Half Time

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182 Ratings
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: n/a
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2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States
phone: (845) 462-5400

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Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%

What can I say, except this place is BEER HEAVEN. Drop what you are doing and GO to HALF TIME. My second visit, I met the Omegang brewer and left with growlers of three Philosophers. The selection is awe inspiring. They have it! Perhaps most amazing is the filling of fresh growlers they will do. The tap/growler selection is allways changing and allways impressive. Did I mention the glassware? The sister bar/restaurant located next door is worth supporting as well. Decent taps, alot of eclectic bottles, very tasty food and killer TV's for watching a game or whatever. This a very worthwhile beer destination. Bring a large vehicle and a new credit card. Enjoy!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JackNip
4.2/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lanegan94
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of grahuba
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Awesome beer selection. Spent an hour in the store and was able to get most of the beers I wanted to try. They fill growlers and even have cigars. Wish this place was closer to CT.

Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mackeyse
3.93/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Setup as far as craft is pretty much one long aisle of Domestic and some smaller aisles broken down by European countries. They currently have end-caps for DFH, Rogue, Ommegang and Brooklyn and they have an area in the back for domestic cans. The domestic craft may have been sorted out alphabetically at one time (Stone is near Troegs) but that went out the window. They tend to toss the odder craft co's near the bottom shelves and save the top for the bombers and then the bigger names. They have a nice selection of beers in the coolers but bombers are mainly out on shelves. Beers behind the register usually come with bottle limits or in some cases are just showcased as a new arrival or popular beer. It's worth noting that their "limited beers" usually run significantly higher priced than other area stores (ex. Maine products are jacked up by a $1 or $2 over locals, as are the seasonal Founders limiteds, and I recently saw a $44.99 CC Big Sound when the going rate locally was $34.99)

Selection wise they have most of the main players. Price wise they are competitive but not the cheapest in the area by far: You pay the price for the variety they offer. There are some odd exceptions that they do not stock like no Evil Twin or NEBCO and they at times will miss out on certain core beers from major labels (perhaps they just get a small allotment?). They also get some "exclusives" with certain breweries that are not regular to NY: Currently it's Lazy Magnolia. I would always check bottle dates on these exclusives as at least as far as Lazy Magnolia goes they just sit and sit.

The fact that one can break up ANY 4/6 pack is a huge huge plus. Saves a buyer from investing in something that they may not need a full 4/6 of and allows for mix-6 packs that aren't from some predetermined section like in many beer stores locally.

They do a decent job with removing some aging beers but the usual suspects like FW, Green Flash and Maine Brewing Co (to name a few) have to be checked for dates as their stuff sits (that's the case anywhere locally and not exclusive to Half Time). The will put old beers on a discount shelf near the entrance but that tends to be really off brand stuff, odd foreign styles or a seasonal that are clearly old by the title.

The growler fills can be shockingly bad and totally random: multiple types of the same style of beer on draft (who needs 3 Brown Ales out of 12 taps in the summer?) and the turnover on drafts are incredibly slow. They do not do any tap takeovers so nothing is really ever exclusive or something worth traveling for. Seems as if they just toss any old keg on the tap once one kicks.

The workers there are great and very knowledgeable--they are what keep me coming back as they can answer any question about any beer, tell you when a beer is due to be released etc. Their accessibility is a 5 in my book and there is always at least one very knowledgeable person there at any time it seems. Everyone is a beer connoisseur (and at least the ones I've talked to can be brutally honest about some of the prices of the beer they have--I've shared a laugh with them about some of the price points they have on some of the rarer beers).

All in all a good place and while it was trailblazer when it first opened due to its selection, other places have caught up (including it's own sister store) so its novelty may have worn off a bit. I go there when I want try a beer and am not initially willing to buy in 4/6 format--if I like a single I tend to seek it out elsewhere where price is more competitive but Halftime does serve its purpose. It's also not kept up as well as it used to be and at certain times of the year you can walk in there and find huge gaps in the shelves and it looks like bomb hit the craft aisle. But anyone without access to a shop that has 1000's of beers will come away with something. Perhaps I'm jaded living 45 min from the place.

Note: if you have an option to go to the Mamaroneck location do not hesitate to choose that one over the Poughkeepsie spot. And do not pay much heed to their website as its not always updated and the Mamaroneck spot has a lot more variety (and brewers) that's not noted on the site. The growler update seems to be accurate.

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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ArmOnFire
3.94/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

NH resident, in the area for work....Wow! Quite the selection, bought a case worth of singles that I can't get or find in NH or Mass for that matter.

I will be coming back here to stock my beer fridge on return trips for work.

Not used to seeing the 5 cent bottle deposit as a separate item on the receipt.

Photo of Latarnik
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Great beer store that I'm lucky to live near. Many times the difficult thing is picking out what to actually buy as hard not to find more that I want then I can actually drink. They seem to carry almost everything distributed in NY and the best part is you can purchase everything by the bottle so no need to buy multiples to try a new beer. Have enjoyed some fresh growler fills as well. Prices in reason for NY. They seem to employee people who know and like beer if you have questions; I know many of them are quite knowledgeable and active in local beer community.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A huge beer store in Poughkeepsie, widely renowned. My expectations for this place were absurdly high due to other BA's reviews, and those expectations weren't quite met, but this is still a must stop due to the wide selection and helpful staff. Multiple aisles of beer separated by country, and a solid growler selection. The "best stuff" is behind the counter, visible. Workers were very knowledgeable about the selection and helped me determine if it was worth dropping $20 on BA Boris (they said it would be, and happily, it was). Definitely recommended.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.