Firetap Alehouse - South Anchorage

Firetap Alehouse - South AnchorageFiretap Alehouse - South Anchorage
Firetap Alehouse - South AnchorageFiretap Alehouse - South Anchorage
Eatery

10950 O'Malley Centre Dr
Anchorage, Alaska, 99515-3000
United States

(907) 561-2337 | map
firetapalehouse.com

Notes: Should be noted that 31 of the 36 taps are reserved for local Alaska-brewed beers. The 6 bottle selections rotate seasonally.
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.62
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
9
pDev:
11.88%
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DavidStone

2.75/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1

I was a first time visitor to Firetap Alehouse during mid afternoon on 05-06-2021. Aside from the initial friendliness of the hostess, helping me get a window booth seat, my experience was quite poor. I asked for a King's Bavarian Hefeweizen and was told by my waiter that they had run out, that they had Widmer Hefeweizen which was much the same. I relocated from the Portland, OR area to Anchorage, AK and Widmer is not the same. Ok, so they ran out, no biggie, I'll get a soda and ice water with lemon. The soda was ok - could use carbonation turned up just a bit - and the ice water arrived with no lemon. I reminder my waiter of such and he brought me a scraggly slice of lemon with his bare hand. Yikes. I proceeded to order the large Macho Nachos ($19) and I added chicken ($5.50) - $24.50 total, which has to be the highest priced nachos in Anchorage. They were terrible. While a good amount of cheese is dropped on top they are not layered well at all. Some of the corn tortilla chips under the top toasted layer were actually soggy from the black beans and corn lying on top of them. The chicken was tasteless, bland. And, the accompanying guacamole cup was pitifully small, especially for the 'large' 18 inch 'ish long dish of nachos. So, to summarize, the nachos weren't layered well, there were some soggy chips, the corn and black beans weren't hot underneath, and the chicken was tasteless. Finally, while not too busy for a Thursday mid-afternoon the place could still use an upgrade in cleanliness, specifically referencing the floor. Then, there was a gross hidden stash of trash - old face masks, napkins, etc. - located between the booth and where it went up against the window wall. Disgusting. There are certainly better nachos in town - Bear Paw would be my first recommendation, then Bear Tooth, and they are both less than $24.50. My first experience with Firetap Alehouse will likely be my last.

May 07, 2021
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place looks like your average restaurant-in-a-strip mall from the outside, but when you get in it's sleek, with a nice modern feel and a handful (but not too many) televisions with sports on. Their selection is something to be applauded with a huge number of Alaskan beers (i.e. from Alaska, not just from Alaskan Brewing). A good mix of styles, with some seasonals available. The non-Alaskan selections are a bit limited, but Deschutes and a few others are available.
The service can be a bit slow but not egregiously. My main service complaint is that frequently beers come not full. I wish I had one of those beer gauges, because I felt a bit shortchanged here.
Food is decent and tasty, but not necessarily standout.
Prices by Alaskan standards are reasonable.

Jun 01, 2012
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juzy from Alaska

4/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Here is there full tap list:

Midnight Sun Kolsch
Sleeping Lady Gold Rush Golden
Alaskan Pale Ale
Alaskan IPA
Kassik’s Pale Moon
Kenai River Pillar’s Pale
Sleeping Lady Fish On!
Midnight Sun Sockeye Red
Firetap's own RED HOT MAMA
Alaskan Amber
Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown Ale
Glacier Brewhouse Amber
Alaskan White (Wit)
Moose’s Tooth Hefeweizen
Midnight Sun Old Whiskers Hefeweizen
Moose's Tooth Wild Country Raspberry Wheat
Sleeping Lady Portage Porter
Silver Gulch Pickaxe Porter
Glacier Brewhouse Oatmeal Stout
Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Porter
Denali Brewing Chuli Stout
Kenai River Scottish Ale
Mooses’ Tooth Hard Apple Ale
Glacier Brewhouse Imperial Blonde
Kassik's Beaver Tail Blonde

I think there were a few other seasonal offerings on tap, one from Sleeping Lady that I had, but can't recall the name of it.
I had the Mediterranean Spread and hubs had the wings. Both were excellent. A different approach on the wings, but good all the same.

Service was good, we sat at bar. She tended to us as needed. Not too in our face and not hard to get her attention. Just right. Place was quiet. Farmer's Market was happening in the adjacent parking lot, but as people left the market they were filtering in to this place. So it did start to get a bit busy as we were getting ready to leave.

The tap list is pretty good. Nothing like what you might find at Cafe Amsterdam, but a very good selection of mostly local taps.

They will be opening the doors to a second location in East Anchorage, in Tikahtnu Commons later this month. This is good news for those of us in Eagle River or commuting out to the valley. South Anchorage is a bit out of the way for most of us, hence this our first trip to this place since it was opened. I have a feeling we'll be frequenting the new location on a more regular basis, since it'll be right along our way home.

Aug 14, 2011
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Akfan from Alaska

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A great addition to Local Alehouse's hear in Anchorage. The Tempo was fast, and busy. Food was served timely. The beer selection was good. It had a few local stables, and then a couple seasonals. I would recommend getting here early as Firetap tends to get busy. I enjoyed the salads, and my daughter highly recommended the macaroni and cheese. Remember this in an "Alehouse" and brews no beer of it's own. My waitress was well versed in the beers they carried (Moose's Tooth, Glacier Brewhouse,etc). I would recommend it to friends. Not my top 3, but maybe my top 7.

Mar 02, 2010
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AKBelgianBeast from Alaska

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Firetap is a new beer bar/restaurant in south anchorage. Their pizza is excellent, and they have about 35 taps. The other food items i have not yet tried, but i can tell you the pizza is really good. It's gourmet pizza, not standard deliveryish pizza.

The tap list is good, and extensive, and its cool that they keep about 25 of the 35 taps local brews. However, the local brews are very run of the mill dominant. You won't find much on tap outside of general pale ales, hefs, porters, and stouts.

The bottle list is also pretty decent. They carry 6 trappist breweries (obviously not westy, the 7th) and many other good bottle selections.

The atmosphere is a bit high school cafeteriaish, but im thankful to have a good beer bar with good pizza on the southside that is actually close to my house.

A nice place and a good place to meet up. Gets crowded sometimes, but go early in the evening and it should be fine. Try the BLT pizza!

Nov 04, 2009
Firetap Alehouse - South Anchorage in Anchorage, AK
Place rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 9 ratings