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The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 475
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.73%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

01-12-2012 19:00:41 | More by mrfrancis
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Spider889

Ohio

4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

10-05-2011 08:24:04 | More by Spider889
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ClarkeHall

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

09-14-2011 22:18:43 | More by ClarkeHall
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TJustice

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

07-07-2011 21:25:32 | More by TJustice
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barczar

Kentucky

4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

06-30-2011 18:19:03 | More by barczar
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev -6%
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.

06-25-2011 22:24:36 | More by Reaper16
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crlova2

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +3%
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)

05-05-2011 22:43:56 | More by crlova2
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kaips1

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

03-01-2011 00:26:40 | More by kaips1
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Lothore

California

4.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

01-17-2011 03:32:55 | More by Lothore
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Frothboss

Kentucky

4.94/5  rDev +6%
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.

11-24-2010 03:23:25 | More by Frothboss
The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
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