There is lots of beer here. On my visit, I definitely found a lot of new beers for myself, although perhaps not a ton of ’rare’ items. Pretty fair prices. Friendly staff. If you are passing by, you should stop in.
Has the feel of a total wine/ bev mo type beer warehouse. They have a lot of quantity and some good clearance sales. Everything is arranged by nation which makes it easy to find things. But compared to a typical Total wiine they didn’t have much I hadn’t seen before. The German selection was surprisingly basic. They did have a lot of regional craft and the prices, as others have noted, are hit or miss. They also have 12 taps of craft for growler fills. Maybe it’s the aesthetics of the place. It looks like if the Ontario version of the beer store had a showroom. It felt kind of soulless. But if you live in the Hudson Valley I can’t imagine better being available.
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 you’re still gonna miss a few beers you are looking for even if they are there, so you’d better bring some friends. Lots of room to move. Prices are steeper than average. Probably more bottles than any other store I’ve been to, but not necessarily the deepest and most interesting selection of rare beers. First vintage selection is almost unexistant. I’m not sure exactly how knowledgeable the staff is, but I have the feeling that there’s 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, cuvée 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 can’t 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 you’re hungry.
Very good selection of US beers, and also some hard to get countries for an European like me. Ordered via web.Good communication and the delivery was well packed, fast and effective. Would def use in the future, recommended.
Not the best beer store in the USA, but certainly up there. About a half dozen rows of beers, plus a clearance area, where I picked up a magnum of red & white mikkeller. Excellent US micro selection, however I found the foreign to be merely par. Good selection of glssware as well. A long shlep up a smaller highway. A good rotation of bottles, I had no qualms of grabbing lagers. Love the single bottle freedom. Some harder to finds like Coronado.
One of the better stores I have visited. A typical large warehouse feel. Selection was top notch with a number of hard to find beers plus a few growlers to choose from. Staff was helpful and threw in some free glasses with my purchase. A must stop if you are in the area and not from NY.
World class indeed. Easy web site (ambiance). Quick shipment (service). Perfect packing. Wow.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 16, 2004| Updated March 30, 2005
The only reason you can go to Poughkeepsie is for Half Time. The only reason you go to Half Time is for the selection of high-quality brews. And, man, do they deliver!! I have to pause for a few seconds in fear of hyperventilating at the first sight of tons of brews I had dreamed of getting. Easily the best store I’ve been to north of New York City, including all of New England. Crew is very helpful too and generous. A MUST stop!
I’ve come back a few times now and everything is just perfect I think. Selection is still the best I’ve ever seen, service is very friendly and accommodating, presentation on the shelves is as orderly and clean as possible, the whole room seems to be cooled for the pleasure and conditioning of the beers on the shelves, etc. Simply put : the Perfect Beer Store.
By the way, there is a restaurant right next door now, called Crew, which serves pretty good meals with a dozen interesting taps and 40 bottles or so. Great if you got hungry shopping next door!
It’s rare that I walk into Half-Time and leave with anything less than a full cart. And yes, that’s even when I stop in just to pick up a 6 pack. There are typically about 12 beers on tap, some of which are quite rare, and never make a showing in a bottle.
Selection of micros is the best I’ve ever come across, though being rather greedy, there are always a few more that I would like to see.
Staff is knowledgeable and helpful, but unobtrusive and laid back enough that they pretty much leave you alone unless you look lost, or go ask them about things.
This place has a really good selection of beers. Pretty much every brand I was thinking would be available here was, in fact, available here. Prices weren’t anything special, but they were fine. There’s not a ton of ambiance, but everything is laid out nicely. If you are anywhere near here, this is a destination-level store.