Taps: 30 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.18/5 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
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Traveling through the woods of Mahopac, you may come across this BBQ and craft beer joint. For those on this site, who enjoy barbeque food, this is a great place to check out at some point or another. They serve great craft beer, with taps including Troegs, Brooklyn, St. Bernardus, Green Flash, Victory, etc. and a pretty good bottle list. And that BBQ food, is damn good. From the pulled pork to the ribs, it hits the spot. And they have selections like salmon, steak or burgers for other food options. The owner knows his beer and is often on-premise. And when the weather gets warmer, they have some outdoor seating too. Nice place to eat and enjoy a beer, wish it was closer.
03-09-2012 02:42:48 | More by mltobin
4.4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.7/5 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
4.5/5 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
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
Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY
96 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.