Half Time

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States

(845) 462-5400 | map
www.halftimebeverage.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
190
Avg:
4.68
pDev:
10.04%
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 190
Reviews by donniecuffs:
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4.85/5  rDev +3.6%

I was fortunately able to parlay a visit to this venerable landmark along with a weekend sight-seeing trip with the wife to some of the Hudson Valley's more prominent destinations, but after hitting this place for the first time, I can honestly say that the Vanderbilt Mansion, FDR estate, and any other local historical landmark have nothing on this place. What a nirvana.

This was my first experience hitting a respectable beer store in NY state, mind you, so even though I subsequently heard from a friend that growler fill stations were commonplace in NY, I was floored when I spotted one upon entering...and it didn't exactly offer pedestrian brews either: Sierra Nevada Triple, Ommegang Hennepin, and Magic Hat Odd Notion were just a few varieties offered on tap. The selection was outstanding, with the best of the East Coast being offered, as well as some great West Coast breweries that are typically hard to find in these parts, with AleSmith (Speedway Stout, etc) and Founder's (Imp Stout, etc) being two of them. (I noticed a recent review mentioned that these were absent, but they were two of the first that I noticed.) Furthermore, it was great to see a bunch of Great Lakes/MidWest region micros being stocked as well, and the mix-a-six promo is always appreciated.

The quality was paramount as well, as not only did they have the big names, they did have the hard-to-find, great beers being offered by the big names..e.g. Ommegang Adoration, Sierra Estate, Stone Vertical Epic '07, etc. The only ding in this place's armor that I feel compelled to mention is the fact that it took nearly a half hour for someone to come up to me to ask if I needed any help (then again, they may have noticed my jaw on the floor and wanted to allow me some time to soak it all in), but when they did they were extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

This place is second to none, and some of their offerings are priced to reflect that they know it. But that doesn't mean that everything's priced exorbitantly; you can still find some great deals...especially in the gift packs and bulk deals. Bravo, HalfTime; I will be coming back for an encore hopefully soon.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lstrel
3.8/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Fees for deposits on kegs just not right. Returned next day. Over priced with a good selection.

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Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cosmo4u
3.85/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Anubisxian
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Can't say it has much of a "vibe" since it is just a store, but great beer selection. If there is anyplace else within an hour drive that can compare, I haven't found it yet. Pretty much the only place I bother buying at during the couple times a year I'm in the area.

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Photo of JackNip
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of grahuba
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Awesome beer selection. Spent an hour in the store and was able to get most of the beers I wanted to try. They fill growlers and even have cigars. Wish this place was closer to CT.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mackeyse
3.98/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I re-reviewed this based on the overhaul of the place that was done in July of 2015 (and seems to be continuing).
Much improved growler section (same number of taps but better selection and variety: Alpine, Other Half, more appropriate seasonals).
The new black shelving makes their beer selection look smaller but they actually seem to have more beer and more varieties from brewers (ex. where they previously had 4-5 Ballast Point's now they have a wider array from them).
They mixed up the end caps to highlight some better breweries (previously it was Ommegang, Rogue, DFH, Bklyn) so appearance wise it seems more up to date.
A nice and long overdue touch was to add prices to the beer on the shelves behind the register so one doesn't have to ask anymore. A simple but smart touch.
Prices remain as just "OK". They know their beer so they will price accordingly for anything that has a buzz. Green Flash, Ballast Point, Maine etc. are expensive everywhere but this place seems to push it even a bit higher than other locals.
They seem to be modernizing the place a bit and making better use of he space. Always has a been a stellar store just needed some "freshening up".

And to date the website is useless (and they pretty much tell you so on their main page as it's being re-worked). Tap list is accurate but they don't update their new arrivals often.

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3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ArmOnFire
3.94/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

NH resident, in the area for work....Wow! Quite the selection, bought a case worth of singles that I can't get or find in NH or Mass for that matter.

I will be coming back here to stock my beer fridge on return trips for work.

Not used to seeing the 5 cent bottle deposit as a separate item on the receipt.

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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
4.68 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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