Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited on a Friday night in January after returning to our downtown hotel following dinner at Moose's Tooth--Humpy's was an easy walk. They had a pretty good band playing an eclectic selection. The place definitely was happening--lots of people eating, drinking, and socializing. Because this was my first trip to Alaska I tried to stick with Alaskan beers, so I tried the Homer Brewing Scotch Ale they had on tap. It wasn't my favorite beer in Anchorage, but wasn't bad either. As other posters noted, Humpy's is much larger inside than outside appearances would suggest. It was a bit crowded for my tastes, but I imagine its even better when the weather is nice and what looked like an outdoor patio would be more inviting than on a 5 degree night.
02-06-2010 01:00:09 | More by axman
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Best TAP selection in Anchorage that I could find, with focus on Alaskan beers & Pascific mainland brews.
Atmosphere is very run down, almost "dive" style bar - plump oval booths, old tables, & run down exterior appearance.
Clientele is diverse, and almost disturbingly so. On a Sunday night at 8pm I couldn't get a table. Everyone had their kids in this place (most under 10yrs old), even though it's a worknight and a loud band is starting. A lot of people were blue collar working folks, which I thought was odd for a place serving upscale beers.
Service was simply average. On afternoon visits I received proper attention but on moderately busy evenings it was below par.
Food was average and reasonably priced, given Alaska prices on the whole.
Conclusion: if you can get here on a slow time during the day, preferably on a weekend, then Humpy's is a good place. Evenings are another story.
08-11-2008 04:17:54 | More by yemenmocha
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
I'm re-writing my review since the original I wrote four years ago.
Humpy's continues to raise prices and serve smaller portions both for food and beverages. Their "pints" are now down to 13 ounces for $6.00. Most other Anchorage pubs are still holding the line at $4.50 for a full 16 ounce pint.
Largest selection of tap beers in Anchorage. Usually about 30-40 available representing several Alaska micro-brewries (Moose's Tooth, Alaskan Amber, Snow Goose) as well as lower 48 sources (Full Sail, Pyramid, Rogue, Fat Tire, Kemper, etc.). The selection changes most nights depending on what is available from their distributor. Also have seasonals and specialties from time to time.
Bottled beer includes mainly Belgians and some obscure stuff.
Generally friendly staff but they can get over-worked during the weekend rush.
Humpy's is still extremely popular but I'm taking my business elsewhere unless their prices return to something reasonable.
07-04-2005 00:06:37 | More by joedon
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Humpy's is a dark local dive bar, dark even during the day and dark even by my standards. This being said, I still like it. Lots of locals and an excellent beer list (lots of taps). The décor is old beer posters, beer mirrors, and tap handles. There is a bandstand to the left of the entrance and an square island bar in the middle of the establishment. From the stickers in the men's restroom, I deduce the local airmen drink there quite a bit. The food is good quality bar fare, I had the halibut and chips, which was very good. For a non local it gave me a good feel for the local bar scene and I wish I could have stayed longer and tasted more local beer offerings. Defiantly a good beer stop in Anchorage, AK.
08-26-2008 20:20:39 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.64/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A pretty basic bar with a good selection. It's dark, a bit dingy, busy, and vaguely fish themed. Hopping with a decent mix of folks. Lots of tap handles along the wall. We sat at the bar, and service was somewhat friendly and quick but slightly detached. There was a really drunk guy sitting next to us and the bartender was not impressed with his antics.
There were about 46 on tap according to my count, 20 of which were brewed in Alaska. A very solid selection, but nothing earth-shattering. Still something for everyone, especially tourists looking for local brews.
I guess this place is probably a must stop for Anchorage.
06-11-2009 22:51:05 | More by shivtim
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
It's a little dark, they do live music but I'm never into the band, kind of a loud bar to be honest and not exactly my scene.
The quality of the food is hit and miss, there are certain items on the menu that I really like, such as the crab roll and certain items that I think are repulsive such as their halibut tacos, check out the Bear Tooth for good halibut tacos in Anchorage.
The service has always been fine, nothing special but they are always courteous and fairly quick with my food and drink.
The selection is fairly extensive but I don't think that it goes far enough for a place that calls itself an "alehouse" it's not as repetitive as your typical bar but there is a certain lack of depth to the beers that they carry.
The place is pricey and there are better spots in Anchorage to get a beer. Just average in my opinion.
01-01-2011 08:23:43 | More by Donnie2112
2.78/5 rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
May 2012 - I need to mention that 2 of the past 4 visits to Humpy's have been met with contaminated beer due to dirty tap lines. So disappointing. I'm not the only local with this complaint, as a quick survey of many of our homebrew club friends shows that they have been having the same issues when visiting Humpy's.
I just deleted my old review which gave Humpy's an A. This place, IMO, has gone downhill in the past year or so. While it used to be a place I enjoyed and even looked forward to going to, I no longer find it all that appealing.
Let's start with prices, they have increased in the past year, not that I didn't expect that at some point, but right now? While most people are really watching their wallets? You choose to increase your prices? Most dishes have gone up by at least $3 a piece. Don't get that move at all. They have a new beverage manager and I don't know him, but he seems to not give a shit that this is an alehouse that "used to" cater to the local and visiting beer crowd.
I gotta say this without naming names. A local rep for a local brewery came in and was taking the order and mentioned that the beer this local brewery brews just for Humpys is ready and the bev manager says, "no I don't think we'll get anymore"! Really? You aren't going to purchase a beer that is brewed just for your establishment? A few phone calls straightened him out, I guess. Anyway, this was a story told to me, it's not first hand information.
But back to the establishment itself. The food is still good, the place is still crazy busy, but the beer selection has been less than impressive, with like 20 versions of IPA or pale ale, etc. With little to no love going to other styles. don't get me wrong, they still pull out the big guns during the Beer And Barleywine Festival, but other than that there wasn't much that drew me to Humpy's over this past year. I think saying that I'm disappointed is an understatement. I also feel like management really doesn't care about the regular customers' opinions anymore. A facebook incident where I suggested an idea was met with "I don't think so" from whomever runs their facebook page, and then I was quickly de-friended. All for suggesting that they post their daily specials on facebook like every other bar and restaurant does!
Service is hit or miss if you sit at a table. Bar service is usually pretty quick and on the spot.
On the other hand they just opened up a franchise in Hawaii, my guess is that all the time, effort and $$ is going to that place at the moment.
So sorry to have to delete my original glowing review of this place, but it is so not the Humpy's that locals all came to love! Food is still decent, beer menu is still large, but it's monotonous for the most part.
06-01-2010 17:17:18 | More by juzy
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Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House in Anchorage, AK
90 out of 100 based on 17 user ratings.