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Top Hops Beer Shop

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Top Hops Beer ShopTop Hops Beer Shop

25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 96
Avg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 166
Cask: N
[ Bar, Store ]

94 Orchard St
New York, New York, 10002-3173
United States
phone: (212) 254-4677

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Place added by: DoubleSimcoe on 02-05-2012

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 96
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

To could grab a few shortys before dinner with Witz, et al. Lower East Side, I so never play down here, and as such, struggled ever so slightly with the parking and where to, finally finding muni meter feed in that lot where that pickle event ran that time and probably other times since. Walking now which way where. Oh, Orchard is that way; recoil & return...

Storefront in a bit of a strip just south of Delancey. Glass front wall, concrete floors, & black slat ceilings with single filament bulbs alternating across. Logo piece walled on brick just inside the door, and wood post alt high shelving past there, running down to the end of the bar behind me on walls of pale blue, and adjacent to the bar up front. Bottles & books for the buy and display; yeah, Black Butte, no (sad face), Hill Farmstead, Westy 12, a Tired Hands growler (if only they knew), Pliny, New Glarus, Lawsons, Heady Topper; I suspect some of the display play stuff is from the bottle share events. And shirts, gift boxes, beer making kits, magnums, & all sorts of all sorts of glassware.

Off to the left, a double crescent shaped swirly brushed stainless steel panel topped bar with a wood trim & slat vertical base; seating for 15 on stools of the similar but not quite so. The barback holds a set of horizontal black boards spruce lined, one over the other, listing beer, brewery, origin, style, tapped date (like!), ABV, IBU, 32 & 64 oz growler pricing, and ‘draft line cleaned date’ (very much so like!) Eats listed on the end (cheese plate, evil olive bowls, mixed cheese & meat, soft pretzel, a bit of chocolate, and my old friend, jerky). Flight pricing (4 for $8.75) listed below the foodings.

Down past the bar, a small secret kitchen space behind beaded curtainness, and then a futuristic curved tunnel ceiling with cooler play to both sides; their sills lined above with house growlers. The cooler wares are sorted by country (It is a beer store first & foremost, after all). 3 high roundtop tables in the center of the room, and more display play on the wall to the rear.

4 towers of 5 along the bar, 17 beers currently up. Roughly 2/3 of it is American craft; the local (Rockaway Pale Ale, Blue Point Mother Pumpkin, Greenport Harbor Anti-Freeze), the regional (Stillwater Folklore, Victory Yakima Glory), the from beyond (Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Ale, Founders Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Matilda & Christmas Ale, Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, Bruery Mischief). The remainder a mix of imports (Het Anker Dentergems Wit, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Stella), the macro (Budweiser), and the mead (Rogue Farms 19 Original Colonies Mead). I drank Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugar Substitute Ale, Goose Island Matilda, & Founders Breakfast Stout.

We may have returned for another or two post dinner. ‘We’, being me, and a different cast of characters as Ben bagged, but Denis & Moono were up for mischief. Beer was served in cool Goose Island glassware we wanted to guilt steal but didn’t. The guy, we will call him ‘Ted’, seemed to know the coming & going of his Goose Island Cherry Rye & Cantillonables. Moono commented that he would have liked the Cascade Blueberry, so I asked on his behalf. Only one to be had; sadly, for he and not me. Solid store and the bar more. And they serve you hard pretzels of the awesome.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mr-jj
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Taps were not working when I was there, so it was a bottle only night. Great selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of JaredSammy
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to Top Hops twice now, both times I was extremely impressed with their selection. A bar/bottle shop that has a very solid tap rotation, and you can drink any bottle from the fridges for a $2 on premise "corking" fee. The place also has a good vibe and crowd. Despite the staff being very friendly and helpful, the only flaw is that both times I visited, only two guys were working the bar/mini kitchen in which they serve small plates. It took a really long time to get my order in, and I was sitting at the bar. If they hired another guy to bar-tend during peak hours, it would help a lot. Aside from that, I love this place and will continue to go as often as I can.

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Photo of larbush
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.27/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Draft selection was a bit underwhelming when I went in yesterday. The bottle selection is great however.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Phigg1102
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Ironstutz
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of benzalman
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Figoeric710
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Big_V
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.97/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of StoutBoi
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Huge selection and great staff. I would suggest going, not only to grab a beer...but you can walk out with a bag of beer like BCBS, Speedway Stout and others.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of srletend
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jlabs
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HugeBulge
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Matagal
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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Top Hops Beer Shop in New York, NY
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