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Half Time

Not Rated.
Half TimeHalf Time
BA SCORE
100
world-class

178 Ratings
Ratings: 178
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 10.92%
[ Store ]

2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States
phone: (845) 462-5400

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(Place added by: Shiredave)
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Photo of longpondbeerman
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I am a lucky man! My job puts me in the Poughkeepsie, NY area quite often, and while not much else seems to happening in this struggling city, it does have the best beverage store I have ever been to--a relatively new operation on Route 9 south of the city called HALF TIME. In this cavernous space, there resides an enormous selection of domestic and imported brews, and at least eight rotating selections on tap. There's even a huge aisle devoted to American macros (but I've never been down it because all my allotted time, usually over an hour, is spent scouring the incredible selection of micros). I'm an IPA man, and I have yet to exhaust their selection of this variety.

Equally important, the staff is friendly, knowledgable, and always open to suggestions, led by Alan (the amiable and thoughtful owner) and Dave (a BA regular). As I look at the comments from previous reviews, I fear there's not much I can add--for crying out loud, the place has only received two 4.5s out of 26 reviews (that means they've earned 76 5s).

GO THERE; you won't regret it.

longpondbeerman, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
5/5  rDev +7.1%

There is nothing I can say that will truly do this place justice. I walked in and saw the refridgerators first and said to myself that this looked to be a pretty good place. Then I realized the rows of non-refridgerated beer that were in front of me and almost went numb. I drove 3 and a half hours to get here and it was definitely worth the trip.

I took a pen and pad with me and jotted down a whole bunch of beers that I never heard of before, and saw a ton of beers that I've never seen in New Jersey. Macros, micros, imports, sodas, snacks = awesome. The guy working the taps knew what he was talking about too.

In summary, I am seriously considering moving up to upstate New York just so I can visit this place more often. I spent a goodly sum of money here, and if I lived closer this place would probably be getting my paycheck every week. The 7 hour all round trip was worth it.

Beastdog75, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I made the pilgrimage to beer mecca finally. First of all, it's very easy to find, right off the road, and you really can't miss it. It's pretty much a big warehouse with massive glass windows and a big "Half Time" sign.
Walking in, it's just aisles and aisles of beer, beer and more beer. The side and back wall are mostly all coolers, with the checkout to your left. Fortuitously, shopping carts are available, and you will need one. The beer is organized by country of origin, and the selection is just incredible. If it's available in NY, they have it. If it's sorta available in NY, they have that as well.
They also have a line of taps on premises, for beer to go. You can get a 10oz sample, half gallon, and full gallon growlers. Most of the beers were either rare, limited edition, or otherwise unusual to find on tap beers, or some of NY states own breweries' offerings.
The service is great, the guys actually know what they're talking about, they love beer, and aren't afraid to give you a deal for buying almost $200 worth of beer. God bless Half Time.
The place is worth any amount of driving. I haven't been to a better beer store, and I doubt I ever will. This place is unreal.

UnionMade, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of powelr
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is, without a doubt, the best beer store in Dutchess and any of the surrounding counties. Probably the best in New York state, or even the northeast. Friendly, knowledgable staff. They know their
beer. Best selection I've ever seen anywhere. Fortunately, I'm only
a 15-20 minute drive away so I go there every week, and they always have something they didn't have last week. I pass right by 2 other beer stores on the way but, Halftime is worth the extra drive. Good selection on tap also, many beers that are only available on tap. I think Shiredave was a little rough rating their selection only a 4.5, I'd like to know where he's seen a better one!
I was thrilled when they got the Arrogant Bastard in stock!

powelr, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I have made my first pilgrimmage to Mecca and instead of the Zagarat there were over 1,000 beers to induldge in. This place has it all. From St. Bernardus Tripel to Trauquir Jacobine to Pinkus Organic Hefe to Hair of the Dog and everything in between. In addition to the 1,000 bottles Half Time had 12 tap lines which featured such diverse brews as Bluebird Bitter, Gouden Carolus Dubbel, Storm King, and 9 others(We filled ours with Dreadnaught after some helpful tasting by Alan the owner). It took me an hour and a half to pick out four beers(J.W. Lees 2000, Bigfoot 2003, Old Crutstacean and Hair of the Dog Fred). The place was so overwhelming. My dad got 6 times the beer(La Fin du Monds, Old Rasputins, Allagash Tripel Reserve, Celebrators and Aventinus), but it would have taken him six times as long if it had not been for the excellent service. I had a long talk with both the owner(Alan) and Dave(BA shiredave) and their resident brewing expert(who has brewed for Woodstock and breweries in the midwest). I cannot sing enough praise of this place. Their selection is unriveled in my experience and their service is cordial and helpful beyond belief. The prices are very reasonable and they usually throw in some free glass and in our case an Arrogant Bastard t-shirt(the prez of Stone is slated to come tomorrow). Anyone who can make the trip I recomend strongly to make it. Don't forget to bring a growler!

GreatPondBrewer, May 24, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I had seen Half Time while it was under construction when I was travelling back and forth to some gigs in Poughkeepsie, and had assumed that it was going to be just another macro-swill retailer. Yea, even driving by it now, you'll see all the usual banners in the windows for Bud, Coors, et al.

Don't let this discourage you from stopping in! Yes, they do carry macros, but that's just maybe 1/4 of the floor space. The rest is devoted to scads of beers from around the world. The store is clean, the shelves are very well-stocked, the bottles themselves are not dusty, like you're apt to find in your local beverage distributor. The folks there know their stuff, too, and they're polite and friendly to everyone (even the guy who came in to buy a can of Coors Light right after me!)

Thet also carry a small selection of proper glassware for beer, and they have various sized bottles and growlers for "Take-out"from the 12 rotating taps.

Beer Heaven? If not, then at least pretty close to it...

WaltTrombone, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of sponberg
5/5  rDev +7.1%

What they said. A beer fan walking into this store feels like a roller coaster fan walking into Cedar Point for the first time. It takes a few minutes to get over being awestruck to decide where to begin. American micros? British? Belgium? I thought I was gonna pull a Kramden and start going "hamena-hamena-hamena..."

East side of Rte 9, 4 miles south of Poughkeepsie. Can't miss it. Great selection, including many "never saw THAT before!" brews and vintage English ales. It's laid out like a supermarket for easy shopping. Service is first class, plenty of cold micros, twelve taps for growler fills, 10 oz. sample growlers, singles and six packs... incredible. Simply the best beer store I've been to.

Many thanks to shiredave for the beer talk and pointing out some of the more unusual brews. What I didn't pick up this time, I will next time. And the time after that.

sponberg, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
5/5  rDev +7.1%

There's almost no point to adding a review since other BAs have said it better and sooner, but this is obviously a store to be reckoned with. The 12 taps for growler take-out is only part of the draw; hundreds and hundreds of craft beers in bottles will keep you occupied for hours. Roaming the aisles is a true pleasure, they have tons of stuff and it's all well-kept and well-displayed. Grab a cart on the way in, you will definitely need it. I only got a fraction of what I was interested in and still left with a ridiculous amount of beer. Prices seemed a little high to me, but hey when you're the best you can charge a little extra. Service was great, everyone was helpful and friendly (especially when they rung up my huge bill) and they let me pick out a rare glass to take home for free (I got a really good one and no I'm not telling what it is). It's a hike for me, but well worth it. Lets hope they start a franchise - lower Westchester county is aching for a store like this.

Thrasher, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of hoponit
4.8/5  rDev +2.8%

A store with an excellent beer selection with an unusually knowledgable staff. What really sets them apart, though, is the selection of 12 beers on tap, available for purchase in growlers (both half and full gallon).
On my visit there they had Rogue I2PA, a near impossible find on the East coast, and well worth a detour. Whether this concept is picked up by other retailers is unlikely, but one can hope!

All in all, one of the best beer stores I've ever been in.

hoponit, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
5/5  rDev +7.1%

In my search for Arrogant Bastard, I asked my fellow BA's for help in this search. All fingers pointed towards heaven, who knew it was only 20 minutes away from me. All I have to say about it is WOW. I have seen the holy land of the Beer Gods and it is called Half Time. As everyone else has said there is great service. With in 2 minutes of me stepping in the door someone was there asking if I needed help. Indeed, I did need help he had to get me back out side cause I felt faint needed some fresh air. That place was woooo what a place. The person who pointed me in the right direction was helpful both in telling me what he prefered to drink and which ones I wanted and could not find. You can mix and match any beer in the store which was cool. The 10 taps they had, oh what a delightful sight, great beer too. What a selection, unfortunately I went there to get me self some Arrogant Bastard and they did not have any yet but will be getting some soon. Regardless of that I still managed to make some excellent purchases( $85 dollars worth) All well spent. All I have to say is that I have seen the light and it is wonderful. I will be making this trip many many many times. If you're passing by or live near by just stop to look, oh what a sight.

Running4beer, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of nomad
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Believe it. Believe everything everyone else has said about this place. Over 1,000 beers to choose from in every form imaginable: case, bottle, keg, jug... they'd probably put a great craft brew in a plastic bag if you wanted it!

But seriously, this is by far the best selection I've ever seen or heard of, for that matter. I won't attempt to describe the selection because its anything and everything, with the vast majority of it being quality imports and regional american brews. My advice is too peek in the corners, because hidden behind or among the many places and spaces you're likely to find a Thomas Hardy Ale that someone forgot about, or that they migth just have. Also, ASK QUESTIONS. the service is friendly, they'll find anything or explain anything. And if you buy enough stuff (i got $120 worth of stuff for 4 people), they'll throw in a free belgian goblet and a british pint. (or at least i got some...)

I went in on a Wednesday afternoon, after a 40 min. drive to get there, and had the whole place to myself. And it took me an hour to make any semblance of a decision. POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - who would have guessed?

nomad, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
5/5  rDev +7.1%

If this is what heaven looks like I'll end it all today in isle three between the Belgian abbey's and German doppel bocks.

This place is awesome. Has the best selection of beer I have and probably will ever see under one roof. In all sections and styles seemed to go deeper than you average warehouse liquor store, with more beers and new ones I had never seen. And the service was great, I was helped by Dave K and he gave me great recomendations and taught me alot in the 10 or 15 minutes we talked about the different characteristics and nuances of certain beer's.

It even has 12 beers on tap that you can have bottled and take home. I tried a 3 Floyds Alphs Klaus Porter in a 10oz bottle and drank it in the car cause I couldn't wait to get home. It was fantastic.

If you are ever driving through NY on interstate 84 get off at Rt 9 in Fishkill and go north about 15 minutes and it's on the right. Totally worth the deviation from your trip. Or just drive there for the trip it's worth it.

I only spent $55 but I could have easily spent $200. For me I'm luck I drive by this for work 3-4 times a month because it's in my sales territory, so no need to over do it on this first of many visit's.

OatmattStout, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
5/5  rDev +7.1%

first of all, the service was excellent. from the phone call before my 2 hour and 40 minute round trip, (speeding like crazy) to the guys helping me locate and select anything i needed.

the selection is absolutely amazing. they have 8 oz bottles up to collector's edition vintage 2000 Duvel in 3 Liter magnums. cases and sixers. best of all, they will let you take any single bottle you desire which is wonderful for the beer sampler. i spent quite some time in the store looking around, and i only found one thing to be bad. there is so much i wanted, i passed on a lot to save $ for others, and i ended up with 6 beers in an hour. then i decided to just go for it. upon leaving, i had about two cases, mostly 12 oz bottles with a bunch of pints, imperial pints, and 750 mls. total came to a little over $120. believe you me, you could spend about $500 - $750 without covering everything you want.

I've made 2 trips now, and after my second trip costing around $150, I am only starting to get through their 1000 beer selection.
if you are within any distance, GET THERE! i promise you will not be disappointed.

ElGuapo, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of paceyourself
5/5  rDev +7.1%

It's true, it's true everything written in previous BA reviews is true. The selection and variety of singles is incredible. I traveled 3 1/2 hours and 169 miles round trip and i'll do it again. My only complaint is i went a week to early. Starting next week they will begin a monthly " meet the brewer series" first up is Victory. They'll have samples and an opportunity to ask questions. I only spent $78 but could have been much more, they have kegs of Allagash Grand Cru and Dogfish head WWS waiting to come on tap for sale in 10oz., 1/2 and full gallon growlers. The sevice was fantastic and knowledgeable. The manager gave me a free Wagner Valley pint glass for traveling so far.

paceyourself, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of doho95fu
5/5  rDev +7.1%

I don't want to beat a dead horse...... but I will - This is by far the best place I have ever been. I don't mean beer place, I mean place, period. I work in Westchester County, NY and live in Fairfield County, CT so this trip on the way home from work entailed 2 1/2 hours of drive time - no problem and I will do it again. It is spotless, new, well organized and huge. There are people replacing singles in the fridge minutes after they have been purchased. The aisles are laid out by region, and it is incredible to see an entire aisle of USA micros (Belgian, German, English, Czech, etc. all well represented). I went there with certain beers in mind, and literally every one was there. I figured on being there for twenty minutes, but it ended up being 1 hour plus. I just began to panic, there is almost too much variety. Here's what I came away with:
Westmalle Triple x 1
Celebrator Doppelbock x 1
Rogue Imperial Stout x 2
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout x 6
Magic Hat Humble Patience x 3
Dogfish World Wide Stout x 1
Dogfish Shelter Pale Ale x 4
Ommegang Rare Vos 750 x 1
Rogue Shakespeare Stout 22 x 1
Brooklyn East India Pale Ale x 2
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA x 1
Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout x 1
Pilsner Urquell x 6
Victory Storm King Stout x 6

All this for under $80. Not bad for a store of this quality.
I purposely didn't even go near the growlers and taps because I wanted to save it for next time.
It is great to see a beer store take pride in their craft and to treat their product with the same reverence as specialty wine stores. I only wish everyone could have a store like this within a few hours drive.

doho95fu, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of maristfan
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Words cannot describe it. Get in your car, plane, train, whatever it takes and visit Half Time. You won't regret it. I attended college nearby and saw the birth of this beer mecca but couldn't imagine the greatness that it has become. Pilsners and Lagers and Stouts OH MY! First stop to make in the store is the micro-brew-on-tap center. Shortly after that, clean the drool off your sweater and head to the cooler after cooler of choice beverages. I entered the store hearing good things and was curious but didn't expect to purchase any that night. I left the store with a "variety is the spice of life" mixed 6 pack of micro-brews, of which I had only one before. Really, the previous posts and mine aren't exaggerating when we say that this could be the best beer distribution center in the lower 48 and quite possibly the best in the beer drinking world. I live in a small town upstate, very near a brewery that is known by few (Davidson Brothers)...to my delite Half Time had two of these brews on tap and even more on the shelves. They are in search of the scotch ale from there which could quite possibly become my favorite of all time. To quote the man I talked to "We get our beer." I have no doubt that a visit to this store will leave you smiling and pennyless...both good things when it comes to good beer!

maristfan, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of slander
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

slander, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of Shiredave
4.41/5  rDev -5.6%

If your a beer geek on the east coast and havent heard of Half Time, then your not paying attention.
5000+ sq. ft. of retail space.
Well over 800 different beers in stock (NOT counting Malternatives) ... more arriving all the time.
100+ ft. cooler w/ 31 doors.
12 doors of specialty Imports and domestic craft brews
All bottles sold individually. More than 550 sold cold singely.
Breaking 6-packs is encouraged. Special keg orders are welcome as well. If you know what you want and are willing to pay, give them a week or 2 and you can get almost anything.
12 taps for Growlers to go- All craft brewed US micro's, Belgian Ales, Traditional British and German Beers. Growler sizes vary from 10oz up to full gallons.
Tap selections change constantly with season, availability and demand.
This place really is " The Ultimate Source" on the east coast and beyond.

Shiredave, Sep 06, 2002
Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.