Although you can dine indoors at this comfortable edge-of-downtown eatery, the real attraction in summer is alfresco dining on the back deck or hoisting a Hefeweizen on the rooftop. On clear days you can see Mt. McKinley on the northern horizon, the Chugach Mountains to the east, and the brewery's namesake Sleeping Lady mountain across Cook Inlet. The menu emphasizes Alaskan takes on classic pub fare, including smoked salmon corn chowder and caribou burgers, but the award-winning
beer and the view are the best reasons to visit. To sample the specialty beers, gather around oak tables in the upstairs pub for a brewed-on-the-premises ale, oatmeal stout, barley wine, or porter. Several of the beers, including the Portage Porter and 49er, an amber ale, pay homage to Alaska. The restaurant also hosts a range of events in its theater, including improv comedy nights and live music.