It's the most fun you can probably have with alcohol in this tiny town. You're probably here because you were on a cruise ship, let's be honest, so it's a welcome break from the 5 beers they have on the boat. A handful of house beers, a few guest taps, and full liquor. Decent bar food with a seafood flare. Pricey, but everything in tourist towns is.
Nice getting off the cruise ship a getting to visit a local brewpub in a tiny Alaskan town. Four house brews plus their 2015 Barleywine on draft. I wished they bottled. Excellent service sitting at the bar when they opened at 11 AM. Barleywine was very good and I really enjoyed my short visit before I had to leave for an excursion.
Visited August of 2014. It was extremely busy and had a nice mix of locals and tourists. The beer wasn’t bad, though on our visit they were out of Spruce Tip Ale. The food was excellent, especially after having to eat cruise ship fare. The seafood was very fresh. Definitely a place to check out if you’re in Skagway.
One of two breweries in this small Alaskan town. On the edge of town and only a 20 minute walk or so from the pier where most people will probably come from. Rather large place but certainly gets busy when the ships are in. Even with full staff the place is a bit chaotic. Nice deck outside and rather large dining area with a game room on the second floor. First floor has a gift shop as well. Really good food for a brewery with several of the items having been made with beer. Lot of local food items as well which is understandable and a good change of pace. Beer selection is rather good with a good variety of beers including one made from spruce tips which was something completely different for me. Beer is reasonable priced but food is rather expensive. Par for the course in Skagway so I can’t ding it to much on value. Old time building with lots of exposed wood. A good place to hang out, eat and drink beer.
We were lucky to have arrived on a busy afternoon right before the start of the Klondike Road Relay. Got seats at the bar in the nick of time; within ten minutes it was standing room only. The running teams and their friends created a loud and lively atmosphere and it was a big party inside. Porter was good but the IPA was out of this world! I even told a perfect stranger at the bar how yummy it was, and he thought I was a goofball. Unfortunately they had run out of the spruce tip beer, which the bartender said was awesome. Generally a very cool and memorable place with a great vibe and good beer. Alaska rules.
Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 23, 2014
Lively place, quite busy on my visit. Unlike Gold Rush, they are open year-round, but I suspect for most people that’s a moot point. It was early September and they’d run through almost all of their beer, so only two house offerings on tap. Service was hit or miss - a couple bartenders were great, but another came on shift and struggled to acknowledge our existence.
Okay, not a bad place but limited taps lead me only to Chilkoot IPA, Blue Top Porter and Spruce Tip Ale. Friendly serviceable staff came fairly quick to serve me. Fairly clean and a well kept place. I had a mushroom swiss burger which was good. Overall, not what I was expecting. Spruce Tip was their best and they treated me like I was a tourist. Maybe, if they knew no cruise ships were in town they would’ve realized I wasn’t a tourist. I’ll only come back when they have more beers on tap. Average brewpub.