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Half Time

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

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @htbev

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

jmdrpi, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of SaintAnthony
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

SaintAnthony, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

jzlyo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of haroldo
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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

haroldo, May 28, 2012
Photo of danfinegan3
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%

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

danfinegan3, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of DevilsCups
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

DevilsCups, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Bonzopookie
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

Bonzopookie, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of iBeer16
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

iBeer16, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

DrDemento456, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%

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

BigPlay1824, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mpcrump
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

mpcrump, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Vylo, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of spipenge
1/5  rDev -78.6%

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.

spipenge, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

tobelerone, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%

My dream Sunday is when my wife and I drive across the river and have a day that includes some time in Babies R Us, a stroll through the mall, an excellent lunch @ CREW followed by some beer shopping @ Half Time. This is the place where all the beers are stocked according to region of the world, brewery and style. The aisles are clearly marked, you can make your own sixpacks and quite a few of the brews on the shelves are also available cold in the cooler. You can get your growler filled from 8 or so different rotating taps, and you can also grab a quality Saranac soda or various other odd or common soft drink for the ride home. At the register they have the new arrival end cap for those last minute impulse buys and behind the counter are some hidden bomber gems that bring the whole experience together.

The only downside(s) would be that there's not really much assistance by the staff... unless you're there during a tasting or you catch the right enthusiastic beer drinker, and the prices tend to be a bit higher than some other smaller stores. But otherwise this is a must for anyone looking for a "beer warehouse" that has everything and then some.

PS:-) Stock is well rotated and the older brews are set out on a designated kiosk as clearance beer... sweet!

Johnnyfacelift, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of fadein34
3.54/5  rDev -24.4%

I ordered a case from the online store.

First and foremost the opportunity to order beer I wouldn't otherwise be able to get in Indiana (e.g., Dogfish Head, Cigar City) is a huge plus.

Additional pluses are being able to order a case of singles. I'm only a year or so into being a craft beer lover so I want to try as much variety as possible. The ordering process and shipping was all good.

So what's the rub? Well I had an Abita Jockamo IPA that was either terrible or skunked or I guess maybe both. One bad bottle in the bunch wasn't too much of a concern though. Then comes the Cigar City Jai Alai. A beer I know and love. I had one from a stash my dad brought me recently followed by the one I purchased from Half Time. The latter didn't even taste like it was from the same planet. That worries me because if this is my first taste of a beer I may write it off when in fact I may not be getting the "real deal".

Overall I love the opportunity. I'm just concerned about the quality.

fadein34, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of vonburgey
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%

Stopped here after work one day. Great selection. Looked up the place online before actually driving up and actually going there exceeded my expectations. Being from Pennsylvania, I loved grabbing singles and bombers and not worrying about max oz. per transaction.Being from Northeastern Pennsylvania, it was nice to grab some Goose Island/Lagunitas/Captain Lawrence, which I can't find at home. One of the great employees went to the back and sold me his own bottle of Abacus.(Thanks again!) Highly recommended if you're in the Poughkeepsie area. I plan on going back and I'm an hour and a half away!!

vonburgey, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%

A rare store that ships to RI!

Customer service online is exceptional. Let's get this out of the way first. The prices are more than reasonable and I bet you to find lower shipping costs.

The selection is top notch too. The website is easy to navigate, the stock is routinely updated and the beers are super easy to find.

I picked up some Nugget Nectar, Double Simcoe, Hersey, Cigar City and Anderson Valley. Shipped fast!

The beers were all very fresh. No dating issues at all! The online store is highly recommended.

uustal, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Yeah, it's that good.
Also, the on-line store doesn't really count, so don't judge Half Time based on what you can order there, because visiting this place is completely different.

The first thing that greets me as I walk into Half Time is a large, multilevel display table covered with discounted beer. Although a lot of these beers are hoppy varieties that I would only buy when extremely fresh, who cares? They are on sale after all. A handful of the beers would be wonderful with age, or at least stand up, so pick through the table if you're interested in a deal.

This place is huge. There are aisles of imports from all over the world and aisles of good American beer, along with cases of less interesting stuff. The back walls are lined with coolers full of beer. To the left on the back wall is a growler fill station with twelve choices. One draft beer that sticks in my mind from the selection is Cigar City Jai Alai.

Everything you would expect to find at a beer store is here, and a few rarer bottles are behind the counter. Some highlights include: Lou Pepe Kriek (and 4-5 other Cantillions), Smoke from the Oak gift pack (all 3 bottles), Firestone 14, Goose Island Rare, Keegan Ales Super Kitty, Bourbon Barrel Old Stock, He'Brew Jubilation Vertical, Brute, Some harder to find Nogne brews, Cigar City Humidor and many others.

The man working the cash register was more than happy to talk about beer with me, and he definitely knows his stuff. One of the best service experiences I have had at a beer store, hands down.

Hojaminbag, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -11.3%

I've only used the online version o' this store, but it has always been a good experience. The selection is top-notch, especially in terms of singles. They provide a very nice smattering of brewery choices from across the country and around the world at some very nice prices. The shipping is very reasonable, and they encourage half- and full cases in order to maximize the costs. I do not mind picking out a mixed case any day. I have yet to have an issue with a single order (I've placed three thus far this year), but they've been quick to answer my questions via e-mail. Overall, I look forward to future purchases that I will have from them. Good times.

TMoney2591, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of rokosz
1.35/5  rDev -71.2%

Ok. Only Service and Value are truly appropriate here for this review. But I had to put something in. I started showing up here not too long after they opened and on average about 4x/year. Its always been a stellar experience. I've learned in the last year or two though that the prices are amongst the highest in the entire Hudson Valley (Glens Falls to Manhattan).

Its not a conveniently easy place to get to (for me). A minimum of 30 mins out of my way and somtimes a 30 mile total oomw. But always worth the visit.

Not this time. Sunday afternoon 10 October. I get there about 4:45P I've got a mixed bunch of bottles for return (2-3 cases) and I start pickling -- because what if they close at 5Pm and stop bottle returns at 4:45P? I hate carrying these suckers around. I breathe a sigh of relief, they close at 6pm. Bottle return and shopping s/b a pleasure.

I walk in. the place is void of customers. two emps sitting jawing at the counter. "Oh, sorry our bottle return closes at 4:30". "But I just drove half an hour out of my way". "no, sorry we had sooo many today". "Well, I won't be buying anything then" And I walked out.

I get rules. But they _weren't doing anything_ and the store didn't close for over an hour. I wasn't asking them to cut a certified check for the returned deposit or to write Title insurance for my house. Just take a couple of cases of returns and make a sale (i usually spend $150+growlers). It really makes me pause to think if I'll ever go back.

So, the service was awful. And the place was even more expensive than usual because I just wasted time and gas for nothing.

rokosz, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

I visited their website and found an interesting gift pack called Barleydine Pick 6 pack. Some interesting brews included in the pack:

Ithaca Flower Power IPA(had a Growler serving, now get to sample from the bottle)

Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale(had many times and love it)

Keegan Ales Mothers Milk Stout(new to me)

Southampton Altbier(3rd time tasting)

Loose Cannon Hop[3] IPA(new to me)

Ommegang Three Philosophers (2nd time tasting)

The price came to US$29.99 including shipping so I had to give it a go. Speedy response to my order and shipping was equally impressive. I see a LOT of beer that they carry interest me so I'll be ordering from them again. A top notch outfit in my book!

Bitterbill, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%

Not the best beer store in the USA, but certainly up there. About a half dozen rows of beers, plus a clearance area, where I picked up a magnum of red & white mikkeller. Excellent US micro selection, however I found the foreign to be merely par. Good selection of glssware as well. A long shlep up a smaller highway. A good rotation of bottles, I had no qualms of grabbing lagers. Love the single bottle freedom. Some harder to finds like Coronado. Good help offered and given to bring out boxes. $225 later but no free glassware. No worries.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of soilworkkm
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Not much else can be said about this place that hasn't been already. They have massive amounts of imports and domestic micros with the ability to buy a single bottle, a large fridge section, and 12 taps for growler fills that change regularly! The staff is friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. The store itself is very clean, organized, and well laid-out (domestic micros and imports organized by country). While they occasionally have problems keeping some items in stock, it's forgivable as there is such a wide and vast selection. Prices for some items can be a little steep, but I have no problem paying for some of the more rare beers I have been able to find here! Save up some cash, because you will have a hard time getting out of here with just one six pack!

soilworkkm, Jul 09, 2010
Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.