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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.85/5 rDev +3.6%
I was fortunately able to parlay a visit to this venerable landmark along with a weekend sight-seeing trip with the wife to some of the Hudson Valley's more prominent destinations, but after hitting this place for the first time, I can honestly say that the Vanderbilt Mansion, FDR estate, and any other local historical landmark have nothing on this place. What a nirvana.
This was my first experience hitting a respectable beer store in NY state, mind you, so even though I subsequently heard from a friend that growler fill stations were commonplace in NY, I was floored when I spotted one upon entering...and it didn't exactly offer pedestrian brews either: Sierra Nevada Triple, Ommegang Hennepin, and Magic Hat Odd Notion were just a few varieties offered on tap. The selection was outstanding, with the best of the East Coast being offered, as well as some great West Coast breweries that are typically hard to find in these parts, with AleSmith (Speedway Stout, etc) and Founder's (Imp Stout, etc) being two of them. (I noticed a recent review mentioned that these were absent, but they were two of the first that I noticed.) Furthermore, it was great to see a bunch of Great Lakes/MidWest region micros being stocked as well, and the mix-a-six promo is always appreciated.
The quality was paramount as well, as not only did they have the big names, they did have the hard-to-find, great beers being offered by the big names..e.g. Ommegang Adoration, Sierra Estate, Stone Vertical Epic '07, etc. The only ding in this place's armor that I feel compelled to mention is the fact that it took nearly a half hour for someone to come up to me to ask if I needed any help (then again, they may have noticed my jaw on the floor and wanted to allow me some time to soak it all in), but when they did they were extremely knowledgeable and courteous.
This place is second to none, and some of their offerings are priced to reflect that they know it. But that doesn't mean that everything's priced exorbitantly; you can still find some great deals...especially in the gift packs and bulk deals. Bravo, HalfTime; I will be coming back for an encore hopefully soon.
01-19-2010 04:43:40 | More by donniecuffs
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3.94/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
05-29-2014 22:22:43 | More by ArmOnFire
Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.