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Glacier Brewhouse

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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
www.glacierbrewhouse.com

Notes:
Brewpub that opened May of 1996.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
68
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
333
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
Taps:
11
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by juzy:
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Before I get into the whole thing I want to mention, because so many people comment on having to wait for tables, they take reservations and if you decide to drop in without them you can usually find a place at the bar. The bar area is open seating during lunch, just walk into that area and grab a table, counter or bar stool. During dinner hours, though, you still have to wait. Lunch is the best time to go. Usually the same exact menu as dinner but upwards of $10 less per meal. Go figure.

Being a resident of the Anchorage area for 12 years now, We've have many opportunities to visit this place and we take full advantage of that. The last time we went was just about 2 weeks ago. I had checked online for new beers on tap and found that they had the Jim Beam Bock & the Imperial Blonde, along with their regular offerings.

We were seated immediately as we came before the usual lunch crowd, I think we arrived around 11:30. The place fills up fast after 12 and parking is virtually impossible if you wait that late. We lucked out and found a spot on 4th Ave, just behind the restaurant. Tim and I opted to start with a cup of their Alaska Seafood Chowder ($4.95 a cup. Fresh Alaskan seafood, roasted corn, shaved fennel, bell peppers, slowly simmered in a rich crab broth. Finished with cream and dry sherry.)
We both ordered the imperial blonde (High alcohol, slightly malty, creamy and smooth drinking. Served in a wine glass.) to go with it. Pretty good, as always.

Next we decided to split the WHISKEY BBQ PORK RIBS ($12.95 at lunch/$20.95 at dinner. Baby back pork ribs, rubbed with a Jamaican jerk spice. Slowly rotisserie roasted and brushed with our BrewHouse BBQ sauce.) We both ordered the Beam Bock to go with this dish ( Aged six months in Jim Beam barrels. Medium bodied, malty lager, with big flavors of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.). The meal arrives and they have separated it into two dinner plates, which we didn't ask them to do, but we find it a nice touch. We tend to share meals allot when we go out and not many restaurants take the time to split a meal into two plates without charging for it. Everything was great, but the beer didn't quite go with the ribs. So we stopped eating them, had them boxed to go.

Instead, we ordered dessert to match the beer. Bingo! We had their WORLD FAMOUS BREAD PUDDING ($6.50. Classic apple and currant bread pudding, wood oven roasted. Topped with caramelized pecans and Yukon Jack sauce.) The pairing was much happier than with the ribs. Even our waiter commented on how he thought that the rib sauce might've been a little too spicey for the beam bock to hold up to. (he could've mentioned that before hand, but whatever). All's well that ends well. And this was another fine meal at the Brewhouse.

Oh and one comment on the $$$. It does seem a bit pricey if you don't live here, but this is actually a really good meal, good service, ambiance, etc. for the money;you get used to it.

Julie in AK

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More User Reviews:
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%

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of joefarid
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of hydrox05
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK
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