Half Time | Poughkeepsie, New York
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Half Time
World Class based on 82 ratings
Type: Beer Store

2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York United States 12601 [ print map ]
845 462 5400

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Hours: MON-WED 10AM-9PM THUR-SAT 10AM-10PM SUN 12-6PM


Mayor: beerandbeyond (53) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 3,000


Half Time

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Beer Available At Half Time (arranged by most recent)
Shiner Bock 15, River Horse Special Ale 36, Sixpoint Hi-Res 97, Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout 100, Smuttynose Robust Porter 99, Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout 100, Boulder Beer 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA 92, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA (Cask/Bottle) 99, Lake Placid Black Tie Chocolate Vanilla Porter 59, Speakeasy Untouchable IPA 92, Keri Kelli / Kyle Hollingsworth / Stone Collective Distortion IPA 97, Bells Best Brown Ale 93, Bear Republic Grand Am 94, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 85, Samuel Adams Escape Route 43, Ballantine India Pale Ale 92, Otter Creek Overgrown 92, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel) 99, Harviestoun Ola Dubh (21 Year Old) 99, Sierra Nevada Vienna Lager 81
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82 reviews for Half Time
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  84%
 Selection  90%
 Food  60%
 Value  72%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
notalush  (374) Denver, Colorado | March 11, 2006| Updated October 23, 2010
Firstly: this is probably the most well-organized, cleanly, geek-friendly beer store I have ever seen. Secondly: if you live in the NYC metro area and have access to stores like New Beer and American Beer, you probably wonít orgasm in your pants upon walking into this store, as others have. However, you will find enough, in my opinion, to justify the trek upstate. They have a handful of belgian imports Iíve actually never seen in the NY area stores, and they have a wider selection of New England micros (especially Cisco, which is a big plus for me). The prices are reasonable, and the staff is more friendly and beer-educated than Iíve seen in any other store...anywhere. In short, donít believe the hype, but certainly make the trip.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe  (9) Rochester, New York | February 26, 2006| Updated June 11, 2007
This place is outstanding. The selection is great, you can get anything they carry as a single, they have growler fills, tons of stuff cold, and itís clean and well organized. Now what more could you ask from a beer store? The staff let me roam around unaided, as they could probably tell from the selection in my cart I knew what I was doing. I was asked once if I needed any help with anything, and they had plenty of staff available if I needed them. The tap selection for growler fills was nice (Southampton Saison & Aventinus Eisbock, among others). One of the staff (manager or owner?) knew it would take a bit of time to cash me out, so he came over to assist with any price checks, and to just talk to me a bit about beer in general. He had a Stone Imperial Stout shirt on, so that scores points in my book too! Even though the prices are great, be prepared to spend a lot of money in here! They threw in a couple glasses as well! A great touch! The only bad thing about this store is that it isnít closer to me...
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
fbennett  (23) Portland, Oregon | January 23, 2006
Oh yeah, I heard some fantastic things about this place but never did I imagine it would be so perfect. I was visting my wifeís family in NY they live in Larchmont, NY and I thought close enough from what I heard I had to go. I drove techinically 200 miles but in reality 60 miles from my wifeís cousins house. Half Time is so easy to get to basically a straight drive off rt 9. As I entered Half Time my mouth dropped I had never been to a place this big soley dedicated to brew. As you walk in you see theyíve divided the place up US craft brew/UK/Belgium/Scotland/Imports(canada,thailand,etc). I found so many beers I couldnít get normally and for great prices. They also have about 12 beers on tap (rotating offering) to take 10oz samples or 1/2 gal. growlers which is fantastic. They also have everything warm they have cold, yes! I could write all day about this place but just know that if your in the area aka 60miles or so GO! Go now!
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT  (57) California | November 8, 2005| Updated January 6, 2006
Huge selection here. Canít get uber US micro brews and stuff like Westy, but otherwise they probably have it. Everyone here knows a lot and are all helpful. Worth the 2 hour drive. Since I got quite a bit I got 2 free glasses: Westmalle and Duchesse, and 2 samples from their taps: Southhampton Porter and Samiclaus. Stuff I can get here that I canít get at home... or rarely at home... HOTD, Avery, Southhampton and lotsa rare ones from places like Rogue, DFH, Belgium, Germany, etc...
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
IMtheOptimator  (33) Bethel, Connecticut | October 23, 2005| Updated May 1, 2006
One of the best selections Iíve seen: Southampton, Heavyweight, Stone, DFH, HOTD, Rogue, Avery, Weyerbacher; tons of Belgian, German, Polish, English and Scottish brews. Friendly staff... gave me a tap on the house when I told them I drove forty miles to see them. RERATE: met the owner today, Alan Daniels. Incredibly nice guy. We talked for quite a while. Theyíre doing a great job and I hope they keep it up!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
leitrim65  (16) Seattle, Washington | September 15, 2005
Good service, great selection, and they allow you to take singles. Growlers are also available from a selection of 12 taps. Itís worth a side trip to this place, and make sure to give yourself some time to linger the aisles.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT  (37) East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania | May 22, 2005
I spent all afternoon here yesterday and several knowledgeable staff members helped me navigate the store. I love the selection-they had a pretty good selection when it came to Belgians, Californians, UK beers, Eastern Europeans, and New York and PA microbrews. I liked seeing 12 beers on tap but found the growler prices a bit high. NYS also has this absurd law which says you cannot taste beers at a beer store. You can only taste wine at a wine store. Iím just happy I could get bottles which was well worth the 45 minute commute from Milford, PA. I think a lot of people go here as the ad now said 1,200 beers down from 1,400. They had multiple varieties of St. Benardus, Rogue, Hair of the Dog, Abbaye des Rocs, Stone, Bear Republic, North Coast, Weyerbacher, Avery, Chimay, Duvel (almost sold out), Cooperstown Brewing, Fantome, Southampton, Rochefort, Westmalle, Anderson Valley, Samuel Smith, Allagash, Youngs, Ommegang and too many more to list. I didnít have time to check out the Asian and Latin American aisles. I do like how they price the 4/6 packs and single bottles separately. Its like being in a supermarket with wide aisles, ample parking, lots of lighting and big carts.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict  (76) Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey | November 23, 2004
This is where I hit to find the NY micros and Other micros not in NJ. They have them all including Southampton, which is key. Good selection of imports as well, but I have seen better. Growler fills are also available, and Matt is extremely helpful in being a beer guide. Great place to find beers.
88
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl  (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2004| Updated April 1, 2005
Fairly typical bottle store ambiance. Clean, bright, well-lit, plenty of space in the aisles to navigate your beer cart. Enthusiastic service. Seemed happy to see people picking and choosing plenty of singles rather than just grabbing a case of whatever. Selection appears to be one of the best Iíve seen in the North East. Certainly rivals or betters all other bottle shops outside of NYC. This will always be a destination to stop at on any road trip in the area for me.**Iíve driven six hours out of my way to shop here, and it is worth it. Food rating applies to the restaurant next door that has a nice little tap and bottle selection and a very good quality if somewhat limited menu.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 12, 2004| Updated July 24, 2009
Huge selection. They claim to have 1400 bottles now. Very friendly service. I was offered a free glass and I only bought worth 36$. Huge alleys, well ordered by country, but youíre still gonna miss a few beers you are looking for even if they are there, so youíd better bring some friends. Lots of room to move. Prices are steeper than average. Probably more bottles than any other store Iíve been to, but not necessarily the deepest and most interesting selection of rare beers. First vintage selection is almost unexistant. Iím not sure exactly how knowledgeable the staff is, but I have the feeling that thereís always one person on the floor who knows his/her stuff.Peaceful shopping experience, great lighting, very clean. Examples: 3f gueuze: 19.49, hitachino eisbock: 4.99, hanssens gueuze: 9.99, cuvťe des fleurs: 11.99. They had the 2 SH saison and alt only btw. ///// They had 6 southamptons on the last visit and the prices seemed fairly cheaper than I remembered. I must say I canít think of any equal anymore..perfect service, perfect selection, those taps offerings seem to have SH everytime I look.. The restaurant in the same building also offers around 30 local beers and excellent food if youíre hungry.

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