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Broken Tooth Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 6.94%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 170
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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).

12-25-2009 13:41:00 | More by woodychandler
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John_M

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

07-05-2009 16:12:46 | More by John_M
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shivtim

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -12%

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.

06-11-2009 22:08:18 | More by shivtim
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

08-11-2008 04:20:59 | More by yemenmocha
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-31-2013 09:50:40 | More by williamjbauer
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warmstorage

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-14-2008 22:09:36 | More by SurlyDuff
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2014 04:42:09 | More by CraigTravor
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joedon

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

07-13-2006 21:42:10 | More by joedon
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Broken Tooth Brewing in Anchorage, AK
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