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Skagway Brewing Company

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

7th and Broadway
PO Box 946
Skagway, Alaska, 99840-0946
United States

(907) 983-2839 | map
skagwaybrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
6
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
115
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.03/5
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
39
pDev:
11.17%
 
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Photo of JMS1512
3.79/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of bishopgary
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I have visited Skagway a number of times, though always in the Spring and late Fall. Certainly not the most amazing atmosphere, but not bad. The great service, friendly staff and other patrons make up for anything lacking. They offer a pretty decent selection of brews, my favorites has almost always been the darker ones. Pretty memorable stout. The food is good, better and ore varied than most while traveling through this part of the woods.

Overall, it is a great place to visit if you are in the area, worth detouring the 90 or so miles to Skagway by road. It is a very reasonable value as well.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We were in Skagway as a stop on a cruise, walked around until we found this place. Pretty good sized, but gets busy when there are four cruise ships in town. Even with all the out-of-towners, service was still prompt. Prices were quite reasonable, especially when I consider how much of their business must be tourists. Food's fine, but not exceptional. I had the pulled pork.

Pretty decent selection of styles for a little brewery in a little town. I was impressed with their porter and their barleywine. It's a shame they don't distribute beyond Alaska, but I guess it's also not much of a surprise.

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Photo of coldriver
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Like most people my visit to Skagway was via cruise ship. Skagway has an old-time gold-rush theme which is ruined by the presence of dozens of tanzanite (and ammonite and alexandrite and meteorite and dynamitatite, etc) jewelry stores. It's hard to imagine a more blatant money grab of a town. So any BA cruisers visiting Skagway will definitely want to visit Skagway Brewing to escape the mind-numbing shopping strip.

The place was packed with cruisers, mostly men who were probably like myself - refugees from their wive's delighted shopping frenzies. A fair amount of friendly locals were on hand as well. I found a seat at the bar and service was extremely prompt. They had a solid selection of beers on tap and I managed to down two pints plus a sampler flight of four more. I wouldn't say any were outstanding, but all fit the category of "damn good." I especially liked the Oosik Stout. Food was above average bar fare. Overall a great visit and the best beer joint I found on any of our port calls between Whittier and Vancouver.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Probably most BA folks who visit this establishment will be visiting Skagway for the day on a cruise. Some will be independent travelers. Some will be locals, like myself, if I can turn some of my friends on to BA. The thing to understand about Skagway is that it has a year round population of 850, officially, though many travel for much of the winter. The population more than doubles with seasonal workers in the summer. But we have a year round brewery-pub! The beer is decent. A couple of specialty beers this summer were better, maybe even exceptional. The Wee Heavy and Barleywine, more specifically. They typically have some beers that they don't make, as they have a hard time keeping up in the summer. Stone IPA, Young's Double Chocolate, North Coast Red Seal, Lindeman's Framboise, and Maudite are some that come to mind. You won't find world class selection, but keep in mind that it is 90 miles by sea or air (no road) to Junuea where the distributors live. The atmosphere is excellent, especially this time of year. Midday during tourist season you won't find many of the exceptionally friendly locals to visit with, as they are all working. But the service is excellent, and the locals are extremely welcoming and friendly, and they will be showing up in late afternoon, early evening during the summer. Who knows what kind of mischief you could become involved in once you start talking to the local next to you at the bar? The food is pretty decent for around here, but our standards are a bit lower than more urban areas with better ingredient availability. I listed the prices as reasonable, and for this part of the world they are. But compared to lower 48 states, you'll find them a bit high. A pint is $5, for reference.

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Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cd34
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by Skagway Brewing during one of our cruise stops last week. We had been in Juneau the day before and tried going to Alaskan but got there too late, so Skagway was the only brewery we were able to stop by during the cruise. As it turned out, it wasn't half bad. The town looks like the Knott's Berry Farm ghost town, but it definitely has some character. I was glad to find the brewery at the end of town so that it wasn't as packed with tourists as most of the other shops in town. The service was good and the beers weren't jaw dropping, but they were solid and it was great to try something new. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you're in Skagway.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Slow service but that was expected when there were 4 cruise ships in port.
The soup and chili were excellent and it was great to have a brew pub to visit while off the ship.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Like most who surely discover this establishment, I came from port via the Alaskan cruise I took with my wife and about a dozen other family. My first stop here was solo, as I hadn't booked any of the morning excursions anyone else in my crew had. I was a free man for about half a day, so best to head for local craft beer that I became aware of thanks to a commercial which played on our stateroom TV on board the ship. I bellied up, was greeted warmly by a bar tender who it turns out was my age (a milestone in conversation for me as I'm all about getting in and out, especially since i had a fishing charter booked for early afternoon). But hey it's vacation. She agreed with me I should try the Spruce Tip Ale, but as I noticed the wall sign advertising a flight of about 5 of their brews, I decided on sampling more than just the spruce. Impressed, yes. Thirsty, yes (cruise ships offer mediocrity as far as beer, in case you're not aware). All 5 beers I enjoyed, most so the Spruce Tip and also the IPA. The pale ale was refreshing as well. In hindsight, I wish I had sampled the barleywine, but this wasn't even 11am and I had a full day of fun for which to remain energetic. The fish and chips was my logical choice for trying Alaska's local grilled fare. Best I recall having to date; I demolished the fish and the tasty fries. The other fellow tourist from Iowa next to me agreed that the Spruce Tip was the best of the sampler (it was almost a tie for me with the IPA, with the brown ale trailing the lot). Behind-the-bar service was attentive at first, but it eventually became more "distracted" as a lunch crowd entered. After this filling "brunch", I made my salmon fishing charter meetup back at the docks, and persuaded the family to return there for dinner late that afternoon before the ship re embarked. Everyone in my group who had the fish and chips had no regrets. Dinner service was well-staffed and handled in the dining room. Connected gift shop offers brewery merchandise. The only issue was the distance (end of town), but this won't be an issue for anyone who likes to call themselves active. There are shuttles back to the port for all others.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Dogbrick
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Surprise find during an Alaskan cruise. This brewpub is located toward the far end of the main drag of downtown Skagway. Make sure to pick up a coupon book as I got a free hat with purchase of a sampler.

The interior is a green/yellow color scheme with lots of wood. The bar is on the left side, with table seating on the right. The brewing equipment is not visible but is on another floor.

Skagway Brewing has 6-7 beers on draught, including one or two seasonals. I did not see what bottles, if any, were available. 4 of the beers are available in a sampler as well. The beers are somewhat unique, including a Spruce Tip Pale and Wee Heavy included with the more typical Stout, Amber etc. All of the beers were above average, with a couple being very good.

Service was good on a weekday late morning. The place was really getting busy (with the majority of the clientele being cruisers getting samplers so they could get a free hat - they clearly adopted the South Park model). The bartender tried to find the brewmaster to come talk to us but he was not around. The staff had a good understanding of the available beers.

We did not try any food on the visit.

Overall this brewpub is a gem that is an absolute must-stop if for some reason you find yourself in Skagway.

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Photo of sohearn
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of krome
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of shoretaxi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Had the pleasure of stumbling across this place, nearly at the end of the road where all tourists roam around when in town.
It has the typical brewpub atmosphere, bar and a few tables, quite small, with an adjoining store.
Service was polite and friendly, just like everything and everybody in town, but one of the waitresses seemed to know her stuff reasonably well. Good prices, and impressive beer; the sampler is a good way to start, but the barleywine and stout that are not included are worth a shot as well - see my upcoming reviews.
I would go back if this was not so far; it is not just a good spot for a small town, but rather a very good brewpub. Recommended.

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Photo of potownbill
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After stopping in 3 ports on an Alaskan Cruise, I was looking for a decent place to get a beer, and not have to deal with the "bordello themed" tourist places. Skagway brewing was at the edge of the tourist part of town, and fit my needs perfectly. Simple place with great beer. One of the locals said that this is the place where they go. Excellent beers. Had the Pale Ale, Brown, and Spruce tip. All three were very good. I didn't have the food, so can't comment. My daughter, wife, and Mother-in-Law all liked the beers, which is a first!

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Photo of mwaltz99
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Typical bar setting, it was clean, roomy and easy to walk around. This is a brew pub, and they off a sampler of all there beers for 7$. 5 different beers, all were very solid. The service was great, the bartender was easy to engage convo with. I didn't eat but person beside me ordered a chicken salad and it looked amazing. The gift shop was off to the side, had shirts and glasses, and the person at register was extra nice. There fkagship beer was the sprucetip ale and was very tasty. There ipa and brown ale was solid. There standard beers are as good as 75% of what the micro brewers that bottle put out. A great find, and a true gift being nothing is bottle, so other then by trade or visiting, only what you get to sample. Will stop by again on my next Alaskan visit.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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