The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe

35 Reviews
Reviews: 35
Visits: 79
Avg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 475
Cask: 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

Place added by: BEERchitect on 04-13-2010

Listed as one of the top 100 beer bars in America by Draft Magazine! ... bars-2011/ 

Listed as one of the top two beer bars in Kentucky by Christian DeBenedetti in The Great American Ale Trail, 2011!
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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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
Kentucky Kolsch
New Holland Envious
Duvel Single

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.

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Photo of DCon
4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I didn't get to visit long, but I loved this place. The vibe is just awesome, so much breweriana along the walls and it has a completely welcoming vibe. I finally got to meet BEERchitect, and his knowledge of beer is quite impressive. He runs a top notch bar, with plenty of interesting beers on tap. Also a great variety of bottles available for purchase. I'm not in Lexington very often, but I will certainly come here every time I am in the area.

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Photo of Brent
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Lothore
4.36/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of McBraniel
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The Beer Trappe is a Utopia!

Revolving taps move quickly so nearly every night there's something new.

If you are visiting and you have any inclination to craft beer, Beer Trappe is a must. There's a reason why it's been voted aTop 100 Beer Bar in the country and the best in Kentucky.

If you are new to craft beer this is the best place to get a start as you can take Beer School or just pick the brains of a very knowledgable staff.

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Photo of Nolen12
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is beer heaven! Great looking decor with the dark wooden floors, barrels to put your drink on, the coolest beer signs throughout the place, and 8 taps of hard to find beer.

The staff is knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Not very talkative though.

They have a lot of beer for sale on the back wall with hard to find treasures there. They have a lot of cold bombers and 12 oz beers that you can dink there by yourself or split with someone next to you.

The only negative, kinda, is that they only have 8 taps. In a perfect world, more choices would make me happy.

The glass ware is top notch and the taps pour slow and easy, not to foam the shit out of your beer.

No expense was spared here and it shows!

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Photo of FEUO
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

After waiting almost two years to come here, I was finally granted my wish last night as an early birthday celebration. Bliss.

The Beer Trappe, though small (and very crowded on a Saturday night), is very charming and "homey" in its decor. A solid wooden bar holds the main sitting area, and there are small tables just surrounding this, as well as some comfy chairs and stools. There are also some decorative barrels with countertops if you have no room to stand (and if you go in during critical times, you'll stand). It resembles a traditional English pub, but much more classy.

There's not too much I can say about the quality of the Trappe that hasn't already been said. With a stellar list of rotating taps, everything in the Trappe is always fresh and of stellar quality. All beers are served in the proper glassware at correct temperatures, which further enhances the drinking experience. It truly is a serious beer drinker's beer, and the Trappe's dedication to quality.

Although the Trappe was quite crowded on this particular Saturday night (I suspect it usually is), the servers were very courteous and also knowledgeable about not only the beers being served, but also the beers offered in bottles.

Selection is absolutely stellar. You can find... well, pretty much anything you want. The bottles available for individual sale run a gamut too large to explain here. The Trappe also sells glassware and other assorted goodies to complement the incredible bottle sales.

If you are a craft drinker and haven't been here. You have to go. It's as simple as that. You are missing a great opportunity by not coming here.

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Photo of bobhits
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of crlova2
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%
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)

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Photo of barczar
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of mondegreen
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of TJustice
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.


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Photo of kaips1
4.15/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is hands down the best beer establishment in Lexington, KY. The decour is nice simple very much like a European pub couches and chairs and a nice standing area. The selection is wonderful they keep 8 taps on a constant rotation so it seems that there is always a new beer to try. They offer flights full pours and growler/half growler fills for to go. The staff is one of the more knowlegable you will run into. Also The Beer Trappe has a great selection of bottles for puchase there or take home, I have found beers here that my local large beer retailer does not carry and the prices are more than reasonable. Thes store also has a decent offering of glassware for sale as well as some assorted condiments from breweries such as Stone's line of mustards and BBQ sauce. If you are near or close by Lexington and you want a great selection of craft beers this is the place to come.

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The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
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