Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop

Alaska Birch Syrup & Wild Harvest Products : Kahiltna Birchworks Shop

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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Birch syrup taste, tour, and shop. We offer a free tour of our birch syrup production facility with a short video showing the spring sap harvest, a tasting room with samples of all of our wild harvested birch and berry products, and an all-Alaska gift shop featuring the best in Alaska produced foods and functional art - local pottery, bowls, baskets, and tiles. We have a sweet selection of Alaska cookbooks, foraging and outdoor guides, and children’s books along with cards and art prints. We serve locally made ice-cream including, of course, birch - good coffee, chaga tea, and baked goods using birch and wild berries. Taste the springtime goodness of birch sap in our Alaska Wild Birch Water beverages. Come taste our “goods from the woods” and experience a true Alaskan cottage industry.
Talkeetna, Alaska

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Nataleitz
Harrisburg, PA27 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
The Kahiltna Birchworks is absolutely worth your time on a trip north of Anchorage. We added this pleasant little detour as we traveled from Anchorage to the Denali Park area. In about an hour, we partook in a tour of the birchworks (complete with several birch samples!); sampled jams, hot sauces, and toffees in the gift shop; did some shopping (so many great gifts!); and indulged in a few scoops of ice cream (birch flavored, of course). Not only did Kahiltna satisfy our sweet tooth, but we learned a bunch, too!

Be aware that the shop is quite small. Be careful if you show up with a large group or with lots of small children.
Written July 16, 2021
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bilberrymom
Monroeville, PA237 contributions
Jul 2020
We stopped here on our way to Anchorage from Denali. We have friends who make their own maple syrup, so we were interested in tasting and learning about birch syrup. The woman in charge was very friendly and helpful and enjoyed telling us about the process. She showed us a relatively short video that showed and explained the process. There were also displays explaining it. She had a little store, and we bought some birch syrup along with blueberry syrup and raspberry rhubarb syrup. She explained the difference in the different runs of syrup. She gave us samples to taste of each run as well as samples to taste of the blueberry and raspberry rhubarb syrups. We walked around outside to see the buckets tapped into birch trees and the piping used to extract the sap. I'd post the pictures that I took outside, but the files are all too large to upload. I knew that she is known also for the ice cream that she sells, so we couldn't leave there without sampling it. My husband and I each had a scoop of our selected flavor of ice cream and topped it with some birch syrup. The ice cream was delicious! I will be honest and say that birch syrup would not be my preferred choice over maple syrup or other syrups, but it was still tasty and I'm glad we stopped and learned what we did. It's always good to learn and sample new things. It is not a very time consuming stop, so if you have a short time to take a little break and learn and sample something new, I highly recommend giving this place a visit.
Written July 28, 2020
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thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 3, 2020
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Alison W
Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom319 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Stopped by as we were leaving the Talkeetna area on a whim. Quite quickly some other customers arrived and we learned a lot about tapping birch trees for syrup. Naturally we bought some to take home after tasting the first , mid and late run of syrups. Very friendly team, nice range of products in the gift shop, well worth a visit
Written June 21, 2022
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BobMuddy
Pekin, IL184 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We visited the Alaska Birch Syrup and Wild Harvest tour in June 2022 as part of a bus load of people. Great idea and interesting history.
The only reason they received a 3 of 5, is because of how they handled our two groups split from the bus. I was in the first group of 20 people. We completed our tour about 30 minutes later. We were hanging out waiting for the other group to complete, when almost an hour into “hanging out”, their group finally went for the tour. That makes it 1.5 hours after we completed our tour, the bus was able to leave. Some very good tasty, candy and other products are made and distributed from this location.
Written July 21, 2022
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Wendy V
3 contributions
Sep 2022
We even got to taste the syrup made at different stages in the short harvesting period! We enjoyed our visit to Kahiltna Birchworks in Talkeetna! We were given a very informative demonstration about how birch syrup is gathered and processed. The syrup is delicious and completely different than maple syrup. We had some birch syrup ice cream with birch caramel topping at the end of our visit which was delicious. We purchased some syrup and brittle to take home with us to share with family too. We highly recommend a visit to this wonderful place!
Written October 5, 2022
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859TK
Cincinnati, OH785 contributions
Aug 2021
Great way to break up the drive from Fairbanks to Anchorage. We stopped by based on the positive reviews on TA and glad we did.

Small store with samples of most products. We joined the free tour, but I would call it more an info session. We went to the back room to watch a short video, saw the machinery, heard about the process and more samples.

Tried all sorts of birch syrups, candies and birch waters.

Worth a stop.
Written August 29, 2021
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Marc W
Juneau, AK8 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We loved the tour and tasting different batches of birch syrup. Their story is authentically Alaskan and inspiring. We also enjoyed our birch waters, a uniquely Alaskan beverage. Highly recommend this stop close to the Parks Highway.
Written August 9, 2020
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Thanks for stopping in, glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 12, 2020
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Ferg42995
Texas406 contributions
Jun 2020
This is a great stop as you are driving up or down the road to Talkeetna. They show you a film of how the Birch Syrup is gathered and processed and even allowed us to taste some. It was really fascinating to learn about it! They have a large gift shop with a variety of food products that contain the syrup. Or you can just buy the syrup by itself. The prices were quite high otherwise we would have bought a lot more. It's a good place to add to your Talkeetna to-do list!
Written July 1, 2020
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JC-Tennessee
Nashville, TN4 contributions
Jul 2020
Needed to burn a little time while awaiting to board our flight with Talkeetna Air Taxi. We pulled in here to check out the Birch syrup. This was very entertaining and educational. The gift shop is perfect for bringing back unique Alaska gifts. The staff was very friendly. The syrup is fantastic. I highly recommend stopping in here when in Talkeetna. Can spend 10 minutes or an hour. You will be glad you stopped.
Written July 31, 2020
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thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 3, 2020
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Kimberly C
Chicago, IL58 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
We stopped here to see the facility where they manufacture birch syrup and other products. There's just a short little tour to the back room, where you can taste the different grades of syrup. They have a shop in front that sells the syrups, yummy caramels, birch brittle, berry syrups, and even ice cream. We bought several items, and had ice cream sundaes with birch caramel topping. Yum! A bit pricey, but one of only three producers of birch syrup (in the world? in the U.S.?) so they tell us. Kind of like maple syrup, but a slightly different taste. No maple trees in Alaska, but plenty of birch trees. Made for a nice 30-minute stop along the way.
Written September 11, 2013
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