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Half Time

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185 Ratings
Ratings: 185
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.66
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2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States
phone: (845) 462-5400

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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great Caesar's Ghost!! This place is awesome. I guess I had to see it to believe it. Located just a few miles south of the Mid Hudson Bridge on Rte 9 (northbound), big and new and shiny and clean. An aisle of american micro brews galore. I happily scored me a few single Bert Grant's beers, some Middle Ages this, some Rogue Imperial Stouts that, just a huge singles make your own six pack heaven. Coolers and coolers of just singles. An aisle of Scottish and English and Irish and German and Belgians, oh my. I scored me a Liefman's Goudenband (edit: I came back and scored 4 more Liefman's Goudenbands and am hoarding them), I am one happy camper. Oh yeah, and a couple of Cantillion's to boot. All sorts of stuff I've heard of but have never seen and all sorts of stuff that I've just flat out never heard of but will be doing research on (hmmmmn, if only there was a very informative beer website where people wrote descriptively about all beers and I could reference them). State of the art, a dozen live taps for pouring 10oz sampler bottles, 1/2 gallon or full gallon growlers and the system is done up right!! and the staff seemed alot more up to beer snuff than the Budweiser beer swill lackeys you usually get at your local bevee. The guy me and Davo were talking to used to brew at Woodstock Brewery in Kingston and was knowlegable as all hell about everything we hit him with (and he's a good barleywine man on top of that). I dropped $71 bucks there and I'm sure I'll be doing the 90 mile pilgramage there again real damn soon.
Well worth the hike, says I.

More User Reviews:
Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Can't say it has much of a "vibe" since it is just a store, but great beer selection. If there is anyplace else within an hour drive that can compare, I haven't found it yet. Pretty much the only place I bother buying at during the couple times a year I'm in the area.

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 mackeyse
3.86/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | 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. 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 are just showcased as a new arrival. 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 and I recently saw a $44.99 CC Big Sound when the going rate locally was $34.99).

Price-wise they are competitive but not the cheapest in the area by far. There are some relatively "big name" brands that they do not stock like Stillwater, Evil Twin, Caldera or NEBCO. They also get some "exclusives" with certain breweries that are not regular to NY: currently it's Lazy Magnolia which by all appearances isn't some major coup.

Being able to sample a single beer or break up an expensive 4/6 pack keeps me coming back. It's nice that they don't have some predetermined section like many beer stores do. Without this aspect I probably wouldn't frequent Halftime at all but for me this is THE draw to the place.

They struggle with removing old beers and it's not only the usual suspects like FW, Green Flash and Maine Brewing Co. I would check any and all bottle dates unless it's clearly a current seasonal. They will put some old beers on a discount shelf near the entrance but that tends to be really off brand stuff, odd foreign styles or seasonals that are clearly old.

The growler fills can be shockingly bad: multiple types of the same style of beer on draft, seasonals that have been on tap since the prior season and/or "local" NY breweries that aren't the best examples of the great beer being produced in NY. The turnover on drafts are incredibly slow unless they sneak in a BCBS or a local like Carton. 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 with little regard to what time of year it is or what else they may also have on tap.

The workers there are great and very knowledgeable--they can answer any question about any beer, tell you when a beer is due to be released etc. There is always at least one very knowledgeable person on staff at any time.

All in all while it was trailblazer I suppose when it first opened due to its selection and the novelty of being able to break up 6ers,other places have now caught up. I go there when I want try a beer and am not initially willing to buy in 4/6 format--if I like it I tend to seek it out elsewhere where price is more competitive. The store is not kept up as well as it used to be and at certain times of the year you can walk in and find huge gaps in the shelves and it looks like bomb hit the craft aisle. Overall anyone without access to a shop that has 1000's of beers will come away with something BUT check your bottle dates!

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 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.

Photo of DrankIT
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

The staff is always helpful and for the most part they all seem to know beer - impressive
Great Store that has a monster selection, a bit on $$$ side but if you want hard to find beer this is the spot
they have a website that updates there new beer arrivals - NICE!

Photo of mrcraft
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My review is based on my online order. The website is pretty straightforward and allows for easy navigation. You can sort beers by breweries, countries, states, styles, etc., so that can be helpful when browsing. They do carry a lot of beers, especially from the regional breweries. If you see any highly sought after beer, I'd suggest buying it quickly. Since this was my first online beer purchase, and I was wavering back and forth whether to proceed or not. I missed out on BCBS, Night Stalker, and some nice IPA's. :( My bad though.

I finally did order, and my shipment was processed and shipped promptly. They used a pulp shipper, and my beers were packaged nicely. I was able to re-use their shipper for a subsequent trade, so that was a plus.

I found the prices to be reasonable, and the shipping charges fair. I didn't purchase enough to qualify for free shipping, but that's an option too for those ordering more than $100.

Overall, I was pleased with my experience. I would recommend them highly when purchasing beers not available locally.

Photo of MakeMineAnIPA
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A beer supermarket is a beautiful thing. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Aisles of beer from around the world and microbrews from the US. Quantities of seasonal beers, (Pumpkin Ale from Dogfish Head for example) when other beer distributors get a few cases ,they get pallets. Found all my favorites. Worth the trip (about fifty miles away for me.).They sell single bottles, try a new beer, find a new favorite. Some beer they keep behind the counter, don't forget to look there. Four packs of Super Kitty from Keegan Ales are there this week. I bought one for New Years Eve.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Made a detour on the way back from a trip to Albany to check this place out and get some beer that isn't available to me in PA.

The place is extremely well organized, with clear pricing. Biggest selection of international beer that I have seen at any beer store ever, period. Big selection from UK, Germany, and Belgium, plus beers from obscure places like Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, etc. The selection of US Micros was also excellent, with a wide variety of single bottles and six packs. They had the real limited release stuff on shelves behind the cash register. Also had a large amount of cooler space, even though I wasn't interested in that. Prices were reasonable compared to other places I've seen in PA, NJ, DE, MD, etc. A little higher on some stuff, and a little lower on other stuff. Staff was friendly, and I was given a free glass, assuming from the size of my purchase.

Photo of SaintAnthony
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Too bad its kinda far from NYC, but anytime I'm up in the area i try to stop by.
I've been meaning to join their beer of the month club!

They have aisles and aisles of beer broken down by country, and great refrigerated selection as well. and they even have some stuff on tap to fill Jugs to take with you! nice selection of glassware and gift sets as well. I believe they carry cigars as well.
They have some snack foods like pretzels and chips their as well.

The store is nicely decorated and has a great decor.

They are a tad pricey, and the place is kid friendly, my two boys were quite rambunctious as we shopped but the staff was patient and kind.

Clean restroom available for use as well.

Photo of jzlyo
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have placed several orders through their online store. They have a pretty good selection, especially east coast beers that can't be found in the Midwest where I live. Quality and value were both very good as well, never received a beer that had gone bad and the prices were reasonable. The service, although I never talked to anyone on the phone, all the orders I placed were shipped promptly and arrived within a few days. Overall it was a very good online store, will probably order from them in the future.

Photo of haroldo
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

ok, i only know the online store. i really wanted to say how perfect everything was. i live in brazil and was in nyc for a business trip. i have been annoying the guys at this store with questions for over a month.they were always very attentious and prompt to respond. i bought 48 bottles and cans and they delivered them right on time and in a amazing packging. i got say, i could have easily checked the package directly on the airport, no need to open it and store in your suitcase.
all perfect from beggning to the end cant not say enough about this store. also, very user friendly the website, no web stores out there that can even come close to compare.
cheers

Photo of danfinegan3
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had read about half time online but on a recent trip to NY had a chance to stop by the actual store. I am from florida and used to shopping at "total wine and more" stores that has great selection at phenomenal prices but poor service.
IN comparison i would say half time has at least the same selection plus about a half dozen taps for growlers which I have never seen in FL. The prices were a bit higher but I have yet to see anyone beat Total wine in price.
BUT THE SERVICE IS PHENOMENAL!!! Each guy I chatted up was a true beer geek and more than willing to talk beer and talk about what's available. From pointing out fresher than other IPA's to making me aware of local gems, I had a great time being at the store and probably spent over 40 minutes there.
I would definetly return in the future and wish them well

Photo of DevilsCups
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My local brew mall. Absolutely fantastic place to go. Stunning selection, always have the latest and greatest. The staff is outstanding, especially John, Matt and Mike. 8 or so taps for growlers with 16/32/64 sized fills. This place truly is world class, and it's what put my into the craft brew world.

Everything is sold by-the-bottle too! Being able to mix a six-pack of different brews/styles has really helped my get into every style of craft beer. The size of a CVS is basically the best way to describe it, like a previous reviewer. Don't hesitate to make the trek down, you won't be disappointed.

Also, the staff really appreciated when you bring in some homebrew for them to pass around between themselves. They're not just employees, they're true beer enthusiasts and appreciate that kind of thing.

Firestone Walker/Founders/Great Lakes/Hoppin' Frog/Every single DFH brew/Green Flash/Avery/Maine Beer Co...Halftime has them all. If it's distro'd to NY, they've got it.

Photo of Bonzopookie
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I grew up across the Hudson River from this place, but I now live in Boston, so I only can get here whenever I come home to visit family or friends.

Atmosphere: This place is simply awesome. The selection of bottled beers is amazing, and everything is kept in pristine condition too (bottles do not contain a hint of dust, and everything is easily sorted by country).

Quality: As stated above, everything is clean and well-kept.

Service: I have been here a few times now, and I always have received courteous service, whether asking a beer question, or making a growler purchase. The staff seems knowledgeable, and friendly.

Selection: This gets an A+++ grade. Any place that offers 5 beers on tap for growler purchase, (in differing growler sizes too), is already a winner in my book. Factor in the selection of Belgian, German (and other European), and American beers, and you will not be disappointed at all here. Warning: you will spend lotsa money. Also, perhaps I am mistaken here, but I believe this retailer might be the furthest east-known market, that carries Great Lakes beer. Having spent my college years in Ohio, I "grew up" on Great Lakes Beer. I have never been able to directly buy Great lakes in Massachusetts (I know they don't distribute here). It was a nice surprise to see the Great Lakes label show up at Halftime Beverage.

Anyway, if you live in, or happen to be in the Poughkeepsie area, this is your go-to place for buying good beer.

Photo of iBeer16
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is right down the street from me and is basically where all of my money goes. They stock basically everything you could imagine that is available in New York. They have a great selection of U.S. micro brews, Belgian beers, UK, along with a lot more options. They offer mix 6 packs and prices are fairly reasonable. It's the size of a normal CVS but full of beer, they have great gift baskets available, about 8 taps for growler fills, growlers, glasses, warm and cold beers, and a great selection of cigars. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Couldn't reccommend a beer store more than this place, perfect in my mind.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Never been to the store but did place an online order with the company. Took advantage of their Christmas free shipping special on all orders over 100 dollars get free shipping. Awesome.

From that order I placed I got 36 new beers, a six pack of Jai Alai IPA, and a six pack of Left hand milk stout.

From their I e-mailed, called, and waited until finally was told that I needed to make some substitutes so the order was 42 new beers and a six pack of Left Hand Milk Stout.

Total order took around two weeks to get to my house and everything was packaged well, no breaks, and quick shipping (UPS)

Quality of the beer has been from stealer to rather old (A couple beers being at least 3-4 months old) but everything was not skunked or affected from sunlight.

I would consider doing this again if they get more beers in or offer another free shipping deal. Most prices seem to be very fair from $1.59 to upwards of $2.40 per single which I am used to paying with 15 dollar mix and match prices. Not bad.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.94/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

this place is by far the best beer store i have yet come across, incredible selection, i mean absolutely incredible. broken down by country of origin on the shelves. huge cooler space, massive quantity, always have the newest stuff and also the freshest. staff is incredible here, always willing to help, answer questions, and just shoot the shit in general. awesome program where, if you buy $100 worth of beer, or, as i learned on my most recent trip, anything the cashier feels is deserving enough, you get a free glass (or two) from their pretty good glass selection. i believe 10 growler taps that rotate frequently. slightly pricey but id pay even more. really an awesome store and i recommend it to all

Photo of mpcrump
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I was visiting Marist College for a seminar and investigated the area for some craft beer experiences. Normally, when I'm out of town I simply look for brewpubs since I find the local dining and beer an enjoyable experience.

This place has a formidable selection and is relatively well organzined - country, brewery, and style. Very large selection. Being from out of town it was almost too big but that is a good problem to have.

The prices might have been slightly on the high side but I don't think it is quite fair to rate it a bit pricey.

The staff is rather cold but not rude. I'm used to someone greeting you and wondering what you are looking for here. I was in the place for almost an hour and never was approached for assistance. Not that I wanted it but that seems odd to me.

Overall, if you are in the area take the time to visit. You will find lots of beers you will want to take home with you.

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Website is FANTASTIC. As someone with few decent liqour stores in the area, I have taken to online orders to help me out with selection.

Some places I was luckly to come up with a dozen beers to order, the largest was just over 60.

I lost count at over 400 beers on this website, and have had to split up the orders. Note, that is just the beers I WANT. They have well over 1000. They also have a lot of rare beers I have been seeking out for ages, and things I have never heard of before. Retired beers that would be hard to find, you name it, they stand a good chance of having it.

Prices are decent, you can get individual cans/bottles, they run specials (including free shipping!). They ship quickly.

AWESOME store.

Photo of spipenge
1/5  rDev -78.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

I saw the flyer from Half-Time Beverage in the latest issue of the magazine. My father is a Sam Adams fan, so I ordered their sampler for him. I ordered the item on the 19th. They charged my card and emailed me the same day saying I'd receive a tracking number from the shipper. I emailed them on December 21, December 22 and December 23 from their website (they don't have a number to call on their website). They never got back to me. (By way of reference, I ordered something for my Step-Mom at Wine.com on the same day to go the same address. It came from California and actually arrived on December 22.).

I called them on December 23 (after looking them up on "the Google"). I told them I never received a tracking number. They told me that the package would arrive on December 27...8 days after I ordered it. They are in New York, and my Dad is in Ohio...so not a very long way. With a cough drop in his mouth or a bite of a chicken sandwich, the man told me that there are problems with the automated tracking system. I then asked why it took three days to even ship my package (I ordered it on 12/19 and the UPS tracking systems says they did not ship it until 12/22). The guy tried to tell me it took three days to pack and send to the shipper. He then told me that UPS doesn't work on the weekend and is closed Monday. He told me that "things get busy around the holiday." I told him about my Wine.com experience and his response was to roll his food or cough drop around in his mouth, but, other than that silence. Never an apology, never a real explanation...nothing.

You guys have a great magazine. I've come to love good beer. You guys are too good to have any association with this outfit. You should end any association with them.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I've stopped here many times on my travels across the Hudson Valley. Used to think highly of this store, until my last visit this past weekend.

Sure, Half Time is a huge store. A veritable supermarket of all things beer. But guess what? There is only ONE aisle for American craft. That ONE aisle is neatly arranged and colorful and has some (few) brands I cannot get downstate in NYC like Great Lakes, Clown Shoes and Three Heads from Rochester, but it still is only ONE aisle. World's largest selection of beer? I doubt it.

A good variety of Alesmith and Bruery bombers, plus more Elysian than I have ever seen. The excitement ends there, though. No rarities, no barreled brews, no "oh-my-god-gotta-have-that" bottles. Yes, they got a lot of beer, but nothing really that you will not see in your local shelves. Stone, Sierra, Dogfish, Weyerbacher, Jolly Pumpkin... whatever.

The only exciting brews were BEHIND the counter (as if they were afraid they'll get stolen or something?). There they had the barrel-aged Mikkeller Black Hole series, priced at $15.99!!

Indeed, the price is perhaps the worst thing about Half Time. Everything here is two-to-three dollars more expensive than in Manhattan. Why?

One thing I did like is the reduced-price beers upfront by the entrance, including Hoppin' Frog Black&Tan and a bunch of seasonal/Christmas beers. I also like the fact that you can get tap beer to go in containers as small as a pint (16 oz). How cool is that!

There is not much service to speak of here... no beer nerd cruising the aisles offering help. A lil' cold but just fine at the registers. Sorry, Half Time, but you are just not for me.

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This is simply the best store in the area, one of the best I've ever been to, and a can't miss beer destination if you are anywhere in the vicinity. Tremendous selection organized by country, shelf after shelf of bottles, tons of refrigerated beer, growler station with a half dozen or so excellent choices. Staff is up and down, not everyone knows their stuff here or is always super friendly but that's a minor knock. A disinterested teenage girl at the cash register or a college student stocking shelves who doesn't know what Cascazilla is ain't a big deal when you're here. At least not to me, because I'm always overwhelmed with choices.

Nice selection of glasses here too. Weekly sale items and an excellent website (halftimebeverage.com). Go here and buy stuff. Make it a day and hit up Keegan Ales in Kingston, the Gilded Otter in New Paltz and Hyde Park Brewing in...Hyde Park.

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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.