Places to Visit in Haines, Alaska ↠ Haines Brewing Company.

Our favorite stop in Haines, Alaska is always Haines Brewing Company. You can taste test their beers (I think it's a dollar or two now for one of their tasting glasses) and check out where the deliciousness is made. My favorite of their beers is Spruce Tip Ale. We've grabbed a few growlers both times now, and they're worth every penny.

The Brewery is located inside Dalton City of the Southeast Alaska Fair grounds, so if you stop by for some of the best pizza of your life, you can grab some beer to take home on your way out. Two birds, done and done. Although I just read they might be moving downtown this spring, so you might want to check the before you head out that way, but you should still go out there for the pizza and the other shops that are open in the summer...

Anyways, back to the brewery, you can also get some Haines Brewing Company beers at a few select restaurants and bars around Alaska. I know Fogcutter Bar in downtown Haines (where we first tried it) has some, Fireweed Restaurant (also in Haines) has it on tap, Island Pub on Douglas Island usually has one in rotation, and Hangar on the Warf occasionally has one or two. It never hurts to ask!

On our last trip, we filled up three growlers before driving through Canada and then most of the US. Sad story, one growler fell in our truck and to add to the pain of losing a growler of one of my favorite beers, the truck REEKED most of the way through Canada/Montana. Aye yi yi.

I will be back again, someday, Haines Brewing Company. And next time I'll make it home with all of my growlers. ;)

More places to visit/eat in Haines, here.


Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska ↠ Alaskan Brewing Company.

If you're a craft beer connoisseur like Dave and I are, you'll love Alaskan Brewing Company. Their beers are fabulous, and, of course, local to Juneau. Most of the time we just pick up a six pack at the grocery store, but it's worth it to make a stop at the brewery to taste test beers you're not sure about and beers they don't have in the stores yet. Plus, the beers that people enjoy the most at the brewery have a chance of becoming a regular. So, essentially, you're getting a say in what the next big Alaskan Brewing Company beer may be. Pretty cool.

It's also fun to shop around their gift shop and see all of the fun gear. I have my eye on a few things in there like the etched glasses, a six pack koozie style cooler (not listed on their site), their beer steins, and one of their awesome wooden signs. I bought this sweatshirt (I couldn't find it online) at their downtown gift shop last week and I never want to take it off!

If you ask me, it's on my places that are a "must see" for the people off the cruise ships and don't have much time. It's a fun way to try out the local beer and it doesn't eat up too much time, so you still have plenty of land time to explore Juneau! There's information about hours and how to get a shuttle to the brewery here.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, my favorites are: Raspberry Wheat, Hopothermia, and White.

If you're headed this way for a summer vacation, please let me know! And if you're looking for more places to visit/eat while you're can find them on this page.