Small tasting room when you first walk in with a growler fill station and a large gift shop, around the corner is another small bar with some a couple taps, but a lot more seating and a view of the pilot system and original 10 BBL brewhouse. Service was super friendly, super knowledgeable and super accommodating considering we got there 30 minutes before they closed. All the possible Alaskan beers on tap, including tap room exclusives. Impressive operation, would love to come back and do a tour.
Ticket at the Depot. Van to the brewery. Starts with an interesting historical talk with some beer notes. Three common samples during the lecture. Three more samples in the main tasting room after the lecture. Ok, but the chances of a bunch of rare beers is nil. The chances of a new beer seem pretty good. I got one not yet in the database. Good talk with the guy at the taproom taps.
I was really excited about this brewery. I know it is a rather large one in the Pacific Northwest. I had gotten a sampler case from Costco so I had an idea about this beer. We bought a ticket at the beer depot to take us to the brewery. The ticket included a special beer tasting and is a great way to sample the beers and get a history of the brewery. The tasting room is rather small but they have a really large selection of beers on tap. Wide variety which was really nice. No food but the beer more than makes up for it. From the outside of the building you can see the bottling line which is pretty cool. Most of the large facility is dedicated to their production floor. Lots of wood all around. The tasting bar is rather small and can fill up quickly but there is a small room off to the side to enjoy your beer and be out of the way.
Had a great tour with one of the brewers, who shared some vintage smoked porters with us. Everyone we met at the brewery and its outlet store downtown was incredibly friendly and helpful.
Oakes (835) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 23, 2014
This was an excellent visit, and they treated us very well. Full tour, tasting, plus great advice as well. The brewery has a tasting bar/growler station, including a bunch of brews that don’t get much distribution beyond the doors of the brewery.
As taprooms go, the one at Alaskan Brewing Company is a fairly small one. But still cozy and charming. If you can locate it, at the back of the industrial warehouse area (I homed in on the tall, white storage tanks as I walked from the bus stop near CastCo). On the day of my visit, they offered ten beers on tap - including Hopothermia, the Imperial Red (Pilot Series) and the delicious Smoked Porter. All visitors above 21 can get 6 tasters for free, so the place was packed. Visited: 2014-07-26.
As a local, here’s my take.
Its always friendly there. No matter who is working behind the bar or the cash register. The beers are never bad and honestly there are some that are extremely good, ya just gotta find the right ones. The value, luckily, its out in Lemon Creek (close to the Valley), so you’re not gonna get downtown prices. Take the tour offered in front of their downtown location to take you out here. You’ll be pleased. Last thing I gotta say about this Alaskan beer company, remember they put bottling dates on their beers unlike Midnight Sun who somehow seems to get more attention. Take or leave it, that’s just how this stellar company rolls!
Visited in August 2007. I was in town visiting my brother, and swung by here one afternoon. From the outside, it looks like nothing special. Inside, we took a small tour of the brewery, and got free samplers. I would definitely visit again if I was in town. Back when I visited Alaskan wasn’t getting distributed to Colorado, so it was my first initiation into their beers.