We took an Uber, but I can see the parking challenge. This is more of an industrial area; clearly a working brewery first. The first floor is dominated by the production facility and a small gift shop with a surprisingly large assortment of clothing. the Loft is upstairs, which on the website reads like a restaurant, but inside its pretty much like a brewery tasting room with a kitchen. Family was initially disappointed, but that got better once the food came, which was really very good. Service was attentive and willing to work with special requests. Lots of beers on tap, available in three sizes (6 oz, full pour, growler). Included a bunch of taproom only things that you will not see in distro, as well as many of the regulars. Small bottle cooler to the left of the bar with bottles to do. I picked up one that sounds nice that I have not seen before. A pretty good experience.
Tough parking - like Hale’s in Seattle. Walk through trucks in the small lot. One story up. But worth it. Impression of grayness. Then the server shows up to put some life in the place. Beer list is dull- heavies had all been to Cali. The beer to go cooler is small but contains rarities. Got 4 - could have been 6. The food is phenomenal. Yes. It is. Go to tick the bucket list. Go for takeaway gems. Go for food. But go.
I finally made the trek to a place I have been wanting to visit for some time and it did not disappoint. We entered through the gift shop and headed upstairs to "The Loft". Here there is a somewhat cramped area for dining and drinking and they offer a dozen and a half or so tap beers plus the same number in bottles. Our service was great both days and the food is fresh, quality, and quite good. "The Loft" can get loud but this is definitely a visit worth making.
I don’t think there is any question...this is the best brewery in Alaska overall (I’d vote for Hoodoo for 2nd place btw)...a few other make a better beer or two...but this place comes in first when you weight all facets of what makes a craftbeer place great. Obviously the beers are very good...to exceptional in some cases...many original...quite a few are high alcohol. Midnight Sun should be the beers that represent Alaska craft brewing to the lower 48..."not" Alaskan Brewing for cripes sake! Great atmosphere...fun crowd...often very busy and crowded. Expect that going in and you should have a fun time. This is a "not to miss...must visit" Alaska brewery.
Nice place. Certainly not to be missed in ANC. Good service, wasn’t too busy. Had food, but I didn’t partake. Had bottles to go and a decent draft selection. Was very chill, maybe a bit too chill. Anyway, good place. Good beer of course.
The taproom was busier than expected on a random weekday afternoon, and we had to stand but that was fine. A lot of locals as well as curious tourists. Some of the beers were better than others. A few were great. Most were experimental and strong. There were a lot of bottles of even more exotic stuff that we never got around to trying. The service was mixed bag. One of the guys behind the bar was a douche and said we would not be able to try all the beers. He must be a "known issue" as one of the girls approached me later and told me he was an idiot and to ignore him. So we did, and she hooked us up the rest of the time.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 20, 2014
Busy tap room upstairs. Limited menu. Didn’t find a seat but the standing room was okay. Service was funny - one was being weird about samples and the other stepped in to take care of us the rest of the way, which I appreciated. Beers were generally good. There’s a lot of interesting things here, probably 16 on tap and another 8 in the bottle, so you can’t deal with all of it in a single visit. We wish we’d left ourselves time to get into the bottle list.
The Midnight Sun taproom is located on the second floor above the brewery and looks more like a good sized restaurant with a nice outdoor deck. Except one of the walls is covered in beer taps, offering a wide range of regular Midnight Sun beers as well as seasonal specials and one offs. When I was there they offered the Big Fish 2014 Doppelbock on draught. Food was also excellent and despite the large number of people I managed to find a table and really enjoyed myself. Visited: 2014-07-30.