The Hoppy Monk
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +6.8%
I stopped by here my last night in El Paso in March and quickly wished I had stopped by more. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They recommended (at my request) beers to follow the ones that I tried and I was more than impressed with their recommendations. We discussed what types of beers that I like and they were easily able to point me towards beers that I would enjoy. The beer selection is by far the absolute best in El Paso with an insane variety of styles available on draft and in bottle. The patrons there are just as friendly as the staff making a very relaxing place to socialize and enjoy a few good pints. Definitely a must even if you are passing through and only have time for lunch.
10-04-2012 04:02:40 | More by CCW
4.94/5 rDev +5.6%
The beer selection at this place is insane given it's geographic location. The ever-changing variety of world class beers is vast and formidable. Hard to find beers (for Texas and surrounding areas) can be found here (ex. St. Arnold's Divine Reserve, Real Ale Mysterium Verum, Dogfishhead Burton Baton, Deschutes The Abyss etc..). Service was prompt and friendly; they sometimes run out of a few draft beers, like any beer bar, but they were quick to suggest a comparable replacement. Prices are super reasonable without being dirt cheap. Overall excellent value and atmosphere. Music could be better when crowded.
03-27-2011 15:50:23 | More by walterbyers
4.94/5 rDev +5.6%
Enormous beer selection of a bar; the largest in El Paso, particularly on draught.
You can buy several different varieties of "flights", which is basically 5 different tasting-sized beers from around the world set on top of a plank of wood. Great way to get up to speed on your ex-beer-ience for under 10 bucks.
The bartenders are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.
The beer selection here is amazing both in quality and quantity. No typical "domestics" here.
Beers are all served in their appropriate glassware. Tuesday nights is "Glass Night", where you get to keep the logo glassware for specified brew(s).
If you're serious about your beer and live in El Paso, this place is likely your second home.
I was also told that they might be looking at doing some cask-conditioned and/or cellared beers in the future, possibly even food. Definitely check the place out!
03-05-2011 11:27:34 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.88/5 rDev +4.3%
This is a unique brew pub; it has something special. The owners, bartenders, and the servers are special people. No franchise atmosphere, marketing gimmicks, or fake window dressing; it is a genuine brew pub. The atmosphere and wood decor would lead you to believe it was built and well-kept for the last 80 years, though it is quite new.
They make it a point of rotating their beers with special brews, joint brews, seasonal beers, and hard to get limited beers. The range and variety of brews is all-encompassing. They love beer, know their beer, study and analyze their beer, and they drink beer.
If you're into single malt scotch, they got that too. While I've yet to eat there, Beto told me some of the customers who do eat there, don't drink beer (go figure). However bizarre that may sound, the point is the food got to be darn good. Their choice of entrees is an indication of how they put emphasis on quality as their menu consists of various organic selections.
This is one comfortable place. I love this place.
08-06-2012 02:11:09 | More by depena
4.85/5 rDev +3.6%
Not only is this the best place for craft beers in El Paso, it is likely the best PLACE in El Paso. I have been going here regularly since it opened shortly after I moved here in Nov 2010. I have attended a beer/cheese pairing, and last week attended a beer dinner hosted by Stone and Duvel USA. They give out a special glass on Tuesdays. I have a love for craft beers but haven't been exploring it for very long. I have also brewed two home brews. The Monk recently opened their kitchen, and I would have to label it "contemporary bar food." had the best burger of my life there recently with arugula and a fried egg on top. The service is excellent, and the staff knows their stuff..it is down the street from the University of Texas El Paso, and although the beers can get pricey, especially for a college budget, they always have a crowd. I am a member of their "Hoptimist Club." haha. Love this place. SERIOUS business here if you are a beer connoisseur.
06-02-2012 00:46:15 | More by Adele2012
4.82/5 rDev +3%
When you think El Paso, you don't think world class beer bar. But the Hoppy Monk could be in any city in the world and would still be one of the best around; and in most cases the best. I found them on BA and decided to stop by while in El Paso on business for one night.
The place was dark and the lot was mostly empty when we pulled in but there were a few people heading in so we asked them what was up. They said it was closed for an employee party. When they heard we were in from out of town, they invited us in for a couple. Beto then went out of his way to introduce us to the place and make us feel welcome. These guys know their beer and love what they do.
The atmosphere is exactly what I like... Interesting, comfortable and authentic without being pretentious or refined. The taps are perfectly displayed behind the bar and every one is a winner. We had a Belgian IPA that I can't recall and a Lagunitas Sucks. Both were fresh and well presented.
I'm going to do everything I can to get back to El Paso for a full night at The Hoppy Monk. I really want to try the food. You locals have it made.
01-22-2013 12:41:23 | More by GJ40
4.8/5 rDev +2.6%
As a beer fan, this is the best bar I've been to in El Paso.
Great atmosphere and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. There are hundreds of beers to choose from with almost 70 on tap (Amazing amount of choices for a place in El Paso).
The owner loves beer so much he sat outside, in the cold, with my friend and I just to have a chat about the brews we chose. He really knows his stuff.
The building itself is big enough. Inside there are booths and some tables in addition to the bar. Outside there is a nice patio with tables to sit at and small wood bars if you want to stand.
If you're not near the bar, don't worry. At night there are servers floating around keeping the place clean and taking orders.
This is the place to be for serious beer drinkers.
11-14-2011 19:24:04 | More by hexdi
The Hoppy Monk in El Paso, TX
99 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.