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BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
33 Beers
186 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.15%
Taps: --
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Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2021 Spar Ave
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501-1815
United States
phone: (907) 278-4999

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of AshleyKing
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This is a great pizzaria and brewery. Their selection of craft beer is excellent: their pizzas unique and yummy.

My fav is their fairweather IPA and pretty much any of their pizzas, thin crust, creative toppings, and very funky milieu. Very Alaskan and very popular. There is always a buzz and crowd there.

Photo of coldriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited on June 25, not long after arriving in Alaska. Getting here was ugly - who would've guessed Anchorage would have traffic problems - but we were reassured by locals that the 5:00 pm "rush" hour is intense but only lasts about 15 minutes. We had about a 45 minute wait for a table but many people in the waiting area were drinking pints and I enjoyed a couple myself to pass the time. This is a great place for someone just arrived to get a sense of the Alaskan lifestyle. Lots of people in knee high rubber boots, people standing outside drinking in the rain not giving a damn, everyone wearing outdoorsy clothing, overall a jovial and boisterous crowd. The pizza was fantastic and the beer was very good (especially liked the Pipeline Stout and Fairweather IPA) with around 10 taps. I like to think of Moose's Tooth as Pizza Port of the north - just like Pizza Port screams California, Moose's Tooth screams Alaska!

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch while in Anchorage on a tip from some locals. Its a nice place and got busy in a hurry around lunch time. We got there just before the crowd on July 4th.

Pros: Nice atmosphere along with very good beer and really good pizza. We especially liked how they were conscious of food allergies on their menus. Moose's Tooth kind of had the family friendly vibe to it. I will say this place is not to be missed while in Anchorage. Great!

Cons: If you are driving north along the sterling highway, it can be tricky to get there (as it is right off the south bound side of the highway). Other than that, none that I can think of.

Grade: A

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch today and a growler fill. This is in my opinion one of the most consistently excellent beer and food venues in Anchorage. The pizza, for me, is the standard against which all others are compared. Make that the gold standard. Menu also features an array of tasty appetizers, salads and soup.

Pair that pizza with their craft brews and you have a winning combination. Moose's Tooth brews a variety of beer styles. They have an excellent IPA. Some of their others are quite good as well. There is a stout, porter, ESB, amber, brown, hefeweizen, and a few more. Each month they also have a first tap brew which is a unique one-off creation.

The atmosphere is always good, comfortable, and welcoming for just about any crowd, including families and large groups. This place is consistently busy and the service is good. Sometimes you can wait a little for the pizza, but nothing outrageous.

Value is very reasonable. You are paying Alaska prices, but the value, compared with other venues in town, is quite good.

Photo of Kreis
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alaska was a second home to me. They take their bears veeeery seriously, and almost all the breweries there know what they're doing. We lived quite a few hours away from Anchorage and made monthly trips there. Everytime we passed through, we made sure to stop here, we made it a point to pick up few growlers. The hard apple and the Rye pale ale are aah-mazing. The food is incredible, and every month they do a first tap party featuring a new beer and a great musical guest. I stopped in and saw Cake live and for the event they had made a choc cake bear, FUN! If you're ever in that area, do yourself a favor and stop by.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here with the lady after a trip into the Midnight Sun. Needed to see the place and get some grub as well. Pizza you say?!
Well we walked in and moseyed on up to the bar. Seemed like a reasonable thing to do. Pretty cool bar, lots of Moose's Tooth taps, like 10-12. Bartender very friendly, poured me a couple tasters, our waitress was as well. We ordered some beers and sat and enjoyed them -- a one off Smoke in Your Rye, and then the Pipeline Stout before trying the Tooth, their classic amber. All were delicious in their own right, and the Tooth perhaps the best amber I've ever had, loaded with Centennial hops.
The pizza was delicious, and the pizza menu was massive as well, a full page of options.
Dug the vibe, the beer and the food. Kudos my good people.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My two experiences with the Moose's Tooth were pretty similar. On both a Sunday evening and a Thursday evening the wait time was an absurd hour to two hours (which I was told by my Anchorage hosts is typical). The atmosphere was decent- standard rustic Western/cabin style, but the place was so crowded that the wait staff was getting visibly irritated having to push through the throngs of people loitering for tables.

Foodwise, the pizza was good both times and I thought they had a nice selection both of pizza varieties and other fare. The beer was decent, but not worth seeking out. Most of the beer styles were toned down to the point that they really didn't hold up well next to the food.

All things considered, a decent experience once you were served, but not really good enough to justify that kind of wait in my opinion.

Photo of axman
4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on a Friday evening in January and the place and its parking lot were packed. We were fortunate to snag a table in the bar area. Tried most of the beers and liked all of them--especially the smoked porter. They were not quite as adventurous as Midnight Sun, but far more so than Glacier Brewhouse or Snow Goose/Sleeping Lady. We were in town on business, and the folks with whom we met said Moose's Tooth had the best pizza in town, and it didn't disappoint. I just wish it weren't so far away from Virginia.

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jessie continued to be a superb hostess by showing me the proximity, on the map, of this place to La Bodega. I was off and running!

The building was an odd shape from the exterior, with a center doorway and two long wings radiating outward on either side of the doorway. I was not even out of the vestibule before I was excited - growlers and growler coozies in a display case to the left, along with other logo items for sale. The huge blonde wood m.d.s. was straight ahead and featured an aluminum version of their logo of the silhouette of the profile of a moose. What a rack!

Directly behind the m.d.s. was the 5/8 of an octagon-shaped, laminated blonde wood bar which fronted a line of taps that served as the back bar, above which was a color chalkboard listing their available beers.

Sitting at the bar, it struck me that the place was laid out as a hub and spokes. The kitchen was left, behind the bar and the bar area was filled out with high tables and chairs.

A separate entry to extreme right for take-away orders. Right of the m.d.s. was restaurant seating with a mix of standard tables and chairs and booths. Also on that side was an unobstructed view of the kitchen, a mosaic above the booths by the far right windows, and a mural of salmon-like fish. Left of the m.d.s. was more mixed seating with booths along the walls and standard tables and chairs center. The lavs were down a short pathway to the left of the bar and used mosaic "M" and "W" to designate the doorways. Aft, left, was a semi-private party-meeting room.

Beers: Klondike Golden; Ship Creek Lage; Northern Light Amber; Moose's Tooth Hefeweizen; Eagle River Red (West Coast Red Ale); Raspberry Wheat; Hard Apple Ale; Jack Straw Rye; Rye'd Redjudice (Red Rye); Pipeline Stout; Prince William's Porter; Midtown Brown; Bear Tooth Ale; Fairweather IPA; Moonflower ESB; Polar P.A.; Spenard Nite Life (light lager).

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Have not been here in a good 10 years, but I felt like little has changed at the MT in that time. I think the restaurant has expanded a bit, something the place really needed to undergo, given its incredible popularity.

Stopped by here on the 4th of July, not knowing what to expect. I actually thought business might be off a bit on the 4th, with most people having dinner at home with their families. Guess again.

As noted above, this place is now pretty sizeable, which is a good thing. As you walk in, they now have a hostess station, in order to better direct you to either the bar area straight back, or to a table at one of the large dining roooms to the right or to the left. We were able to snag a table pretty quickly in the bar area, but not long thereafter, people started to pile up in the waiting areas. Still, waits didn't seem to last too long, as there was a fairly quick turnover in the restaurant. Atmosphere/vibe is very relaxed, informal, and even family oriented. The place has the look and feel of a Chili's or Applebee's, except with outdoor living decorations and beer posters on the walls.

As for the beer, it's OK. I think they had roughly 15 or 16 house beers on tap. I got a very nice IPA, as well as the Bear Tooth ale, both of which were solid. However, they looked to be pretty much the most "out there" beers on the menu, with the selection otherwise made up of weizens, blond and gold ales, fruit beers and kolsch. I assume that reflects the summertime menu, but the excessive number of very light beers was a bit disappointing. Service was nice enough; we were served by a very pleasant young lady who did a competent job. A few times we had to wait a while to place or get an order, but considering the number of people she had to serve, that wasn't a huge surprise.

While the beer here is hardly jaw dropping, the food here is pretty damn good. We got the halibut pizza, which was large, tasty, and had plenty of halibut covered in some coriander pepper batter. We also tried the salmon spread appetizer, which was outstanding. The amount of salmon dip they give you is impressive, and as for quality, it was the best salmon spread I've ever had. They really put a lot of salmon in the spread, and the dish has a very impressive spicey, smokey flavor as well. It was delicious.

Prices were OK. Our medium pizza (which we were unable to finish), salmon spread, two beers and glass of NZ sauvignon blanc came to $46. Not bad at all I thought.

Wish the beer here was a bit more exciting, but overall, had a very nice time at the MT.

Photo of shivtim
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A busy bar/restaurant that was packed with locals and tourists alike. We grabbed a spot at the bar for lunch. Service was friendly and nice at the bar. I heard one beer-related conversation where a bartender was discussing Stone and Rogue with a couple of people sitting further down the bar.

Selection was pretty good, with at least 14 on tap, although none were overly impressive. We had the "brewhouse favorite" pizza and it was very good and ginormous.

A pretty decent stop for Anchorage.

Photo of lakersfan16
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Moose's Tooth is the best place to get pizza in Anchorage, without a doubt. Their selection is incredible. I didn't count each one, but I am sure they have nearly 30 or 40 pizza's to choose from, in addition to appetizers, etc...

Their beer is also great. They brew everything on-site. I have tried nearly all their beer's, and especially love the Pipeline Stout, and Darth Delirium. They make the best Hef that I've ever had, anywhere. They feature specialty and seasonal beers quite often, which is always a welcome addition.

Photo of ralree
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Awesome place. Great to go have a beer and some pizza when it's chilly outside. They have a wonderful variety of food and beer, including some seasonals. Their pizzas range from simple (cheese) to eclectic (wild mushroom). They have many different styles of beer, including pale ales, lagers, and stouts. While you wait for your table, you can take a look at all the pictures people have submitted of Moose's Tooth T-shirts around the world. The service is great, and the prices are very reasonable.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Family restaurant that happens to serve beer, and you will always wait to eat here. They need another location. Waiting nearly an hour almost any day of the week is lame, no matter how good your pizza is.

Atmosphere is typical family pizza joint.
Quality of beer is above average, with some beers notably good.
Service is average.
Selection for a brewpub is above average, with more than a dozen beers to choose from.

Pizza was amazing, as was the breadsticks we ordered.

Reasonable prices, given the standard in Alaska.

Photo of wspscott
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Both time I have been in Anchorage, I have gone to Moose's Tooth (this last time we went twice, once on our way out of town and then again on our way to the airport).

They have a ridiculous number of taps (~15) including an excellent cream soda and root beer. They do small (4 ounces) samples for $1.25 and have reasonably priced pints. The bartenders know the beer and are happy to guide you. I had an excellent Centennial dominated Pale Ale, as well as an IPA, Porter, Stout... all were great beers.

The atmosphere is pizza pub. The wait times can be ridiculous (even in the middle of the afternoon). Both times we found a couple of seats at the bar which I tend to prefer (easier to chat with the bartender than a server). Their pizza is great, they have a wide range of specialty pizzas (things like artichokes and feta cheese) as well as the traditional stuff.

It can feel a little expensive if you are from Florida but the prices are reasonable by Alaska standards.

Highly recommended, their beers rate at least a 4.5

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Between here and Glacier Brewhouse this place wins the longest-wait-time competition. There's a reason why this place is jam packed even at wierd hours on weekdays.

I have dreams of the pizza that I had there. Really amazing sauces, topping combinations, etc. The crust is good, but not great, perhaps the only shortcoming.

The beers are superb. If you only have time to visit it once, I reccommend the sampler, which is 4 for $5. Try as many as you damn well can!

Downsides: It's small and noisy. Yeah, theres families galore during meal hours, and when I went there was a damn little-league team there.

Photo of Ryan1423
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place! I visit it about three times a month. You are going to be waiting in line for a table most of the time, especially around dinner time and on the weekends, but it is well worth it. The atmosphere is very laid back and hippie-ish. The pizza is the best I've ever had! They have some odd selections but they are awesome. My favorite is the spicy pepperoni. The beer is also great. They brew several different styles and come out with a new one every month for a limited time. I haven't tried them all but I have liked everyone I've tried. I love their porter and their stout. I have never had a problem with the service. Moose's Tooth is a great place and a must stop if you are in the Anchorage area.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I stop into Moose's Tooth everytime that I stop into Anchorage. I'm a New Yorker with a taste for good pizza, and this place has a wide variety of odd yet delicious pizza. They don't deliver, but you can order and pick up. There's always a 30 minute-45 minute wait to be seated on the weekends, but it's well worth it. Now, onto the BEER!

The beer is top notch in my opinion. Order a sampler, or order them by the pint. My personal favorite is the Alpenglow Amber... a delicious delicious brew. Also, the Rasberry Wheat is a great fruit beer that still reminds you that you're drinking beer. Add this to the laid back hippie atmosphere, and you have a place that it great to eat pizza and drink GREAT beer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The mooses tooth is an anchorage staple for great food and good microbrews. It was a quaint little place at first, then became a constantly packed little place. They just finished the new addition a year or so ago, and it has been less crowded since but still draws quite a crowd. The service is great for how busy it is. The microbrews are good but are very american in style, and they dont do much branching out. The cool feature is that there is a first tap of a new style each month. However, i think if they put that effort into trying some belgian style brews or anything other than american styles they would be much better. The brews are good but are very typical. I wish they would try some barrel aging or some strong ales. That is in my opinion their biggest weakness. Their strength is defenitely the food. Especially the blackened halibut pizza, and the lemon salad. their better brews are the pipeline stout, prince william porter, hard apple ale, and the raspberry wheat. Great place to take the family as well. The ambience is very neo-hippie, but in a good way.

Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A wonderful pub. I can't stress enough that if you come to Anchorage that you MUST go here. they brew some good beers, as well as some fantastic beers. the other draw is the world class pizza, my favorite being the blackened Halibut pizza(sounds nasty, but is great). the neo-hippie theme shouldn't put you off, the people are as chill as most other Alaskans, and they won't beat you for owning a car. the overall report is that this is a great place for locals and tourists alike. if you make it to the last frontier stop in maybe I'll see you, and if I know your an advocate I might even buy you a pint. cheers

Photo of JavaJoe
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On a recent trip to Alaska, the Moose's Tooth was hands-down my favorite eating and drinking establishment (and let me tell you, after ten days of locally-recommending dining, and craft-brew drinking, this is high praise). The pizzas are all delicious, from crust to toppings, and are fresh and inventive. Appetizers are standard pub fare, but are accomplished with aplomb. This place really shines on the beer front, though. With more than a dozen house brews on tap, and with $5 tasting flights (a steal in high-cost Alaska), there is something for everyone (and everything for a lucky someone with a few meals to eat in town). Notable brews include their ESB, their rye ale, the the (im)famous Pipeline stout. Come hungry, come thirsty, and come with comfortable shoes, as the dinner wait for a party of four can be up to an hour (which is fine, since the bar is always accessible, right?)

Photo of joedon
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Generally agreed upon to have the best pizza in Anchorage and I can verify that. Not much else on the menu besides salads but huge variety of reasonably priced pizza.

Newly expanded/remodeled with roomy booths and tables. Don't know if there will be an outdoor beer garden as before (of course in this climate, the beer garden is only useable for about 4 months).

Excellent selection of high quality beers. About 10 on tap at my last visit including the very respectable, Fairweather IPA.

Good service even for a very busy lunch hour crowd. The bartenderess was happy to offer free samples and discuss the beers. Only house-made beers are available as well as a respectable wine list and soft drinks.
Some of the beers are available elsewhere in Alaska (e.g. Humpy's).

Worth a visit.

Photo of juzy
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Yesterday was an "in-service" day for the Anchorage School District, so I took my youngest son, Matt, who is 15, in town with me for some errands. We picked up my sister on the way and after errands were completed we stopped in to Moose's Tooth for lunch. I thought that being around 1pm it would be less crowded, it usually is at that time. But I had to remind myself that it's a "no school" day. The place was packed, like usual. We only waited a short 5 minutes for a table though.

They are currently under construction of a new addition. For years there was a "temporary" tent structure, heated of course, added on near the bar area. This area was full of long picnic tables and patio furniture to help alleviate congestion in the main dining area. The tent has been moved to the front of the building and actual building construction is taking place where the tent once stood.

The beer menu is diverse and always offers a few seasonal brews. You can usually find Alpenglow Amber, Fairweather I.P.A., Klondike Golden, Midtown Brown, Pipeline Stout (Bronze medal winner at 2005 GABF), Prince William's Porter (Bronze medal winner at 2005 GABF), Polar Pale, & Raspberry Wheat. Also on the beer menu, yesterday, was a Hard Apple Ale and a White Knight Winter.

My sister ordered the apple ale and was quite impressed with it. Not being a beer afficianado she was unable to comment on more than "it is really good, I'm impressed". I guess that says something for someone who isn't really into beer.
I had the winter ale and I, also, was impressed. The server described it as sweet, but I didn't find it sweet really. When I think sweet I think bock or doppelbock. this was a well balanced beer. Amber in color. Toasty malts up front, followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, possibly some ginger, finishing with a slightly dry hoppiness, but not bitter. Quite delicious.

As for food, the menu is based around pizza, but they have some great salads as well.
My sister started with the Blackened Chicken Ceasar, as did my son. A crisp bed of romaine lettuce gently tossed in a creamy housemade Ceasar dressing. Blackened chicken breast stips, sun-dried tomatoes, croutons, and grated parmesan lie on top of the greens. From past experience I can tell you that this salad is wonderful. Both my sister and son ordered the side instead of the meal size. Trust me when I say that even the side is enough to share between two people if you are ordering more than just salad.
I ordered the Hungarian Mushroom soup, usually a staple on their soup menu. There were two other choices, but I knew what I wanted as soon as walked in from the chilly November day in Midtown. The soup is wonderfully creamy, but not thick-creamy. It has a slight spiciness to it, which is typical of some Hungairan paprikas as some of the spice companies have gotten into the habit of adding cayenne to their paprika for a stronger, bolder flavor. A bit of dill and fresh parsley top the soup. Great choice for a winter day.
My son ordered a medium cheese pizza, of which he brought home half for his brother. My sister and I opted for the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus plate (grilled flatbread, sun-dried tomato hummus, feta cheese, kalamata olives, sliced tomato and cucumer). She's not a fan of Moose's Tooth pizza, probably the only person in Anchorage that isn't. She thinks the crust dough has no flavor. I, on the other had, enjoy the thin, chewy crust and enjoy the flavor of the toppings anyway, so if the crust is lacking flavor I don't notice.

There were 11 veggie pizzas on the menu, 14 meat, and 12 seafood and chicken varieties. They have a daily special, Monday thru Friday, lunchtime. It includes a slice of the pizza of the day, plain side or ceasar salad or soup or breadsticks, and a soda. You can add blackened chicken or salmon to the salad for an additional fee.

Although our visit yesterday did not include dessert there are some nice ones to be had. They will be found on the beer menu as they change often. Wine and soft drinks are also available, but no other beers, only in-house beers.

I've marked the value as reasonable, as it is for our area. However those coming from outside may find it a bit pricey. Welcome to Anchorage.

Edited 10/14/06 - Since opening their new addition this summer, they have started up growler service. You can now bring home growlers of your favorite Moose's Tooth brew! They actually filled a growler with their 2003 barleywine for us, $20! Most places around here won't growler their special beers.

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