Here in Sullivan County, we do not have a decent beer store. So, walking into Half Time the selection was just awesome. Well worth the forty mile trip. I spent over a hundred bucks picking out four packs and six packs of each of my favorites, and single bottles of things that looked interesting. The staff is helpful and friendly. They gave me a free glass, I picked the goblet type for drinking higher alcohol content beers. As far as prices, I thought they were reasonable. I’m looking forward to my next visit.
First off, this place has GREAT potential; it’s a nice place to shop at........new building, well lit, easy to walk around, friendly staff, good hours, etc. Some of the bottles were dusty though, which I think is a big no-no, but at least it let me know what was probably older stock. Prices, however, seemed to be very hit or miss, and although the selection was decent, a lot of brands were noticibly absent from the store. No Three Floyds, Ramstein, Southern Tier, Troegs, Cricket Hill, Clipper City, Flying Fish, Great Divide, Green Flash, etc.......oh, and while I’m nitpicking, growler fills seemed ridiculously high, and whoever’s doing the buying isn’t a big enough IPA fan for my taste buds. In any case, it’s an oasis for the area and worth the trip if you live within an hour or so. If not, there’s probably somewhere better, closer, and cheaper. I wouldn’t call the place a let down by any means, but not as great as some of the rave reviews. There’s my $0.02 worth.
bigrond (50) factoryville, Pennsylvania | November 26, 2006| Updated August 2, 2008
this place has the ambiance of a grocery store, ’nuff said. Service was friendly. Selection was very good, if you like Beligians. I don’t like belgians so a whole isle was wasted for me. but they do have a pretty good selection of US micros, they were missing some key players (Dogfish head, Bell’s, Three floyds, and hair of the dog to name a few.) The food was superb ...if you like chips and nuts..
I would not go back but it was worth the trip. If your in the area - its tough to beat.
What a trip i took to go see this place my first time, but it was well worth it. Bring’s you back to the old school day’s of being a kid in a candy store. Huge selection of Belgians and Micros, as well as some English Ale’s, and just about anything you can think off. I have talked with many people about this place, that seem to think it’s over ratted but it’s not. Great selection, Good prices, Some knowledgable staff, and most importantly it is stored and maintain in excellant condition. The restaurant two stores down is also worth cheking out,
I finally set out for the journey to this place and I feel it was worth it. It you live in the NYC area, sure, you have the three stores and between them you have a great selection, but this place has hard to finds, rare kegs on their taps, and the people there know their stuff. They also have visitors from breweries and have tastings and beer contests through out the year as well. I spent almost $200 at this place and drove 80 miles to get there, and it was worth every moment. Huge belgian isle, massive domestic isle, and some harder to find Lambics, and others. Highly recommended.
beastiefan2k (259) HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland | March 16, 2006| Updated May 24, 2006
Out of all the great things my gilfriend has done for me, one of them was to introduce me to Halftime. I am from NYC and she is from Poughkeepsie. So about 2 years ago I went up to meet her family and we drove to a couple of distributors that were disappointing. Then she took me here and I was amazed. It is a supermarket for beer. Over the years my enthusiasm has subsided becuase I have found a few other similar places (New Beer in NYC) but this was a first. As everyone said they have a lot of everything. Numerous micros, more belgians (dont get your hopes up no Westy’s) then I have seem anywhere, same with German beers., and even macros if you’re into that stuff. The prices are steep for some of the bottles, not all. The taps are all overpriced, but they do get rare kegs. The staff are all great, many of them know their beers, they do not bother you, and the owner just loves to talk about beer. Very clean, gift baskets, free coasters, once in a while they throw in free glasses. Ok thats enough, go there and see.
notalush (409) Lakewood, 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 won’t 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 I’ve 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 I’ve seen in any other store...anywhere. In short, don’t believe the hype, but certainly make the trip.
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 it’s 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 isn’t closer to me...
Oh yeah, I heard some fantastic things about this place but never did I imagine it would be so perfect. I was visting my wife’s 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 wife’s 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 they’ve divided the place up US craft brew/UK/Belgium/Scotland/Imports(canada,thailand,etc).
I found so many beers I couldn’t 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!
Huge selection here. Can’t 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 can’t get at home... or rarely at home...
HOTD, Avery, Southhampton and lotsa rare ones from places like Rogue, DFH, Belgium, Germany, etc...
One of the best selections I’ve 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. They’re doing a great job and I hope they keep it up!