HooDoo Brewing

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1951 Fox Ave
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701-2701
United States

(907) 459-2337 | map

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Added by blackcloud on 10-31-2012

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Reviews by blackcloud:
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4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

HooDoo opened on Halloween, and have been going strong since. It's a fairly spartan tasting room, falling under the weird Alaska laws that only allow 36oz of beer to be consumed on the premises, no TV's or other "entertainment", etc. There is usually some good music playing, a few large cable spools repurposed as tables, and lots of Fairbanksans to share beers with.

The beers are served in 4, 8, or 16oz pours, growlers and kegs to go.

As of this review, they have 4 beers on tap: Belgian Single, Saison, Kolsch, and American IPA.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of PHL-E
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Fun place for a lower-48'er, only slightly intimidated by the crowd, going in alone, knowing not a soul. Dropped off in a cab after dog-sledding ride, it's worth it to get to the outskirts of Fairbanks to get here. Friendly servers at bar, keeping tabs (literally) on who was ordering how much beer. I think that these limits are related to breweries only in AK, not sure. But a couple of 4 ouncers and a half-pint were enough, having been up a good chunk of the night before to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights at 1:30 a.m.

Kolsch was great, as was stout and American IPA. Brought home a liter growler (Liberty single-walled, great tight close) of the Kolsch, kept in fridge for a week, great head and flavor when I poured it just now.

Food limited to bar-type nachos from the table in the corner, decent prices for good portion of grub to stay sober enough. Hours three to eight, a place to start for going out on the town, perhaps, or back to the hotel via cab with tasty carryout!

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Photo of Fireboy
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nicole309
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Great local spot. Always packed. Limited selection, but always great quality beers. They often have food trucks parked out front.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of FredGallagher
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5

Congrats to the tenacity of the folks who bring you HooDoo Brewing – a challenge into itself (the interior of Alaska) – but to be 12.8 miles South of America’s Most Northern Brewery, Silver Gulch, Alaska’s second largest brewery – next to Alaskan Brewing Co.

I was at the time employed by Silver Gulch – to witness their humble start and hearing the dialog from the other side - it’s awesome to see these guys gain some momentum and a following. It is also awesome that Fairbanks now truly has a Fairbanks Brewery – Silver Gulch is nowhere near Fairbanks – but out in the middle of nowhere – a small town called Fox.

The challenge expressed was their ability to brew consistent batches – the real challenge of brewing. But we were all curious what this brewery would produce.

What I failed to realize at that time is that both Brewery’s complement each other so well – bringing beer awareness to a new level in the greater Fairbanks area and solidifying Fairbanks possibly as a beer drinkers paradise over some exceptional beer.

HooDoo is new – but because of this they can drift into some creative directions (rough experimental waters) Silver Gulch cannot go into. Silver Gulch is established. It brews consistent quality brews. It has an established public persona.

The lead brewer, Levi Hansen, has a taste for some creative twists – Blueberry Groove and Low bush come to mind. But as a whole – there is strict adherence to the vision of Glenn Brady. He is set on his vision – but I admired that. Nothing wishy washy – but focused and clear cut.

With the looming opening of Anchorage and an expansion at the brewery – I was too distracted to pay HooDoo Brewing any real attention.

Shortly after Halloween – just before going to Anchorage to spearhead the opening of Anchorage – a few of us snuck over there to check out the Taproom.

I was dying to see what these guys were up to. I recall seeing this awesome HooDoo van in the parking lot of Silver Gulch during our “Oktoberfest.” I remember asking what that was about to members of the Brew crew for Silver Gulch – and hearing HooDoo Brewing was actually opening, not a small feet.

What I saw when we entered HooDoo Brewing’s taproom was your typical Fairbanks rustic no thrills flare – but there was something different in the air. The atmosphere had a modern hipness to it – like a good independent band has that unique sound – HooDoo had an intrinsic vibe. Overall a refreshing atmosphere.

There were only tree beers available: “HooDoo Kolsch” “Belgian Single Ale” “Belgian Saison.”
I initially got a pint of the Kolsch – and was impressed with the crisp smooth bite of this malty brew. I defiantly felt their commitment to a true German Kolsch – not a bad first batch for these guys who came out of nowhere.

I was disappointed when I was informed their American IPA was not ready yet I was curious how that would compare to the Silver Gulch offering - Cheechako IPA - a robust IPA that had a devoted following (a local favorite).

I passed on the Belgian Single Ale – and wanted to see what the Saison was like (I was falling in love with Anchorage Brewing take on the Saison.

I was delighted with the fruitiness of HooDoo’s incarnation – which was never too tart. Very subtitle earthy undertones.

The only thing that stood out was the coloration – which seemed to be lighter than other brews I had. Overall – I left impressed with the new operation and enjoyed the vibe.

I later heard that the HooDoo Stout was fantastic – I personally never tried it- but there was a buzz this winter up in Fairbanks. Their new incarcerations of “German Kolsch” and the “Belgium Saison” bear the loss of HooDoo from the name – consistent batches are difficult, this is why the names were dropped I suspect.

The lead brewer for HooDoo comes from Alaskan Brewing Co., and refined his craft in Germany – which is obvious in the complex malty flavors both beers had when I was there.

I want these guys on my tap – right next to my Silver Gulch taps – two outstanding Alaskan Brew houses. Let’s hope this outfit keeps moving forward and solidify itself amongst quality Alaskan brews.

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HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks, AK
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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