The Beer Trappe

The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
Bar, Beer-to-go

811 Euclid Ave
Lexington, Kentucky, 40502-1741
United States

(859) 309-0911 | map

Notes: Listed as one of the top 100 beer bars in America by Draft Magazine!

Listed as one of the top two beer bars in Kentucky by Christian DeBenedetti in The Great American Ale Trail, 2011!
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Ratings by Manta200:
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Reviewed by Manta200 from Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
A very nice place. Beer shop combined with a nice bar. A few coolers with cold beer and an entire wall with an extensive bottle selection in a pleasant and clean atmosphere. Nice cabinets displaying memorabilia from around the world. Unfortunately we are a spoiled in the Cincinnati area with good beer shops. I could not find anything I had not already seen at the places around here but I am glad I visited!
Sep 07, 2020
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.39 by Brewfocker80 from Kentucky

Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by puftdank from Illinois

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 4.37 by do_ob from Kentucky

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Grindelvasdrum from Kentucky

4.73/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Love this place!
If you like world class beers then it's for you.
If you want something extra then don't bother
because that's all they have. Seriously, that's all!
I liked the relaxed intimate atmosphere. the only negative
was having to sit on an uncomfortable high chair which dug into
my legs.
Service was great. Except when I called ahead to check about the
parking situation & a gentleman wasn't very informative about
options other than a 'couple of spots out back'. Parking is a bit
problematic but we were able to get there & ended up discussing
future options with the general manager who was extremely
personable & helpful.
Limited drafts selection. The brew I intended to try after seeing
it listed their website was out but the barkeep suggested something similar
& it was awesome!
And their bottle selection is pretty incredible! I'll be going back!
Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This is my favorite place to go for beer and good company. The selection is outspend as are the rotating taps. Kevin, the resident Cicerone offers the best advice and reviews. Without him my rating would be lower. Oh....and also Beer School. Learn and try new beers with the guidance of the aforementioned Beer Genius Kevin.
Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 4.68 by Eziel from Ohio

Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 5 by TurdFurgison from Ohio

Jul 16, 2015
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I didn't get to visit long, but I loved this place. The vibe is just awesome, so much breweriana along the walls and it has a completely welcoming vibe. I finally got to meet BEERchitect, and his knowledge of beer is quite impressive. He runs a top notch bar, with plenty of interesting beers on tap. Also a great variety of bottles available for purchase. I'm not in Lexington very often, but I will certainly come here every time I am in the area.
Jul 10, 2015
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Reviewed by alexanderplatz from Kentucky

4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Great vibe. Great selection. Their draught selection is small but constantly rotating. Just about perfect. My only complaint is not enough sitting space. I'm too old to stand around drinking anymore.
Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 4.47 by Marcus_Erroneous from Kentucky

Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 5 by AllanC from Kentucky

Jun 03, 2015
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Rated by SCW from New York

4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
pretty much the gold standard for beer stores/bars - in very elite company at least of a few places nationwide on this caliber, bravo
Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 4.86 by 2Bstout from Kentucky

Apr 06, 2015
Rated: 4.69 by magicmoose66 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by SackBlabbath from Kentucky

Mar 02, 2015
Rated: 4.81 by mwar from Kentucky

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by end_27 from Illinois

Jan 09, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Magery from Kentucky

Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by fredmugs from Indiana

Nov 12, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Ts1991

Nov 01, 2014
Rated: 4.76 by TheBeerTruck from Michigan

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4.33 by amstokesdb9 from Virginia

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by slasich from Pennsylvania

Sep 21, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by cwkash from Kentucky

Aug 30, 2014
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Reviewed by Buschyfor3 from Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
The go-to craft beer establishment in the entire city of Lexington, KY, and arguably one of the two beer beer bars in the entire state (if not in the entire midwest). This store is a craft-beer geek's dream.

You walk in and the bar is ahead to your right, while the entire left wall of the store (from front to back) showcases all of the bottles available for purchase. I must say, it is a sight to behold. There are some seats in the form of a couple nice leather chairs with small end tables in the front part of the bar (think like an upscale coffee-shop kind of vibe), and there are some clever bourbon-barrel-come-tables arranged to the left of the bar for patrons to stand around and enjoy their drinks and fellowship. On weekends it can get a bit crowded at times, but it just depends on a number of factors including the night, the weather, and whether college is in session at UK (its just a couple blocks from campus). Each of the dozen or so times I've visited, the atmosphere has always been warm and the experience always a pleasure.

The selection available at The Beer Trappe is easily the best on offer in Lexington - both in bottles and on its constantly rotating tap list, and there is always something new or something rare/limited-release to be enjoyed. In fact, there is really only one place in the state that I can think of that has a better selection of rarities on their rotating taps, and that is Holy Grale in Louisville; but where Holy Grale has the larger number of selections on draft, its bottle list doesn't even begin to hold a candle to what The Beer Trappe has on offer. Given the selection of rarities and some less-widely-known beers from a number of European breweries (a lot of Belgian offerings in particular), prices can be a little bit higher, and on a couple of occasions I have found a few beers that were a dollar or so more at The Beer Trappe than right down the road at some other liquor/bottle shops. However, for the convenience, atmosphere, and for the ability to support a local business instead of a larger chain store, the price is but a small cost and more than worth it.

The staff is fantastic, and I was fortunate enough to meet the resident beer-guru (an active BA member) a couple of years back during one of my early visits. They really know their beer and were always keen to offer recommendations or their own insights on new beers, new styles, or their favorite breweries. But more important - at least in my mind - the staff are beer lovers in their own right and just happy to talk and share their love of craft beer with their customers.

If you find yourself in Lexington, you owe it to yourself to stop by for a beer or a couple of bottles to go. You won't be disappointed.
Aug 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by jerefreakinmiah from North Carolina

Aug 09, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by esktime from Ohio

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Jake_Ramrod from Kentucky

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by zrsimp01

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 5 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 5 by gutbuster from Kentucky

Jun 18, 2014
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Easily the best non-brewery place to get a beer in Central Kentucky, not just Lexington. So many people from that part of the world owe this place everything. Without a spot like this, it would've have been very hard for me to start branching out and trying new and interesting beer styles. Beer is much easier to get your hands on these days, but spots like this will always have a place in a good beer drinkers heart.
Jun 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Jmritc2 from Kentucky

Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by IMFletcher from Kentucky

May 24, 2014
Rated: 4.93 by khargro2 from Tennessee

May 23, 2014
Rated: 5 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky

May 20, 2014
The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
Place rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 87 ratings