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The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
BA SCORE
100
world-class

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.1%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 475
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

811 Euclid Ave
Lexington, Kentucky, 40502-1741
United States
phone: (859) 309-0911

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebeertrappe

Notes:
Listed as one of the top 100 beer bars in America by Draft Magazine!
 http://draftmag.com/new/Feature/am ... bars-2011/ 

Listed as one of the top two beer bars in Kentucky by Christian DeBenedetti in The Great American Ale Trail, 2011!

(Place added by: BEERchitect on 04-13-2010)
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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

If you like beer and you're in Lexington, The Beer Trappe should be #1 on your list of places to visit. The craft beer bar illustrates a traditional English pub facade and a welcome interior with lots of breweriana decorating the walls and pub furniture made from oak barrels. The sidebar only seats about eight or so and table space can be limited, but standing room is comfortable and there's lots to peruse, so feel free to visit on your own.

They have about 8 taps which all rotate. They'll have some of the rarest beer you'll find in Lexington and regularly have events and special tappings, just stay tuned to their Facebook page or website. Their bottle selection isn't necessarily the largest in town, but is hands down the highest in quality. They have Drie Fonteinen, De Struise, Stillwater, Jester King, BIrra Baladin, Prairie, Fantome, De Molen, Anchorage, Achouffe, tons of quality stuff you won't find at other places around town. They offer growler service and even have Beer School on Sundays, where their resident Cicerone and BJCP certified Kevin Patterson will teach you a thing or two. They don't serve food, but there are plenty of places nearby that you can get togo, and lately they've been bringing food trucks around back. Hopefully they keep that up...

If you've never been to The Beer Trappe, just check it out. And if you're stopping through Lexington, well, just check it out.

Photo of McBraniel
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my favorite bars anywhere. Good selection of beers on rotating taps (my one and only time drinking KBS on draft!), and many more in bottles around the back wall. Staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. The clientele are friendly. Highly recommended.

Photo of Groomsy
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After waiting almost two years to come here, I was finally granted my wish last night as an early birthday celebration. Bliss.

The Beer Trappe, though small (and very crowded on a Saturday night), is very charming and "homey" in its decor. A solid wooden bar holds the main sitting area, and there are small tables just surrounding this, as well as some comfy chairs and stools. There are also some decorative barrels with countertops if you have no room to stand (and if you go in during critical times, you'll stand). It resembles a traditional English pub, but much more classy.

There's not too much I can say about the quality of the Trappe that hasn't already been said. With a stellar list of rotating taps, everything in the Trappe is always fresh and of stellar quality. All beers are served in the proper glassware at correct temperatures, which further enhances the drinking experience. It truly is a serious beer drinker's beer, and the Trappe's dedication to quality.

Although the Trappe was quite crowded on this particular Saturday night (I suspect it usually is), the servers were very courteous and also knowledgeable about not only the beers being served, but also the beers offered in bottles.

Selection is absolutely stellar. You can find... well, pretty much anything you want. The bottles available for individual sale run a gamut too large to explain here. The Trappe also sells glassware and other assorted goodies to complement the incredible bottle sales.

If you are a craft drinker and haven't been here. You have to go. It's as simple as that. You are missing a great opportunity by not coming here.

Photo of Nolen12
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Beer Trappe is a great place when looking for a different selection of beers. They have a big selection of Belgium beers which is a big plus for me. I also like that they have many beer glasses for sale that I haven't seen in most places. They have 8 drafts to choose from that is constantly changing which is great for those who love to taste and rate new beers. The staff is knowledgeable of beer and what they are currently serving on draft. I think one of the coolest things they do is they have beer school you can attend to taste new beers and learn about them as well.

Photo of KYGunner
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The Beer Trappe is a Utopia!

Revolving taps move quickly so nearly every night there's something new.

If you are visiting and you have any inclination to craft beer, Beer Trappe is a must. There's a reason why it's been voted aTop 100 Beer Bar in the country and the best in Kentucky.

If you are new to craft beer this is the best place to get a start as you can take Beer School or just pick the brains of a very knowledgable staff.

Photo of DCon
4.66/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Came into this beer bar two seperate times when I visited Lexington for the Men's/Women's Pro Tennis Tournament @ University of Kentucky. The first experience, I enjoyed two beers on-tap and then had to depart since I had work early the next morning. The second time visiting, I knew purely I was going to take a few brews with me to-go and also enjoy one of their offerings of the day. Here goes my overall review of both visits in one...

Come in both times almost at closing time, the atmosphere was very quite. I did enjoy how I was able to enjoy the beer in front of me and talk to staff in between sips. Easy going, English style pub with a small bar in the back right corner and a bottle shelving on the entire left side of the store. Dim lit and walls decorated with beer labels blown up to poster size and other branding from breweries.

All beers sold in specific glassware and to-go beer VERY organized with pricing on each bottle. Couldn't ask for better quality!

Service was very good and the staff seemed to have a extensive knowledge on the beer industry. This is a must in a beer shop such as this one! They nailed it here.

Draft Selection for first day included FFF, Stone, and a few others while the second day had Jolly Pumpkin, Dieu Du Ciel, Sixpoint, and Bell's. In bottle, Cantillon, FFF, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, and MANY more sought after beers that amazed me that were in stock! They offered almost every style, great variety of breweries, and kept the bar stocked. One of my favorite reasons I will be back here.

Couldn't ask for a better experience but wish they had maybe 10 or so more beers to offer on-tap. This is definitely a top 50 beer bar I've visited so far in my "beer journey" and HIGHLY recommend if in the area.

Photo of Jsmitty1967
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Beer Trappe is a fantastic place for true beer fans. There is no domestic filler anywhere in sight. The Trappe has a broad selection of singles that is balanced nicely between European and American craft brews. Taps rotate frequently and never disappoint. Draft offerings always cover a range of styles so there is something for everyone. The staff is friendly and helpful. I have never failed to spend twice as much as I should because of the wonderful selection. Atmosphere is quaint and tavern like. If they had food I would never go home.

Photo of JDizzle
4.72/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is beer heaven! Great looking decor with the dark wooden floors, barrels to put your drink on, the coolest beer signs throughout the place, and 8 taps of hard to find beer.

The staff is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Not very talkative though.

They have a lot of beer for sale on the back wall with hard to find treasures there. They have a lot of cold bombers and 12 oz beers that you can dink there by yourself or split with someone next to you.

The only negative, kinda, is that they only have 8 taps. In a perfect world, more choices would make me happy.

The glass ware is top notch and the taps pour slow and easy, not to foam the shit out of your beer.

No expense was spared here and it shows!

Photo of afoltz2
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Quite honestly, the only thing that would improve the Beer Trappe is increasing the size of the establishment.

I attended "Beer School" there almost a year ago, and have been wanting to get back ever since. I loved the way it was presented, with six samples of the same class of beer. I went on bock day, and there was a distinct difference in each of the brews served that day, most notably the Kasteel Dunker and the Samiclaus.

That The Beer Trappe serves unique, craft brew and sells unpackaged bottled beers as well gives it double appeal. You could stop in and try something new, then take home a few bottles if you like it, or a few bottles of something else if you don't. They are also always rotating their casks, so you never have the same exact experience - you always have something else to try.

The staff was uber-friendly, and probably more importantly in an establishment like this one, very knowledgable.

I intend to visit every time I'm in town.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A: This place looks and feels great. The interior is clean, and the dark wood look of the walls gives this place the feel of a European pub. The shelves are spacious, clean, and well-lit. There is plenty of seating for an establishment of this size.

Q: Overall quality of the selections is always high. The number of taps is fairly limited, but the lines are always clean and the beers are always served at the proper temperature and in the proper glass.

S: Service is great. I have no complaints in this regard. The guys here are attentive, polite, and welcoming. If you stop in before it starts to get crowded, you can generally count on some decent conversation from the folks here.

S: The selection is large, but the number of rare and unusual beers they have is fairly limited, especially when compared to places like The Holy Grale, Sergio's, and The Louisville Beer Store. Still, the selection is great compared to many of the other establishments in the Lexington area. I will say, though, that this place arguably has one of the best selections of glassware of any beer store I've visited.

V: As one would expect, many of the beers here are fairly pricey. Some can be easily found at lower prices at places like Liquor Barn, etc. Still, The Beer Trappe sometimes has better prices on rare beers than other in-state establishments. Overall, the perceived value of this place really depends on what you buy (which can be said about any place). Prices on glassware are very reasonable, as are the prices of the beers on-tap.

O: This is a great place. Lexington has long needed a decent beer destination, and The Beer Trappe more than makes up for the lack of similar establishments in the metropolitan area.

Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Thank you BA, without you I'd have never found this place. My wife and I recently traveled to Lexington to visit a friend, and I was fearing that my homebrew would be the only decent beer to be found that weekend. Luckily The Beer Trappe is a diamond in the rough of this small college city.

The place feels very new and clean inside. Lots of wood and a decently open space. As you walk in on the right side wall are cases showing off some really cool, and some even quite rare, glassware. Right in front of the center case are some plush leather chairs and a small coffee table. All other seating is either at the small bar, or situated around wooden barrels stationed around the establishment.

The opposite side of room is shelves showing off the bottled beer. While the selection isn't huge, it is a very respectable size. Plenty of the few locals, and the other regionals that make their way to KY. They seemed to have any possible Schlafly bottle you could want (except for the Pumpkin, sadly). The imported selection was impressive - lots of cool Belgian stuff, including some real lambics and gueuze. The German beer selection was possibly the most thorough I have yet seen, even in the bigger chain stores.

There is a small cooler in the back with some six packs and whatnot. The bar is also very small, seating maybe 6-7 people, with about as many taps.

I wound up trying some FFF Pride and Joy and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, which I was happy to find on draft. The service was prompt and knowledgeable. One of the bartenders can be found on BA: BEERchitect. He answered a thread I created asking where to find some good beer in town, and also BM'ed me with some more details I was looking for. I was so happy for the suggestion I brought him a bottle of homebrew as a thank you, and he later typed up a BJCP style review of it for me! Obviously they care about beer and their customers here.

Overall it was a very nice laid back bar to visit, I am sad I didn't have more time to just hang out, chat beer, and pick over the bottle selection. Ohh, they do offer a 10% discount on mix-a-six's too. Definitely worthy of all the praise, and likely one of the best bars in KY easy.

One last cool note, the entire wall in the men's room is painted with a mural of Hobgoblin Ale out of England.

Photo of ClarkeHall
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visit the Beer Trappe every time I am in Lexington. This place is one of the best beer bars I have ever been to. They have 8 taps that rotate constantly. If they empty a keg in the middle of the evening a new one will take its place. They always have a very interesting and diverse selection. In addition to the draft beers they have a good selection of cold bombers and singles to enjoy as well. They also have hundreds of bottles to buy and carry out.

The Beer Trappe does not serve food. You can buy bags of chips if you're feeling really hungry though. (If you do need dinner or lunch there are a couple of good places right across the street)

The atmosphere is very laid back. Two big flatscreen tvs, A handful of bar seats, a few high top tables, and if you're lucky enough to get them: a couple of overstuffed leather chairs and a love seat.

The bartenders are very friendly and attentive.

They have beer schools every sunday where you can sample a variety of beers from a certain style. I haven't been able to attend one of these though.

The Beer Trappe is an outstanding place to have some great beers that are hard to find anywhere else on draft and hang out with friends. You owe it to yourself to check it out.

Photo of TJustice
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited this place on a Wednesday night, which was surprisingly a very busy summer evening.

The place isn't huge, but not small either. A lot of high tops (barrels) a few couches, 2 outdoor tablets on the sidewalk, and a handful of seats to belly up to at the bar. Looked like they had 8 beers on tap, that rotated during my visit there. Really, they brought out 2 different beers when two kegs went dry. Crowd was 98% male, with the occasional significant other.

Price was around $20 for 2 pours and bomber (before tip). Not bad considering the quality, but still a little pricy. A lot of the high gravity tap beers were served in clean Ky Ale sniffers, as well as the 22oz bottle I tried.

Service was quick with a couple of young barkeeps making sure you had what you needed, and they kept up with your tab very accurately.

As I mentioned, the place was a little crowded, but it's nice to see a bunch of folks getting excited about craft beer.

I hear this place does something called "Beer School", which sounded to me like a $10 tasting, with some guy presenting you with his spin on the beers you're trying. I'm going to check this out, and get back to you guys on it.

Cheers.

Photo of barczar
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I hesitate to say that The Beer Trappe is the best bar in KY because I have not visited all the beer bars in Louisville, but it easily could be. I like to consider it my second home. I visit the Trappe at least three times a week, just to make sure I don't miss something special on draft. They rotate new selections as current selections are emptied, so you never know what will be on tap next. Their draft offerings have contributed significantly to my ascension (or descension?) to beer snob.

Their bottle selection is also exceptional. They have offerings that I did not know existed. Though a bit small in the grand scheme of craft beer available (the store itself is too small to house any more than they currently have), they do offer the best of the best craft breweries out there. Bottle prices are very competitive, as well.

Their drafts are generally reasonably priced, but I'm cheap, and I find it difficult to pay $4 for a beer that I can buy in a bottle for $1.80. Realizing my own nature, I resisted the urge to list them as being a bit pricey. Anyway, if you're anywhere in the vicinity of The Beer Trappe, it's more than worth a visit!

Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I wish that every community had a place like The Beer Trappe. Tuscaloosa, where I live, sure could use a place like this. The Beer Trappe is a beer retail store that also has 8 or 9 rotating taps. They rotate like crazy; the place was packed last night, and many of the beers switched over during the two hours I was there. The taplist from last night: Great Lakes Lake Eerie Monster, Great Lakes The Dopplerock, Dogfish Head Sah'tea, Goose Island Fluer, Kasteel Bruin, North Coast Old Rasputin & Scrimshaw Pilsner, and (the only clunker) Boulder Sweaty Betty. By the end of the night, kegs of Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Schalfly AIPA, and Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA were tapped.

In addition to the constantly rotating taps, The Beer Trappe sells all kinds of bottles. They only weaknesses were saisons, sour/wild beer, and English/Scottish beer. Everything else was represented to the fullest extent that Kentucky distribution allows them to be. I thought about bringing home a growler of the on-tap Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA, but instead decided on bottles of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace and Dogfish Head Festina Peche.

The atmosphere would be very nice when the place isn't crowded. It's all wood planks and beer bottles and displays of glassware with some couches and numerous tables to sit your glasses on as you stand and talk. It was pretty damn noisy for my tastes, but nothing that I'm not used to.

If you are ever in the vicinity of the surprisingly cool city of Lexington, then you have to come to The Beer Trappe. It's small, delightful, and operated with care.

Photo of crlova2
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As a relatively new addition to the Lexington craft beer scene The Beer Trappe takes the gold medal for the best place to purchase beer and to go have a couple pints with friends. All beers in the store are available for purchase as a normal retail store would be. What makes the Trappe so amazing is the eight rotating taps and the huge selection of beer they keep cold for consumption in house. It is a great atmosphere although a bit small it has never been uncomfortably packed. I don't know of many beers that are distributed to Kentucky that you cannot find at the Beer Trappe... Other than and BMC products of course! You can check their website or facebook to see what the current beers on tap are. However, they rotate so quickly (since they are usually rare and sixth barrels) you may have 2-3 beers switch out while hanging out there for an hour or two on a busy night.

I highly recommend checking this place out. If you need any assistance ask for Kevin, he knows more than most could fathom about the majority of the beers. Only thing I would change about this place is to keep it open 7 days a week! (they are closed Mondays)

Photo of kaips1
4.15/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Been in this place a couple times because of recommendations from many beer loving friends, so one day i decided to stop in and check the joint out. I was very impressed at what i found, a total rival to what was Shoppers Village that is now Liquor Barn xpress. The selection rivals most places in town that carry craft brew and imports, the prices were very reasonable, the staff knowledgeable enough depending the day or time of day. Nice selection of glass to purchase also. This is becoming a regular stop to check on beers or to get what i cant find anywhere else. Overall very pleased so far and look forward to more good beers from this cool place.

Photo of Lothore
4.36/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went here based on the recomendations of BEERchitect and a few other BAs and was definitely not disappointed. They have a nice bottled selection splitting about evenly between imports than US craft brew. I was able to pick up a couple bells and three floyds bottles that weren't available at liquor barn. Also, I got a pour of dreadnaught, which was phenomenal and served in a snifter. The beer artwork and the whole setup seemed very beer geek centric. I appreciated the well thought out selection which included a bunch of glassware (picked up a goose island chalice on my way out). The prices were right on point and the guys behind the counter were nice and knew about local beer and what they were pouring which is always a plus.

Photo of Frothboss
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Beer Trappe is my favorite places to try new beers in Lexington. The atmosphere is great with all kinds of cool beer paraphenalia on the walls in even in the restrooms. Awesome rotating taps makes it a new experience every time you go. There are several ways to enjoy this place. If i am by myself you can usually find me sitting in one of the comfortable lounge chairs or you might find me belly up to the bar talking with some friends or some of the excellent staff behind the counter. Before i leave i like browsing the shelves for some one of kind brews that cant be found at some other locations in town. This is a one of a kind unique pub in town definitely worth the visit!! See you there.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome atmosphere, Lexington has been begging for a place like this. Great beer selection, especially compared to other vendors in the area. Good mood and decor. Invaluable resources to help customers. Employees on average or relatively knowledgable about the variety and styles of beers. A definately must do if you are a visitor to Lexington. The various events and classes they offer the beer community are awesome. The taps alway being different of course keep me coming back to see the difference between the bottle and keg. Staff is very easy going and willing to let you bring in some of the close and local restaurant dishes to enjoy with their brews. Plus the chips they offer as a palette refresher are pretty delicious themselves. If you haven't been to The Beer Trappe and live in Lexington you must never leave the house or must hate to enjoy the finer things in life.

Photo of Brent
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I did not have time to sit at the bar and sample the offerings on tap, and really only had a chance to do a quick scan of the beers offered for future reference, but what I saw certainly impressed me. If it is Belgian and available in the U.S., it must be on the shelves, plus quite a few Belgian-inspired U.S. brews. While the focus was certainly Belgian, there was also a select offering from U.S. and foreign brewers.

The establsihment is on the small side, and a table of patrons watching the ballgame made checking the shelves lining one wall a bit tight, but all were in good spirits. Another couple were enjoying a beverage outside on the sidewalk on a cafe table, which seemed the perfect way to spend a sunny fall afternoon.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Beer Trappe is a nice little store/bar on Euclid Ave on the east side of Lexington, not too far from UK. There is street parking right in front of the store.

The inside is relatively small and well organized, with shelves of beer (many singles) running the length of the left side. There are also smaller shelves in the middle part of the store, and a fairly small bar on the right side that seats just a few people (and was at capacity on our visit). There is a collection of tap handles behind the bar as well.

Bottled beers range in the hundreds, with lots of craft brewers represented domestically and as imports. Some highlights included the Mikkeller Single Hop series, Bell's, Schlafly, Stone, Dogfish Head and many more. In addition there are around 8 taps from brewers like Bell's, Flying Dog, Stone and Schlafly.

Service was decent on our visit. The guys behind the bar didn't really go out of our way to help us but granted they had their hands pretty full with the bar patrons. They were friendly enough at checkout.

Overall this is a worthwhile stop for anyone in Lexington.

Photo of robbeerknurd
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was in Lexington for the World Equestrian Games and wanted to get some beers not available in NC. I picked up some Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Avery Mephistopheles' Stout, and Avery The Beast. While there I had a few glasses of the beer on tap. It was a very pleasant experience and the people were willing to talk beer. When I asked about a chocolate beer on the shelf, they told me that they had found it rather disappointing. It was refreshing that they were more interested in me getting a good beer rather than just increasing the amount I was buying. From the beer prices, I think Kentucky has less tax on beer than NC, most of the beers I could buy back home were cheaper here. I would definitely return here on my next trip to Lexington.

Photo of bobhits
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Some people get beer, and others only dream of it. This place is best explained by this little discussion I over heard on a saturday. Two parents come in with a 3-4 year old kid. They ask if the kid can be on the couch and the bartender says it's ok. They ask for two beers and a coke for the kid.
"Sorry we don't have coke."
"ok ice water is fine"
"errr I have water, no ice"

A huge beer selection, offering singles with 8 rotating taps and let me tell you, I mean ROTATING TAPS. I've been there on a saturday and seen all 8 taps change while there.

Very few places do beer this well, but thankfully lexington finally has a place that just does beer to perfection.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I happened to be in town for their grand opening a few months back and have been putting this review off ever since. The vibe here is great, good location, great decor. The staff knows their beer and the constant tap rotation is like a beer tasting every night. The bottle selection is outstanding as are the prices. Granted I was there opening night this place was slammed. I can only imagine those comfy couches becoming prime real estate when the local colleges are in session. I know where I'm going next time I'm visiting Kentucky.

The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
100 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.