I just joined the forum, and I came across this. I'm from Altoona, and I've been brewing for couple of years now. I brew all grain batches.
There is a club here in Altoona. I don't know much about them. I inquired about them a few years ago. I believe they meet at the railroaders museum... something like every second or third Thursday of the month. If you want more info on this club, I'd suggest shooting the brewers at Marzoni's for details. They will be able to give you a contact email.
As far as Bootleggers goes, yes he does have weird hours. He orders most of his beer making supplies from LD Carlson: http://www.ldcarlson.com/public%20catalog/ptoc.htm
He usually has the bare necessities out there. I don't buy much from him. Honestly, I like the wider variety of malts, hops, and yest from the online stores. I'd sacrifice a body part for a good homebrew shop that has a little more than bare bones.