Half Time

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

(845) 462-5400 | map

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Photo of Succubus
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I went to Half Time to make up for my having misssed the OBF this year. To say I felt like a kid in a candy store isn't adequate. I felt more like I was in one of those Homer-Simpson-in-the-land-of-chocolate dream sequences. I kept saying to myself: "I shouldn't be here". A store full of great beer (with a small display of beef jerky) - what could be better?!?

The staff was very attentive, knowledgeable and helpful, and honest with their opinions of the stock.

I stocked up on Stone selections, found Brooklyn Lager in a can (I'd been wanting it for novelty's sake), and got more DFH than I really needed. I couldn't even think about the Belgian aisle; save that for another trip.

I spent 5X the amount I had set for myself on the way up, but I was surprised that I hadn't spent more. I received glassware in appreciation. This will probably be a regular trip for me in the summers when I'm not brewing. Too bad it wasn't there when I was passing through Poughkeepsie every weekend. I guess I'll have to find another Dutchess/Orange/Ulster County bf to go visit.

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Photo of necoadam
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Took a trip out there with my wife and my brother and sister-in-law on a Sunday which was nice because of CT's stupid 1920s Blue laws which doesn't sell beer on Sunday's.

Quality: For the amount of beer that was on stock, I was pretty surpised how fresh all the beer was. I looked at almost every single bottled that I purchased and all of them seemed to be fresh or they were still before the best before date.

Service: I believe Shiredave came to ask if we needed help. At the checkout he asked if I was part of beeradvocate.com and said yes so I guess it was him. But service was good and the people working there asked if we needed any help.

Selection: Speechless. Aisles upon aisles of nothing but beer. Beer heaven. I dragged my brother to come with me because I told him that they have Duke of Winship (which is his favorite). But after searching the domestic aisle, they didn't have any. So I felt a little bad. But his cart was more than full of other goodies so next time we'll call ahead to see if they can order a case or two. I was a little amazed at their Cantillon selection alone, let alone the beglian selection. Just a wonderful selection of beers. And the coolers....

As other people have said, you won't see another beer store like this. Mix a 6 with anything in the store. I think more store should have this kind of policy which would make more beer sell I would think. But this seems like a yearly event for us to travel out here and dish out over 200 dollars. Got some kick ass glasses for free as well for purchasing so much. Just a great store.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Simply a perfect beer store.

Noteworthy was 1) the kiosk of "new arrivals" by the front counter. 2) an estimated 50 feet of cold beer facings. 3) a no hassle everything-available-by-the-bottle policy. 4) more than 25 brands of Central and South American beer. 5) several high quality beers available on-tap in growler and 12oz. formats. 6) ample parking... I could go on.

With time I'd like to see more informational/opinionated shelf-talkers with content provided by the knowlegable staff. This would make it easier to sort through the bewildering selection at a leisurly pace. As this 2 year-old beer store ages I look forward to even more clutter and informational density.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
5/5  rDev +8.2%

This place is the largest selection of beer I ever seen under one room. The sign was boasting 1,400 when I visited a few weeks ago. The selection is ordered very nicely, making it a dream to find the beers you are searching for. There were at least 9 rotating taps for growler fills.

The quality of the beers seemed to be excellent. Did not see any evidence that would make me think to the contrary.

The service was amazing. The people here enjoy beer and know what they are talking about. Very helpful for making the tough decisions on which beers would be accepted to be flown home with me.

Some people complain that their prices are too high, when I made my purchase they threw in a few extra glasses and some other goodies that made the trip even more worth it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Well I just made this trip today! It took about 1 hour 45 minutes from Branford, but was well worth it. The store is mind blowing. The building is located ont eh right hand side of route 9 going North. Huge sign you cant miss it. As you walk in there are shopping carts, I opted for a basket first but quickly upgraded to the cart.
Here is the layout of the store. Furthest to the right is an aisle of Belgians, yup and aisle. Next aisle is english ales and Germans with some other imports.
Next aisle is all other micro imports on one side and then the US craft beers on teh next. Southampton, Victory, Stone, Casco Bay, Ramstein are among many of the notable beers in this area. Next aisle is wine coolers etc, then sixers of regional beers and then a little bit of macro stuff. Back wall is coolers with a lot of the same variety cold as on the shelves. Probably 20 cooler doors, and finally the coolest part, 12 Taps!!! You can get growlers or smaller sample bottles to take out the door.
I spent a while shopping and then met Alan Daniels the owner who was very friendly and helpful He let me sample some of the stuff on tap and gave me a bottle or two for my travels. Also threw in a Brooklyn Weisse glass free. Great service and good selection, definitely a formula to make me go back. So many beers that I cant find in CT. If you live within 2 hours you should make the journey it is well worth it!!!

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Photo of Billolick
4.85/5  rDev +5%

What can I say, except this place is BEER HEAVEN. Drop what you are doing and GO to HALF TIME. My second visit, I met the Omegang brewer and left with growlers of three Philosophers. The selection is awe inspiring. They have it! Perhaps most amazing is the filling of fresh growlers they will do. The tap/growler selection is allways changing and allways impressive. Did I mention the glassware? The sister bar/restaurant located next door is worth supporting as well. Decent taps, alot of eclectic bottles, very tasty food and killer TV's for watching a game or whatever. This a very worthwhile beer destination. Bring a large vehicle and a new credit card. Enjoy!

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Photo of ark57
4.85/5  rDev +5%

This is truly the best overall place for beer. It is huge, their selection is amzaing, and they have a rotating selection of great growlers. I was very much overwhlemed during my visit. It is a must visit for anyone who is even remotley close. Unlike beer meccas (Shangy's, Beeryard) in my home state (PA), you have the choice of single bottles. I still think there are places that have some more rare finds, but their overall selection is probably the greatest I have ever seen. I am planning a second trip soon. I just wish my car was larger so I could haul more.

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Photo of Hagbard
5/5  rDev +8.2%

It was a frigid Saturday afternoon when I decided to leave the warmth and comfort of my house to make a 1.5 hour drive in search of beer heaven. The temperature never broke 12 degrees that day, but my wife, the trooper that she is, still agreed to accompany me.

I was equipped with a list of about 20 beers I had never tried and could not find in CT and a plan. The plan was to keep a running total of my tab as I added beer to my cart and to try to limit myself to $100. We arrived at the store and I ran inside like a giddy school girl.

Five minutes later I had 5 bombers in my cart and no idea what any of them cost. Oh well, to hell with my plan!

The store is amazing. How they fit that many different beers into a space that size is one of life's greatest mysteries. Out of the 20 or so beers on my list, they had at least 15 of them (and the other 5 are extremely rare...think Westy...or not bottled...oops). They are organized by country, with domestic craft brews being the largest aisle. Everything from Stone, DFH, Rogue, Victory, Stoudts, Middle Ages, High Point, Geary's...if it's available in NY, they have it. Other aisles include English/German/Belgian/etc imports...again if it's available in NY...

They also have an aisle of domestic macros, but when I realized what was in that aisle, I quickly turned around.

Against the back wall is one of the largest coolers I've ever seen! Loaded with craft brew singles. If you can't find the singles you're looking for in the cooler, feel free to take singles out of the warm six packs. This was definitely a nice touch that I don't get at home.

After picking out my bottles, I wandered over to the taps. Holy crap. 12 rotating taps...all very intriguing selections. After some deliberation, I chose a half-gallon of Shakespeare Stout.

Service was great. One of the reasons I travelled to Half Time was to score some Arrogant Bastard because it isn't sold in CT. I couldn't find AB anywhere and started to panic. Desperately I sought some help and located someone stocking shelves. He told me they always had an over-abundance of the stuff and ran to the back to grab me some bottles. Woohoo! Then he went out of his way to find me some empty sixpack containers that would fit bombers. Very helpful! At my local beer store, most of the employees don't even know what they SELL, let alone whether they have any in stock in the back.

My wife picked out 3 glasses (Duvel, 2 Unibroue). My bill came to $109 and the cashier didn't charge me for the 3 glasses ($15 or so). Thank you!

I didn't pay very close attention to the individual prices of the beers. However, when unloading the beer into my "cellar," I felt VERY satisfied with the amount and variety of beer I came home with for $109...plus I got 3 glasses. Using that as a gauge, I'd say their prices really aren't all that high when all is said and done. I'm certainly willing to pay a few extra bucks for their selection.

I'll definitely be back...probably with a longer list.

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Photo of yankeeheel
5/5  rDev +8.2%

As others have written, this place is unbelieveable. It really is overwhelming to walk in and see aisle after aisle of beer and only beer. Quite the hefty belgian selection. Lots and lots of domestics, and a huge cooler with singles. Mind blowing.

In my mind service sets this place apart. I missed the Three Phils release but still wanted to get in a growler of the goods, and a free glass. They were out of the promo glasses but Alan, the owner, gave me another Ommegang chalice, a Duvel tulip, a Half Time pint, and a Brooklyn pilsner. On top of that when I told him I was driving back to Maine with my growler, he went to the cooler, got out a bag of ice, tok a plastic bag, and made me an impromtu cooler with a box. I was blown away.

Those guys read this site and really want to do what it takes to be a leader in micro-retail. Alan is a business savy individual and I hope he can parlay that in to a chain of these stores. If they do I want the franchise rights for New England.

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Photo of lenin
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Being from Poughkeepsie (and still working there), I take umbrage with the review below suggesting there's nothing else happening in "struggling" Pougkeepsie, but that's not for this review.

Half Time is a great store in terms of selection and service. Yes they have 8 (or is it 10?) rotating taps for growler fills. Yes they have a very wide selection of international beers and domestic (macro and micro) and an extremely knowledgeable sales staff who loves to talk beer. And yes, their prices can be out of control. Stone Vertical Epic has been as high as $10.50/bottle and Unibroue beers are routinely higher priced (by around $1-2) than stores just 10 miles away. Still, they get stuff no one else does (think Cave Aged Hennepin for $8.99) and at times prices are much lower (that Vertical Epic was in the $6 range last time I was in -- I guess it depends on the supplier used)

I'm a regular here, in usually 1-2 times a week spending $10-30 a trip and never got anything free. Maybe I should just visit once a month for free glasses on the $100+ purchase, but that wouldn't jive with my Half Time addiction. High prices or not, it's a great store with a great staff.

Note to anyone travelling distances to visit this store: also make it to Cutty's in nearby Red Oaks Mill. I'll be adding it to the database once I confirm their address.

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Photo of Starchild
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

Great selection etc, so there is no need for me to repeat what they have. I've been going to Halftime for about a year now and I'm not as fond of it as I used to be. The selection is amazing and the environment is top notch don't get me wrong, but I have a real problem with the prices. I can understand some high prices for hard to get imports, but they need to discount cases of easy to find beer such as Brooklyn Choc. Stout or SN Celebration Ale.Today I got their lost bottle of Double Bastard, so the 45 min trip was well worth it, but overall I left wondering why they don't offer more sales and discounts.

Just went to Halftime for the Three Philosophers growler fill and was quite pleased. They had amazing taps which I was able to see online and they discounted cases of Brooklyn. The Stone products are more expensive in NY due to state tax laws and getting it to the Hudson Valley. Very pleased with this retailer again.

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Photo of Suds
4.85/5  rDev +5%

Took a nice drive up the Hudson with my wife and son. After visiting the Vanderbilt place for a tour, we stopped by Half Time. They've got a wonderful selection of world class beer. There's even a lot of West coast beers that you don't see in our area...including Stone Brewery. I've been to beer stores with better European and Belgian selections, but this place is still amazing. I was especially impressed with the beers that they had on tap...had to be at least seven. We picked up a half gallon of Smuttynose Barleywine to bring home with us....as well as a couple of cases of great brews. The staff are true beer lovers, and we had some terrific conversations. We'll certainly be making the trip again. If this place sold homebrewing supplies, I'd have sworn that I was in heaven.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
5/5  rDev +8.2%

So much has already been said about this establishment that all I can really say is that all of the good things are true. When I went, it had Stone Imperial, Arrogant Bastard, La Terrible, Old Rasputin, Achel, St. Bernardus, and so many more that my budget wouldn't allow. They even had a bottle of Sam Adams Utopia behind the counter (though I think it was technically sold). For a western Connecticut resident, Half Time is a blessing. It was worth the hour drive and dare I say, I would have gladly driven two. Hell, three. Service was great, one of the guys working there helped me find a few beers I hadn't seen, and even shelled out a free glass (I took the Corsendonk tulip). This is the ultimate beer store as far as I'm concerned, and I can't wait to go again.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Is it me, or are the prices getting out of hand here? Prices were much better when they first opened up but now seem to be more than the price of beer in MA even. I can get pretty much all the imports in my area at the same or better prices. But I will still go here when I'm in the area for the regional brews that I cannot pick up in my area like Grant's, Ramstein, and Middle Ages. Still the mecca of east coast beer stores and I love the draft beer concept. If you're within an hour of Pughkeepsie, its a must stop.

After reading some reviews here, I am dissapointed that I was never offered a free glass - even after spending $75+ each of the last 3 times I was there. I quess the right person has to be working to get that deal.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I am a lucky man! My job puts me in the Poughkeepsie, NY area quite often, and while not much else seems to happening in this struggling city, it does have the best beverage store I have ever been to--a relatively new operation on Route 9 south of the city called HALF TIME. In this cavernous space, there resides an enormous selection of domestic and imported brews, and at least eight rotating selections on tap. There's even a huge aisle devoted to American macros (but I've never been down it because all my allotted time, usually over an hour, is spent scouring the incredible selection of micros). I'm an IPA man, and I have yet to exhaust their selection of this variety.

Equally important, the staff is friendly, knowledgable, and always open to suggestions, led by Alan (the amiable and thoughtful owner) and Dave (a BA regular). As I look at the comments from previous reviews, I fear there's not much I can add--for crying out loud, the place has only received two 4.5s out of 26 reviews (that means they've earned 76 5s).

GO THERE; you won't regret it.

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Photo of Beastdog75
5/5  rDev +8.2%

There is nothing I can say that will truly do this place justice. I walked in and saw the refridgerators first and said to myself that this looked to be a pretty good place. Then I realized the rows of non-refridgerated beer that were in front of me and almost went numb. I drove 3 and a half hours to get here and it was definitely worth the trip.

I took a pen and pad with me and jotted down a whole bunch of beers that I never heard of before, and saw a ton of beers that I've never seen in New Jersey. Macros, micros, imports, sodas, snacks = awesome. The guy working the taps knew what he was talking about too.

In summary, I am seriously considering moving up to upstate New York just so I can visit this place more often. I spent a goodly sum of money here, and if I lived closer this place would probably be getting my paycheck every week. The 7 hour all round trip was worth it.

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Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I made the pilgrimage to beer mecca finally. First of all, it's very easy to find, right off the road, and you really can't miss it. It's pretty much a big warehouse with massive glass windows and a big "Half Time" sign.
Walking in, it's just aisles and aisles of beer, beer and more beer. The side and back wall are mostly all coolers, with the checkout to your left. Fortuitously, shopping carts are available, and you will need one. The beer is organized by country of origin, and the selection is just incredible. If it's available in NY, they have it. If it's sorta available in NY, they have that as well.
They also have a line of taps on premises, for beer to go. You can get a 10oz sample, half gallon, and full gallon growlers. Most of the beers were either rare, limited edition, or otherwise unusual to find on tap beers, or some of NY states own breweries' offerings.
The service is great, the guys actually know what they're talking about, they love beer, and aren't afraid to give you a deal for buying almost $200 worth of beer. God bless Half Time.
The place is worth any amount of driving. I haven't been to a better beer store, and I doubt I ever will. This place is unreal.

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Photo of powelr
5/5  rDev +8.2%

This is, without a doubt, the best beer store in Dutchess and any of the surrounding counties. Probably the best in New York state, or even the northeast. Friendly, knowledgable staff. They know their
beer. Best selection I've ever seen anywhere. Fortunately, I'm only
a 15-20 minute drive away so I go there every week, and they always have something they didn't have last week. I pass right by 2 other beer stores on the way but, Halftime is worth the extra drive. Good selection on tap also, many beers that are only available on tap. I think Shiredave was a little rough rating their selection only a 4.5, I'd like to know where he's seen a better one!
I was thrilled when they got the Arrogant Bastard in stock!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I have made my first pilgrimmage to Mecca and instead of the Zagarat there were over 1,000 beers to induldge in. This place has it all. From St. Bernardus Tripel to Trauquir Jacobine to Pinkus Organic Hefe to Hair of the Dog and everything in between. In addition to the 1,000 bottles Half Time had 12 tap lines which featured such diverse brews as Bluebird Bitter, Gouden Carolus Dubbel, Storm King, and 9 others(We filled ours with Dreadnaught after some helpful tasting by Alan the owner). It took me an hour and a half to pick out four beers(J.W. Lees 2000, Bigfoot 2003, Old Crutstacean and Hair of the Dog Fred). The place was so overwhelming. My dad got 6 times the beer(La Fin du Monds, Old Rasputins, Allagash Tripel Reserve, Celebrators and Aventinus), but it would have taken him six times as long if it had not been for the excellent service. I had a long talk with both the owner(Alan) and Dave(BA shiredave) and their resident brewing expert(who has brewed for Woodstock and breweries in the midwest). I cannot sing enough praise of this place. Their selection is unriveled in my experience and their service is cordial and helpful beyond belief. The prices are very reasonable and they usually throw in some free glass and in our case an Arrogant Bastard t-shirt(the prez of Stone is slated to come tomorrow). Anyone who can make the trip I recomend strongly to make it. Don't forget to bring a growler!

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Photo of WaltTrombone
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I had seen Half Time while it was under construction when I was travelling back and forth to some gigs in Poughkeepsie, and had assumed that it was going to be just another macro-swill retailer. Yea, even driving by it now, you'll see all the usual banners in the windows for Bud, Coors, et al.

Don't let this discourage you from stopping in! Yes, they do carry macros, but that's just maybe 1/4 of the floor space. The rest is devoted to scads of beers from around the world. The store is clean, the shelves are very well-stocked, the bottles themselves are not dusty, like you're apt to find in your local beverage distributor. The folks there know their stuff, too, and they're polite and friendly to everyone (even the guy who came in to buy a can of Coors Light right after me!)

Thet also carry a small selection of proper glassware for beer, and they have various sized bottles and growlers for "Take-out"from the 12 rotating taps.

Beer Heaven? If not, then at least pretty close to it...

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Photo of sponberg
5/5  rDev +8.2%

What they said. A beer fan walking into this store feels like a roller coaster fan walking into Cedar Point for the first time. It takes a few minutes to get over being awestruck to decide where to begin. American micros? British? Belgium? I thought I was gonna pull a Kramden and start going "hamena-hamena-hamena..."

East side of Rte 9, 4 miles south of Poughkeepsie. Can't miss it. Great selection, including many "never saw THAT before!" brews and vintage English ales. It's laid out like a supermarket for easy shopping. Service is first class, plenty of cold micros, twelve taps for growler fills, 10 oz. sample growlers, singles and six packs... incredible. Simply the best beer store I've been to.

Many thanks to shiredave for the beer talk and pointing out some of the more unusual brews. What I didn't pick up this time, I will next time. And the time after that.

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Photo of Thrasher
5/5  rDev +8.2%

There's almost no point to adding a review since other BAs have said it better and sooner, but this is obviously a store to be reckoned with. The 12 taps for growler take-out is only part of the draw; hundreds and hundreds of craft beers in bottles will keep you occupied for hours. Roaming the aisles is a true pleasure, they have tons of stuff and it's all well-kept and well-displayed. Grab a cart on the way in, you will definitely need it. I only got a fraction of what I was interested in and still left with a ridiculous amount of beer. Prices seemed a little high to me, but hey when you're the best you can charge a little extra. Service was great, everyone was helpful and friendly (especially when they rung up my huge bill) and they let me pick out a rare glass to take home for free (I got a really good one and no I'm not telling what it is). It's a hike for me, but well worth it. Lets hope they start a franchise - lower Westchester county is aching for a store like this.

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Photo of hoponit
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

A store with an excellent beer selection with an unusually knowledgable staff. What really sets them apart, though, is the selection of 12 beers on tap, available for purchase in growlers (both half and full gallon).
On my visit there they had Rogue I2PA, a near impossible find on the East coast, and well worth a detour. Whether this concept is picked up by other retailers is unlikely, but one can hope!

All in all, one of the best beer stores I've ever been in.

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Photo of Running4beer
5/5  rDev +8.2%

In my search for Arrogant Bastard, I asked my fellow BA's for help in this search. All fingers pointed towards heaven, who knew it was only 20 minutes away from me. All I have to say about it is WOW. I have seen the holy land of the Beer Gods and it is called Half Time. As everyone else has said there is great service. With in 2 minutes of me stepping in the door someone was there asking if I needed help. Indeed, I did need help he had to get me back out side cause I felt faint needed some fresh air. That place was woooo what a place. The person who pointed me in the right direction was helpful both in telling me what he prefered to drink and which ones I wanted and could not find. You can mix and match any beer in the store which was cool. The 10 taps they had, oh what a delightful sight, great beer too. What a selection, unfortunately I went there to get me self some Arrogant Bastard and they did not have any yet but will be getting some soon. Regardless of that I still managed to make some excellent purchases( $85 dollars worth) All well spent. All I have to say is that I have seen the light and it is wonderful. I will be making this trip many many many times. If you're passing by or live near by just stop to look, oh what a sight.

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Photo of nomad
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Believe it. Believe everything everyone else has said about this place. Over 1,000 beers to choose from in every form imaginable: case, bottle, keg, jug... they'd probably put a great craft brew in a plastic bag if you wanted it!

But seriously, this is by far the best selection I've ever seen or heard of, for that matter. I won't attempt to describe the selection because its anything and everything, with the vast majority of it being quality imports and regional american brews. My advice is too peek in the corners, because hidden behind or among the many places and spaces you're likely to find a Thomas Hardy Ale that someone forgot about, or that they migth just have. Also, ASK QUESTIONS. the service is friendly, they'll find anything or explain anything. And if you buy enough stuff (i got $120 worth of stuff for 4 people), they'll throw in a free belgian goblet and a british pint. (or at least i got some...)

I went in on a Wednesday afternoon, after a 40 min. drive to get there, and had the whole place to myself. And it took me an hour to make any semblance of a decision. POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - who would have guessed?

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Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY
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