The Beer Trappe
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 475
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Beer Trappe is a nice little store/bar on Euclid Ave on the east side of Lexington, not too far from UK. There is street parking right in front of the store.
The inside is relatively small and well organized, with shelves of beer (many singles) running the length of the left side. There are also smaller shelves in the middle part of the store, and a fairly small bar on the right side that seats just a few people (and was at capacity on our visit). There is a collection of tap handles behind the bar as well.
Bottled beers range in the hundreds, with lots of craft brewers represented domestically and as imports. Some highlights included the Mikkeller Single Hop series, Bell's, Schlafly, Stone, Dogfish Head and many more. In addition there are around 8 taps from brewers like Bell's, Flying Dog, Stone and Schlafly.
Service was decent on our visit. The guys behind the bar didn't really go out of our way to help us but granted they had their hands pretty full with the bar patrons. They were friendly enough at checkout.
Overall this is a worthwhile stop for anyone in Lexington.
10-24-2010 21:14:04 | More by Dogbrick
4.15/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
4.2/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome atmosphere, Lexington has been begging for a place like this. Great beer selection, especially compared to other vendors in the area. Good mood and decor. Invaluable resources to help customers. Employees on average or relatively knowledgable about the variety and styles of beers. A definately must do if you are a visitor to Lexington. The various events and classes they offer the beer community are awesome. The taps alway being different of course keep me coming back to see the difference between the bottle and keg. Staff is very easy going and willing to let you bring in some of the close and local restaurant dishes to enjoy with their brews. Plus the chips they offer as a palette refresher are pretty delicious themselves. If you haven't been to The Beer Trappe and live in Lexington you must never leave the house or must hate to enjoy the finer things in life.
11-03-2010 03:09:16 | More by despainmakesbeer
4.2/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-20-2010 01:01:35 | More by robbeerknurd
4.2/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A: This place looks and feels great. The interior is clean, and the dark wood look of the walls gives this place the feel of a European pub. The shelves are spacious, clean, and well-lit. There is plenty of seating for an establishment of this size.
Q: Overall quality of the selections is always high. The number of taps is fairly limited, but the lines are always clean and the beers are always served at the proper temperature and in the proper glass.
S: Service is great. I have no complaints in this regard. The guys here are attentive, polite, and welcoming. If you stop in before it starts to get crowded, you can generally count on some decent conversation from the folks here.
S: The selection is large, but the number of rare and unusual beers they have is fairly limited, especially when compared to places like The Holy Grale, Sergio's, and The Louisville Beer Store. Still, the selection is great compared to many of the other establishments in the Lexington area. I will say, though, that this place arguably has one of the best selections of glassware of any beer store I've visited.
V: As one would expect, many of the beers here are fairly pricey. Some can be easily found at lower prices at places like Liquor Barn, etc. Still, The Beer Trappe sometimes has better prices on rare beers than other in-state establishments. Overall, the perceived value of this place really depends on what you buy (which can be said about any place). Prices on glassware are very reasonable, as are the prices of the beers on-tap.
O: This is a great place. Lexington has long needed a decent beer destination, and The Beer Trappe more than makes up for the lack of similar establishments in the metropolitan area.
01-12-2012 19:00:41 | More by mrfrancis
4.36/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.38/5 rDev -6%
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.
01-30-2012 18:11:35 | More by afoltz2
The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.