Big changes are happening at a long-vacant building by the railroad tracks in downtown Anchorage near Ship Creek.
Coworking space the Boardroom just moved into the spot at 721 W. First Ave., and 49th State Brewing Co. is working on launching a new production facility there, just a few blocks from its Third Avenue restaurant.
We love being a part of the Boardroom community and are thrilled to move with our friends to this new location!
The project is part of a broader mixed-use effort between developers and the Alaska Railroad called The Rail, aimed at drawing more people to the Ship Creek area. Construction on a condo development that’s also part of that effort started earlier this year.
The owners of 49th State Brewing Co. bought the building from the Alaska Railroad in August, looking to capitalize on opportunities in the state’s booming craft beer scene and its tourism industry. The new spot is tucked away on the road just west of the Alaska Railroad depot.
Right now, the brewery makes a lot of its beer at its location in Healy.
“It’s tough to meet the demand in how we’re currently utilizing it up there in Denali,” said Jason Motyka, one of the 49th State Brewing Co. owners. He’s working on the project with his business partners David McCarthy and Gary Klopfer.
“So the next phase was kind of getting a larger system that could help deal with the demand, keep the variety up," Motyka said.
The brewery’s restaurant, just up the hill from the new production spot, has been open for more than two years and will stay open. There are plans to eventually have a taproom at the new location, too, Motyka said.
The Boardroom — where people can pay for space to work — has been around for about five years, previously in offices on Fifth Avenue. It recently relocated, leasing about 8,000 square feet of space at the roughly 20,000-square-foot First Avenue site. CEO Katherine Jernstrom said she’d been looking around for a new location for more than a year, and their lease at the old building was up.