Taps: 30 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Holy smokes is right! What a place... I walked in a few minutes after they opened on a Saturday afternoon. It also happened to be one of their monthly brewer nights with Victory in the house... they have 18 taps, and when brewers come they give them 6.
As I walk through the door I smell BBQ... not north east BBQ, but real BBQ. The smell is overpowering and actually takes away from my ability to smell the Victory Abbey 6 I started with.
I sat down with the paper, ordered my Abbey 6, and got ready to read the rags and enjoy my beer. But too many good people kept me away. Just great people at the bar, behind the bar, walking in the door, etc. The owner Chris is a champ... pulled out his inventory list to show me the kegs he has downstairs... let's just say on December 2nd Chris is unleashing 16 Belgium's ranging from Deranke XX to St Bernadus Abt 12 to Hopsinjour.
Chris is a hell of a guy, knows his beer, but also knows a crap load about wine and (of course) good f'n food. He puts on a special night every month... today was Victory, next month is Belgium mania, January is Green Flash, etc. During slower times he orders kegs of what his regulars wish for... just a grade A guy.
The company, as I mentioned, was great. People who love beer and conversation were littered around the place. Spent some time talking to a fella named John who spent 9 years at Three Floyds (they are only 12 years old... so let's just say he knows the place)...
They had about 20-25 bottles but no one was ordering a bottle of beer here, not with this tap collection:
Weihenstephaner Korbien Dopplebock
Lion Sweet Milk Stout
Weihenstephaner Heffe Weissen
Victory Abbey 6
Victory Hop Devil
Victory Storm King
Victory Ten Year Alt
Victory Baltic Thunder
Victory Braumeister Pils
Weyerebacher Autumn Fest
Southern Tier Crème Brule Stout
Avery Ale to the Chief
DFH Palo Santo Marron
Clipper City Weizen Bock
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Stone Smoked Porter
They give nice sized samples, they fill growlers and they fill, of course, pints.
I hate that this place is 40 minutes from me and not closer, just a great great spot.
Good job Chris, keep it going. Oh yeah, also had a bunch of BA mags on hand!
11-15-2008 23:08:42 | More by calise1122
4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
You can smell the place coming up on 6N if your windows are down.
The owner Chris has put together an amazing selection on tap. All micros and imports, and no macros. Changes fairly often the draft line up. Can even do flights and growlers. Had a few interesting ones - Smuttynose Big beer series Scotch, Miabock and Imperial Russian stout. Had a few Troegs and supports the local brewery Captain Lawerance.
The food is true BBQ to the form. Slow smoked and the portions are beyond intense (entree lasted for a full lunch the next day). The staff is friendly and fun, and the atmosphere is casual and laid back. The food alone is worth the trip, with the beer being a fantastic bonus!
08-22-2008 15:48:34 | More by soccerman7
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been meaning to come here for over a year but never got around to it, I guess it's too close to home :)
I managed to get down there on a Friday afternoon around 5pm. I was surprised how quiet it was, but I think that was just because they get a later crowd.
The beer selection is very nice. 18 Taps 100% Micro/Craft ... NO MACROS!
It's nice to see a Resturant who's primary center of excellence being the food will strive to extend the excellence to their bar.
Now I know this is BeerAdvocate and not BBQAdvocate ... but I must say the Ribs, while a bit pricey at the first glance of the menu, were OUTSTANDING.
If you like Beer and BBQ (who the hell doesn't?) then you should check this place out.
06-09-2008 19:07:18 | More by madmanjf
4.4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was in the area for work and decied that I needed some BBQ.
The front door opens directly into the bar area, which was comprised of a few tables and a medium sized bar with 8-9 stools. To the right is a larger rectangular shaped dining area.
There were approximately a dozen taps, which included Acadia London Porter, Southampton Pumpkin ale, Southampton Imperial Porter, Southampton IPA, Stone Oaked Bastard, DFH Punkin', Stone Pale Ale, Storm King Stout, Pikeland Pils, Hennepin and Sierra Nevada Harvest. There was also at least 30 bottles available, including several Belgians. Interestingly enough, Holy Smoke growlers are available to go.
The menu was a full BBQ menu, including pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, etc. I had the beef brisket, monterey jack and bacon sandwich with fries and baked beans - not too bad!
11-22-2007 17:39:50 | More by plaid75
4.95/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
24 taps!!! All amazing quality - hard to find beers. Chris has taken it to another level!
Once again, a visit to Holy Smoke (my 4th) has proven to be a wise choice. Chris, the proprietor, has found several solid sources for some very hard-to-find, exceptional beers. His ability to move these beers in big volumes gets him the clout for the inside track on some HOT items.
Unfortunately, I just missed the 'Racer 5' tonight - but there were 12 solid tap choices available. The Great Divide Titan IPA and Sierra Nevada 27th Anniversary were stellar, hoppy libations. A 'crisp' Westmalle Dubbel and 'fizzy' Fin du Monde (both via bottle) rounded out my visit.
Flights are a great way to sample 4 X 5oz 'tastings' on tap. Oh - and the food - always hits the spot (you wont leave hungry!)
Make an effort to get here - there is no better beer bar in the area.
09-02-2007 01:35:56 | More by rbastone
4.83/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Once upon a time there was a great beer bar in northern Westchester called the Tap House. One day, without warning, the place shut down, and there went the only place in upper
Westchester county where you could always count on a great selection of fresh, tap beers. There's been quite a void since they closed, but I'm happy to say that things are finally looking up, and leading the way is a wonderful barbecue restaurant called Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY. Technically, it's in Putnam County, but just about a mile or 2 past the Westchester border (and just a few miles from my house, which is very fortunate indeed..)
In any case, as you can see from the other reviews, the food is excellent, and has been since they opened a few years back. That alone made this place worthwhile (and beware, because as noted elsewhere, the portions are HUGE). But late last year, Chris, the owner, upgraded the beer selection, in a BIG way. They always had a decent bottle selection, but they've gone from 6 to 12 taps and there isn't a stinker among them, every tap is something
I'm partial to hops myself, so imagine how great it was to once again have Hop Devil on tap locally, and more recently, Stone IPA. You're sure to find something you like here, as all styles are well represented, but not only that, Chris has shown that he'll listen to his customers and do what he can to find a beer that you'd like to see there.. What more can you ask for?
Check out the list on his web site, it really is up to the minute with what's available now and what's coming next. And definitely check out the next beer dinner (they're great!), which should be an outdoor event and possibly have live music. Highly recommended.
04-24-2007 20:25:09 | More by hiwatt
4.63/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
You'll recall that we were going to take in Holy Smoke on Sunday, on the way back from the Belgian Beer thing in October, but then we came back late Saturday night instead so that got nixed. Jay had eaten here and Scott told me that the beer thing was coming along nicely, so it was time to get out here already. Shouted Jay, saw the residence and registers and now we're gearing up for Mahopac via the back roads...
You could smell your way here as there's crazy good smokehouse waftage running down to Route 6. It's a red stand alone structure with a split rail stockade fence corralled patio on the end for exterior warm weather seating. A small "L" shaped bar inside seats 5. Mirrored back sectional units with shelving holding booze & bottled beer selections and a pair of towers of 6 taps each on the bar. A handful of bar tables here and there, and TV's mounted in all corners. The attached dining area is a large square room with wood plank floors and paneled windows with center wreaths. About a dozen and a half square red & white checkerboard clothed covered tables and a roundie in the far corners, green chairs, wagon wheel chandelier lighting, ceiling fans, mounted lamps, and small prints and dessert & macro boards on the walls. Décor is country, simple.
We split a jumbo BBQ wing app and then I had the pulled pork & St. Louis ribs combo, garlic smashed potatoes & Creole corn sides. It was just a huge mountain of food and it was all top notch BBQ. Wings and ribs were fall off the bone and the sauces were excellent. Everything, all of it.
12 taps. Good local & regional micros (Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter & Liquid Gold, Victory Hop Devil, Sam Adams Lager, Allagash White, Wolavers Organic Brown), and beyond (Avery Old Jubilation, Bear Republic Big Bear Impy Stout, Unibroue Trois Pistoles), imports (Paulaner Octo, Weihenstephaner Hefe), and a local cider (Doc's Hard Apple Cider). 4 different flights (Dark, Light, New England & Mixed Bag) of 4 samples each available, 5 ounce servings. Nearly
2 dozen bottles, mostly micros (3 from BluePoint, a pair each from Rogue, Anchor, and DogFishHead, plus offerings from Smutty, Magic Hat, Stone, Victory, Sierra Nevada) and some solid imports (Westmalle Tripel, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Ayinger Celebrator, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, St. B 12 & Tripel, La Fin Du Monde, Lion Stout, Lindemans Framboise). They also list another 4 "from the cellar" (being St B. 12 60th Anniversary, DogFishHead World Wide Stout, Captain Lawrence Extra Gold, J.W. Lee's '05 Harvest).
Service was fast, funny and friendly. Food is great and they're very interested in learning more and more about the beer thing they do here. When in Mahopac...
01-02-2007 17:07:19 | More by slander
4.7/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Slander thought it would be a good idea to take a detour out here after hitting Captain Lawrence on Saturday. Putnam County can't be far away, right? Thank god it's far enough away that I can't order takeout from this place, or I'd end up looking like Paul Prudhomme.
As far as the beer goes, the tap selection was good, they had four 'flights' on the menu, a good bottle selection and even some "cellars" (World Wide Stout, the Capt. Lawrence belgian, and a couple others.) They keep their bottle-and-tap list pretty up-to-date on the web. The place is cozy, looks like what you'd expect a BBQ place to look like (red barn, wood paneling, y'know.)
Anyway, all that stuff can be perused on their web site. As for the food... well here's how it works:
1 - polite and fun waitress seats you at the table
2 - she secretly sizes up your head using the lost science of phrenology
3 - after you order your (first round) beer, on her way to get the beer she gives your head measurement to the kitchen staff
4 - she brings out the beer, and takes your order
5 - after receiving your order, the kitchen staff piles a plate with twice the amount of food as the size of your head
6 - you get a championship meal of awesome BBQ that is impossible to finish in one sitting, unless you've been touring the hot-dog eating circuit for a couple years
7 - you later get teased for being a "nancy boy" for not even making it through half of your plate.
No kidding. I hadn't eaten anything before going there, I ordered a two-item combo (beef brisket and ribs with 2 sides) and it ended up lasting me 3 MEALS. And, it was great BBQ. Yeah, we had one appetizer, but still... Chris (the proprietor?) believes in serving you up all the food you can eat and then some. I think the pictures on the web are kids' meals or something.
An outstanding place that's definitely worth a visit, even a long drive if you've never been. And he wants to do a beer fest out there. Bring your spare stomach
12-26-2006 21:29:59 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.18/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This Putnam county spot is just a few miles north of the Jefferson Valley mall. BBQ was quite tasty, the Baby back ribs were nicely spiced, tender, moist, etc, you get the picture. Typical BBQ menu, pretty warm and inviting place, front bar with a few TV screens and a medium sized dining room. the beer excitement here is to be found in the bottled selections, they total about 40 and include plenty of hoppy brews, Belgians etc. DFH, Stone AB, Anchor, Rodenbach etc etc, for all the details go to their web site, as they have their beer list all nicely posted, always a plus for those of us with a lazy beer memory. Taps need some help as the "highlights" were Bklyn Lager, Sams O'fest, and 4 unmentionables...yawn...Anyway this place is about 7 miles from my house, the owner was real friendly, aware of and a fan of B.A. and interested in hosting some sort of beer fest in the spring. We'll have to get thinking about how to best help make this type of local event a reality. If you like good BBQ washed down by a BA worthy brew, and you find yourself in Northern Westchester/Putnam county in N.Y. State, this is a worthwhile destination and watering hole.
review update 9-09
I have not gotten a warm and fuzzy feeling from the owner of this place for quite a while. Down right arrogant if you ask me. I offered a few ideas via e-mail and was flatly insulted by the response I recieved, so much for the customer always being right...so I have down rated this place in a few areas...to me the athmosphere is cold and uninviting, and the attitude I recieved from the owner is downright unfriendly...what can ya do?...so be it...
re re review: 10-11..After staying away for a few years, friends convinced me to take another visit. What is undeniable is the tasty Q and the impressive selection. Best BBQ in the area and best draft selection...a tough combo to stay away from...last few visits the service has been friendly and quick, portions on the huge side and the draft choices quite impressive...another plus is that they always have the game on...down grade for cheesy '80s rock that also sadly always sems to be on...def worth a visit if in the area
10-25-2006 02:32:25 | More by Billolick
Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.