Broken Tooth Brewing

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

(907) 278-4999 | map

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jessie continued to be a superb hostess by showing me the proximity, on the map, of this place to La Bodega. I was off and running!

The building was an odd shape from the exterior, with a center doorway and two long wings radiating outward on either side of the doorway. I was not even out of the vestibule before I was excited - growlers and growler coozies in a display case to the left, along with other logo items for sale. The huge blonde wood m.d.s. was straight ahead and featured an aluminum version of their logo of the silhouette of the profile of a moose. What a rack!

Directly behind the m.d.s. was the 5/8 of an octagon-shaped, laminated blonde wood bar which fronted a line of taps that served as the back bar, above which was a color chalkboard listing their available beers.

Sitting at the bar, it struck me that the place was laid out as a hub and spokes. The kitchen was left, behind the bar and the bar area was filled out with high tables and chairs.

A separate entry to extreme right for take-away orders. Right of the m.d.s. was restaurant seating with a mix of standard tables and chairs and booths. Also on that side was an unobstructed view of the kitchen, a mosaic above the booths by the far right windows, and a mural of salmon-like fish. Left of the m.d.s. was more mixed seating with booths along the walls and standard tables and chairs center. The lavs were down a short pathway to the left of the bar and used mosaic "M" and "W" to designate the doorways. Aft, left, was a semi-private party-meeting room.

Beers: Klondike Golden; Ship Creek Lage; Northern Light Amber; Moose's Tooth Hefeweizen; Eagle River Red (West Coast Red Ale); Raspberry Wheat; Hard Apple Ale; Jack Straw Rye; Rye'd Redjudice (Red Rye); Pipeline Stout; Prince William's Porter; Midtown Brown; Bear Tooth Ale; Fairweather IPA; Moonflower ESB; Polar P.A.; Spenard Nite Life (light lager).

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Have not been here in a good 10 years, but I felt like little has changed at the MT in that time. I think the restaurant has expanded a bit, something the place really needed to undergo, given its incredible popularity.

Stopped by here on the 4th of July, not knowing what to expect. I actually thought business might be off a bit on the 4th, with most people having dinner at home with their families. Guess again.

As noted above, this place is now pretty sizeable, which is a good thing. As you walk in, they now have a hostess station, in order to better direct you to either the bar area straight back, or to a table at one of the large dining roooms to the right or to the left. We were able to snag a table pretty quickly in the bar area, but not long thereafter, people started to pile up in the waiting areas. Still, waits didn't seem to last too long, as there was a fairly quick turnover in the restaurant. Atmosphere/vibe is very relaxed, informal, and even family oriented. The place has the look and feel of a Chili's or Applebee's, except with outdoor living decorations and beer posters on the walls.

As for the beer, it's OK. I think they had roughly 15 or 16 house beers on tap. I got a very nice IPA, as well as the Bear Tooth ale, both of which were solid. However, they looked to be pretty much the most "out there" beers on the menu, with the selection otherwise made up of weizens, blond and gold ales, fruit beers and kolsch. I assume that reflects the summertime menu, but the excessive number of very light beers was a bit disappointing. Service was nice enough; we were served by a very pleasant young lady who did a competent job. A few times we had to wait a while to place or get an order, but considering the number of people she had to serve, that wasn't a huge surprise.

While the beer here is hardly jaw dropping, the food here is pretty damn good. We got the halibut pizza, which was large, tasty, and had plenty of halibut covered in some coriander pepper batter. We also tried the salmon spread appetizer, which was outstanding. The amount of salmon dip they give you is impressive, and as for quality, it was the best salmon spread I've ever had. They really put a lot of salmon in the spread, and the dish has a very impressive spicey, smokey flavor as well. It was delicious.

Prices were OK. Our medium pizza (which we were unable to finish), salmon spread, two beers and glass of NZ sauvignon blanc came to $46. Not bad at all I thought.

Wish the beer here was a bit more exciting, but overall, had a very nice time at the MT.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of yemenmocha
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Family restaurant that happens to serve beer, and you will always wait to eat here. They need another location. Waiting nearly an hour almost any day of the week is lame, no matter how good your pizza is.

Atmosphere is typical family pizza joint.
Quality of beer is above average, with some beers notably good.
Service is average.
Selection for a brewpub is above average, with more than a dozen beers to choose from.

Pizza was amazing, as was the breadsticks we ordered.

Reasonable prices, given the standard in Alaska.

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Photo of shivtim
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A busy bar/restaurant that was packed with locals and tourists alike. We grabbed a spot at the bar for lunch. Service was friendly and nice at the bar. I heard one beer-related conversation where a bartender was discussing Stone and Rogue with a couple of people sitting further down the bar.

Selection was pretty good, with at least 14 on tap, although none were overly impressive. We had the "brewhouse favorite" pizza and it was very good and ginormous.

A pretty decent stop for Anchorage.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is not easy to find, but more than worth the effort. It is small, with a diner like atmosphere. The food is good, but I've certainly had better pizza. So much for the downside. The brews are outstanding, both quantity and quality. I counted 18 taps, (which the menu claims is the most anywhere in the world - those who know the Dominion brewpub in Northern Virginia will know that's not the case). Every product I tried (seven, I think...) was an outstanding example of its class. From lager to IPA to porter to stout, you can't go wrong at the Moose's Tooth.

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Photo of coldriver
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 warmstorage
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Moose's Tooth, is, simply, an absolute must beer destination on any Anchorage trip. To be honest, it's not technically a brewpub, as their beers are brewed about five miles away, in the industrial area north of downtown Anchorage. These beers, however, are lovely to a one, and served at Moose's Tooth, and their very popular sister restaurant/threatrepub, the Bear Tooth.

Atmosphere: well, it's basically a rambling Alaska pizza parlor that happens to serve really outstanding beer. It's a family type place frequented by families, and most other types of Anchoraguans, too. Seating can be very tight during the dinner rush, but is easy other times. A tiny bar seats four, but makes for unrivaled beer sampling and beertalk: the bartenders tend to know plenty about the beer, and are free with suggestions and samples. There is an excellent outside seating area under a big tent, and for cold/rain, has heaters, and curtains that can be pulled close against rain/snow. The whole place is entirely non-smoking, so you can actually smell your beer!

Overall I have to dock a little for atmosphere, as it can be quite crowded and loud at busy times, and sadly, a lot of people come in without a damn clue what good beer is: sitting at the bar recently and listening to people order was a truly gut-wrenching experience, but I did manage to quietly influence several orders, and the bartender was great: when they asked for light bodied, he poured a light Wit style!

Service, unfortunately, can be very hit or miss. The barstaff is usually excellent, and some of the waitstaff is too, but a good chunk of the employees are very young, and many servers are not particularly beer-inclined. If you really want to get good opinions and tastes of the beer, sit at the bar, or come in when it's slow so your server can go ask questions and get samples.

The selection and quality of the beer is outstanding: usually about 13-15 on tap, including a hand-pull (I'm unclear whether it's truly real ale, or just keg conditioned, but it was recently a lovely IPA.) They run the gamut, and do almost everything VERY well. Particular standouts for style and overall drinkability are the Pipeline Stout, Prince William Porter, and Fairweather IPA. In the lighter styles, the Artic Apricot, hefe, and Raspberry Wheat are all excellent, fruity, and full (the fruit ales tend to the essence/candy style rather than real fruit). On several recent visits, they had both the 2002 and 2003 barleywine on, which made for fun (and repeated) side-by-side tasting of these excellent beers. (Both are of the pronounced-hoppy, raw, robust barleywine style, not the sweet/syrupy style. If you like SN Bigfoot, you'll love these.)

The food is excellent for what it is: fancy, gourmet pizza, excellent (huge) salads, a meat and a vegetarian soup always on, big, delicious desserts, yummy appetizers. The pizza is the big draw, and I've liked or loved every one I've had. the best deal is probably the five cheese ($15.50/large), as they get a little spendy from there, up to $25 for large pizzas with the works, but man, they're tasty, and will feed three hungry people pretty easily. Combined with a huge $6.50 entree salad, it's a meal for a family. Again, you have to remember that this is Alaska, and even in Anchorage, where all types of food are easily available, it's probably being flown, barged, or driven in. So while I've said "a bit pricey" for value, it's a fine value for Alaska, just not so much compared with "Down South" (i.e., the lower 48.)

Beer prices are similar: $4 for a standard pint is a little high, but again, basically all their materials have to be flown in. Sample prices are particularly high: $1.25 for four ounces, $5 for four, and more for very strong ales. Usually, though, they'll give you a small taste, and you can drop the $4 for 10 ounces of the excellent barleywine from there.

Overall, Moose's Tooth is a critical reason why Alaska's beer scene is so damn amazing given the small population. The selection is top notch, and the beer quality ranges from great to outstanding. Compared to other locals, the food is cheaper on balance, and the beer equally good, as Glacier Brewhouse, and both the food and beer are better than Snow Goose.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Between here and Glacier Brewhouse this place wins the longest-wait-time competition. There's a reason why this place is jam packed even at wierd hours on weekdays.

I have dreams of the pizza that I had there. Really amazing sauces, topping combinations, etc. The crust is good, but not great, perhaps the only shortcoming.

The beers are superb. If you only have time to visit it once, I reccommend the sampler, which is 4 for $5. Try as many as you damn well can!

Downsides: It's small and noisy. Yeah, theres families galore during meal hours, and when I went there was a damn little-league team there.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Moose's Tooth is the best place to get pizza in Anchorage, without a doubt. Their selection is incredible. I didn't count each one, but I am sure they have nearly 30 or 40 pizza's to choose from, in addition to appetizers, etc...

Their beer is also great. They brew everything on-site. I have tried nearly all their beer's, and especially love the Pipeline Stout, and Darth Delirium. They make the best Hef that I've ever had, anywhere. They feature specialty and seasonal beers quite often, which is always a welcome addition.

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Photo of joedon
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Generally agreed upon to have the best pizza in Anchorage and I can verify that. Not much else on the menu besides salads but huge variety of reasonably priced pizza.

Newly expanded/remodeled with roomy booths and tables. Don't know if there will be an outdoor beer garden as before (of course in this climate, the beer garden is only useable for about 4 months).

Excellent selection of high quality beers. About 10 on tap at my last visit including the very respectable, Fairweather IPA.

Good service even for a very busy lunch hour crowd. The bartenderess was happy to offer free samples and discuss the beers. Only house-made beers are available as well as a respectable wine list and soft drinks.
Some of the beers are available elsewhere in Alaska (e.g. Humpy's).

Worth a visit.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'm basing this review mainly on the merits of the restaurant, since that what it mainly is. The food is good and Moose's Tooth's decent beers are fresh and on tap. Visited on a beautiful day in Anchorage Alaska, warmer than I imagined it could ever be in Alaska. Still it was not too hot, wonderful. The building looks like a typical small restaurant from the outside. Inside there are booths with high back wooden benches, as well as the standard table and chairs scattered about. Nice unobtrusive bar with many of the companies beers on tap. Pizza was outstanding. Service was fast and friendly. A nice selection of t-shirts are available, designs are cool. A nice place and one I was glad to have checked out.

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Photo of irishevans
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A wonderful pub. I can't stress enough that if you come to Anchorage that you MUST go here. they brew some good beers, as well as some fantastic beers. the other draw is the world class pizza, my favorite being the blackened Halibut pizza(sounds nasty, but is great). the neo-hippie theme shouldn't put you off, the people are as chill as most other Alaskans, and they won't beat you for owning a car. the overall report is that this is a great place for locals and tourists alike. if you make it to the last frontier stop in maybe I'll see you, and if I know your an advocate I might even buy you a pint. cheers

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4.99/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.68/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I decided to review this location after my girlfriend asked me why I had never done so while I donned my Pipeline Stout T-Shirt.

I was on vacation with my family in Anchorage and was waiting near our truck camper in a Wal-Mart parking lot waiting for everyone to finish shopping. This guy walks over and had a couple questions of how we attached our canoe to the top of the camper and finally we get onto the subject of beer. He mentions to me the directions of how to get to this pizzeria with some pretty good beers. I speak with the family and make it clear that we cannot pass up this opportunity so we make our way to Moose’s Tooth.

I was expecting a place that does pizza and has a few beers. Well I was blown away when I walked through the door. Many of the walls were covered with poster sized flyers of beer related events that Moose’s Tooth has taken part in.

The food was pretty good, standard family style sit down pizza place. But the beers were great! They had around 12 beers on tap when I was visiting. The waiter was quite knowledgeable about their beers making the experience even better.

If ever remotely in the area visit this place and enjoy yourself.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
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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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Both time I have been in Anchorage, I have gone to Moose's Tooth (this last time we went twice, once on our way out of town and then again on our way to the airport).

They have a ridiculous number of taps (~15) including an excellent cream soda and root beer. They do small (4 ounces) samples for $1.25 and have reasonably priced pints. The bartenders know the beer and are happy to guide you. I had an excellent Centennial dominated Pale Ale, as well as an IPA, Porter, Stout... all were great beers.

The atmosphere is pizza pub. The wait times can be ridiculous (even in the middle of the afternoon). Both times we found a couple of seats at the bar which I tend to prefer (easier to chat with the bartender than a server). Their pizza is great, they have a wide range of specialty pizzas (things like artichokes and feta cheese) as well as the traditional stuff.

It can feel a little expensive if you are from Florida but the prices are reasonable by Alaska standards.

Highly recommended, their beers rate at least a 4.5

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