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Half Time

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BA SCORE
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world-class

162 Reviews
Reviews: 162
Visits: 186
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of spipenge
1/5  rDev -78.6%
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. (1,748 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (1,657 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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! (1,277 characters)

Photo of fadein34
3.54/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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. (991 characters)

Photo of vonburgey
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 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!! (602 characters)

Photo of uustal
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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. (525 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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. (1,537 characters)

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. (659 characters)

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. (1,612 characters)

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! (695 characters)

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. (542 characters)

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! (767 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

To sum up the review: THIS PLACE IS FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!

Large warehouse located on RT 9, south of "downtown" Poughkeepsie. Large sellection of beer from all over the world, BMCs, Micros, Imports from almost every corner of the globe. If you name a brewer, I will bet they carry at least one offering from them.

They also carry about 6 beers on draft and will fill growlers.

Service was excelent prices were decent, these people know their beer. Definatly going back despite the long drive. (492 characters)

Photo of Teeter
5/5  rDev +6.8%

I don't know that a better store exists.The selection was so amazing I couldn't make up my mind.Although the prices are great (not much above distributor),the selection hurt my wallet.If you are not local I suggest saving for the trip. Had I had known I would have taken out a second mortgage and rented a UHaul truck. If it is on the east coast they have it.They also have several taps and various sizes of growlers so you can take home some draught.I even got a complimentary beer glass of my choice upon leaving. (515 characters)

Photo of drawbackwards
4.1/5  rDev -12.4%

Half Time has an unbelievable selection of beer. The store is extremely clean and organized. They have a lot of cold beer also which is great if you want to drink it right away. The BEST thing about Half Time is that you can make your own 6 packs. Once you do this you will be paying a bit more for your purchase, but it's worth it if you may buy an expensive 4 or 6 pack and not like it. The only drawback that I have found about Half Time is the staff is pretty unapproachable. It is fine if you know what you want, but when I was a noob, they don't make you feel welcome. I had to rely on the good folks at BA to point me in the right direction. (648 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by here on 26JAN10 while en-route to Ft Indiantown Gap PA. Since it wasn't much out of the way, I just HAD to....

In a word: WOW! Found in one of many small strip-mall type places along Rte 9, the huge Half Time logo is hard to miss. Enter at the front left of the building; front is all windows, right and rear walls are all coolers, and on the left is the cash register and check-out area. Just upon entering is a clearance table with marked-down goods. Then there are 5 or 6 long rows, running diagonally from entrance to rear-right, loaded and loaded with goodies. Belgians, German biers, American micros, obscure, hard-to-find stuff - it's all here. I picked up a varied assortment of Belgian, German and US stuff; 9 bottles total, including 3 bombers, 3 0.5l bottles, and 3 regular bottles. Total cost? Only $47.06, including tax and deps. Very nice pricing here, indeed. I couldn't quite give service a 5, as pretty much all they did was point me to the WC and ring me up, though they were quite pleasant in doing so. If you're anywhere near this place and love great bier, Half Time should be your full-time stop. Prosit!!

4.8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
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Photo of Gfunk720
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%

This store was a bit out of the way for me, but I am very glad I stopped. The selection is among the best in NY State. They have a huge selection of bombers and 6-packs, as well as probably 8 beers on tap at any time. The prices were average, but definetely low for a place with such a selection. The same haul would have left me broke if I went to Diccico's.

I was able to find some beers that have been discontinued, like a bunch of 07.07.07 Vertical Epics and Weyerbacher Blasphemy. All beers are available by the case, and have discounted prices. While I didn't really find anything to crazy or impossible to find, they had a great selection.

The staff was very helpful, and was more than happy to answer questions. He helped me carry out my beers, and gave me a free glass of my choice.

I will definetely be stopping back here when I am in the area. Next time I'll bring my growlers too (895 characters)

Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev -14.5%

This place is one of the best beer stores in the United States, and it was natural that this would be found in New York State. Allow me to explain.

New York state law provides for only 2 types of package licenses. The wine and spirits shop license is designated for stand alone liquor stores which can sell little else but wine and spirits. Beer is sold on a separate license, which is pretty much handed out like candy to every place that even remotely resembles a grocery or drug store. Combined with a good selection of brews authorized for sale in the state and an established beer culture, New York is one of the only states where an establishment like this could exist.

Anyway, the selection is amazing and pretty much any pack can be broken (with very few exceptions, they do not allow certain 12 packs with various brews from a brewery to be broken, I learned that when I tried to buy an Odd Notion single. However, I do however wish they would give a percentage discount for each sixer made.

There is a good selection of growler taps and the clerk was helpful enough to get me a sturdier cap for my growler as I filled it with Troegenator. There are also a lot of gift packs, though I did not partake in any of them.

This place is well worth the
trip though, although some improvements could be made. (1,314 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
3.9/5  rDev -16.7%

Nestled right in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, New York, Half Time is most definitively a beer store, in every sense of the word. With aisles and coolers full of brews from all over the world, it is a veritable treasure trove in a place that likely needs the distraction.

The selection of beers is quite good, especially for the area. Lots of the usual suspects like Stone, Southern Tier, Troegs, and Ommegang, with quite a few other breweries represented from all over the world, so much so that they were separated by nationality. Chances are whatever you're looking for will be here, within reason of course. They even feature a rotating selection of growler taps.

Quality is pretty good, as everything I checked was within reasonable freshness. There were a few older bottles floating around, like a Stone Vertical Epic from '07 and some Great Divide brews with the older labels, but those kinds of beers benefit from a little age anyway. All the stuff that's supposed to be fresh were fresh and that's what counts.

Service was okay, there wasn't really anyone around to help with recommendations and whatnot, but they were cordial and polite enough when checking out. Pricing is generally in line with what I'm used to paying, with certain brews having a bit of a bump in price.

On the whole, Half Time is a great beer store. Certainly one of the most unique beer establishments I've ever visited. (1,399 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I was fortunately able to parlay a visit to this venerable landmark along with a weekend sight-seeing trip with the wife to some of the Hudson Valley's more prominent destinations, but after hitting this place for the first time, I can honestly say that the Vanderbilt Mansion, FDR estate, and any other local historical landmark have nothing on this place. What a nirvana.

This was my first experience hitting a respectable beer store in NY state, mind you, so even though I subsequently heard from a friend that growler fill stations were commonplace in NY, I was floored when I spotted one upon entering...and it didn't exactly offer pedestrian brews either: Sierra Nevada Triple, Ommegang Hennepin, and Magic Hat Odd Notion were just a few varieties offered on tap. The selection was outstanding, with the best of the East Coast being offered, as well as some great West Coast breweries that are typically hard to find in these parts, with AleSmith (Speedway Stout, etc) and Founder's (Imp Stout, etc) being two of them. (I noticed a recent review mentioned that these were absent, but they were two of the first that I noticed.) Furthermore, it was great to see a bunch of Great Lakes/MidWest region micros being stocked as well, and the mix-a-six promo is always appreciated.

The quality was paramount as well, as not only did they have the big names, they did have the hard-to-find, great beers being offered by the big names..e.g. Ommegang Adoration, Sierra Estate, Stone Vertical Epic '07, etc. The only ding in this place's armor that I feel compelled to mention is the fact that it took nearly a half hour for someone to come up to me to ask if I needed any help (then again, they may have noticed my jaw on the floor and wanted to allow me some time to soak it all in), but when they did they were extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

This place is second to none, and some of their offerings are priced to reflect that they know it. But that doesn't mean that everything's priced exorbitantly; you can still find some great deals...especially in the gift packs and bulk deals. Bravo, HalfTime; I will be coming back for an encore hopefully soon. (2,165 characters)

Photo of infi
4/5  rDev -14.5%

An hour's travel from Rockland, Half Time is essentially a supermarket for beer and beverages and is easily identifiable by its huge red crown cap logo and large windowed facade.

The place has around 4 or 5 aisles of beers all separated by country with numerous cooler doors around the back end of the store. Adjacent to the coolers are 8-10 taps for growler fills, of different sizes. And around the growler area is a section of some branded glasses, gift and value packs, non-alcoholic beverages and newly arrived beers.

Quality is mostly on-point, with all the aisles housing numerous bottles and sixers. Mostly all products seemed to be rotated fairly well. The only qualm is that the coolers were incredibly brightly lit, so I'm not sure if some of the beers in there are fresh as intended. Service was mostly self-serve in terms of choosing with no one lurking around watching you decide on what to buy. I'm pretty sure they'll do the growler fills for you if you wanted one.

Selection was incredibly varied, especially for the European countries. The Belgian aisle was stacked full of pale ales, BDSA's, krieks, lambics, guezues and the like, with most of the top brand names. My favorite aisle of the store for sure. Germany was really represented well too with most of the major breweries all in attendance. The UK section was average with a couple Ola Dubh, Brewdog, Young's, Nogne-Ø, etc. I was a bit disappointed with the US aisle to be honest. I was thinking there would be more quality and variety, not so much quantity. I was hoping to find some Founders, AleSmith, Bells, Russian River and others, but to no avail. Although to its credit, they did have some beers not found in my area, such as the GI BCS and Ten FIDY.

Prices were reasonable to a bit pricey for some items. They encourage to break packs if you want to buy singles or make your own sixer. All-in-all, Half Time is a nice place but a little disappointing. Maybe I had too big of expectations in hoping it was a beer mecca, but it's not that big of a step higher than say, DeCicco's in Ardsley. Worth a view, but not a frequent visit for me. (2,127 characters)

Photo of njmoons
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Awesome, Simply Awesome

That said, why is it so awesome. Easy if I was to open a beer store I would just copy this one.

The huge store only has beer, a great start. It had aisles of beer. The first I went through had all American Micros, the second had all Belgian on one side and German's on the other, the third had 4 or 5 other countries, another aisle had all seasonals.

Ok that was getting boring. They had kegs tapped for growlers, as variety of inexpensive glasswhere, blah, blah, blah.

My son is in college in Poughkeepsie, so each time I go up I will make a stop to restock my fridge with beers I can't find anywhere near my home.

If your in the areas, I would suggest you check it out. (702 characters)

Photo of cavedave
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Half Time. What can I say. This will be short, sweet, accurate. Mid Hud Valley NY has many imp. resources. Half Time is one of them. Want foreign beers? Half Time has more than you are likely to see above the NYC line. Craft beers, hard to get brewers, growler pours? They have the best selection around, period. Add to this a knowledgeable staff, and a beer-passionate owner, a well maintained, temp. controlled, convenient store, and you will know why it deserves the rating I and others give it. New to the area, visiting? Shop here, you will leave smiling. (560 characters)

Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.