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Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
610 W 6th Ave
phone: (907) 276-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What I find striking about Humpy's, at least looking at the place from the outside, is just how small the place appears. The company "schwag" store next door appears larger, though once you walk in Humpy's is sizeable enough.
The place has a good size, U shaped wrap around bar as you walk in, with a number of tables and chairs interspersed around the restaurant inside. Humpy's has a very low key, informal and relaxed vibe, and I can only assume they got a good price on the paint they used on the walls. The place is pretty much two tone green, with a few beer poster adornments on the walls.
As others have noted, this place has a sizeable draft selection, this day consisting of some 46 offerings (not quite the 55 one reads about in local advertisements). The menu lists which offerings are local (brewed in Alaska), which today amounted to 21 out of 46 on the list. Not bad, I thought, though I wasn't overwhelmed by the quality level of some of those selections. James Robert (Dr. Fermento) noted in the local Anchorage Press weekly that Anchorage is inundated with tourists in the Summer, which places (as he put it) an inordinate demand on local brewers to produce only the lightest, most common offerings in large volume. Perhaps that partially explains the current draft list at Humpy's, as I can't say I was overjoyed to see the likes of Kona Longboard Lager, Pyramid hefeweizen and Alaskan white, among other things. Granted, I haven't been here in some years, but my recollection is that during the winter months, the selection is much more impressive. In any event....
Service was fine for what it was, with the young woman waiting on me quick and attentive. No problems there.
This is still a very solid place, but I'm guessing the summer time is not the best time to stop by here.
Edit from 7/5/09. Stopped by a few days later, and had my earlier suspicion confirmed. Tonight Humpy's had Monk's Mistress on nitro, Fallen Angel, and Full Sail Slipnot. Mea Culpa, I clearly was here on an off night the first time here. I have adjusted my quality score accordingly.
07-03-2009 17:34:23 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Located just a block and a half from the regional transit center, it all put me in mind of Dr. Who's TARDIS - MUCH larger inside than its deceptive exterior would suggest. It looked like a diner with windows flanking either side of the double-doored entryway, center. Entering, The Duck Hut, an outlet for all of their logo items was to the left with a salesperson standing by (!).
The long, wide 5/8 octagon-shaped bar began shortly inside the door in the center line. I grabbed a Captain's chair on the right corner for a good view of the goings on. The back bar was a tap-filled island in the center of the bar, with the kitchen visible further aft, past the back bar. High tables and chairs lined the windows and the left wall, plus a good bit of the surrounding space. Crescent-shaped booths ran most of the length of the right wall. A crescent-shaped snug existed on the left wall of the right hand corridor, just before the doors leading to their outdoor patio and The Crab Shack. As to that last, you could weigh out the amount of Red King Crab that you wanted, paying by the pound with a one pound minimum, plus potato and corn on the cob. I opted for the Plank Salmon dinner, as if you could not have intuited that by now. Lavs were aft, along left wall.
The menu actually bore transcription: "An original Alaskan Bar & Grill for Beer Lovers by Beer Lovers. The Humpy (or Pink Salmon) takes a wild trip each summer up an Alaskan river. Gradually, the male's spine bends from chasing the females back to their birthplace. The Humpy has to fight its way up the raging currents, past the pesky anglers and against nature's time clock. Millions of salmon end the exhausting trip up some river bank, after spawning in the wee hours of the Midnight Sun. Sounds like a typical Alaskan vacation!! The Humpy is a sacred fish; you will NEVER find it served on our menu. Thank you for joining up and Keep on Spawning!!!"
Beer: 45 taps, 1 cask. I had Alaska Icy Bay IPA followed by Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter.
Mom: The loud music on the PA system might be a bit much, but the seafood would make up for it.
12-25-2009 14:00:14 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Humpy's is probably the most famous bar in anchorage aside from chilkoot charlies which is a conglomerate cheesy sausage fest with hos from wall to wall. Humpys offers a fantastic beer selection of all local breweries and lots of belgian selections as well. The food could be alot better. and alot of times the servers are undereducated beer wise. Last time i was there my gouden classic had ice chunks in the top of it it was served so cold. But the beer selection is fantastic. It can be extremely crowded on the weekends. Parking is semi tough too, as it is right in the middle of downtown anchorage. If it gets too crowded there is a decent irish pub and restaurant right behind it with murphy's on tap which is unique to that bar in alaska, but im not reviewing mcginleys. humpys is a staple and anyone visiting anchorage should stop by if craving a belgian.
12-19-2007 10:45:39 |
More by AKBelgianBeast
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
A great Friday/Saturday night stop. or use this place (or McGinillys around the corner) as the starting point for the downtown Anchor-Town pub crawl. i love the lighting here, dim, diveish, but it is far from a dive bar, with what they boast is the best tap selection in the pacific northwest, you can get wasted with no two pints being the same, and still have miles to go on the beer list. the staff is friendly espically when considering the crowd size they deal with. I've never been there when a band wasn't playing, and they are typically pretty good. all in all a damn good watering hole
12-19-2007 03:25:37 |
More by irishevans
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Humpys is one of the better places in anchorage to get a bite to eat, and more importantly a beer to drink. Easy to get to as it is in the heart of downtown anchorage, humpys offers good food at reasonable prices considering its location. The summertime seafood selction is ofcourse great, as it is in most places in anchorage. what makes humpys stand out is its great beer selection. they have more beers ontap than you can shake a stick it at. As well as having a broad range of patrons that make coming here an enjoyable experience
11-25-2006 03:03:02 |
More by megatron0259
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Humpy's is a pretty good place to get a beer. It is a regular stop for locals. The selection is fantastic. They have a bunch of taps (not sure exactly how many) and a bunch of bottled selections. The atmosphere is good but the place will get really crowded on the weekend. I gave the food an average because I've only eaten there once and I had the nachos. Pretty good. The prices are reasonable but may seem pricy to newcomers, just remember it's Alaska and everything is more expensive. Overall, Humpy's is a great place to hang out, get some good beers, and let off a little steam. I would recommend it to anyone.
03-25-2008 21:11:49 |
More by Ryan1423
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I just fell in love with this place. First off, I'm a sucker for any no crap on tap bar and while I'm spoiled by having had my regular haunt for three months have 125 taps, I know that's extremely unusual. The food is pretty good, nothing outstanding, but priced reasonably and it makes a good lunch place. The beer selection is really good, especially if you're an East Coaster with a good selection of Alaska and Pacific Northwest beers. I could have come here the whole time I was in Anchorage and have 2 beers with every meal and still not have finished their alaska-made beer offerings. They even had a fairly impressive offering of bottled belgians, although the bottle selection was nothing compared to the tap selection. If I ever lived in Anchorage, this would be my bar. One cool thing about the decor was the collection of old tap handles on the wall.
08-06-2002 08:31:41 |
More by aracauna
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