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Half Time

Not Rated.
Half TimeHalf Time

173 Ratings
Ratings: 173
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 10.68%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of WaltTrombone
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +2.6%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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 +6.8%

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
Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.