz. per person per day to be consumed on site.
They have 3 menu boards listing what's on tap, what's available for growler fills and what's available by the glass only (BTG).
Their menu is what they make it. They chose not to install a $30M fire-suppression system so they don't have open flame or grease fryers. But this decision fits their "fresh, flavorful, fun" food agenda. And what comes out of their kitchen is totally worth mentioning. My personal favorite at the moment is the Cheddar Ale Soup with garlic croutons. Made with local cheddar cheese and Kodiak Brown Ale, it's rich, creamy and addicting! The menu offers allot for a small menu and they have lunch specials M-F. There are a few salads, some snacking items, a handful of sandwiches, a cheese plate. Perfect for a quick lunch. Each menu item also offers a couple of beer pairing ideas. You can go to their website and view their menu. you can also sign up for Tweets from midnightsunbrew to keep up with the daily specials ;-)
Since opening the kitchen I've been to two beer dinners that they have had. I've been impressed with each one so far and I have another one to go to this week! Looking forward to that one as well. According to Barb Miller, VP and Marketing Guru at MSBC, they plan to do a monthly beer dinner.
The service is fantastic. I love that i get to say that, so often when I review a place I find the service to be lame or lacking or both. But the staff here is very friendly, beer educated, on top of things over all.
Gary does brewery tours ever Thursday evening, see the website for time and more details. It's a great new brewery, so if you haven't had the tour yet I highly recommend it. This place is HUGE compared to the old brewery. Lots of new, shiny things ;-)
A definite "must-see" place on your beer adventure in Alaska.
02-15-2010 17:35:30 | More by juzy
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