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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 4,396
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
8111 Dimond Hook Dr
phone: (907) 344-1179
To-Go Bar on ground level. The kitchen in The Loft is now open, 11am - 8pm every day (Alaska state laws require breweries to be closed by 8pm). Their menu can be perused at their website. Remember, they are remaining licensed as a brewery only, not a brewpub, so per the State of Alaska, there is a 36 oz. on-site consumption limit per person, per day in the Loft.
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Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-15-2010 18:54:49 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
stopped by the brewery while in Anchorage to eat lunch, drink some beers in the Loft, and buy some swag. It's in an industrial section of town with odd road layouts, so use your GPS.
Bar when you walk in, with merchandise on the far wall. Rest of the room has tables to eat, with a small outdoor section too.
13 beers on tap, including what I am assuming are one-offs or experiments. They also had some homemade sodas for the non-beer drinkers. All of the beers were available in 6 or 12 oz servings. Service was great, as the bartender let me sample a few beers before ordering, and our food server was very friendly.
All of the beers were high quality, and the food was excellent. The menu is more of a lunch menu with mostly sandwhiches, but they are gourmet. My wife and I split a beef dip sandwhich, a bowl of beer cheese soup, and a "brewer's plate" of assorted meats, cheeses, and other goodies. Very tasty.
09-06-2011 20:37:48 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
02-15-2010 17:35:30 |
More by juzy
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.
10-15-2010 07:53:42 |
More by dragonWhale
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.
08-16-2010 23:40:52 |
More by GeezLynn
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.
07-11-2012 01:03:07 |
More by TriggerFingers
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
On the recommendation of BAs, this was my first stop in Anchorage this January. It was a bit of a challenge to find (Bing maps's directions were horrible) and parking extremely limited, but Midnight Sun was worth the effort.
The tasting room is small--maybe six tables--and the food menu limited, but the selections were appropriate for a place where the focus is beer.
They had a wide variety on tap--too many to sample them all while remaining below the 36oz limit. Our server, however, was a very knowledgeable and helpful young lady, clearly a beer enthusiast, and helped guide my selections. I tried all of the various IPAs and several of the Belgian styles, and she helped me out by bringing out 1oz tastes rather than the standard 2oz sample sizes.
Its hard to pick a favorite--perhaps the Black IPA and Obliteration V DIPA--but I didn't try one I didn't like. I brought four bombers back to Virginia: Sockeye Red IPA, Panty Peeler Belgian Tripel, Kodiak Brown Ale, and Uranus Belgian-style Golden Brett ale.
02-06-2010 00:49:06 |
More by axman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
01-31-2012 23:52:14 |
More by ROWDYMELT
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.
06-02-2013 17:21:09 |
More by lakersfan16
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. in Anchorage, AK
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