The Hop Shop
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Taps: 11 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
3.74/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I'm a little surprised that I'm the first to review this place, as one of the owners told me that they've been open since April.
This is definitely a neighbohood bar. Located on the portion of Grand Boulevard that is north of 29th, many Spokanites are undoubtedly blissfully unaware of the Hop Shop's existence, and that's a shame.
The atmosphere is like someone's living room, for that is what the Hop Shop resembles. One walks in by some comfy chairs with some slightly surreal artwork on the walls. Once in, to the right is a bar, which features nine taps (one of the bartenders told me that they have plans for two more which will be dedicated to seasonals). There's no TV, so the sports crowd will want to go elsewhere. There's an outside seating area that has a tremendous view...of the parking lot. Oh, well.
The selection for now definitely leans towards hops, with beers like Racer 5, Mad River's Steelhead DIPA, Arrogant Bastard (which blew while I was there and was replaced by a Stone black IPA), Rogue Brutal Bitter, a Lagunitas tap, Victory Prima Pils, and others I am now forgetting. Local brewery Golden Hills was present with two taps, Clem's and Ben's. According to the bartender, those are the only two are semi-permanent taps - everything else os rotated. Bottles include Black Butte, Old Rasputin, and Coeur d'Alene Huckleberry Ale. The only macro beer present is Guinness, in both bottles and nitro-cans. There's also a number of wines available. There's no hard alcohol or food available.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable regarding what they are serving. There were two bartenders on, brothers, and I got the impression that they are the owners as well. This would explain why they are closed two days a week (Sundays and Mondays, IIRC), and don't open until 4PM.
All in all, this is a neat neighborhood watering hole, something Spokane needs more of.
08-22-2010 01:22:34 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by The Hop Shop on a rare visit to the South Hill of Spokane.
This is a small nondescript green building on South Grand. It used to be a soda shop back in the 1970's called "The Pop Shop." They sold case bottles of soda out of the place. Seating for about 40. No TV. It's a classic public house with a modern twist.
Quality is good. No micros in sight
Service was good but the place was not busy shortly after opening in mid-afternoon. They paid particular attention to glassware and had a good selection of glasses to suit most any style of bee.
Selection included 11 handles of good variety. Everything from craft lager to Double IPA. Some wine and cider is available as well.
Food: limited is very limited. A meat and cheese platter was the fare of the day.
Value is OK these days. Reasonable I suppose? $5 pints for the most part. $6 for some of the "top shelf" brews. I lament the $5 pint, but it is becoming more and more common.
There are better places in town, with better hours, better selection and better atmosphere. If I lived in the neighborhood I'd probably make to The Hop Shop once in a while. It's not a destination.
09-05-2013 04:28:39 | More by RJLarse
2.65/5 rDev -22.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$
There's no point in talking about anything other than the service and the owners. they are such jerks and the service so bad that I will never visit this place again. I live in the neighborhood and will let all my friends and neighbors know how badly the attitude has changed over the last year. Avoid this place, there are several other good bars and pubs near by that are happy to have you and will treat you good.
I used to enjoy myself here but the owners have gained an attitude that I can no longer tolerate. I have watched them treat customer so rudely that I got up and walked out.
04-01-2012 18:25:52 | More by bucky
3.6/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
We stopped in to this place a while back and had a pleasant time. There is not much seating and it was super-loud (both music and people) so we sat outside.
There were not a whole lot of taps but the ones they had were very good. I had a Leafer Madness from beer valley. Everything they had on tap was a hoppy brew by any stretch so that's why the lower selection score. I loves me some hops but you have to have some variety.
If I lived closer, I'd probably be here a lot having a beer and some friendly conversation. Nice little place.
01-10-2011 19:03:08 | More by leedorham
The Hop Shop in Spokane, WA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.