Denali Brewery & Tap Room

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
SHIG  (286) Wasilla, Alaska | September 18, 2016
Tap room off from the brewery. Not huge, but in the nice months they have the outdoor beer garden. They have at least 12 taps now and plenty of swag. Have sample, glasses, or take a growler.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (1084) Sunnyvale, California | July 7, 2017
I gave the in-town restaurant a pass and instead asked for a short hall pass to visit the taproom on the way out of town. This is the production facility. They offer a few tours each day in addition to pours of quite a few of their beers. The public space is quite cramped inside, but there are a number of outdoor tables available. Parking lot is gravel and plenty large enough for as many people as will fit, even when taking the preponderance of RV’s into account. Quite busy on July 1st. I had to wait in line for a bit to get served, but they were efficient. They sell 5 oz samples of everything, individually priced or as part of a flight. I had time for just two so I went with a Session IPA (ok) and a Belgian Strong (good). All in all this is a pretty typical production facility tasting room, well worth a visit. I can’t speak to the quality of the tour as I had no time.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Pilsnertest  (7) , Sweden | November 15, 2016
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb  (605) Woodland, California | September 12, 2016
Small tap room. Good beers. Good service. Good tour (thanks Brian of Big Swig). It’s a place to drink beer. And to buy special bottles (I got One Tree Birch Beer). Good experience.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
PRBeer  (681) Parsippany, New Jersey | October 21, 2015
Not sure why the ratings are so low...it has no food because it’s a small brewery...not a brewpub or large brewery (plus they have Twister Creek in the main town of Talkeetna). Serving food takes valuable time and attention away from making good beer. I think people commonly agree that Denali beers are pretty good to very good...so injecting the standard of whether you prefer to visit brewery taprooms vs brewpub/restaurants seems a disservice to them. I visited here in September...sitting outside on a warm evening thankfully light on squiters. I love there beers and actually came here a couple of nights "after" I’d already eaten and drank at Twister Creek. In some ways this was a better experience for me...because it was all about the beer...and some great customers...and a couple of very accommodating staffers. To each his own I guess...but I say rate a craftbeer place first based on its beer...and try not to weigh too heavily your personal preference for bar, restaurant, brewery, taproom, or brewpub atmosphere.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
furthur  (36) Eagle River, Alaska | October 20, 2015
No food, just a tap room. They’ll fill growlers of anything on tap. No food. Nice outside area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate  (188) Portland (Sellhood), Oregon | December 14, 2014
Visited this place this past August. My wife and I flew with Talkeetna Air Taxi around Denali, and landed on a glacier. It was fucking awesome to say the least. We stopped here afterwards, and the service was great. The waiter was quite friendly. The food was decent. I don’t think it’s the most exciting food in the world, but it wasn’t bad. I liked the beer quite a bit, actually. I had the Louisville Sour, which I thought was a quality Weisse. I would definitely return if I was in the Talkeetna area. The day we were there, it was stunning outside, so we sat outside, so I can’t comment on the ambiance of the brew pub itself, but outside was awesome. Anyways, you have to visit Alaska. With that, you have to visit Talkeetna. With that, you have to take the flight around Denali. There is some Roadhouse bakery place that is fucking awesome, too. However, the rest of the town is just a bunch of gift shops, and my wife and I aren’t really trinket-type people.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Beershine  (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | October 8, 2014
There are only a few tables here, and is not the kind of place you would spend any time as it is mainly a brewery, so better off driving the whole way into the ausshank in Talkeetna town to drink the Denali beers. The town is awesome!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
Oakes  (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 20, 2014
When you turn off the Parks Highway to go to Talkeetna, you’ll pass this pretty quickly. They only have their main beers here, whereas the pub in town has specialty beers as well. So this is pretty much skippable unless you’re in a hurry or want to do a tour. But they have tasters available. The Matt Porter is a blend here, not rateable, though it sometimes appears elsewhere pre-blended in kegs. Not much else to say - it’s a basic tap room.

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