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The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
BA SCORE
100
world-class

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.97%
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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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

Dogbrick, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.64/5  rDev 0%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev -3%

kylehay2004, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%

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
Photo of DCon
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

DCon, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.87/5  rDev +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.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Brent
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Brent, Nov 01, 2010
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

BuckTuckian, Feb 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

JustinSparks, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev 0%

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.

Spider889, Oct 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

jkball01, Dec 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

PassMeAZima, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Lothore
4.36/5  rDev -6%

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.

Lothore, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ortie
5/5  rDev +7.8%

ortie, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

mrfrancis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of crbnfbr
5/5  rDev +7.8%

crbnfbr, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of khargro2
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

khargro2, May 23, 2014
Photo of DCdevyl78
5/5  rDev +7.8%

DCdevyl78, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Nolen12
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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
Photo of McBraniel
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%

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
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

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
Photo of ToddBeans
5/5  rDev +7.8%

ToddBeans, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

KYGunner, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of esktime
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

esktime, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of JDizzle
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

JDizzle, Feb 02, 2012
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The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
100 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.