The Beer Trappe

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The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
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87 Ratings
The Beer TrappeThe Beer Trappe
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(859) 309-0911 | map
thebeertrappe.com

Notes:
Listed as one of the top 100 beer bars in America by Draft Magazine!
http://draftmag.com/new/Feature/americas-100-best-beer-bars-2011/

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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-13-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
87
pDev:
6.65%
 
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by Spider889:
Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Thank you BA, without you I'd have never found this place. My wife and I recently traveled to Lexington to visit a friend, and I was fearing that my homebrew would be the only decent beer to be found that weekend. Luckily The Beer Trappe is a diamond in the rough of this small college city.

The place feels very new and clean inside. Lots of wood and a decently open space. As you walk in on the right side wall are cases showing off some really cool, and some even quite rare, glassware. Right in front of the center case are some plush leather chairs and a small coffee table. All other seating is either at the small bar, or situated around wooden barrels stationed around the establishment.

The opposite side of room is shelves showing off the bottled beer. While the selection isn't huge, it is a very respectable size. Plenty of the few locals, and the other regionals that make their way to KY. They seemed to have any possible Schlafly bottle you could want (except for the Pumpkin, sadly). The imported selection was impressive - lots of cool Belgian stuff, including some real lambics and gueuze. The German beer selection was possibly the most thorough I have yet seen, even in the bigger chain stores.

There is a small cooler in the back with some six packs and whatnot. The bar is also very small, seating maybe 6-7 people, with about as many taps.

I wound up trying some FFF Pride and Joy and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, which I was happy to find on draft. The service was prompt and knowledgeable. One of the bartenders can be found on BA: BEERchitect. He answered a thread I created asking where to find some good beer in town, and also BM'ed me with some more details I was looking for. I was so happy for the suggestion I brought him a bottle of homebrew as a thank you, and he later typed up a BJCP style review of it for me! Obviously they care about beer and their customers here.

Overall it was a very nice laid back bar to visit, I am sad I didn't have more time to just hang out, chat beer, and pick over the bottle selection. Ohh, they do offer a 10% discount on mix-a-six's too. Definitely worthy of all the praise, and likely one of the best bars in KY easy.

One last cool note, the entire wall in the men's room is painted with a mural of Hobgoblin Ale out of England.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of m0nk
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Brewfocker80
4.94/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of puftdank
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of do_ob
4.37/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
5/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Eziel
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TurdFurgison
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Treyliff
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
4.92/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Marcus_Erroneous
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AllanC
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.82/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of 2Bstout
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of magicmoose66
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mwar
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of end_27
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ts1991
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%

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The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 87 ratings