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Big Swig Tours

128 reviews
Anchorage, AK, USA
About Big Swig Tours
Exploring the Last Frontier, one craft brewery at a time. Join your knowledgeable "hop"erator for an off-the-beaten path tour full of sudsy fun. Guests are introduced to some of Alaska's finest breweries, brewers, beers, and Alaskan characters on this behind the scenes look at the booming craft beer industry. Our tours are as much about the history of Alaskan beers, the masters who brew them, and the locals who drink them, as they are about tasting the beers themselves. We want our guests to leave their time with us feeling like they have connected with Alaska and, most importantly, with the people who call this breathtaking state home. These small group tours ensure a personalized experience. We look forward to raising our glass with you.
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29 reviews
Get the inside scoop on Anchorage’s beer culture and brewery history on this 4-hour tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the city to sample six tasty offerings at three venues, including three classic breweries that you are sure to enjoy. Pair the hoppy happiness with light snacks, chat it up with locals and take with you a renewed perspective on Anchorage’s stand-out beer scene.
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$109.00 per adult
12 reviews
Discover craft breweries at the edge of the Alaskan wilderness with a full-day beer tour from Anchorage. Start your trip with unforgettable views on the train to Talkeetna, a historic village in the shadow of Denali. Visit four of the state’s best breweries with a beer-loving guide, from the celebrated Denali Brewing Company to community breweries in the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. Meet the brewers, get a behind the scenes look at the brewing process and sample beer along the way before returning to Anchorage.
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$289.00 per adult
Anchorage Bike and Brewery Tour
Enjoy a long leisurely bike ride topped off with beer tasting at Anchorage's best craft breweries during a full-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Ride the paved Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, which winds through spectacular scenery with views of the mountains and Cook Inlet. Then discover the booming craft beer scene in Anchorage on a behind-the-scenes tour of the city’s best breweries. You'll bike and sip beer with a small group limited to 12 participants, which ensures a more personalized experience.
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$209.00 per adult
Alaska Crafted Tour and Railroad Adventure
3 reviews
Combine a train ride on the Alaska Railroad with visits to local breweries and more on this daylong adventure from Anchorage. Everything is taken care of: a one-way train ticket to Girdwood, a tram ride and lunch on Mount Alyeska, transportation back to Anchorage, and private tours of a craft brewery, distillery, and microcidery.
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$329.00 per adult
Alaska Crafted Tour and Cruise Transfer- Port of Seward
3 reviews
Ease back into reality as you join your knowledgeable 'Hoperator' for a fun filled cruise ship transfer and tour from the historic port city of Seward through the mountains of the Kenai peninsula along the 114-mile National Scenic Byway, the Seward Highway to Anchorage.  Taste your way through the Alaska craft beverage scene while taking in the mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and grandeur that is ALASKA.
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$299.00 per adult
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bryan was an unbelievable guide with great knowledge of Alaska. Each of the stops was very personal with tours to learn about Brewing, distilling, and fermenting. Extremely well organized and timed with ample time to enjoy the views from the top of Alyeska. Highly recommend...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Brian and his wife were so nice, it was a relaxing easy going time, the different breweries were really neat, and all the people were fun and informative. Plus the tasting was fun too.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to make sure that I specify early June because the flowers are coming... I can't stress enough how important this tour was to my trip. Bryan Caenepeel is a master at his craft and if you even got to the point where you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Hops on the Rail tour and took the train up to Talkeetna. Brian picked us up at our hotel, dropped us off at the train depot in Anchorage and then picked us up in Talkeetna to start the brewery tour! He was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a great way to spend our last day in Alaska! Bryan, our tour guide/driver, was right on time picking the 4 of us up at Seward Cruise Terminal and we were very comfortable in his mini bus. We had a scenic drive, took the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bryan took great care of us as we got an awesome scenic rail dome car view of Denali and the open country. Plenty of moose were seen, trumpeter swans, beaver and so many water ways. We are early in the season but got great views...More

Thank Tina C
Bryan C, Owner at Big Swig Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review! Very nice to meet you and Rick. Hope to see you guys on another tour once you guys make the big move to AK ;) Cheers! Bryan

Reviewed May 12, 2019

This was a great tour of Alaskan breweries. Bryan was an awesome tour guide. This tour was a great way to spend the day seeing the Alaskan wilderness, learning about some of the great local breweries and sampling some of the best beer around. Highly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Bryan C, Owner at Big Swig Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad you guys were able to join us on our Hops on the Rail tour. Really enjoyed spending the day with you and showing off our wonderful breweries!

Reviewed March 15, 2019 via mobile

Such a fantastic time with good friends - and even made a few along the way! Highly recommend booking. Amazed at how informative each stop was and the craft beers...incredible! The attention to detail and personalization at each stop made it even better. Wether you...More

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Bryan C, Owner at Big Swig Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for spending your afternoon with us on our Anchorage Brews Tour! Come to find out, whiskey lovers like beer too ;) So glad we got to share a behind the scenes look into the Anchorage beer scene with you and friends. We love hosting...More

Reviewed February 25, 2019

Not only did we get to stop at some of the best breweries in Southcentral, we had an absolutely gorgeous day as well. The train left Anchorage around sunrise and we had a full-view of Denali throughout the trip. After having breakfast on-board, Bryan met...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Bryan C, Owner at Big Swig Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sometimes guests hit a home run with the views you experienced! We love hosting locals and showing off the brewing operations that most don't have the opportunity to experience. Hope to see you on another tour soon! Bryan

Reviewed January 10, 2019

My boyfriend loves tasting beer and I just finished a craft beer-related project so we decided to book this tour. I'm not good at drinking so you know how lucky my boyfriend was. The tour was really educational and interesting, totally suggest it!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Bryan C, Owner at Big Swig Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself on our Anchorage Brews Tour. From novices to experts, folks come together on our tours to learn about and taste the art of our talented brewers here in the Last Frontier! Cheers

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