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The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 7.96%
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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5/5  rDev +7.5%

ToddBeans, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

jkwi222, Oct 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Nolen12, Jan 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

bobhits, Sep 18, 2010
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

bhurtle4, Apr 29, 2014
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Shagator, Dec 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

kybeerdrinker, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

DCdevyl78, Jan 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

BuckTuckian, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

ClarkeHall, Sep 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Chadjhel, Jul 13, 2014
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gutbuster, Jun 18, 2014
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ortie, Nov 19, 2013
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Nordbier, Jan 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

PassMeAZima, Jun 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

zbodnar1, Nov 12, 2013
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tsgooch79, May 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.5%

crbnfbr, Oct 22, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Frothboss, Nov 24, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +6%

Upon entrance my eyes were immediately drawn to the left hand wall which was filled with shelves of the finest micros and imports available in the bluegrass state. The selection is great. The import selection is very expansive including some rarities from Belgium as well as other European nations. The micro selection does not disappoint whatsoever. The right hand side of the store includes a bar with 8 rotating taps. This is a magical place where the rarest of brews make their appearance for short period. The staff is incredibly friendly and willing to help in any way. beside the bar is a huge glass case filled with stemware, bottles, and all things beer. Very nice. This place is a breath of fresh air in an area where most area bars consider bud light platinum to be craft.

Greasy, Oct 03, 2013
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4.87/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +4.5%

The Beer Trappe is my 1st choice for craft beer in Lexington.
Highlights of last visit (April 1, 2012):

Beer School- Belgian Strong Golden Ales: Delirium Tremens, Piraat Ale, Bieken Ale, North Coast Pranqster, De Dolle Arabier.

Draft/Growler/Pint/Samples:
Rogue XS Imperial Stout
Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare
Avery White Rascal
New Albanian Hoptimus
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
Kentucky Kolsch
New Holland Envious
Duvel Single

Bottles:
Three Floyds Rabid Rabbit
Unibroue 17th Grand Reserve
Abita Strawberry Harvest
Sixpoint Resin
Sixpoint Bengali Tiger
Southern Tier Gemini
Southern Tier Oak Aged Backburner
Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly

Open for nearly two years and settling into smooth routine, this newish beer bar and beer retailer just opened in late May, 2010. Located in the heart of Chevy Chase, just south of the University of Kentucky's campus, the bar/retailer isn't the most accessible from the interstate buy is very convenient to downtown and several higher end neighborhoods. The handsome storefront in interior demeanor really fits nice into the fabric of neighboring botique stores.

This store/bar is a compact shot-gun design with European woodworking in-doors and out. Very clean and well lit. The seating goes only about 25, includeing 12 bar stools, an assortment of leather charis/sofas, and a couple table tops. But there's about 12 other standing-only tables, so standing at the more popular hours is required. Since this is a specialy beer store, there's no other food or beverage choices. Even asking for water delivers a non-iced glass poured right from the sink faucet. But if beer is your target, you've come to the right place. They boast nearly 500 beers (none of which include any Anheuser Busch, Coors, or Miller products), eight rotating taps, and two different growler sizes. Books on tasting, as well as an impressive glassware selection is on display and for sale. Elaborately decorated with beer paraphenalia, advertisements, neons, and tins, empty bottles.

But the cross section of beers include Abita, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Avery, Bell's, Bluegrass Brewing, Brooklyn, Breckenridge, Dieu du Ciel, Dogfish, Flying Dog, Founders, Goose Island, Great Divide, Great Lakes, Green Flash, Hoppin' Frog, Jolly Pumpkin, Left Hand, Lexington Brewing, Magic Hat, New Holland, North Coast, O'fallon, Ommegang, Rogue, Sam Adams, Schlafly, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, Stone, Three Floyds, Widmer Brothers, Coopers, 3 Fonteinen, Achel, Beersel, Boon, Bostels, Cantillon, Chimay, Corsendonk, De Dolle, DeKoninck, De Molen, Delirium, DeProef, De Rank, Duvel, Fantome, Floris, Girardin, Gouden Carolus, Grimbergen, Chouffe, Kasteel, Lindemans, Malheur, Maredsous, Orval, Rochefort, Rodenbach, Dupont, St. Feuilien, Stella, Troubador, Urthel, Westmalle, Unibroue, Mikkeller, Fullers, J.W. Lees, Sam Smith, St. Peter's, Well's, Wychwood, Young's, Kronenbourg, Aecht Schlenkerla, Augustiner, Ayinger, Bitburger, Erdinger, Franziskaner, Hofbrau, Kostritzer, Reissdorf, Rodenbach, Schneider, Spaten, Murphy's, Birrificio, Moretti, Hitachino, De Molen, Koningshoeven, Nogne-O, Belhaven, Froach, Tranquair, Weihenstphaner, and many, many more.

Not all beers from these breweries are represented, but a best from them seem to be all there. And with no alcohol cap, beers such as Dogfish 120 minute, Fort, Raison de Extra, World Wide Stout, Avery Beast Mephistopheles Stout, Samaels, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and many other 10+ abv. beers can be found here. The taps are very limited rotate daily.

Beer School is not your normal Sunday School as these weekly classes focus on beer styles, themes, and genres that are designed to take new beer tasters to well versed enthusiasts- moderated by an actual beer judge and certified beer server, the instruction is as entertaining as it is educational.

Although the list of offerings is long, the staff does a great job of keeping old beers off of the shelves, ensuring that the beers are always fresh and in-date. The staff is more knowlegable and interactive than any in town. They strive to deliver each beer in proper glassware and at proper temperatures.

Want singles? This store specializes in them. In fact, it's difficult to find six-packs of any particular brand. And if you are from out-of-state, you do get to take advantage of some of the lowest alcohol prices in the country, meaning the beer prices here are about as reasonable as anywhere in the U.S.

To find any comparable stores, you'll have to travel to The Beer Store in Louisville or to Dilly Deli in Cincinnati.

One of the best attributes of Lexington bars and restaurants is that there's absolutely no smoking allowed, making true beer appreciation much easier than in most towns.

Stopping in for a pint? Let me know and I may be able to share one with you.

BEERchitect, May 26, 2010
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4.86/5  rDev +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!

barczar, Jun 30, 2011
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4.86/5  rDev +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.

McBraniel, May 31, 2013
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4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

The go-to craft beer establishment in the entire city of Lexington, KY, and arguably one of the two beer beer bars in the entire state (if not in the entire midwest). This store is a craft-beer geek's dream.

You walk in and the bar is ahead to your right, while the entire left wall of the store (from front to back) showcases all of the bottles available for purchase. I must say, it is a sight to behold. There are some seats in the form of a couple nice leather chairs with small end tables in the front part of the bar (think like an upscale coffee-shop kind of vibe), and there are some clever bourbon-barrel-come-tables arranged to the left of the bar for patrons to stand around and enjoy their drinks and fellowship. On weekends it can get a bit crowded at times, but it just depends on a number of factors including the night, the weather, and whether college is in session at UK (its just a couple blocks from campus). Each of the dozen or so times I've visited, the atmosphere has always been warm and the experience always a pleasure.

The selection available at The Beer Trappe is easily the best on offer in Lexington - both in bottles and on its constantly rotating tap list, and there is always something new or something rare/limited-release to be enjoyed. In fact, there is really only one place in the state that I can think of that has a better selection of rarities on their rotating taps, and that is Holy Grale in Louisville; but where Holy Grale has the larger number of selections on draft, its bottle list doesn't even begin to hold a candle to what The Beer Trappe has on offer. Given the selection of rarities and some less-widely-known beers from a number of European breweries (a lot of Belgian offerings in particular), prices can be a little bit higher, and on a couple of occasions I have found a few beers that were a dollar or so more at The Beer Trappe than right down the road at some other liquor/bottle shops. However, for the convenience, atmosphere, and for the ability to support a local business instead of a larger chain store, the price is but a small cost and more than worth it.

The staff is fantastic, and I was fortunate enough to meet the resident beer-guru (an active BA member) a couple of years back during one of my early visits. They really know their beer and were always keen to offer recommendations or their own insights on new beers, new styles, or their favorite breweries. But more important - at least in my mind - the staff are beer lovers in their own right and just happy to talk and share their love of craft beer with their customers.

If you find yourself in Lexington, you owe it to yourself to stop by for a beer or a couple of bottles to go. You won't be disappointed.

Buschyfor3, Aug 18, 2014
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The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.