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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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3.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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 chrisroarshack
4/5  rDev -14%

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 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 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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.33/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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 mondegreen
4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has the best presentation of any beer store I have ever visited. Very elegant and clean. My trip was rushed, as my family was waiting in the car, but I could absolutely see myself enjoying a pint and conversation here. No loud music or distractions, just good beer and good people. The prices seemed to be comparable to even the largest retailers around - sometimes a little higher, sometimes ls a little lower. However, it is obvious that the people running the show LOVE good beer, and for that I would shop here all the time if I lived in Lexington.

The glassware selection was nice, but I would have liked to see more American craft breweries represented in the glassware. There was a ton of Belgian glassware and several Stone specialty glasses, along with a few other craft tulips. It's not worth knocking points off, as I have only seen one store with a better glassware selection (5 Points Bottle in Athens, GA). What can I say, I'm a glassware nerd.

The staff was very friendly and accomodating. I wish all bottle shop staff were so helpful.

I really hope this place is well patronized, and I will support them when possible. This store represents where beer culture in the US should be headed. Keep up the good work, guys.

Photo of FEUO
4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Overall, a great bottle shop for the area. I've seen more expansive and diverse selections in MI, but this is pretty damned good for this area.
Came in midday, wasn't hassled or bothered but would have gotten help if needed. Great selection of midrange and entry sours, goof midwest selection and stuff from the plains (Prairie, Jester King). Decent amount of glass to pick from too.
Atmosphere was awesome.
Very enjoyable.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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