Brewery Review of Seward Brewing Co. in Seward, AK.
Part #8 of the Alaska: The Last Beer Frontier Series.
As we wind up our time in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula we still have time for one more brewery experience, so we head to Seward Brewing Company. Seward is somewhat unique amongst Alaskan towns, in that it’s been around since 1903 and actually has a historic downtown district that has the feel of something you’d find in the lower 48 (other than the ridiculous mountain views). That’s where you’ll find Seward Brewing, which is great because it is walking distance from most of Seward’s major tourist attractions and downtown hotels.
The atmosphere at Seward Brewing is industrial-upscale and welcoming. They are a full service restaurant that is quite large, with several different seating sections. There are actually a lot of similarities with Glacier Brewhouse (read review) in Anchorage, in that both places seem to be striving for restaurant excellence while still making some decent beers. I would say Glacier Brewhouse was a touch “fancier”, while Seward Brewing is a little more laid back, but they have a kindred spirit. Believe me when I tell you this is a really good restaurant with an innovative food menu, and that you probably can’t find a better place in Seward to get a meal. However, I’m not a food critic, so maybe you shouldn’t believe me and we should stay focused on the beer.
During our visit they had 5 of their own draughts available and 6 guest draughts. The guest taps were a nice touch because they filled in some of the style gaps and were also from local Alaskan breweries. As for their 5 beers, they were quite good and there was some creativity at work. The El Jefeweizen is a Chile Wheat beer and the Inked Out Stout is a stout with chocolate and coffee. These are not easy styles to brew and they’re certainly not recipe beers, so when you come to Seward brewing you will have fresh interesting beer offerings, either from them or another local brewer.
When you combine this great restaurant with their beer selection, atmosphere, location and the amazing views from nearly any window, you’ve got the total package. That is why Seward Brewing was our favorite brewery in the Kenai Peninsula (although we still have more to try the next time we visit). The only major drawback I can see is that they are only open from early May to Mid-September, unlike the other breweries we visited in the Kenai (St. Elias Brewing and Homer Brewing), which are open year round. That doesn’t seem fair. Imagine if you got hooked on Netflix only to find out they were shutdown for 8 months a year. I wasn’t done binging BoJack Horseman! What am I supposed to do now, drink common-man beer and watch 2 Broke Girls!?!