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Half Time

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BA SCORE
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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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(Place added by: Shiredave)
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avalenzuela

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

11-19-2013 20:43:22 | More by avalenzuela
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unbalancedbuds

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.8%

half time might be the best retail beer store ive been to in my life.

over the last few years, i have been a frequent visitor to poopkeepsie and my friend there introduced me to this museum. the place is absolutely amazing not much like it anywhere.

it was real nice to see a belgium beers on the shelfs that a flemish speaker would be honored to drink. (seriosly, they had beers a belgium good beer drinkers from belgium referred me to drink.) so if thats not a mark of quality, not to sure what is.

03-28-2009 16:59:35 | More by unbalancedbuds
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sponberg

New York

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.

04-24-2003 07:53:38 | More by sponberg
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Loki

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +6.8%

I can't say enough about this place.

Quality: Top notch, some of the finest beers you can find, with huge efforts taken to rotate stock, and keep it clean and fresh.

Service: If I could rate it higher than 5 I would. I emailed Half Time through the website trying to find their hours because I know I would be getting into Poughkeepsie late (1 AM) and would be leaving early after a 7AM meeting the next day. Alan, the owner, emailed me back saying they would be taking deliveries at 9AM and would make a special expection and open the doors for me. This was huge. Not only that, but the staff took time while they were stacking shelves, taking in deliveries, and preparing for the day to help me find things and fill a growler (Of lovely Southampton Oyster Stout) for me.

Selection: You're kidding right? I'd say about 2500-3000 sqft of space with neatly divided isles, 12 rotational taps (literally changing every day or two), and 15-20 coolers (maybe more I wasn't paying attention to the cold stuff) full of beers. Great prices from what I can tell. The 5 cent deposit thing sucks for somebody from out of state, but a very, very small price to pay for such a great selection.

My only regrets are that I was traveling and could only pack so much and it was the end of the month so I could only buy so much. But I made out very, very well!

A absolute must if you are anywhere in the area, and when I say within the area I mean about a 3 hour drive.

09-23-2004 12:42:55 | More by Loki
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Succubus

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

I went to Half Time to make up for my having misssed the OBF this year. To say I felt like a kid in a candy store isn't adequate. I felt more like I was in one of those Homer-Simpson-in-the-land-of-chocolate dream sequences. I kept saying to myself: "I shouldn't be here". A store full of great beer (with a small display of beef jerky) - what could be better?!?

The staff was very attentive, knowledgeable and helpful, and honest with their opinions of the stock.

I stocked up on Stone selections, found Brooklyn Lager in a can (I'd been wanting it for novelty's sake), and got more DFH than I really needed. I couldn't even think about the Belgian aisle; save that for another trip.

I spent 5X the amount I had set for myself on the way up, but I was surprised that I hadn't spent more. I received glassware in appreciation. This will probably be a regular trip for me in the summers when I'm not brewing. Too bad it wasn't there when I was passing through Poughkeepsie every weekend. I guess I'll have to find another Dutchess/Orange/Ulster County bf to go visit.

08-04-2004 00:23:11 | More by Succubus
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beernut7

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +6.8%

I took a trip out to Poughkeepsie this past weekend just to check out this beer-heaven. I figured I might find some local stuff and maybe pick up a case or two and some growlers of fresh stuff.
Turns out I found much more than I expected. I filled 4 growlers and ended up with at least 6 cases of mostly new singles including some excellent Tabernash Weiss.

Nice refridgerated singles section in addition to several isles of micro-brews both local and abroad. Nice imported selection. Some of the unfiltered local bottles were a a bit past good and ended up sour, but that was only one 6er.

The store staff was extremely knowledgeable and accomodating. One of the store owners was kind enough to comp us some glassware due to the size of the purchase and the distance we drove just to check the place out. I just might make this a yearly trip.

06-01-2005 15:57:54 | More by beernut7
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-28-2014 00:52:20 | More by kkmiller76
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UnionMade

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-28-2003 19:51:14 | More by UnionMade
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.8%

Took a slight detour to visit this establishment on a weekend getaway with my very understanding wife. What can I say about this place. The place was immaculately clean. Everyone I dealt with could not have been more helpful. The selection was magnificient. The ability to purchase mixed six-paks was great. I spent more money that I should have (but also much less than I easily could have spent) If you are in the area (or within an hours drive) go there. You will not be dissapointed. Excellent place.

12-13-2006 01:06:03 | More by tgbljb
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digibron

New York

5/5  rDev +6.8%

Quite simply, this is the best beer store I have ever set foot in!!! I enjoy a lot of different beers, and the selection in this store was almost overwhelming, I didn't even know where to begin. 1400+ beers from around the world, sorted by region, and then subclassified by style - this place is beer heaven on earth!!! The Belgian section alone had more choices than my normal beer stop, I was just in awe!!! Needless to say, I went home quite happy (even if my pockets were a lot lighter, ha!) Big respect to Alan and Matt for all the effort they put into finding the highest quality beers around.

09-25-2004 03:50:02 | More by digibron
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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
100 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.