Half Time

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.67
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2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States
phone: (845) 462-5400

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Photo of avalenzuela
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of unbalancedbuds
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of sponberg
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of Loki
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of Succubus
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of beernut7
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of kkmiller76
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of tgbljb
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of digibron
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Beastdog75
5/5  rDev +7.1%

There is nothing I can say that will truly do this place justice. I walked in and saw the refridgerators first and said to myself that this looked to be a pretty good place. Then I realized the rows of non-refridgerated beer that were in front of me and almost went numb. I drove 3 and a half hours to get here and it was definitely worth the trip.

I took a pen and pad with me and jotted down a whole bunch of beers that I never heard of before, and saw a ton of beers that I've never seen in New Jersey. Macros, micros, imports, sodas, snacks = awesome. The guy working the taps knew what he was talking about too.

In summary, I am seriously considering moving up to upstate New York just so I can visit this place more often. I spent a goodly sum of money here, and if I lived closer this place would probably be getting my paycheck every week. The 7 hour all round trip was worth it.

Photo of apintofknowledge
5/5  rDev +7.1%

"Build it and they will come!"
"Go the Distance!"
"Is this Heaven?"

Well, pretty close for a beer geek!

No, I'm not talking about a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield... I'm talking about the best beer store I've ever visited. Just watch the headlights turning off Route 9 at the sign of the big red bottlecap.

I was suprised when my wife told me go ahead and spend $100, and I'm slightly ashamed to say I spent even more. How could I resist? They carried most if not all of the beers available from Rogue, Dogfish Head, Stone, Cisco, Southhampton, Goose Island, Ommegang, Avery, Cooperstown, Otter Creek/Wolavers, Lagunitas, Acme/North Coast, Brooklyn, Bear Republic, Harpoon, Weyerbacher, Victory, Heavyweight... and plenty more Americans... must have walked that aisle alone 5 times in awe. Then there's the German aisle, the British ailse (isle?), and of course the amazing Belgian aisle. And then there's the coolers well stocked with singles. And you can make your own six-packs from anything in the coolers or on the shelves. And there's still a whole other half of the store with mostly macros, but a few gems from bigger breweries like Sam Adams where they must have every variety currently in production... Double Bock for $6.99 a six-pack... who could refuse?

And after my cart is full, I notice the taps. One of the clerks tells me that they just put four fresh kegs on in the past hour alone, with twelve taps in total. Awesome stuff like Rogue Saison, Cisco Porter, and Aventinus Eisbock (though a growler full of such potent beer is possibly, dare I say, too much!). They wouldn't give samples, unfortunately, but that might be my only complaint (and hey, it's not like I could sample the beers on the shelves without buying them).

And then... there's the new arrivals shelf by the cash registers. I broke down and had to pick up the first and so far only bottled beer from Sixpoint. I tell you, just imagine it, and they have it!

Beyond the selection, the store itself is probably the nicest, brightest, cleanest, well-stocked, well-organized, and well-staffed beer store I've ever visited. Really.

Well worth the drive from anywhere in the Northeast... actually, anywhere really? I can't imagine a BA not finding at least a cart full of beers they either want to stock up on or have been searching for and wanting to try. Beer Paradise!

Photo of Gavage
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This place remains the tops for pure beer selection. Signs in the store boast 1400 beers. I was able to procure about $175 of beer I can't get in Jersey, most notibly Stone and northern NY breweries like Wagner and Cooperstown. I picked up The Beast from Avery and several Southampton beers like the IPA, Baltic Porter, and Saison which I have never seen in NJ. Full line of Goose Island beers too. Entire aisle of Belgian beers will keep you browsing for a while. Ten taps for growler fills. Numerous clear glass refridgerators well stocked. Neat checkout area, and nice big carts to haul your finds.

As in my previous visits, I was greeted by a friendly staff member who guessed I was from out of town since my shopping cart was full of bombers and some singles.

This place is super clean, well organized, and well lit. One of the greatest beer stores on earth.

Photo of haroldo
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

Photo of Franchise
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Oh yeah, I heard some fantastic things about this place but never did I imagine it would be so perfect. I was visting my wife's family in NY they live in Larchmont, NY and I thought close enough from what I heard I had to go. I drove techinically 200 miles but in reality 60 miles from my wife's cousins house. Half Time is so easy to get to basically a straight drive off rt 9.

As I entered Half Time my mouth dropped I had never been to a place this big soley dedicated to brew. As you walk in you see they've divided the place up US craft brew/UK/Belgium/Scotland/Imports(canada,thailand,etc).

I found so many beers I couldn't get normally and for great prices. They also have about 12 beers on tap (rotating offering) to take 10oz samples or 1/2 gal. growlers which is fantastic. They also have everything warm they have cold, yes! I could write all day about this place but just know that if your in the area aka 60miles or so GO! Go now!

Photo of Sixpoint
5/5  rDev +7.1%

There are beer stores, and then there is Half Time Beverages. There was a time when I doubted them... I asked myself, "Is it really worth it to drive 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Brooklyn to go to a beer store?"


Well, it depends on how dedicated you are. Granted, I was spending the weekend in Chappaqua so it actually was only about 2 hours round trip. But I will never question whether or not it's worth it again.


The manager and beverage buyer for the store, Matt, greets beer enthusiasts with an electric enthusiasm. He'll talk your ear off about beer, beer styles, his favorite beers, favorite breweries, and BEER. The selection at his store shows his obvious inclination towards Belgian Ales, as he had two Belgian beers ON TAP during my visit, as well as scores of American microbrewed Belgian styles. Furthermore, his stock of Belgium imports dwarfed his selection from any other country, including the UK and Germany.

I don't see how this store could be graded anything less than a 5.0 in quality, service, or selection. I've never seen anything like it!

Photo of Ninjaworm
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This place is the largest selection of beer I ever seen under one room. The sign was boasting 1,400 when I visited a few weeks ago. The selection is ordered very nicely, making it a dream to find the beers you are searching for. There were at least 9 rotating taps for growler fills.

The quality of the beers seemed to be excellent. Did not see any evidence that would make me think to the contrary.

The service was amazing. The people here enjoy beer and know what they are talking about. Very helpful for making the tough decisions on which beers would be accepted to be flown home with me.

Some people complain that their prices are too high, when I made my purchase they threw in a few extra glasses and some other goodies that made the trip even more worth it.

Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Simply a perfect beer store.

Noteworthy was 1) the kiosk of "new arrivals" by the front counter. 2) an estimated 50 feet of cold beer facings. 3) a no hassle everything-available-by-the-bottle policy. 4) more than 25 brands of Central and South American beer. 5) several high quality beers available on-tap in growler and 12oz. formats. 6) ample parking... I could go on.

With time I'd like to see more informational/opinionated shelf-talkers with content provided by the knowlegable staff. This would make it easier to sort through the bewildering selection at a leisurly pace. As this 2 year-old beer store ages I look forward to even more clutter and informational density.

Photo of edchef1850
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Yikes, holy cow, whatever you want to say. This place is a beer fans wet dream. Over a thousand beers to choose from, great stuff on tap to take away in growlers, friendly service, you name it. I love this place. I label it as a bit pricey only because i spend way too much money when i go here. If your heading up the NY state Thruway, get off at poughkeepsie and stop at this store. You will definetly get something youve never been able to score before. It still boggles my mind that a beer store of this size can thrive in a city the size of poughkeepsie. A true retail beer destination in NY

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.

Photo of Hautacam
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This place deserves all the 5's it gets.
It was a 80 minute drive from where I am in CT, and well worth it. Easy to find on rt 9.
When I walked in the door, I didn't know what to look for first....what a selection !!... nicely labeled by country...and taps in the store !..growlers and 10 oz.bottles filled.
We came here for those beers that you can't get in CT...Kasteel, Stoud's...to name a few. This place has everything from everywhere.
The person who helped us out, was, I beleive, the owner...very friendly, enthusiastic, knowlegdable...really took his time with us...had great suggestions. We bought 750s, 4 packs, 6 packs, and lots of singles to try. He threw in a few complementary glasses...we left happy and will definitely go back.

Photo of necoadam
5/5  rDev +7.1%

Took a trip out there with my wife and my brother and sister-in-law on a Sunday which was nice because of CT's stupid 1920s Blue laws which doesn't sell beer on Sunday's.

Quality: For the amount of beer that was on stock, I was pretty surpised how fresh all the beer was. I looked at almost every single bottled that I purchased and all of them seemed to be fresh or they were still before the best before date.

Service: I believe Shiredave came to ask if we needed help. At the checkout he asked if I was part of beeradvocate.com and said yes so I guess it was him. But service was good and the people working there asked if we needed any help.

Selection: Speechless. Aisles upon aisles of nothing but beer. Beer heaven. I dragged my brother to come with me because I told him that they have Duke of Winship (which is his favorite). But after searching the domestic aisle, they didn't have any. So I felt a little bad. But his cart was more than full of other goodies so next time we'll call ahead to see if they can order a case or two. I was a little amazed at their Cantillon selection alone, let alone the beglian selection. Just a wonderful selection of beers. And the coolers....

As other people have said, you won't see another beer store like this. Mix a 6 with anything in the store. I think more store should have this kind of policy which would make more beer sell I would think. But this seems like a yearly event for us to travel out here and dish out over 200 dollars. Got some kick ass glasses for free as well for purchasing so much. Just a great store.

Photo of WaltTrombone
5/5  rDev +7.1%

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...

Photo of SixpointJMH
5/5  rDev +7.1%

this place is simply wonderous. words cannot describe what awaits you in poughkeepsie...but i'll try. first, grab a cart when you walk in, as you'll need it. then head straight for the aisles and start drooling. singles, bombers and six packs galore (and any six pack can be broken up into singles as well, a very, very nice added bonus). the american micro aisle(s) run the table from stone, bear republic, southampton, ramstein, left hand, etc. i could go on,and on (and on). i bet i still missed a gem or two as there's so much here. moving on to the import section and it's just as good, with brews from every nook and cranny of the globe. the coolers are in the back of the store and house much of the beer that lines the aisles. at the far left end of the coolers is the growler fill station, where 2 liter, 1/2 gallon and sample 10 oz sizes are available. there are about 10-12 taps. on tap when i was there were two sph brews, wailing wench, smitwicks, a rogue brew and a couple of belgians. almost directly behind the grolwer station stands a nice selection of glassware (which i was kindly allowed to choose a couple of free glasses from, thanks to my spending spree, i assume). speaking of which, expect to spend some cash while your there. you can't help it. i restrained myself, as mentioned, at $78, but could easily have made it a couple of hundred. prices are a touch higher than other places, but really, is an extra 50 cents here and there that big a deal? the staff is tremendous and know their stuff and are more than willling to chat and/or help you out. this place is simply awesome.

note: yahoo and mapquest told me it would take anywhere from 2:35-2:45 for me to get to half time from the jersey shore. not so. i made it in 2:10 and if it wasn't for the traffic on some of the backwoods roads that you have to take to get here, i would have made it in just under two hours. it's really an effortless and worthwhile drive. treat yourself and go now.

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