Half Time

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

(845) 462-5400 | map

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Reviews by madmanjf:
Photo of madmanjf
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

I'm fortunate enough to live walking distance from this store. Unlike any distributor, this place is setup to cater to the beer enthusiast. If you're looking for that great special on Bud Cases, go elsewhere ... this place isn't for you.

An extensive collection of craft microbrews from around the world. If it's available for sale in the state of NY, there's an excellent chance that Half Time will have it.

The aisles are setup by country to help narrow down what you're looking for or to assist in browsing by geography.

There are also 10 Taps available for Growler fill-up.

I highly recommend stopping here if you're from out of town and want to do some shopping.

Ask for Manager Matt, or look for him at the bar nextdoor at Crew. He's extremely helpful and generous. A pure pleasure to talk beer with. :-P

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 0th3rhalf
2.36/5  rDev -48.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Has a huge selection... thats it. The prices at this place are offensive. Expect to pay around 20% more for most beers there. And they nearly always allocate the stuff from the highly rated breweries so if you want to try it you are forced to pay there single prices which are horrible. There growler fills are also disgustingly overpriced. Check out there beermenus. 64 oz growler of xocoveza for $33. Everywhere else sells a six pack of it for $17. That's double the price for less beer. Don't support this store. A store this size should be able to have competitive prices. They are just greedy.

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Photo of cavedave
2.1/5  rDev -54.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Deleted my 2009 review to reflect what this store is like now-

UPDATE: I absolutely despise what the greedy... person... Alan Daniels has done to Half Time. Service is almost non existent, you can get lower prices on beer shopping in Grand Central Station, old bottles (well dusted I must admit) are the rule of the day on the shelf, and it is a horrible shopping experience. I actually curse the place out loud when I drive past and there will NEVER be a day I set foot in the store again.

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Photo of CochonKing
3.11/5  rDev -32.7%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5

I want it to be known that I love this store. The selection is amazing. Today sucked though. Ive always come in here for beer. Today I went to get KBS, one four pack limit per customer. Now I know these guys aren't getting gouged by their distributors, but they really enjoy sticking it to their customers when they charge$36.00 for a 4 pack of KBS. Thanks guys, way to keep it honest.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Lstrel
3.8/5  rDev -17.7%
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 -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cosmo4u
4.06/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Being about 20 minutes from Poughkeepsie, this shop serves as the ares local go to place, As far as the major complaint of being to pricey, I guess they are at the top of the suggested retail price. But when you are looking for good beer they will have it. Basically, If it’s available in New York they get it. I have tried many beers that I would never have been able to try if I didn’t shop here.

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Photo of freewill35
5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JoeMans
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Anubisxian
4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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. Got to give it a bit of a knock, however, for having prices higher than alternate locations.

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Photo of JackNip
4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lanegan94
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of grahuba
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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 -2.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mackeyse
3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
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