This Anchorage brewery offers house beers for on-site consumption, growlers and bottles for take-away. I find it troubling that they "create" a few new beers by tap blending a couple. My view is that if you want to sell a style, brew the style. Overall, their beers are fair and the service was fine.
Small place in a light industrial setting. Small serving area and a few tables, very informal. Half a dozen beers on tap, half a dozen more bottles, and half a dozen tap blends that they called different styles (IPA plus stout = black IPA? I donít think so). Decent enough beers with a few that were head and shoulders above the rest.
Personally? 2nd best beers in Anchorage after Midnight Sun. Not sure why this place isnít getting the reviews and respect it deserves. People shouldnít be deducting points from a small startup brewery for not having food for goodness sakes...or for being in an industrial park...címon...that how all the great breweries start! This pace is making great beers...original and inventive beers...and lots of them...they change a lot of them up frequently too. The King Street IPA is to die for...I flew a couple of 16oz 4-paks back east. This is an incredibly hoppy beer (west coast all the way) when drank fresh. I would suggest no older than 2 week...maybe 3 at the very most. I samples all of their beers when I visited and was most impressed with the IPA of course...but also the Oaked Chardonnay Wit (thatís inspired), the Crossroads Centennial Ale, and the Kolsch. If you are a hardcore craftbeer traveler like me...include King Street in your visit.
Quick stop for a flight. Small taproom, popcorn machine. Beers are unexciting, but itís worth a stop if youíre in the area.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 23, 2014
Industrial park brewery with tap room. Free popcorn is always a plus. The beer lineup is pretty boring and the execution only OK, so itís not really a mandatory stop. Maybe if youíve maxed out at Midnight Sun, or if youíre spending a lot of time in the area. But otherwise, I wouldnít prioritize it.
You really need a car to get here as King Street light industrial area is located 5-6 miles south of downtown, but itís worth it since Midnight Sun is located a little to the west. King Street Brewing Co has a small tasting room attached to the front of the brewery, even with just a dozen people inside it felt a bit cramped. It didnít have much of an atmosphere, just plain walls and modern garden furniture. Still, theyíve got a decent line-up of regular beers and you can also buy their bottled and canned beers for onsite or offsite consumption. Visited: 2014-07-30