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Half Time

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Half TimeHalf Time

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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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.