The Beer Trappe
Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -14%
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
4.64/5 rDev -0.2%
Place had great selection and an impressive stock of singles. Didn't stay for a beer but a hybrid store is always a plus. Staff was very astute and polite. Prices were ok for the area. If in Lex, I will probably go back again. Place was nice, clean and orderly.
04-24-2014 19:11:37 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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.
Rogue XS Imperial Stout
Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare
Avery White Rascal
New Albanian Hoptimus
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
New Holland Envious
Three Floyds Rabid Rabbit
Unibroue 17th Grand Reserve
Abita Strawberry Harvest
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.
05-26-2010 18:07:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.66/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
08-07-2012 18:27:17 | More by DCon
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.
06-08-2013 19:01:01 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.46/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-01-2010 14:03:59 | More by Brent
4.64/5 rDev -0.2%
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
The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
100 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.