Broken Tooth Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-12-2005 17:39:34 | More by juzy
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
If you're in Anchorage, and you love beer, I would strongly recommend a stop at the Moose's Tooth.
Frequently crowded both during tourist season and in the winter, the Moose's Tooth has some of the best beers in Anchorage. The atmosphere will remind you of your college dorm room - tye dye tapestries hang around the walls and classic rock music is usually played. Service isn't bad considering how crowded the place usually is, but can be sporadic. Prices are a little high, but this isn't unusual for Anchorage.
As far as beer goes, the Fairweather IPA is nothing short of sinfully delicious. Other great choices include the Pipeline Stout and Moonflower ESB. There's a great selection that is sure to please anyone from the beer impaired to the connoisseur, with around 10 - 15 beers available. Pints are about four dollars.
The pizza is incredible. There are roughly 20 - 25 types to choose from, with meat, chicken, and seafood varieties, or you can make your own. They'll also do half and half pizzas for you. A medium, which unlike most delivery places is actually the middle size they serve and more than enough for two people, averages around 17 bucks. The salads are just all right, and the sandwiches consist of a piece of pizza bread folded over. But hey, it's a pizzeria. Order pizza.
I travel to Anchorage on business and always find a way to work several visits here into my schedule. With an excellent beer selection, great pizza, and a laid back atmosphere that compliments the spirit of Anchorage very well, you can't go wrong.
08-31-2005 01:17:06 | More by HokieNoPokie
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
The Moose's Tooth, is, simply, an absolute must beer destination on any Anchorage trip. To be honest, it's not technically a brewpub, as their beers are brewed about five miles away, in the industrial area north of downtown Anchorage. These beers, however, are lovely to a one, and served at Moose's Tooth, and their very popular sister restaurant/threatrepub, the Bear Tooth.
Atmosphere: well, it's basically a rambling Alaska pizza parlor that happens to serve really outstanding beer. It's a family type place frequented by families, and most other types of Anchoraguans, too. Seating can be very tight during the dinner rush, but is easy other times. A tiny bar seats four, but makes for unrivaled beer sampling and beertalk: the bartenders tend to know plenty about the beer, and are free with suggestions and samples. There is an excellent outside seating area under a big tent, and for cold/rain, has heaters, and curtains that can be pulled close against rain/snow. The whole place is entirely non-smoking, so you can actually smell your beer!
Overall I have to dock a little for atmosphere, as it can be quite crowded and loud at busy times, and sadly, a lot of people come in without a damn clue what good beer is: sitting at the bar recently and listening to people order was a truly gut-wrenching experience, but I did manage to quietly influence several orders, and the bartender was great: when they asked for light bodied, he poured a light Wit style!
Service, unfortunately, can be very hit or miss. The barstaff is usually excellent, and some of the waitstaff is too, but a good chunk of the employees are very young, and many servers are not particularly beer-inclined. If you really want to get good opinions and tastes of the beer, sit at the bar, or come in when it's slow so your server can go ask questions and get samples.
The selection and quality of the beer is outstanding: usually about 13-15 on tap, including a hand-pull (I'm unclear whether it's truly real ale, or just keg conditioned, but it was recently a lovely IPA.) They run the gamut, and do almost everything VERY well. Particular standouts for style and overall drinkability are the Pipeline Stout, Prince William Porter, and Fairweather IPA. In the lighter styles, the Artic Apricot, hefe, and Raspberry Wheat are all excellent, fruity, and full (the fruit ales tend to the essence/candy style rather than real fruit). On several recent visits, they had both the 2002 and 2003 barleywine on, which made for fun (and repeated) side-by-side tasting of these excellent beers. (Both are of the pronounced-hoppy, raw, robust barleywine style, not the sweet/syrupy style. If you like SN Bigfoot, you'll love these.)
The food is excellent for what it is: fancy, gourmet pizza, excellent (huge) salads, a meat and a vegetarian soup always on, big, delicious desserts, yummy appetizers. The pizza is the big draw, and I've liked or loved every one I've had. the best deal is probably the five cheese ($15.50/large), as they get a little spendy from there, up to $25 for large pizzas with the works, but man, they're tasty, and will feed three hungry people pretty easily. Combined with a huge $6.50 entree salad, it's a meal for a family. Again, you have to remember that this is Alaska, and even in Anchorage, where all types of food are easily available, it's probably being flown, barged, or driven in. So while I've said "a bit pricey" for value, it's a fine value for Alaska, just not so much compared with "Down South" (i.e., the lower 48.)
Beer prices are similar: $4 for a standard pint is a little high, but again, basically all their materials have to be flown in. Sample prices are particularly high: $1.25 for four ounces, $5 for four, and more for very strong ales. Usually, though, they'll give you a small taste, and you can drop the $4 for 10 ounces of the excellent barleywine from there.
Overall, Moose's Tooth is a critical reason why Alaska's beer scene is so damn amazing given the small population. The selection is top notch, and the beer quality ranges from great to outstanding. Compared to other locals, the food is cheaper on balance, and the beer equally good, as Glacier Brewhouse, and both the food and beer are better than Snow Goose.
06-09-2005 08:26:39 | More by warmstorage
4.25/5 rDev 0%
I decided to review this location after my girlfriend asked me why I had never done so while I donned my Pipeline Stout T-Shirt.
I was on vacation with my family in Anchorage and was waiting near our truck camper in a Wal-Mart parking lot waiting for everyone to finish shopping. This guy walks over and had a couple questions of how we attached our canoe to the top of the camper and finally we get onto the subject of beer. He mentions to me the directions of how to get to this pizzeria with some pretty good beers. I speak with the family and make it clear that we cannot pass up this opportunity so we make our way to Mooses Tooth.
I was expecting a place that does pizza and has a few beers. Well I was blown away when I walked through the door. Many of the walls were covered with poster sized flyers of beer related events that Mooses Tooth has taken part in.
The food was pretty good, standard family style sit down pizza place. But the beers were great! They had around 12 beers on tap when I was visiting. The waiter was quite knowledgeable about their beers making the experience even better.
If ever remotely in the area visit this place and enjoy yourself.
09-03-2004 19:56:12 | More by Ninjaworm
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
I'm basing this review mainly on the merits of the restaurant, since that what it mainly is. The food is good and Moose's Tooth's decent beers are fresh and on tap. Visited on a beautiful day in Anchorage Alaska, warmer than I imagined it could ever be in Alaska. Still it was not too hot, wonderful. The building looks like a typical small restaurant from the outside. Inside there are booths with high back wooden benches, as well as the standard table and chairs scattered about. Nice unobtrusive bar with many of the companies beers on tap. Pizza was outstanding. Service was fast and friendly. A nice selection of t-shirts are available, designs are cool. A nice place and one I was glad to have checked out.
07-04-2004 20:04:25 | More by Mark
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
This place is not easy to find, but more than worth the effort. It is small, with a diner like atmosphere. The food is good, but I've certainly had better pizza. So much for the downside. The brews are outstanding, both quantity and quality. I counted 18 taps, (which the menu claims is the most anywhere in the world - those who know the Dominion brewpub in Northern Virginia will know that's not the case). Every product I tried (seven, I think...) was an outstanding example of its class. From lager to IPA to porter to stout, you can't go wrong at the Moose's Tooth.
04-07-2003 02:14:30 | More by Globetrotter
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
This place is a small pizza place on the east side of Anchorage. The beer selection is impressive, and so are the beers themselves. The brewhouse special pizza is, literally, the best pizza I have ever had anywhere. Only drawback is that the place is always packed. There is not a lot of waiting, though, and there is a bar stacked with tons of taps to sample while you wait. Definitely a primary destination in Anchorage if visiting or a local for that matter.
04-28-2002 14:47:59 | More by beernut7
Broken Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, AK
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