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Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.

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Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
20 Beers
157 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 75
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2195 Old Steese Hwy N
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99712-1023
United States
phone: (907) 452-2739

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Reviews by JohnnyP3:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for dinner while I was in the area for work. The location is a bit out of the way, but well worth the drive. We had tried to make reservations, but were told they were full for the evening. They recommended we come in anyway and would work us in. To my surprise, when we arrived, we were seated with no wait.

When you first enter this industrial-looking building, you are greeted with the wonderful smells of the brewing process. If that isn't enough to get you yearning for some brews, I don't know what is. There is a gift shop near the entry with lots of great merchandise, then a bar area, and finally a large, multi-tiered dining area.

The service was very quick and friendly. Plus, the server was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the beers. We started with nachos, which were above average, and then I decided to go with the salmon. Very fresh and flavorful. Everything on their menu features local Alaskan produce/seafood/meats and frequently the beer is featured in the appetizers and entrees. The beer menu featured around 8 year-round offerings and 8-10 seasonal and special offerings. I went with a winter-seasonal IPA followed up with their porter. Both were excellent.

The menu has a wide variety of offerings and everything sounded good. The prices are definitely up there, even for Alaska. But, I suppose the experience I had made it worthwhile.

A nice touch was that at the end, our server asked if we wanted any growlers to take home. An order was placed and available to pick up in the gift shop in short order.

Our server informed us that Silver Gulch is going to open another location in the Anchorage airport. I think it's great that they are expanding, but the location is a bit of a head-scratcher for me. Sure you have a captive audience in the airport, but unless you are traveling, I don't see how that could be an option. If they opened up a south Anchorage location, I think they would score some significant business.

Returning from that tangent, overall, Silver Gulch exceeded my expectations. This is a well-run operation with deliciously fresh beer.

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Photo of davey
4.06/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just got up to Fairbanks, AK a month ago, and this is the only brewery within a couple hundred miles.
It's about 20-25 minutes from Fairbanks. Not too bad of a drive. The building looks almost brand new from the inside. Very nice. Theres a small gift shop at the entrance where you can buy shirts, beanies, beer related condoments, and glasses. A little bit pricey.
The beer is really good. I got the sampler, which included very generous pours. Looked to be about 4-5oz. The seasonals are great and the standards arent bad either. Great variety, and all tasted very fresh. Couple of bottles of belgians, english, and german beers. Definitely pricey, and not much goin.
The service is good. I've had the same russian guy both times ive been out. Seems to be somewhat knowledgable of the beer.
If you get the chance to come out, you have to get the Weird Beard! This is one of the best beers I've ever had! It's a real bummer you can't get it in a growler. Weird Beard is one of those that could make a great name for a new brewery.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I was visiting some friends in Fairbanks and they all suggested that I try Silver Gulch while I was in town as it's just up the road from where they live. They all swear by it but, while it was good, it wasn't up to all the hype that many locals spoke about it.

I must say, though, that the food was fantastic. We ate the onion rings, hush puppies and the ale dip. All were superb and well worth the modest prices. I wish I could say the same of all of the brews...

They had a large variety of bottles in the cooler but all were over-priced. The selection was great but clearly pointed to the fact that they were trying to sell THEIR beer here and not anyone else's. The beers that I tasted were above average but nothing to make a sole trip to Fairbanks/Fox for.

Atmosphere was very nice and almost upscale but super relaxed. The service was bar-none and all of the waitresses and barmen were very friendly. I must say that about most of my encounters at businesses in Alaska... Everyone is very friendly.

Great place and I would go back again if I was in town again. They were sold out of pint glasses when I visited though... Sad...

Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I was in Fairbanks on business and the boss chose Silver Gulch for a group dinner. I was glad because I had wanted to check it out. I was familiar with their bottled brews and had heard good things about their restaurant. I was not let down. They had much more to offer than their bottled beer selections. The offered an excellent Pale Ale, a tasty ESB and a bold IPA. The beer selection also included a stout and a barley wine. They were out of the stout the night I went.

All the dishes used beer within their recipes. I had a few of their wings that were pretty tasty. The highlight for me was the IPA battered halibut and chips. As a long time Alaskan, I am a halibut and chips junkie, and this was the best batch I had on this trip. The Halibut was well seasoned and cooked; the fries were battered and rustic. It came with wasabi spiced cole slaw.

It is well worth the drive out to Fox to hit Silver Gulch. The best beer, food and atmosphere I found in Fairbanks.

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I would never have believed this place would exist in little Fox, Alaska.

Like everyone has said from the outside an old commercial bldg, but once your inside you can see there was a lot of money spent refurbishing this place.

The house beers were a little better than average, the bottle selection was great. The beer knowledge of the staff was suspect.

The food was creative and very tasty albeit a little pricey (It's Alaska, need I say more). The service was great.

The other customers were great, we had a blast. When we went to leave the bartender said" your all set" one of the people sitting with us at the bar had paid our $120 plus bar bill without saying a word.

Photo of Reswald
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Visited twice over the 4th of July weekend.

The brewery's exterior runs to rustic industrial. However, inside is a lovely bar & restaurant (besides the retail store and brewery). The retail stores sells beers and logo'd clothing.

Behind the bar are four magnificent glass-fronted refrigerators, proudly displaying their massive (120+) collection of bottled beers for sale. As soon as I saw these coolers, I wanted one. In fact, I wanted all four.

On tap were eleven of the brewery's own brews. Samplers of each beer (except the barley wine) were available for $1.75. The bar staff were very friendly and attentive. It's a full bar, including a large dispenser of "homemade" peppered vodka; the vodka isn't homemade, but its added to a mixture of peppers to pick up the flavor. The bartender said it made a great Bloody Mary.

I thought all the beers were uniformly excellent. Service was great and the food menu looked very interesting, though we didn't actually have any. My only complaint against the establishment was the bar's lack of a foot rail. When you've spent as much time leaning against a bar as I have, you quickly come to realize how important a foot rail is for ergonomic comfort. But other than that minor quibble, I thought Silver Gulch was great.

Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A very nice stop if you're up by Fairbanks. This place is a huge metal barn/industry looking thingamajig. Rough dirt parking lot... we were about the only car in the lot, the rest were trucks and SUVs.
The inside is a nice but straight-forward space, with a concrete floor, stone walls and/or brown painted walls. Souvenir shop right as you walk in the door. Nice bar, which we sat at. Average to good service. Friendly, talkative locals.

11 on tap, with a great variety ranging from a seasonal lager to a baltic porter, IPA, and a barleywine. Quite a few Belgian bottles, and a couple of randoms like Hitachino. Overall, great quality and selection of brews.

Food was expensive (hey, it is the northernmost US brewpub), but pretty good. I had a margharita pizza.

Photo of JavaJoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Silver Gulch's sparkling new brew pub is a jewel in the Alaska brewing crown. The restaurant/pub has a spacious bar, backed by an enormous beer fridge (with a selection of bottles rivaling many top establishments in the lower 48), a large seating area, a private dining room, and a soon-to-open beer garden. 8-10 taps dispense Silver Gulch's line of excellent beers, ranging from their flagship (and wonderfully malty) lager, to a wickedly rich stout. Servings are by the pint and in two-ounce tasters (meaning it is definitely possible to try the complete list of draft offerings in one meal). The food is eclectic, flavorful, and well-prepared, and includes pub staples such as fish & chips (halibut, of course), a variety of pizzas, appetizers, salads, and exciting entrees (I had the cedar-plank salmon with hazelnut sauce and was very pleased). Prices are reasonable for Alaska (for folks who experience sticker-shock on their visits up north), and are a good value for the high quality of food and drink available, as well as for the friendly and attentive service. If you're in the Fairbanks area, Silver Gulch is definitely worth the short drive to Fox for a rock solid pint and delicious fare.

Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. in Fairbanks, AK
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.