This Anchorage icon has been serving craft beer for some time alongside Alaskan fare. The restaurant seems to get rowdy once the bands show up but the craft beer keeps flowing. It was rather dark inside whilst we hunkered over our plates and pints. The service was fine and food kind of meh.
Very quick stop after arriving from Seward on the train. This is apparently a bit of an iconic stop, decent business at 10:30PM on a Thursday night, but plenty of spots at the bar. Bouncer out front for ID’s. Inside is dark and barlike, fairly roomy with plenty of tables around, including a couple in a widow facing 6th. No band playing when I was there. They certainly had a lot of taps; list was divided by style with locals (meaning Alaksan) highlighted. I woudl say it was more than 50% local beers, which was kind of nice. Nothing earth shattering, but you would have to be pretty snobby not to find something to drink. Only two offerings classified as "sour" and neither local. I guess that would be the gripe - very few unusual styles on tap. Nothing from Anchorage Brewing for some reason; maybe they don’t distribute locally? They had about 6 taps labeled as "Humpy’s Brewing Company" but a quick check of the listings showed that they are all contract brews. Anyway, solid service, reasonable prices ($6 pints) and a worthy destination. Did not try the food. Oh, and now that Uber has made it here you should not be more than 2 minutes from a pickup at pretty much any time.
Tired and run-down in nearly every way, with a disappointing beer list.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 20, 2014
In general, a faded alehouse that maybe once was vital to the scene but today just seems tired. The selection was entirely uninteresting, with the state’s top 4-5 breweries entirely unrepresented. No Anchorage, no Midnight Sun, no 49th State, only one Kassik’s, a standard. I could get half these beers in Vancouver, and we don’t get jack for American micros. Coming here looking for quality will leave you disappointed. Disinterested service and management makes Humpy’s a place you can skip, quite frankly.
This is a true man cave of beer (as advertised). Dark, a bit dank, old shcool tavern look with a nice beer selection, with some imports and rareties. The food is bar food meets Alaskan seafood. Had the halibut Benedict, which was good if pricey (15$). Will offer free tastes, and for the local stuff, some sampler glasses.
Located in downtown Anchorage. Great beer bar with at least 40 on tap from all over Alaska and the Northwest. They have bottles as well, but did not get a count. Check their website - they have them all listed. Place was pretty crowded on a late Tuesday night - a lot of people in town from cruises seem to stop by - saw a lot of Miller Lites gracing the hands of some old farts - that’s ok - leaves more of the good stuff for us geeks. Did not try the food - had dinner earlier at the Glacier brewpub - but the menu was pretty stacked for a bar. A must stop if in the Anchorage area.
Atmosphere is nothing fantastic, sort of a dive bar meets diner slash night club. First visit was late on a Saturday night with a jam packed weekend crowd. Loud music, and slowish service (to be fair it was busy) were off putting but that probably had more to do with me being tired from a long day. Returned the next day for a late breakfast, service was friendly and fast, food was pretty decent (scrambled eggs with potatoes and reindeer sausage) and reasonably priced. Awesome spot to watch the game over breakfast and a beer actually! Tap list was pretty decent, lots of local Alaskan products and PNW representation. Well worth a visit, but personally I preferred my AM visit.