Top Hops Beer Shop
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 166
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-21-2013 19:16:16 | More by slander
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lower east side NYC. Just a few blocks from NY food and beer institutions, New Beer, Whole Foods Bowery, and Katz's Deli. This is a new place that has it all...multiple growler fill taps, 100's of bottles (kept in growler units w/o lights to preserve the integrity of the beer), artisinal foods available while you enjoy a tasty draft at the bar...1/2 bar, 1/2 growler fill station..is the this the new model for craft beer distribution spots? Not sure but this is a well worth checking out location...Craft is appreciated and celebrated, mid sized spot, with a sleek and comfortable arching bar, friendly, gracious and knowledgable owner adds to the experience...go check it out..places like this are the future and deserve to be supported
03-02-2012 02:56:18 | More by Billolick
3.86/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Top Hops- yet another bottle shop-growler station-bar-food joint in NYC. No better or worse than any other bottle shop-growler station-bar-food joint in NYC...
Clean and spacious, with a bar and some tables upfront and coolers on the back with all the bottles to take home. The coolers are all dark to prevent damage, believe it or not. This has got to be the ultimate in beer nerdism. Selection is quite right, with some rarities including Rogue Voodoo, Kill Devil, Dark Horse (new in NY), Bourbon County ($6.99 per bottle), Estrella Galicia (fuck yeah), craft Italians and a ton of Belgians.
A good amount of taps at the cool, chill bar: Stone Ruination and IRS, Victory Feistbier, Goose Matilda, Midnight Sun Panty Peeler. Pricy growlers! ($28 for Stone RIS).
Service alright, good ambience... but whatever. I've seen this before. I like Good Beer better.
11-21-2012 23:07:10 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$
Decent size spot for NYC with a 8-10 stool bar setup and wrap around coolers in the back.
For the area, they pretty much get everything available, limited releases, standard stuff, everything you could want, but you have to be quick, because this is Manhattan.
The guys/owner that work there are amazing, couldn't be more helpful and fun to hang out. I attended an organized bottle share there a year ago and it was one of the best "beer" events I have ever been to.
I ate a pretzel that was there that was sub-par for the price,but that's what I get for ordering a pretzel at a bar, so just eat before you go, or afterwards.
06-20-2013 22:04:48 | More by claspada
Top Hops Beer Shop in New York, NY
96 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.