Top Hops Beer Shop
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 166
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Stopped in while on a mini beer tour of NYC while on town in business.
Really liked the fact that you could do flights of draft beer. Also had a great selection of bottles. Of all the beer places I visited, Top Hops had the best selection of NY-area craft beers. I found myself drinking west coast beers at most of the other places. First time in all of my craft beer travels I saw "tap line cleaned" as part of the draft board info.
The only downside is they had Bud (and I think Stella) on tap because the owner worked for that distributor. To me, Bud does not belong in a craft beer bar not because of the worthless nature of pre-prohibition industrial domestic lager, but because they suppress the true craft industry and confuse consumers with pseudo craft (think the shockingly bad shocktop line). Off soapbox.
Certainly a place I would recommend and return to even with the mentioned shortcoming.
11-19-2013 20:02:14 | More by Yetiman420
4.14/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Top Hops really gives new Beverage Distributors and Whole Foods Bowery a run for their money. They have a great year round selection and get limited releases on a regular basis. The Owner Ted is a great proponent of good beer and hosts fantastic bottle shares. The tap list is solid, but seems to have a slow turnover, so many beers stick around for a few weeks. They date when lines were last cleaned and when beer get tapped, which I feel is a great service. This place make no effort to hide its affinity for the beer geek. I really like this spot.
10-21-2013 14:49:42 | More by unclejazz
Top Hops Beer Shop in New York, NY
96 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.