Tent City Taphouse is planned to go into the building that housed Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar for more than a decade in downtown Anchorage.

The name of the new business is reminiscent of Anchorage's humble beginnings as a city without permanent buildings in the early 1900s. 

JC Snead, a co-owner, says that theme will carry through to the design of the pub, as well as what he and the other co-owners call "old-distressed modern." 


"So right when you walk in the front doors is a 15-foot cooler," Snead said. "It's a glass display case, so all of our kegs will be displayed in there."

Snead continued, "And then the taps will be run through the ceiling in stainless steel 12-inch pipes."

He added the flooring looks old and worn, and the walls showcase — in some form or another — the original tent city. 

Snead is planning is to have 24 Alaska beers on tap and to serve growlers as well. The menu will be on the small side but will feature gourmet burgers. Snead mentioned a plan for a monthly beer and burger pairing too.

Snead said the pub will be all-Alaska, meaning everything from the beer and wine to the ingredients on the menu will be sourced within the state. 

"We have a local baker who's making all of our bread for us," Snead said.

The full logistics of getting fresh produce haven't been figured out yet, but Snead stressed the importance of staying local. 

The progress of the pub can be followed on its Facebook page. The target opening date is Jan. 1, 2020. 

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