Taps: 30 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
3.05/5 rDev -32.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
Although the beer choices are excellent, the prices are outrageous for the area. Last time I was there, 64 oz. Growler fills cost the same as 3 beers purchased for on-site consumption and I don't believe anybody gets a buy back. Even the regulars. The place hasn't changed one bit since it's been open. Same old furniture same old everything. It looks like the owner hasn't spent a dime improving the place. Although the food is pretty good, the smoker is in the basement so when you walk out of there, you smell like barbeque. Bottom line - this place has run its course. There are many many other places that have good barbeque and good beer and won't make you wash your clothing and replenish your bank account after you've visited.
07-25-2013 20:30:52 | More by otispdriftwood
3.95/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Holy Smoke is a pretty solid place, especially for being in my hometown. The barbecue is definitely top-notch and really really good and the portions are huge. The beer selection is very impressive, there's about 20 some-odd taps all dedicated to craft brew. A lot of NY craft brew as well as stuff from around the country and the rest of the beer making world. The prices are pretty expensive and the serving sizes (of the beer not the food) are a bit smaller than competitors (10.5oz pour instead of 12oz on some beers, stuff like that). The staff is somewhat knowledgeable but not much in the department of conversation. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area and want a good pint. Everything they have on tap is very good quality and they have a lot of series nights and special beers. Prices on beer could be better and they definitely need happy hour bar prices.
10-30-2010 01:47:16 | More by drewd0g
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Traveling through the woods of Mahopac, you may come across this BBQ and craft beer joint. For those on this site, who enjoy barbeque food, this is a great place to check out at some point or another. They serve great craft beer, with taps including Troegs, Brooklyn, St. Bernardus, Green Flash, Victory, etc. and a pretty good bottle list. And that BBQ food, is damn good. From the pulled pork to the ribs, it hits the spot. And they have selections like salmon, steak or burgers for other food options. The owner knows his beer and is often on-premise. And when the weather gets warmer, they have some outdoor seating too. Nice place to eat and enjoy a beer, wish it was closer.
03-09-2012 02:42:48 | More by mltobin
4.18/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was in the area for work and decied that I needed some BBQ.
The front door opens directly into the bar area, which was comprised of a few tables and a medium sized bar with 8-9 stools. To the right is a larger rectangular shaped dining area.
There were approximately a dozen taps, which included Acadia London Porter, Southampton Pumpkin ale, Southampton Imperial Porter, Southampton IPA, Stone Oaked Bastard, DFH Punkin', Stone Pale Ale, Storm King Stout, Pikeland Pils, Hennepin and Sierra Nevada Harvest. There was also at least 30 bottles available, including several Belgians. Interestingly enough, Holy Smoke growlers are available to go.
The menu was a full BBQ menu, including pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, etc. I had the beef brisket, monterey jack and bacon sandwich with fries and baked beans - not too bad!
11-22-2007 17:39:50 | More by plaid75
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been here many times...my most recent was for the Oskar Blues and Weyerbacher series night on 11/12/11.
What a fantastic BBQ joint! The food is amazing. I grew up in Mahopac and was thrilled (but skeptical) when this place opened. It has deff improved since it opened (not that it was bad to begin with), but now its top notch. Huge portions and nice variety. One of the only places where you can get pulled chicken. They make homemade bbq sauce, and have unique apps and dishes. It truly has that local feel as Mahopac is a big little town...if you grew up/live in and around Mahopac, you will probably run into someone you know any given night.
But now for the beer...
They always impress with their rotating tap selection. I think its like 24 or so?? Plus nice bottle list.
They have several series events throughout the year; the most recent, Weyerbacher and Oskar Blues, was great. And these events get crazy packed, so get there early. They have reps from the breweries selling the beer as well. I have also been to the Victory event a while back which was great.
Its a little off the beaten path if you dont live in Mahopac or Put Valley, but deff worth a trip out no matter where you are.
I just wish they had a rotating cask!
11-14-2011 14:36:15 | More by DrinkSlurm
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
Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY
96 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.