Glacier Brewhouse

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BEER AVG
4.02/5
Glacier BrewhouseGlacier Brewhouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

737 W 5th Ave
Ste 110
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501-2129
United States

(907) 274-2739 | map
glacierbrewhouse.com

Notes:
Brewpub that opened May of 1996.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
71
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
343
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
64
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Taps:
11
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First stop in Anchorage was at the Glacier brewhouse. I mean, that's just where the bus let us off right? Walked in just after it opened, hoping to catch a little World Cup action. It is a massive space, but low ceilinged, with a view of the brewhouse. The bar is long. Didn't really like the overall layout of the place, I'd prefer higher ceilings for such an open space, it's actually kind've monotonous.
Did like that you can see into the brewhouse and I did very much like the open kitchen. Always nice to see. They were in there prepping up a storm.
We had some nice beers on tap, their IPA on draft and cask that was pretty good, a damn fine Beam Brown ale, and their Porter. Came back another time, had some other stuff that was pretty good too.
Had food both times and both times it was pretty good but not very memorable, and a little bit pricey. But they jam on weeknights so I guess they can charge whatever they want. Overall, a nice place and a cool experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of thebeers
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Pretty high class vibe for a brew pub. Long wait even at off hours. Good service and excellent food -- seafood and wood oven pizzas. The beer was fine, but nothing that blew me away. Was hoping to try one of their BA barleywines, but apparently they don't serve their wood series beers in the summer.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Mikexw
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Huge quality tap list serving only their own brews. Excellent food. Service is generally above average. Can get crowded and loud especially during the summer. Recommend!

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Photo of jcMPLS
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DSWeller
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Very busy so we sat at a long table at the bar. Serves Glacier BrewHouse beer. Had the Irish Red and Porter. Preferred the Porter.

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of greenspointexas
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RonInAK
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My wife and I default to the GB anytime we're looking for somewhere special to go and celebrate an event or a special date. We've always had the best service and experience at the GB and will continue our patronage here for years to come.

The atmosphere is very rustic with a central hearth around which the tables for the dining area are arranged. The kitchen has a visible grill area where one can enjoy the preparation of food. The interior is styled like an Alaskan log cabin and the lighting is not too bright, but not too moody.

The food has always been perfectly within expectation, with me ordering medium-rare for my ribeyes. Veggies are perfectly al dente, and the garlic mashed potatoes have a nice texture. The beers are fantastic and you'll sometimes be lucky enough to get the last portion of a Jim Beam keg fermented special brew that has a sweet kick and compliments a steak very well.

I can't say enough good things about the GB, and I've been a fan for the last 15 years. While other area restaurants seem to be slipping, the GB keeps its high standards going.

Note, that if you're not into waiting 45 minutes for a table here that you can call ahead and make a reservation. We're Alaskans, but we're not savages.

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Photo of Soneast
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Our first stop while in Anchorage for a week. We stopped in between lunch and dinner and it was incredibly busy, a 30-45 minute wait. The layout is kinda weird with the bar in back past the open kitchen and dining area. The hard part is navigating through this area where the wait staff retrive the food from the kitchen to get back to the bar. Gets crowded and tricky with people carrying trays of food. Plus they don’t have their own bathrooms, you have to walk out into the storefront area and use the bathrooms there.

The beer was actually pretty good. Tried an eisbock, IPA, oatmeal stout, bourbon barrel aged eisbock, and bohemian pilsner, and didn’t have a bad thing to say about any of them.

The food was overpriced and while good, not worth the cost. The best thing I had was their seafood chowder, though the seared ahi tuna was very tasty and cooked perfectly. The salmon special was way overpriced and overcooked. The smoked salmon club was ok, but very basic and the veggies weren’t all that fresh, definitely not worth the price.

Basically come here for the beer, a few select menu items and you should be good to go.

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Photo of johnyb
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Penguins66
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice ambiance, decent service, good but overpriced food, mediocre beer.

There were 3 of us in our party and we tried 6 different beers between us. While the Hefeweizen was our favorite, none of them especially stood out.

Best food item was the pretzel appetizer. King salmon entree was cooked inconsistently and seemed expensive for the amount you get.

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JJJump
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Visited in the Summer last year. Timing is key to getting in to this popular downtown spot. Lunch time was easy; need to get there early or wait a long time for dinner.

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Photo of april333
3.65/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of beefington
3.9/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've eaten here a handful of times, and drank their beer lots of times. The atmosphere is a bit ...generic. Don't misunderstand me, it's a very nice place. It just doesn't seem to stand out with its own character. Anyway, on to the important bits. The food and beer are both excellent. I have had good service each time I've been, and they don't seem to be chronically undermanned like some places. The selection could leave some beer snobs wanting, but it's plenty for me with 6-10 brews available at any given time. I like the Raspberry Wheat (shut up) and the Amber. The Oatmeal Stout is especially good.
Every Tuesday, they have $5 growlers, so they also supply probably 90% of my in-home beer. They sell growlers for an additional $5 if you need one.

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Photo of BeerGuy09
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ksolekjr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of fureousangel
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of bulldogg915
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%

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Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK
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