Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

8111 Dimond Hook Dr
Anchorage, Alaska, 99507-3144
United States

(907) 344-1179 | map

Notes: To-Go Bar on ground level. The kitchen in The Loft is now open, 11am - 8pm every day (Alaska state laws require breweries to be closed by 8pm). Their menu can be perused at their website. Remember, they are remaining licensed as a brewery only, not a brewpub, so per the State of Alaska, there is a 36 oz. on-site consumption limit per person, per day in the Loft.
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Again continuing the Alaskan trend of breweries and eating establishments that you must climb large stairwells to enter, and worse walk down after having a few. 2020 visit.

Situated in a industrial section of town I found no problem finding a parking spot near by. Located on the second floor of an industrial building I hate to be leaving after a few with the large steel stairwell. Inside a cozy wooden atmosphere, deep and plenty enough for seating. I opted for takeout for the cooler. Prices were good, I actually got a buy one get one free for Havak which was a pleasant surprise.

A knowledgeable bartender entertained me with some history after asking for any hidden M’s lying around. He pointed me towards a guy who was willing to part with for a few thousand, just a bit out of my budget. A quint and cozy environment inside, service was friendly and fast. A decent selection of beers on tap 7-8, with a good variety, again never leaning to hard on the ipa craze and willing to do styles not commonly found elsewhere.

Great quality of beer, never heard an argument against style from no one. I hear this place can get pretty packed even on a weekday. Of course when you make beers like M, that is a given. I also hear they do a lot of one offs, good rotation of beers on tap, good for people looking for something new and keep coming back. Experimental beers.

I hear the food is excellent, would of tried if not eaten earlier but will take the locals word for it. For a fan of Alaska and Alaskan beer which is impossible for me to get where I am from, this was a worth while visit and one you can’t pass up. Lots of experimental and commonly brewed beers. Arctic devil barleywine comes to mind. Just don’t indulge to much, you still must tackle that steep stairwell afterwards.

Aug 29, 2020
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Radcpa from Washington

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited Midnight Sun on a recent trip through Anchorage and found it to have almost all of the brewery's beers available in bottles and on tap. The service was excellent.

Jun 26, 2017
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scuzfly from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Seating is first come, first serve so plan to stand around for a while at 5:00 on a workday. Growler fill prices included a new growler. The bottle selection was smaller than I expected around Christmas. The gift shop on the way out has a lot of stuff for sale. Nice staff.

Dec 29, 2015
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Mickeyp2814 from Texas

4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Anchorage has many great breweries. Midnight Sun is a must try. The quality of beer is far beyond what you get in the lower 48 and the staff is great too! The food selection is also good. Taco Tuesday seems to be everyone's favorite day/night to visit. Thursday's are the brewery tour which is also a must. Visit Midnight Sun and have some great beer and food. You can buy beer to go too!

Dec 10, 2015
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Scobu from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Midnight Sun is one of the if not the best breweries in Anchorage. They have a lot of beers on tap and the food is pretty good. Not your typical bar type food. Highly recommend a visit or two.

Jul 20, 2015
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FalseDmitriy from Alaska

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Nice little brewery in a strange spot. Honestly some of the best beer I've had, though. Innovative and a wonderful selection. Food isn't bad either. Service can be a little lacking, though, but they've also always been very busy when I came.

Feb 23, 2015
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The Midnight Sun Loft is a great place to grab a beer, get a quick bite to eat, or fill a growler to go. They usually have around 15 different beers on tap at any given time, with many seasonal/limited release and one-off beers usually available as well. Anchorage law will only let a patron consume 36 ounces of beer on the premises, so Midnight Sun offers the option of ordering either 6 or 12 ounce beers while consuming on the premises. They also have a refrigerator that is usually stocked with about 10 of their beers, for sale to go.

The food is surprisingly good, and is very reasonably priced, especially for Anchorage standards.

The loft can get quite busy at certain times of the day, but the service is usually very fast and friendly.

Jun 02, 2013
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TriggerFingers from California

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Dropped in for dinner and drinks while in Anchorage. Having frequented brew pubs and restaurants all over, this one was really a treat.

Pros: Exceptional beer and food. Many places can do the beer, but the food suffers or vice versa--yet this place truly nails both. Really, its a nice venue all the way around. My wife and I were really blown away by the quality, creativity, and caliber of their beer & food.

Cons: Slightly small, and can be cramped if you show up around happy hour. We managed to get some counter space by the stairs which was fine, but noticed other people after us waiting a while to get a seat. Also, the place is on the second floor of the brewery and as far as I saw was not wheelchair accessible.

Bottom Line: The best beer and food I had while frequenting over a half dozen places in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula. Next best, is Moose's Tooth.

Grade: A/A+

Jul 11, 2012
ROWDYMELT from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Midnight Sun has grown so much in the past decade. I still remember when the brewery was ran out of a garage. They have been and should continue to be the front runner in the beer scene of Anchorage. They have a great lunch/light dinner menu and many of the items incorporate Midnight Sun beers. The service is very good, they are happy to let you sample before you grab a glass or growler. They have a great First Friday every month that showcases local artists and they usually pair the event with a new beer. The staff is very knowledgeable and while there, you might even spark up a conversation with one of there brewers. On many occasions I have mentioned how I liked a certain beer and next thing I know a brewer is bringing up a beer from the cellar for a sample. Very good brewery heading in the right direction.

Jan 31, 2012
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

stopped by the brewery while in Anchorage to eat lunch, drink some beers in the Loft, and buy some swag. It's in an industrial section of town with odd road layouts, so use your GPS.

Bar when you walk in, with merchandise on the far wall. Rest of the room has tables to eat, with a small outdoor section too.

13 beers on tap, including what I am assuming are one-offs or experiments. They also had some homemade sodas for the non-beer drinkers. All of the beers were available in 6 or 12 oz servings. Service was great, as the bartender let me sample a few beers before ordering, and our food server was very friendly.

All of the beers were high quality, and the food was excellent. The menu is more of a lunch menu with mostly sandwhiches, but they are gourmet. My wife and I split a beef dip sandwhich, a bowl of beer cheese soup, and a "brewer's plate" of assorted meats, cheeses, and other goodies. Very tasty.

Definitely recommend!

Sep 06, 2011
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dragonWhale from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

What trip to Alaska would be complete without stopping here twice? Once to taste and twice to buy of course.
So, it's f'ing impossible (almost) to navigate here via bus. However, if you see the homebrew store from the main drag, you can go in there and they have a map of it on the wall in relation to their store. Wonder if this has happened before?
Finally after bumbling around like drunken vagrants for hours, we walk into the industrial park that Midnight Sun calls their very own. Walk up the stairs, there's beer in there! 12 or 15 beers on tap, varying prices, tremendous selection. 1st time they had Pride, Tree Hugger, and a bunch of other delicious treats that I have written down here somewhere. 2nd time the 2nd Hand Smoke, 2nd running from some stupid imperial stout these fools are making. Just missed out on Arctic Devil. Maybe next time?
Anyway, the food was pretty solid. They have notebooks in the window sills listing all their series brews they've done over the last 4 years, which was pretty cool to geek out on.
If you step out on the back patio, you can see people working on a school bus. Sweet!
Would've loved a brewery tour, but apparently they're more or less sticklers for that Thursday time slot. Maybe I didn't try hard enough.
Anyways, aside from the location, which I'm sure cost was a tremendous factor in getting them the space they needed, an outstanding place. And a must-visit.

Oct 15, 2010
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GeezLynn from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Having enjoyed several Midnight Sun beers in the past, this was high on my agenda of places to stop during a recent visit to Alaska. I ended up liking it so much, that we stopped there three times.

The beer was fantastic. All the regulars were on tap, along with some seasonals and special releases (Tree Hugger, Mojo, Because). There is also a fridge with bottles for sale.

Aside from the beer, the Loft is a great place to stop for food as well, which always makes it an easier sell to one's non-craft drinking acquaintances. They have a great menu full of interesting items and suggested beer pairings. There were also some amazing-looking dessert options along with various beer cocktails you could order. A great option for lunch or a light dinner.

The prices were very reasonable, servers were friendly and knowledgeable, and my only complaint would be that the dining/drinking area is on the smaller side and was pretty crowded each time I was there. I guess that speaks well for the place though. Definitely a great place to stop and enjoy some good food and outstanding beer.

Aug 17, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's impossible for me to add anything to the excellent review made my Juzy, but here goes anyway.

Was fortunate enough to be in Anchorage in early July and visited the loft on two occassions. I'd have gone back more often then that, but I thought that was asking too much of my long suffering girl friend.

While the brewery itself is fairly good size, the loft is fairly small and is, understandably, rather a bit popular. The loft consists of a fairly stark upstairs room that holds roughly 12 or 15 tables and chairs. This is definitely a no frills operation, so don't expect anything fancy and/or a fine dining experience. That being said, it's all about the beer selection here, which is clearly world class and worth the effort of driving or taking a taxi.

As I recall, there was something like 15 or 20 beers on tap, grouped into 3 different price points. My recollection is that you could get a growler fill of anythng on tap (prices vary, naturally), and prices (I thought) were very reasonable. They also have a cold box to the left as you walk in, and on this day I think there were 10 or 12 bottled selections, which this day included things like Venus, Anchor, Mercury, Uranus, Big Slick, and more. Selection here, both in bottle and on tap, is flat out kick ass. I think they even had the Monk's Mistress on nitro one of the days I was here.

In addition to growler sales, you can buy beer by the glass and sampler, which makes it possible to try quite a number of great MSBC beers (thank God!). Service, I thought, was OK, though given the steady stream of MSBC fans coming in for beer, waits for a beer could be a bit long at times (most folks seemed to be coming in for growler fills, though sales of the freshly released bottled Big Slick were rather brisk as well).

What more can I say? This is a place I will always visit whenever I'm in town. If you don't have a car, cost for a taxi ride from downtown is right around $15. Believe me when I say it's entirely worth the price.

Feb 15, 2010
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juzy from Alaska

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Parking: Compared to the old brewery? This place has TONS of parking! If you've been to the old, then you know what I mean. The parking lot is heated so you don't have to worry about snow and ice building up and causing problems for walking.

To Go Bar: Located downstairs, where you can get bottles and cases to go. This is also the winter entrance for The Loft.

The Loft: Summer entrance is a steep set of industrial metal stairs that take you up to a small balcony and the double entry doors to The Loft. Once inside you'll notice that the industrial theme continues throughout. Two bathrooms, one located on either side of the kitchen. Ten tables that seat 4, two larger round tables in the back probably seat another 10 people, a couple of concrete topped bars for standing around. I did notice some nice bar stools lining one of the walls that could be used at the concrete bars. In the summer there is a back deck to go out on that holds an additional 30ish people, standing only, there is no seating out back yet. I don't know what max capacity is in the tasting room but you are looking at the possibility of around 60ish people in the, and I've seen it close to that on Friday evenings.
You can walk up to the main bar and get your growlers filled, drop off your kegs, etc. They offer two glass sizes for drinking onsite. 6 and 12 oz. Being that they maintain only a brewery license they are limited to serving patrons no more than 36 oz. per person per day to be consumed on site.

They have 3 menu boards listing what's on tap, what's available for growler fills and what's available by the glass only (BTG).

Their menu is what they make it. They chose not to install a $30M fire-suppression system so they don't have open flame or grease fryers. But this decision fits their "fresh, flavorful, fun" food agenda. And what comes out of their kitchen is totally worth mentioning. My personal favorite at the moment is the Cheddar Ale Soup with garlic croutons. Made with local cheddar cheese and Kodiak Brown Ale, it's rich, creamy and addicting! The menu offers allot for a small menu and they have lunch specials M-F. There are a few salads, some snacking items, a handful of sandwiches, a cheese plate. Perfect for a quick lunch. Each menu item also offers a couple of beer pairing ideas. You can go to their website and view their menu. you can also sign up for Tweets from midnightsunbrew to keep up with the daily specials ;-)

Since opening the kitchen I've been to two beer dinners that they have had. I've been impressed with each one so far and I have another one to go to this week! Looking forward to that one as well. According to Barb Miller, VP and Marketing Guru at MSBC, they plan to do a monthly beer dinner.

The service is fantastic. I love that i get to say that, so often when I review a place I find the service to be lame or lacking or both. But the staff here is very friendly, beer educated, on top of things over all.

Gary does brewery tours ever Thursday evening, see the website for time and more details. It's a great new brewery, so if you haven't had the tour yet I highly recommend it. This place is HUGE compared to the old brewery. Lots of new, shiny things ;-)

A definite "must-see" place on your beer adventure in Alaska.

Feb 15, 2010
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axman from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

On the recommendation of BAs, this was my first stop in Anchorage this January. It was a bit of a challenge to find (Bing maps's directions were horrible) and parking extremely limited, but Midnight Sun was worth the effort.

The tasting room is small--maybe six tables--and the food menu limited, but the selections were appropriate for a place where the focus is beer.

They had a wide variety on tap--too many to sample them all while remaining below the 36oz limit. Our server, however, was a very knowledgeable and helpful young lady, clearly a beer enthusiast, and helped guide my selections. I tried all of the various IPAs and several of the Belgian styles, and she helped me out by bringing out 1oz tastes rather than the standard 2oz sample sizes.

Its hard to pick a favorite--perhaps the Black IPA and Obliteration V DIPA--but I didn't try one I didn't like. I brought four bombers back to Virginia: Sockeye Red IPA, Panty Peeler Belgian Tripel, Kodiak Brown Ale, and Uranus Belgian-style Golden Brett ale.

Feb 06, 2010
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, AK
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