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The Hop Shop

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The Hop ShopThe Hop Shop

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
[ Store ]

3855 E 96th St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240
United States
phone: (317) 846-2337
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(Place added by: Viking on 05-16-2005)
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Reviews by SwiftyMcBeer:
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Really good selection and I like that they sort everything by style. It's a little confusing at first, but once you figure it out, it makes a ton of sense. It's also fun to see your favorite breweries popping up in the different style sections. Another bonus was a pretty large selection of singles, virtually everything could be had as a single. There was also a decent number of bombers which I like a lot. Guy behind the counter was helpful and seemed to know his stuff. Some things seemed really overpriced, but then on the other hand, some things seemed really cheap. Good store to swing by if you are on the north side of Indy.

SwiftyMcBeer, Dec 17, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of youngblood
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

I really love this place. They've got a great selection and the service is great. They've got a good selection of micros and a decent selection of imports (mainly belgians). They are always getting new stuff in though and stock changes quite a bit. They've got a decent selection of cigars as well, high quality stuff though. They also carry a good amount of wine. Nearly all spirits are gone from the store to make more room for beer and wine. Whoever is working always has great advice on new stuff to try and is great at holding limited release stuff back for me. Keeps me loyal.

youngblood, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.65/5  rDev -39.1%

Stopped in here on a couple trips through the area on my way to Chicago. The selection has really fallen since my first stop in. They carry the Indiana locals, but not too much other than the big Micros. Stone, Dark Horse, Upland, and others. I remember picking up quite a bit of rare and hard to find beer here in previous trips, but the last time I walked out without buying a thing. With so many other quality beer stores in the area I don't think that I'll take the time to stop in here anymore. Seems to be catering to the wine and spirits crowd more, and giving less shelf space to craft and import beer.
Hopefully they turn things around and get back to where they once were.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of WhiteRiverSuds
4.35/5  rDev 0%

I have made a few stops to The Hop Shop since moving here from Wisconsin. The owner is usually on hand and quite helpful. He gladly takes requests on hard-to-find beers, and seems to have a good relationship with his customers and distributor.
The selection is very good and slowly improving. There could be a few more imports, but the space is utilized well without crowding. Beers are organized by style which is especially nice.
Prices are reasonable for central Indiana. The real perks are discount mix-match packs and buying singles. There is also a nice selection of glassware.
A fine, quality shop and well worth the stop.

WhiteRiverSuds, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev -8%

Made two attempts to stop by while in Indy for the week. They close at 8pm during the week (unlike most other beer/liquor stores).

Had high expectations which were not met. The focus is on quality beer but it was well short of what Kahn's on Keystone carries - especially in the Belgian dept.

I liked the fact that the beers were sorted by style and that may have lead to the impression that they didn't have a strong inventory by brewer. I felt fortunate that I was able to pick up two Upland Cherry Lambics.

I'll add them to my circuit when in town, especially since they're on the way to a visit to my parents.

Yetiman420, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of FishHeadLover
5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is my new beer supplier. My wife and I love this place because everytime we visit we leave with something new. Most of the stores around Indi that carry good beer dont carry half of the stuff this place does. The display of the beer is top notch as well. The beers are categorized into beer styles not breweries which I perfer because if I am in the mood for a certain style I want all the different beers right there in front of me. The guy that is always there is extrmely helpful as well. The prices are probably the most competitive in town, 10% case dicounts help and being able to make your own 6 packs.

FishHeadLover, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

I hereby declare The Hop Shop my favorite beer store to visit while passing through the state of Indiana.

Stopped by hoping to pick up some FFF bombers while going back to St. Louis after a holiday visit to Michigan. I'm glad I did.

The store was very clean and well lit. The shelves were lined with bombers, and six packs with single bottle purchases available.

I was greeted at the door and was offered help immediately.

The selection was plentiful, with a wide range of local, national, and international beers. The beers are arrange by style versus brewer. This threw me initially but was no problem at all. It's really an interesting way to showcase the beers. My FFF fix was taken care of for sure. I grabbed some Gumballhead, Alpha King, Alpha Klaus, Rabbid Rabbit, and Munsterfest. Also on the shelves were favorites from Bell, Founder's, Stone, Dark Horse, Goose Island, and many more.

Prices were pretty close to everyone else.

I'll be back the next time I head north. Long live The Hop Shop!

Monkeyknife, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of xfactor9600
4.7/5  rDev +8%

A great selection. I was confused at first because everything was sorted by style. As I'm knew to the beer drinking culture, it was a short-lived frustration. The staff was very helpful in guiding me throughout the store on a "style" tour.

The Hop Shop has a HUGE selection of single, next to the sixers instead of their own section. I was able to pick up some single of various Polish beers for my dad (hard to find in Indianapolis).

The staff overall was very helpful and pleasant. Seemed to know their beer. I thought the price was good, compared to what I had seen at other liquor stores in the area.

xfactor9600, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Excellent service and excellent choices. The girl working was very helpful and even quite knowledgable about their selection and seemed to know a fair bit about beer herself, at least enough to be helpful.

They have a very nice selection, imports, micros, macros, from all over, including one of the best selections of Hoosier beer I've seen. You can get six-packs and singles. If you make your own six-pack you do get a percentage off, starting at 5% for one six-pack and going to 10% for two. I don't know about further up.

Their lay out is a lot different than I'm used to. Instead of having beers by region/country, they have it by style. You'll find Irish, German, English, American, and South American beers all under the dark beer section (porter, stout, and dark lager) for example. Once you get used to it, though, it's rather neat.

JamesS, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev -8%

Stopped in last summer as part of our visit to Indy to play in the indoor water park at a nearby hotel and check out the Children's Museum. Open feel to the store, plenty of room between the aisles. Patron are welcome to create their own sixers, which I did quite a bit. Not a wide selection of bombers but I did grab an Existential Hopwine.

There is a good focus on local products which is exactly what I was looking for. Dark Horse, Mad Anthony, Barley Island come to mind.

The staff was willing to explain the layout of the store, show me to the the craft beer section, pretty helpful. I'd visit again if in the area.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 29, 2008
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The Hop Shop in Indianapolis, IN
95 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.