Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 159
Beer Avg: 4.16
Taps: 11 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by juzy:
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
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
09-17-2005 17:01:20 | More by juzy
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3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Cool spot in downtown Anchorage. Went on a Sunday and it was packed to the max. Didn't check out the bar area, grabbed some seats in the eating area so I could grab some food as well. A somewhat limited overall selection of beer to choose from, around 6 or so beers total and I stuck with the IPA and Oatmeal Stout, the 2 beers that were of interest. Both were good. Service was fair at best, but it was ridiculously busy so it wasn't intentional, server just might not have been as well rehearsed as he could have been. Food was good but super pricey. Overall, glad I stopped there and would head back if I every find myself back in Anchorage.
08-24-2013 21:03:02 | More by denver10
5/5 rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
One of our favorite places in Anchorage. Fine food and beer.
If you are looking for gourmet food and some really good brews then you have to stop by Glacier Brewhouse. Their food is fantastic! They feature a wood fired grill where they cook all things from whole chickens on a rotisserie to fresh Alaskan salmon. You will not be disappointed with anything on the menu. The beer is always a safe bet as well. They have a full lineup as well as a seasonal and a rotating cask beer. Their sampler is an amazing deal! Five tasters for around $5!
Please try this place. You will love it!
11-26-2011 06:08:03 | More by Ryan1423
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
First stop in Anchorage was at the Glacier brewhouse. I mean, that's just where the bus let us off right? Walked in just after it opened, hoping to catch a little World Cup action. It is a massive space, but low ceilinged, with a view of the brewhouse. The bar is long. Didn't really like the overall layout of the place, I'd prefer higher ceilings for such an open space, it's actually kind've monotonous.
Did like that you can see into the brewhouse and I did very much like the open kitchen. Always nice to see. They were in there prepping up a storm.
We had some nice beers on tap, their IPA on draft and cask that was pretty good, a damn fine Beam Brown ale, and their Porter. Came back another time, had some other stuff that was pretty good too.
Had food both times and both times it was pretty good but not very memorable, and a little bit pricey. But they jam on weeknights so I guess they can charge whatever they want. Overall, a nice place and a cool experience.
10-19-2010 02:30:57 | More by dragonWhale
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
In Anchorage on business in January and our hosts made reservations here one night. When reviews say reservations recommended, they mean it--without reservations the wait was an hour on a Thursday. The interior of the space was impressive, the service was friendly. I found the standard beers included in the sampler underwhelming (but safe for patrons new to craft beer), but the seasonals/occasionals that I tried were very nice. The Black Rye Bock was the most interesting offering I tried. The food was OK, but nothing special---neither complemented nor detracted from the beers.
02-06-2010 00:22:46 | More by axman
3.86/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The entry was on 5th Ave., but coming in, I was in a mini-mall with the brewpub to the left and up a short flight of steps. The m.d.s. was to the immediate left with the extensive kitchen beginning to the immediate right. It was a big space with a curved wood roof with exposed slats and beams, like a ship's interior hull or the inside of a barrel. The best orientation point was at the m.d.s., so that the restaurant area was on the left side with a combination of booths and standard tables and chairs. The snaking, dark-marble topped bar was to the extreme right and fronted the brewhouse behind glass, along the right wall. The bar area had a mix of high tables and chairs along with standard tables and chairs, plus a shelf fronted with high chairs in front of the brewhouse windows.
Beers: Amber Ale; Brewhouse Blonde; Imperial Blonde; Hefeweizen; IPA; Oatmeal Stout.
Two cask engines with IPA were the flavor of the day when I visited.
Mom Test: Definitely! This was a Clean, Well-lighted Place for Beer. I was into it, but the average citizen would have easily been able to hang.
12-25-2009 14:23:45 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I figured this place was going to be good since there was a line forming a half an hour before lunch in the middle of the week.
The place is cavernous with a huge fireplace in the middle of the dining room. Very nice venue.
The beer was only average with only about half a dozen choices.
The food was very good and well prepared.
The service was prompt, though not overly friendly.
By the time went to leave the line to come in was even longer. The place is good, I just didn't think it was that good.
07-16-2009 11:51:30 | More by youbrewidrink
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
As one walks up the stairs into Glacier Brewhouse from 5th Ave., one is struck by the fairly upscale vibe to this place. There is white table cloth, lots of wait staff in uniform, and everything seems very clean and bright. This place is pretty good size, and is set in a circular dining room, with a modest size bar area in the back to the right. Despite all of that, there is still a comfortable, laid back vibe to this place. I was trying to think what to liken it to, and now that I think about it, it sort of reminds me (atmosphere wise) of Teresa's Next Door in SEPA. That's pretty high praise in my book, and in fact, atmosphere here is not bad at all. On this particular day, I think they had around 10 or 12 differnt beers, though alas, none of their wood aged beers were available. In any event, the two beers I sampled, the imperial blond and the DIPA were both pretty good, if not exactly mind blowing. We sat at the bar, where we were served by a very pleasant young lady, who for the most part was quick and efficient. We ordered some fries and a quesadilla, both of which were quite good. This place has a reputation for pretty good food, which is part of the reason we ended up visiting for lunch today as opposed to stopping by for dinner yesterday. Yesterday at 7:00 there had to be roughly 30 people standing in line, trying to get a table.... and yes, as others have noted, at least in the summer time, this place gets quite the tourista crowd.
Prices are a bit on the spendy side, even by Anchorage standards. Still, the food and beer are good enough that that seems to be not much of a deterrent to the patrons that frequent this place. Definitely a place worth stopping by, even in the summer, when it appears the beer list is dumbed down just a bit.
07-03-2009 23:33:02 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, AK
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