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Broken Tooth Brewing

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BEER AVG
3.75/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2021 Spar Ave
Anchorage, Alaska, 99501-1815
United States

(907) 278-4999 | map
brokentoothbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
259
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
46
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by juzy:
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Yesterday was an "in-service" day for the Anchorage School District, so I took my youngest son, Matt, who is 15, in town with me for some errands. We picked up my sister on the way and after errands were completed we stopped in to Moose's Tooth for lunch. I thought that being around 1pm it would be less crowded, it usually is at that time. But I had to remind myself that it's a "no school" day. The place was packed, like usual. We only waited a short 5 minutes for a table though.

They are currently under construction of a new addition. For years there was a "temporary" tent structure, heated of course, added on near the bar area. This area was full of long picnic tables and patio furniture to help alleviate congestion in the main dining area. The tent has been moved to the front of the building and actual building construction is taking place where the tent once stood.

The beer menu is diverse and always offers a few seasonal brews. You can usually find Alpenglow Amber, Fairweather I.P.A., Klondike Golden, Midtown Brown, Pipeline Stout (Bronze medal winner at 2005 GABF), Prince William's Porter (Bronze medal winner at 2005 GABF), Polar Pale, & Raspberry Wheat. Also on the beer menu, yesterday, was a Hard Apple Ale and a White Knight Winter.

My sister ordered the apple ale and was quite impressed with it. Not being a beer afficianado she was unable to comment on more than "it is really good, I'm impressed". I guess that says something for someone who isn't really into beer.
I had the winter ale and I, also, was impressed. The server described it as sweet, but I didn't find it sweet really. When I think sweet I think bock or doppelbock. this was a well balanced beer. Amber in color. Toasty malts up front, followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, possibly some ginger, finishing with a slightly dry hoppiness, but not bitter. Quite delicious.

As for food, the menu is based around pizza, but they have some great salads as well.
My sister started with the Blackened Chicken Ceasar, as did my son. A crisp bed of romaine lettuce gently tossed in a creamy housemade Ceasar dressing. Blackened chicken breast stips, sun-dried tomatoes, croutons, and grated parmesan lie on top of the greens. From past experience I can tell you that this salad is wonderful. Both my sister and son ordered the side instead of the meal size. Trust me when I say that even the side is enough to share between two people if you are ordering more than just salad.
I ordered the Hungarian Mushroom soup, usually a staple on their soup menu. There were two other choices, but I knew what I wanted as soon as walked in from the chilly November day in Midtown. The soup is wonderfully creamy, but not thick-creamy. It has a slight spiciness to it, which is typical of some Hungairan paprikas as some of the spice companies have gotten into the habit of adding cayenne to their paprika for a stronger, bolder flavor. A bit of dill and fresh parsley top the soup. Great choice for a winter day.
My son ordered a medium cheese pizza, of which he brought home half for his brother. My sister and I opted for the Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus plate (grilled flatbread, sun-dried tomato hummus, feta cheese, kalamata olives, sliced tomato and cucumer). She's not a fan of Moose's Tooth pizza, probably the only person in Anchorage that isn't. She thinks the crust dough has no flavor. I, on the other had, enjoy the thin, chewy crust and enjoy the flavor of the toppings anyway, so if the crust is lacking flavor I don't notice.

There were 11 veggie pizzas on the menu, 14 meat, and 12 seafood and chicken varieties. They have a daily special, Monday thru Friday, lunchtime. It includes a slice of the pizza of the day, plain side or ceasar salad or soup or breadsticks, and a soda. You can add blackened chicken or salmon to the salad for an additional fee.

Although our visit yesterday did not include dessert there are some nice ones to be had. They will be found on the beer menu as they change often. Wine and soft drinks are also available, but no other beers, only in-house beers.

I've marked the value as reasonable, as it is for our area. However those coming from outside may find it a bit pricey. Welcome to Anchorage.

Edited 10/14/06 - Since opening their new addition this summer, they have started up growler service. You can now bring home growlers of your favorite Moose's Tooth brew! They actually filled a growler with their 2003 barleywine for us, $20! Most places around here won't growler their special beers.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of DSWeller
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of BenGap
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Place is always packed so expect a wait. Often can't even get a solo seat at the bar. Overall vibe is nice with beer themed decor, but it's really a pizza place that brews beer, as that's the main focus. Decent selection but could have a few more taps to try the specialty releases. Only a couple on tap at any given time. Service is decent but the wait is always long so that could be improved or add a brew focused section that's more tasting room, less hotel eatery in Midtown.

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Photo of mb202060
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Trentt2
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great beer. Awesome pizza. Like the best I've ever had. Can't say enough about the place. Ridiculously crowded but worth the wait

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ksolekjr
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of fureousangel
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Seeker_11
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Really enjoyed this place when I went to Alaska. Had really excellent pizza! Definitely visit if you can.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of AshleyKing
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This is a great pizzaria and brewery. Their selection of craft beer is excellent: their pizzas unique and yummy.

My fav is their fairweather IPA and pretty much any of their pizzas, thin crust, creative toppings, and very funky milieu. Very Alaskan and very popular. There is always a buzz and crowd there.

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Photo of coldriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited on June 25, not long after arriving in Alaska. Getting here was ugly - who would've guessed Anchorage would have traffic problems - but we were reassured by locals that the 5:00 pm "rush" hour is intense but only lasts about 15 minutes. We had about a 45 minute wait for a table but many people in the waiting area were drinking pints and I enjoyed a couple myself to pass the time. This is a great place for someone just arrived to get a sense of the Alaskan lifestyle. Lots of people in knee high rubber boots, people standing outside drinking in the rain not giving a damn, everyone wearing outdoorsy clothing, overall a jovial and boisterous crowd. The pizza was fantastic and the beer was very good (especially liked the Pipeline Stout and Fairweather IPA) with around 10 taps. I like to think of Moose's Tooth as Pizza Port of the north - just like Pizza Port screams California, Moose's Tooth screams Alaska!

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch while in Anchorage on a tip from some locals. Its a nice place and got busy in a hurry around lunch time. We got there just before the crowd on July 4th.

Pros: Nice atmosphere along with very good beer and really good pizza. We especially liked how they were conscious of food allergies on their menus. Moose's Tooth kind of had the family friendly vibe to it. I will say this place is not to be missed while in Anchorage. Great!

Cons: If you are driving north along the sterling highway, it can be tricky to get there (as it is right off the south bound side of the highway). Other than that, none that I can think of.

Grade: A

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch today and a growler fill. This is in my opinion one of the most consistently excellent beer and food venues in Anchorage. The pizza, for me, is the standard against which all others are compared. Make that the gold standard. Menu also features an array of tasty appetizers, salads and soup.

Pair that pizza with their craft brews and you have a winning combination. Moose's Tooth brews a variety of beer styles. They have an excellent IPA. Some of their others are quite good as well. There is a stout, porter, ESB, amber, brown, hefeweizen, and a few more. Each month they also have a first tap brew which is a unique one-off creation.

The atmosphere is always good, comfortable, and welcoming for just about any crowd, including families and large groups. This place is consistently busy and the service is good. Sometimes you can wait a little for the pizza, but nothing outrageous.

Value is very reasonable. You are paying Alaska prices, but the value, compared with other venues in town, is quite good.

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Photo of Kreis
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alaska was a second home to me. They take their bears veeeery seriously, and almost all the breweries there know what they're doing. We lived quite a few hours away from Anchorage and made monthly trips there. Everytime we passed through, we made sure to stop here, we made it a point to pick up few growlers. The hard apple and the Rye pale ale are aah-mazing. The food is incredible, and every month they do a first tap party featuring a new beer and a great musical guest. I stopped in and saw Cake live and for the event they had made a choc cake bear, FUN! If you're ever in that area, do yourself a favor and stop by.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here with the lady after a trip into the Midnight Sun. Needed to see the place and get some grub as well. Pizza you say?!
Well we walked in and moseyed on up to the bar. Seemed like a reasonable thing to do. Pretty cool bar, lots of Moose's Tooth taps, like 10-12. Bartender very friendly, poured me a couple tasters, our waitress was as well. We ordered some beers and sat and enjoyed them -- a one off Smoke in Your Rye, and then the Pipeline Stout before trying the Tooth, their classic amber. All were delicious in their own right, and the Tooth perhaps the best amber I've ever had, loaded with Centennial hops.
The pizza was delicious, and the pizza menu was massive as well, a full page of options.
Dug the vibe, the beer and the food. Kudos my good people.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My two experiences with the Moose's Tooth were pretty similar. On both a Sunday evening and a Thursday evening the wait time was an absurd hour to two hours (which I was told by my Anchorage hosts is typical). The atmosphere was decent- standard rustic Western/cabin style, but the place was so crowded that the wait staff was getting visibly irritated having to push through the throngs of people loitering for tables.

Foodwise, the pizza was good both times and I thought they had a nice selection both of pizza varieties and other fare. The beer was decent, but not worth seeking out. Most of the beer styles were toned down to the point that they really didn't hold up well next to the food.

All things considered, a decent experience once you were served, but not really good enough to justify that kind of wait in my opinion.

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